More Blissa... I was contacted by the BagSmith after I posted the Trellis Collar Sweater and was asked to make a jacket with a large collar. Right up my alley so of course I said yes! A nice big box of this beautiful camel color showed up at my door and I couldn't wait to get started. Good thing too as they wanted it ready in time to take to Stitches South in Atlanta (if you go check out their booth to see this jacket in person). I think that gave me @ a week and a half. That was the easy part, with bulky yarns no problem. The challenge here was they asked if I could make the sample in a large. I'm used to making the samples you see photographed here in S/M and sizing the pattern up from there. I'm not used to working in reverse but I'm glad they asked because it really changed my approach.
I hear and have read that if you have a fuller figure you shouldn't use bulky yarns. With this in mind I tried to create something that while using a bulky yarn wouldn't feel like a bulky piece. And honestly with this yarn, even though I used a #17 and got 2sts to 1" it doesn't feel like a bulky yarn. I don't know if it's because it's so soft and has such a great drape or if it's because of how smooth and polished it looks when knit up but whatever it is I love it.
The jacket is worked top down starting with the collar in a Trinity stitch and with the body in a reverse stockinette. It has 2 crocheted buttons placed at the top of the front facings for it's closure. Two more buttons are staggered up the side where the collar and body meet. One on the collar bone, the other on the shoulder. This way the bottom edge of the right side of the collar can be brought up under the left side and buttoned to give a couple different looks to the collar. I made the buttons using a 1/2" ring and with the bulky yarn they end up looking like one of the Trinity stitches. With the buttons being probably the most difficult thing to make I would rate this pattern for the advanced beginner.
I'm still tweaking the pattern for the smaller sizes but should be offering it for sale by this weekend.
Thanks to Molly for stepping in as my model! If you have young children and live in the Los Angeles area Molly is an amazing artist/teacher. Her studio is Create. Check it out!