This is the 4th time I’m making a project from Westknits design and again, it totally triggered my imagination. What is it you’re doing to me, Mr. West? What’s the secret?
It’s construction is very unusual. Well, perhaps not so unusual for a Westknits design.
Forget about bottom-up knitting, forget about top-down knitting and start in the middle for a change.
The fun thing is, and I think it’s rather genius, that you can pick up stitches on each of the 4 sides of the rectangular. There’s a provisional cast-on at the bottom of the rectangular and there are life stitches put on scrap yarn on top. Each row of the rectangular ends with a w&t stitch (wrap and turn) which allows you to pick up the stitches very easily afterwards.
I mainly used Alafoss Lopi yarn, it’s really thick and warm, yet light. I love this yarn, no matter if it’s a bit itchy, and it comes in the most gorgeous colors.
The original design has no sleeves, but I could not imagine wearing anything that chunky indoors, even without the sleeves. I decided to make it an outdoor version and added sleeves.
As I went along, I noticed that the fronts would open up a lot and so I added a button band with some short rows to avoid that.
Can you tell, I’m in love with this one? Or did I already make this clear?
I’m a very seasonal person and as I was making this one I had exactly this setting in mind. It probably explains my color choice.
You can find more pictures and notes on this jacket on my Ravelry project page here.
Ndl size 7mm