Finished Object: Apricot Jacket

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I am in love with this sweater. I think it will be getting a lot of use in it’s lifetime as the yarn is soft and the sweater fits pretty well. The sleeves…OH the SLEEVES! I love them. They definitely make the sweater. Rebecca does have good details added to their sweaters, even if the instructions are impossible to decipher.

 

Yarn: GGH Samoa
Inspiration: Rebecca 27 Apricot Jacket
Needles:
Size 7
Yardage: 11 balls
Modifications: Shortened sleeves and overall length of pieces by 5cm. No buttons, used hook and eye instead as the closure
Enjoyment Factor:8

 

  • The Good:
    • This project only cost $25 bucks and I knit from my Stash!! I bought this yarn from the Yarn Lady Sale this year so it hasn’t been in there long, but it was still stash
    • The details on this sweater are wonderful. I was petting myself the entire day on the first wear
    • I am in love with the sleeves. They are definitely my favorite part of the sweater, especially where it comes together at the seams, just lovely

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  • The Bad:
    • Oh my GOSH!!! this pattern sucks! If it had not been for those who came before me I would have surely given up on this stupid pattern a long time ago.
    • I hate pattern that tell you to mirror the other side when making a right or left side. I cannot envision what they are asking even if it is as clear as day. I messed up on a stupid ribbing section because it had a seaming side. It pissed me off to have to reknit that portion. Just tell me what you want from me damn it.
    • Beside the fact that I have never had any intention of wearing this sweater completely closed, as though that were possible to begin with (read: chub is taking over my body), I could not bring myself to do the crochet for the buttons. Instead I replaced the button closures with some hook and eyes which work well for me, I think.
    • The seaming on the sleeves was murder. I love raglan sleeves, set-in’s suck. My seam was a little bulky but after 3 tries I said to hell with it, this is as good as it gets.

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  • The Ugly:
    • Cotton yarn is so unforgiving. I points out every flaw in your knitting. I couldn’t get away with even the slightest tension difference. And you think you can block that out?? Forget it.
    • I am not that in love with the meeting of the edges on the collar portion of the sweater. I had every intention of grafting these together but after my frustration with the sleeve, the amount of yarn tails, and wanting to get it done with the minimum of fuss, I got lazy, bound off the stitches and mattress stitched it together. Not horrible, but definitely not what it could have been.
    • It is not ugly now, but the back had this HUGE glaring ugly stitch that kept gnawing at me as I continued on with the sleeves and fronts. I ended up ripping it out for a variety of reason, but that was one of the major ones.
  • Knit Time: January 20 – March 26
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17 thoughts on “Finished Object: Apricot Jacket

  1. You are one of my newest favorite knitters…… Seriously. I LOVE this jacket, so I do the old blog scrollback only to find you also made that completely awesome Dr.s bag…. You are SO not kidding about the bandwagon of good taste….
    Plus I like that you are speaking out for patterns that are well written, I hate doing mental acrobats to figure out what I am supposed to do…. I thought part of this was because I am a beginner, but I would like to think it is not only me 🙂

  2. This came out just lovely, Monique! You did a fantastic job. I am in total line with you on the “mirror for the other side” aspect of some patterns. Screw that. Just tell me what the hell I am supposed to do. It’s bad enough I might screw up incredibly explicit, well-written directions. Please don’t add another obstacle in my way.

  3. hey there!

    Couldn’t respond to your comment today by e-mail but thought I’d leave you one.

    On Tahki Donnegal Tweed vs. C.E. Skye Tweed:
    I’m definitely more of a fan of the skye tweed, first because it is plied – less pilling and more sturdy also better st definition in my opinion. I think it comes in a better range of colors too. As far as itchyness, neither of them are spa treatments, but Skye Tweed is softer after washing.

    Thanks!
    J

  4. Your cardi is fab and the colour looks great on you! I know your pain with the pattern though. I am making one at the mo and the amount of times I have frogged a section! Well done, you have inspired me to finish mine.

  5. That’s a nice sweater and considering the fact that you did the Kate Gilbert sweater I wouldn’t have guessed that you had trouble with this model. Good job!

  6. Monique! What a beautiful sweater! It looks fantastic on you, also…and there you are about to finish yet another sweater any day now. You amaze me.

  7. LOL @ leftover stash yarn. I so feel you! I’ve been on a stashbusting mission and I have no idea what to do with the leftover yarn that’s been unstashed!

    That scarf is freaking nice, btw. LOVE. It. Your knitting is always so great.

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