Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Taking on a challenge!!!!

Ok so ive decided to be really adventurous and attempt a rather funky project. Its a good friend's birthday in June and ive said that im going to make her a jacket. She's an artist and an art teacher so as you would expect - she's quite wacky in terms of colour and pattern.

She has several jackets that i really like, one of which is a black and white weaved jacket, and the other is a funky coloured jacket that looks very Kaffe Fassett orientated. So, ive told her that im going to make her a jacket to beat all jackets and make her one thats crazy in terms of colours and patterns - and to top it off im going to do it reversible - ie 2 jackets for the price of 1!!!!

A bit adventurous i know but i feel im ready for it. I dont want the knitted fabric too thick so im going to do each piece in 3ply, which when felt with another piece of knitted 3 ply gives the sort of thickness i want; not too thin not overly thick and heavy.

In terms of shape - its going to be open fronted and i will use buttonholes and buttons (i may even use a different colour and shape button per buttonhole just to be crazy and different) The shaping is going to be kept to a minimum so keeping with the straight lines and as little shaping as can be done - just to make it easier for me; plus she has said she prefers straight lines in clothes.

Its all going to be done in Fair Isle on the Knitmaster 700, using just 2 punchcards - one being a leaf pattern that blends together to make more of an arty pattern rather than repetitive prints of leaves. The other side is going to be more uniform block shapes very similar to Kaffe Fassett's Tumbling Blocks pattern.

Im going to use 4 colours throughout - these being yellowy gold, rusty red, limey green and purple. Im going to change the yarns in the yarn feeds every so often so that the colours blend throughout the knitting and give an overall more interesting look.

Its going to be interesting - i hope i can get it right. Fingers crossed!!!

Will give you all an update when i get going with it - im still yet to punch the second card!!!

Catch you later



  1. Keep us advised how you are getting on and looking forward to seeing finished garment.

  2. Hi Andrea, its going well. Going to knit the other sleeve tomorrow and will post a photo tomorrow at some point hopefully.