Monday, 29 October 2007

FO- Gallery Jacket

I live in a basement apartment, so bear with me on the lighting.

Pattern:Gallery Jacket

Yarn: Knitpicks Swish Superwash in Lemongrass Heather

Needles: 5.5 mm straights (I crammed those stitches on!)

Size Made: Small (34")

Modifications: I made this a fair bit longer. This was easy enough to do- The part where you put stitches onto stitch holders for the front sections is where the armholes divide, so I just kept holding it up underneath my arm to see where it fell against my body.

Also, I accidentally didn't do the shawl collar. I knit everything but the sleeves on the subway, and I didn't have the pattern in front of me. I didn't notice I had missed that part until I had already seamed the shoulders on both sides. I tried it on and decided that it works this way, too. And it gives me an excuse to make another one in the future!Notes: I didn't block the body much, but pinned and spritzed the sleeves. I'm using a kilt pin as the closure, but I'm thinking that a great chunky belt would be stylish, too. I also briefly considered adding belt loops and a little kimono-style sash. I tried a few different ways to wear it , and it's pretty versatile:
When I was doing the sleeves, I was a bit concerned that the purl rows at the edge were going to be a bit weird, but I like the way they turned out:I can't tell you how much I love this. It was such a pleasure to knit, and I love the simple styling. I wouldn't be surprised if I made another one. Thanks to Cirilia for a great pattern!

29 comments:

Joan [yarnygirl.com] said...

I love it! The color you picked is perfect and so are all the ways you can wear it.

PS: For a basement apartment, I think these photos are rather excellent.

elizabeth marley said...

Oh my god I love this. I have to make one right now. You look so fantastic!!!

Glenna C said...

Pretty! It looks so cozy and versatile, nice job.

Adrienne said...

I love this!!!!! It looks fantastic on you!

Girl Kae said...

Looks lovely, and the yarn colour is perfect :)

Btw, are those big poppies on your wall? It looks amazing!

Team Knit ! said...

Yes, they are giant poppy decals I got at Ikea. I love them!!! - Julie

Cirilia said...

OMG it's awesome!! So adorably modeled! And yes, it's very versatile, in fact, you DID knit the shawl collar...it's just the front band folded over a bit. Or did you mean that you skipped the three-needle bind off in the back bit?

Team Knit ! said...

Totally skipped the three needle bind off , and so it's not connected at the back of the neck the same way it would if it was a shawl collar. And it's funny, because I remember thinking while I was seaming somewhere on the subway, "I should have reversed a 3 needles bind off for these shoulder seams..." - Julie

Sulafaye said...

Oh my goodness, I love this! Simplicity of design, and it looks GREAT on you! Way to go again, Team Enablers!!! (The pics are great too.)

Brena said...

I love it! It looks so comfortable and wearable... really versatile. How did the yarn work with the pattern?

Phoe said...

The sweater looks great on you. And I love the giant poppies on your wall too.

Team Knit ! said...

The superwash turned out really well, and gave great stitch definition (very important for that twisted rib pattern!)
- Julie

Team Knit ! said...

LOOOOOOOVE IT!
and i agree! the photos are great my dear!
makes me really wish I wasn't stuck in montego... as nice as it is... *le sigh*

Connie said...

Very becoming on you. Great job! :)

Melissa said...
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Melissa said...

Gorgeous!

Lolly said...

So versatile and so cute! a great garment! enjoy :)

knitdaisyknit said...

I love it! Now I've got another knit added to my list of wanna knits...

Heather G. said...

That is one fantastic jacket. And the pin is perfect for it. And a fabulous colour on you, no less!

lekkercraft said...

Absolutely love it! The color, the versatility, even without the collar it looks really, really great! Congrats on finishing.

whitney said...

I love it! And I also love those giant flowers on your wall. Way to cheer up a basement apartment!

Meike said...

Wow - this looks great on you! Do you know how many balls of swish it took you? Now that I've seen how wonderful yours looks, I want to make one too!

Team Knit ! said...

Hi Meike- It took only 7 skeins of swish superwash. I ordered 9, though. You can never be too careful!
- Julie

Hilary said...

That's so pretty!

ginaparr said...

That's beautiful on you!
And I love your wall decor. And Ikea!

I will definitely put this on my to do list :)

Yarn It said...

This is so cute!!!! I love the versatility it has! I think I may need too add that to my list.

stephanie said...

Ever since I saw your Gallery Jacket on Ravelry, I have been in love with it! I'm still working on mine - it's been my go-to project for tv watching. I hope mine turns out as cute as yours!

Mare said...

hi, i came across this entry when searching for uses for my beautiful lemongrass yarn and loved your sweater so much i'm over half way through making my own. also i loved your poppies so much i got some of them too! thanks for the inspiration :)

Mare said...

I lost steam for this project when my second little one was born last year, but just picked it back up. I'm starting the sides and it looks like it's going to be HUGE! I'm making the medium size and am concerned how large it's looking. Have you washed yours and if so did it shrink at all...I know it's superwash yarn so I wasn't sure. Thanks :)