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Monday, March 9, 2009

Top Down Knitted Baby Jacket

Way back in July while we were on vacation up north, I purchased a few new knitting patterns that I had had my eye on for some time. I wrote about that shopping expedition here, and I have recently started working on one of the patterns.

It's the Top Down Baby Jacket from Plymouth Yarn Company which can be purchased from Patternworks right online, or in their store if you happen to be up near Center Harbor, New Hampshire.

Top Down Knitted Baby Jacket in progressAs I suspected, this pattern is knitting up pretty quickly since it uses worsted weight yarn and size 9 needles. It's also pretty easy if you are good at following a pattern. It uses simple increases and decreases and yarn overs to achieve the one-piece, eyelet row result.

If you purchase this pattern, you should be aware that there needs to be a few corrections made to it which I have not found listed anywhere online. First of all, if the pattern is knitted as in the instructions, there will be no line of purl stitches across the sweater right before the eyelet rows begin. Also, on the sleeves, there should be a Row 17: Knit and a Row 18: Purl before working a repeat of the pattern. In the pattern for the body, the row number after 17 should, naturally, be 18 instead of 12.

The piece begins at the neckline with garter stitch and an eyelet row and then the increasing begins for shaping the body of the sweater. The finished jacket appears to have raglan sleeves, which beginner knitters tend to shy away from, but these are knit all together with the rest of the sweater. Stitch holders are used to hold sections of the sweater that are not being knit while the sleeves are finished. Then all the stitches are returned to the needle and the body of the sweater below the sleeves is continued in one piece.

Since this pattern called for two skeins of yarn, I used the first skein to work the top and sleeves. When it was time to attach the yarn again to continue on the body, I started the second skein so that I will not have to add a new skein in the middle of the knitting. There will be no seams to hide tails neatly into, so this was my way of avoiding that altogether.

Top Down Knitted Baby Jacket in progressOnce the knitting is complete, the only finishing that will be needed are the two sleeve seams. You can see in the above picture that I have left a generous length of yarn at the end of each sleeve which I tied into loose bundles. These tails will be used to sew the seams.

The stitches for the right front, back, and left front of the sweater below the armholes have now been returned to the needle and are ready to be worked in one piece to the bottom of the sweater.

I love this kind of pattern because there is so little finishing work to be done. I think I will weave a satin ribbon through the eyelets in the neckline as shown in the pattern picture.

This sweater is size 1 year and would make a lovely little jacket to wear for Easter. I will be offering this item for sale once it is finished, so if you are interested in purchasing it, please zip me an email or leave a comment with your email address.

Happy Stitching!

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  • That is going to be a darling little jacket! 8-)

    By Blogger MYRA, At March 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM  

  • what is the name of the pattern can i am trying to find it but with no luck. I'm a top down addict :)

    By Anonymous Diane Louw, At May 29, 2015 at 6:54 AM  

  • Hi Diane! Thanks for writing! Apparently that pattern is no longer listed on the Patternworks website. Thanks for bringing that to my attention so I can edit my post. You might try emailing Plymouth Yarn Company and asking if they have it available still. I did find some mistakes in the pattern as you may have read in my post, so they may have discontinued the pattern. But if you ask for it, they may make it available to you.

    Good luck!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At May 30, 2015 at 8:01 PM  

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