I’ve been working (and re-working) on the Chanel-like jacket for a week or two now, and I have learned a ton (i.e., knit, frogged, swore, knit, frogged, early gave up, knit, etc.) So, for those of you who are interested in embarking on this same journey, I will list out what I now know:
- When you slip a knit stitch, you slip as if to purl. I used to know this, but I forgot. This little error of mine made my swatch look totally weird. It was basically black and white stripes rather than a herringbone pattern. Not that attractive unless you want to look like a recent escapee from Sing-sing. I almost didn’t knit this whole project because I didn’t like how the swatch looked. Then it finally occurred to me what my error was.
This is what an incorrect swatch looks like:
And this is more like it:
Yay! Herringbone, and it looks great 🙂
- When you knit the pocket flaps, the pattern says just knit them until they measure 1 1/2″. Unless you want your pocket flaps to be totally off-pattern in a very noticeable spot, you need to be much more specific than that. You need to end after row 1 of the honeycomb tweed pattern. I.e., you should be knitting with the CC, and the stitches on your needle should be alternating in color.
- The instructions for “Insert pocket flap” were very confusing to me. It says “With WS of Pocket Flat in front of WS of Garment…” Mmmm…. “in front” to me means towards me, right? As in “with yarn in front, blah blah.” Well, that is not where you want the pocket flap. You should be knitting a WS row. You want the pocket flap away from you, against the RS of the garment, with the RS facing away from you. In other words, it should be laying on the piece exactly as it will when you’re finished, with the WS of the flap laying directly against the RS of the garment. I would have taken a pic of the correct way to do this, but I was way too pissed at the time to be taking photos. Plus, it was the third time I had knit those damn flaps in and I didn’t want to jinx it by stopping to photograph it.
Here’s how far I am now:
I splurged on the Filatura di Crosa Zara Plus yarn and it is sooo nice. Very soft, very pleasant to knit with. And now that I’m over those darn pockets, I can just relax and knit 🙂