I figure some of you will want to see what the Market Jacket looked like finished. We got a cold snap today (hooray!) and my wrists are a bit sore from knitting Jacket No. 1 (the final piece – the collar – sits on my lap as I write this), so I decided to put the finishing touches to the Market Jacket.
I’ve been hesitating to put the buttons on because I just hate how buttons tend to pull through the holes after a while and the knit ends up looking less polished than it should. Taking a look at my commercially knitted cardigans, I realised that the button bands are all lined with grosgrain ribbon. I decided to follow suit.
The ribbon lining has made a huge difference – the bands are stable without being stiff. It also allowed me to sew the buttons on using normal sewing thread – something I usually don’t do when I’m sewing buttons directly on to the knitted button band because it doesn’t feel secure. I’m going to line all my cardigan button bands from now on. I guess it makes sense. After all, when you sew, you always put interfacing on button bands. Why not the same principle for knitting?
That done, here is the jacket:
The notes are all here if you want to see them.
It’s a very cool jacket. I really like it, but it’s still going off as a present. I think it will suit the recipient even more than me. I’m already excited about a couple of other jackets I have my greedy little eyes on…
Tomorrow, I will start seaming Jacket No. 1. After that, I have 10 days to get Jacket No.2 finished. It will be a tight squeeze, but it can be done.
I am so sick of knitting jackets though!!! There is some serious fantasizing of cables and other pretty knitting going on at this end. The wishlist queue of knits is getting longer by the day!
And guess what? Today’s the 3rd anniversary of my blog! Time flies.
Hope you’re all having a good week.