Fairisle Jacket complete

phil_nov1987's picture

Hey everyone - sorry ive not been posting anything recently. I must admit i had got a little tired of coming on here as there seemed to be one blogger always blogging about his life problems and not knitting so i was kind of put off for a bit. I come on here to escape from everyday life, and share in a craft i am passionate about with other people - not to read of peoples personal issues.
However, fail not!! I have returned, renewed and refreshed and have a completed project to show you all! Its a fairisle zip through jacket i have made my friend for here birthday in a few weeks. It has taken me a few months to complete but glad it is done.

I just love the colours, and the pattern - i call it the wacky jacket!

Hope you all like it :-)

Phil x

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Mnjack's picture

Wow...that is absolutely

Wow...that is absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and the detail of the pattern. What type yarn did you use for it ? It looks like it is a very lightweight yarn. Very nice job. It is also good to see your post again.

phil_nov1987's picture

Hi there thanks for your

Hi there thanks for your comment - its an English 3 ply weight so fairly fine yarn yes. Its a wool acrylic mix, which i prefer as i can put it in the washing machine and not worry!

Thanks again

Phil

kiwiknitter's picture

What an excellent cardie!

What an excellent cardie! Please, give us more information about this. Is it your own pattern and design? What is the gauge and what size yarn and needles did you use? It looks like you knitted it flat and in pieces. How did you finish the neck? The colours and the leaf pattern are lovely. I love colour work and I admire what you've done here.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

phil_nov1987's picture

Hi there thanks for your

Hi there thanks for your comment - this was knitted on one of my machines (yes i know some people say its cheating but there still is a lot of work that goes into machine knitting) It is my own pattern that i designed based on a tension swatch and some software i have for the computer that allows you to design whatever you like. The pattern is one of my grandmas from years ago!!!
I never knit in the round as i find it tedious, and find seaming quite fun, so yes it was knitted flat. The neck was finished using a trim/braid called worm trim using the purple yarn tripled, hence a thicker ply yarn.

Thanks again

Phil

bkeith's picture

Holy cow! That's fantastic!

Holy cow! That's fantastic!

phil_nov1987's picture

Thank you very much! :-)

Thank you very much! :-)

2manyhobbies's picture

Are the cuffs and bottom

Are the cuffs and bottom hemmed? I believe they are, and that looks very nice and clean.
Beautiful item, beautifully executed. This space is entirely what we all make it, and while I'm content to let 1,000 flowers bloom, I hope you'll continue to post about your knitting and sharing your completed projects and we can all escape for a bit admiring what you've done, and taking inspiration for our own endeavors.

phil_nov1987's picture

Hi there yes the cuffs are

Hi there yes the cuffs are turned up and slip stitched down to create a neat looking hem. Thanks for your comment. :-)

2manyhobbies's picture

If you would be interested

If you would be interested and for what it's worth, I did a workshop at the US east coast knitting retreat about knitting a hem, and you can find the notes here:
http://home.comcast.net/~jcgilliam/mkr2011/mkr2011_knitted_hems.pdf

Basically, it's just a provisional cast-on, knit the length of the hem, optionally knit a fold line (a row of purls works nicely), knit the length of the hem again, remove the provisional cast-on onto another needle, and then do k2tog to join the two sides of the hem.

You end up with the same result, but you can avoid stitching down with a darning needle. Useful because I can never locate my darning needle :).

Bill's picture

I took Jon's workshop...and

I took Jon's workshop...and I love the knitted hems!!!

What a truly beautiful

What a truly beautiful jacket. Well done and congratulations.

phil_nov1987's picture

Thank you so much :-)

Thank you so much :-)

KenInMaine's picture

That is one fantastic piece

That is one fantastic piece of work. Well done and congratulations!

phil_nov1987's picture

Thank you Ken :-)

Thank you Ken :-)

AKQGuy's picture

That work is gorgeous. I'm

That work is gorgeous. I'm so glad that someone likes color work, because the end product is fantastic. Hope she loves it!
Q

phil_nov1987's picture

Thank you very much for the

Thank you very much for the comment. I too love the colours and i know she will love it - she is an artist so wild colours are her favourite!

AKQGuy's picture

Considering you could plunk

Considering you could plunk me in front of a knitting machine and I'd sooner have my eyelids jammed in it than a piece of knit wrok coming out of it means i'm impressed no matter the means of the knitting. You won't find me slighting the obvious craftsmanship

bobinthebul's picture

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

phil_nov1987's picture

Thanks :-)

Thanks :-)

ronhuber's picture

A truly beautiful sweater.

A truly beautiful sweater.

phil_nov1987's picture

Thank you Ron :-)

Thank you Ron :-)

Bill's picture

Phil, Welcome back! The

Phil,
Welcome back!
The jacket is marvelous! ...is it machine knit? ( the yarn looks very fine)...what a wonderful repeating pattern of leaves!

phil_nov1987's picture

Cheers Bill, glad to be

Cheers Bill, glad to be back. Yes the jacket is machine knit - the yarn is a 3 ply (thats English 3 ply, so fairly fine) :-)