Herringbone Jacket

kiwiknitter's picture

Last February, my Hunny-Bunny and I celebrated our 30th anniversary (I am sooo old). I asked him what he wanted as a gift and he replied that he wanted me to knit a cardie for him. But, it was to be over-sized so he could wear it over his sweatshirt and flannel shirts while working in the garden. (This is why the body looks so large and the sleeves so long.) Admittedly, I shuddered at the thought of knitting flat and in pieces but I figured that 30 years was worth something, after all (besides sainthood being conferred on him for his years of suffering while living with the likes of me). He selected the “Herringbone Jacket” from the pattern book “Classic Knits for Men” published by Rowan. The yarn is “Vienna” made in Italy for Naturally (believe it or not, with all the bloody sheep in this country, we still end up importing our knitting yarns!). It is 67% wool + 33% acrylic. It should wear nicely. The gage was 17 stitches per 10 centimeters which I obtained by using 5.5 mm Addi Click needles (they worked brilliantly). It has been years since I last did a garment that wasn't in the round, steeked and in a fairisle pattern. In addition to having to remember how to purl, there were some other learning curves to get over. I had never done a front band, the collar was more involved than I'd ever done, knitted-in pockets were a new thing, too. I didn't like the button holes and went to my Lucy Neatby DVD's for a solution. She gives a technique for a very neat button hole which I highly recommend. The pattern may have some errors. I am hesitant to make the actual statement because it is so poorly written in several places. In addition, I also used Lucy's technique for joining the sleeves to the armholes and it looks very nice, better than just sewing up. All in all, I enjoyed the learning process but I can see why I've tended to keep to the same types of knitting.

This is my last garment for a while. After 35 years in the same profession, I am leaving it (thankfully!) and going back to school in October. That means, focus on studies. But, never fear – I'll have some socks on the needles which don't require concentration and can be a good diversion for an over-worked brain!

Oh yes, if you look in the background you can see part of our house being held up by emergency repairs. This morning we had another “aftershock” measuring mag 4.5, depth 10.7 km, energy 96 tons, 3.4 km from our house. We're don't pay them much attention anymore.

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Comments

kiwiknitter's picture

Hello All - Thanks for all

Hello All - Thanks for all the lovely comments you've offered here. The jacket was a success and I'm happy that he's pleased.

And yes, the doom-sayers did predict it wouldn't last but what did they know!

My partner rang and said he found a lovely teapot but the lid was chipped; did I want him to purchase it? My reply was "So, what isn't chipped now?" My advice after all the loses from the quakes is to enjoy what you have while you have it because in just 1 second it may be broken and lost forever. Don't save anything "for good" to use only for special occasions or keeping it for later. It may end up broken and never used. Now, I won't go so far as to recommend that everything breakable be replaced with metal and plastic! The Buddha was right when we advised we let go of attachments and see how transitory and impermanent everything is. All compounded things are subject to passing away. You don't have to live through some major natural disasters to learn this lesson and to start living for today.

davidUK's picture

Hi, I knitted the Herringbone

Hi,

I knitted the Herringbone Jacket for my other half too - and I swore quite a lot and ended up ripping out quite a few bits and pieces. I took some pics which are on my bog on here...I wasn't entirely convince by the pattern either

David

kiwiknitter's picture

I hadn't noticed your earlier

I hadn't noticed your earlier posts. How fun we both did the same pattern. The yarn chosen here didn't work for the herringbone design which was just as well. But, I didn't care much for the pattern and can't recommend it as written. I was only able to get through it because I have some knitting experience. You did an excellent job with yours and I admired it on this site.

Mnjack's picture

Congratualtions on 30 years.

Congratualtions on 30 years. We have made it half way...15 years. The sweater is another great example of the wonderful work you do. I think the best part is that you made it the way he wanted and not the way you probably would have for yourself. Great job and have many more years together.

rmbm612's picture

Congratulations Jesse on the

Congratulations Jesse on the cardigan and on your 30th anniversary. This NYE my partner, Rod and I will celebrate our 35th year together. We both retired this year....Rod from school social work and after 41 years of operating room nursing, I retired on September 2nd, the day before my 62nd birthday. I now have no excuse for work getting in the way of doing what I like to do. Have miles of yarn and some unfinished projects that will fill up my time. You mentioned you are going back to school. What are you going to study? Is it related to nursing? Congratulations again and take care of one another

rmbm612's picture

Congratulations Jesse on the

Congratulations Jesse on the cardigan and on your 30th anniversary. This NYE my partner, Rod and I will celebrate our 35th year together. We both retired this year....Rod from school social work and after 41 years of operating room nursing, I retired on September 2nd, the day before my 62nd birthday. I now have no excuse for work getting in the way of doing what I like to do. Have miles of yarn and some unfinished projects that will fill up my time. You mentioned you are going back to school. What are you going to study? Is it related to nursing? Congratulations again and take care of one another

Tom Hart's picture

Another beautiful creation,

Another beautiful creation, Jesse. A cardigan is on my bucket list. There are many, many, many skills I’d need to acquire first, though.

As someone who lives in earthquake country, I can’t imagine how you’ve dealt with the constant and unrelenting upheaval. We had a big one here in 1989 and for nights afterwards when a bus would go by the apartment it would provide enough shake to wake me bolt upright and get my heart pounding. I’ve never heard of the constant stream of quakes you folks have had to deal with. Peace to you and peace to the earth.

brenthaig's picture

Congrats and I've got to say

Congrats and I've got to say that THAT is a great looking cardigan.

ronhuber's picture

Congratulations on your

Congratulations on your anniversary and what a beautiful jacket. Great knitting. I really like the collar and what a perfect colour.

beenieg80's picture

Congratulations on 30 years!

Congratulations on 30 years! My partner and I have been together for 12 somewhat stable years so far. He cringes whenever I have taken on a new hobby. He didn’t care for but didn’t mind when I started to embroider, he was not too happy when I started to sew but was happy that he can have someone fix his shirts. But by the time I started to knit he was not happy at all. Some of his “big mouthed” co-workers told him that I will begin to spend a lot of money of nice yarns, boy were they right! I have knitted a lot of basic, nothing fancy scarves for charity and he is pleased as long as I do not bother him or spend too much. But when I started to buy stuff to make things for others and the yarn cost started to increase, he was less then enthused. His attitude changed in the past few months now that I have started to knit a pair of socks for him and made the WestKnits mystery KAL for him. With our large age difference I hope David and I can make it as long as some of you guys.

BrentGC's picture

Beautiful jacket, and an

Beautiful jacket, and an amazing way to celebrate your 30th anniversary. Congratulations! And congratulations to the rest of you celebrating long-term relationships!!!

Brent

That is one very good

That is one very good looking cardie---I havn't knit a major piece like that in a long time---but I may start one. Myself and my OtherHalf have just had our 42nd anniversary----he also thinks that he deserves sainthood or at least a medal of honor and achievement. He appreciates my knitting, but does not really care to wear knitted anything. But he DOES like me to knit octagonal dishcloths for him. Happy on you both and keep up the good!!

MMario's picture

These days I think ANY couple

These days I think ANY couple lasting 40 plus years BOTH members deserve sainthood.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Amen to that!

Amen to that!

CLABBERS's picture

Outstanding garment! It is a

Outstanding garment! It is a beautiful tribute to a life spent with the one you love!
Mark

Kerry's picture

The cardigan and your man

The cardigan and your man look great Jesse, and congratulations on your 30th anniversary, it's a real milestone. Clive and I had our 32nd anniversary this year.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Congratulations to Clive and

Congratulations to Clive and yourself, too!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Superb knitting, Jesse.

Superb knitting, Jesse. Congratulations on 30 years of love. Here's hoping the aftershocks fade away and things can become more normal. As to importing all your knitting yarn...that sounds typical: I imagine all your fleeces get exported to other markets, leaving only small bits for home consumption.

potterdc's picture

Jesse, it's beautiful! And

Jesse, it's beautiful! And many congratulations on 30 years. He's lucky to have put up with you for so long! It will be 30 years for me in 2021 - I should probably get started soon if I'm going to produce something like that for The Best Beloved on our 30th. Stay safe. We've had a few aftershocks here in DC but I never felt them. xo

That's a really good looking

That's a really good looking jacket Jesse and I'm sure it will be a much loved piece. Glad you are all safe and well, and good luck with your studies.