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Garter-Stripe Jacket

Knit Simple is on the newsstands and I just received my copy in the mail yesterday. One of my designs is included in the Toggle Mania story.

Knit Simple Winter 2012, photo by Paul Amato for

The Garter-Stripe jacket has a series of toggles attached with i-cord to the wide garter stitch front bands which are worked in Noro Kureyon. The rest of the cardigan uses Debbie Bliss’ Cashmerino Aran and is beautifully soft. I just love the mallard colourway paired with the Noro yarn in teals, blues, hot pinks and browns.

The garter stitch front bands are worked separately and sewn to the cardigan fronts. Long lengths of i-cord are knit, threaded through the toggles and then sewn to the front bands.

It has set-in sleeves and a short stand up garter stitch collar. The collar can also lie flat like a lapel jacket if desired.

I found the Kureyon/Cashmerino selection of yarns the publisher sent me to have two completely different textures and drapes. The garter stitch panels overlap a fair degree (like a double breasted jacket) and are somewhat stiff. I might choose to try Silk Garden or KnitPicks Chroma Worsted with the Cashmerino instead. Another option would be to choose a stiffer yarn for the solid colour. Maybe something like Cascade 220 or Létt-Lopi (Lite Lopi) or Galway.

All that said, this is another project that I would wear if I was able to keep it!

Publication: Knit Simple Winter 2012
Publisher: SoHo Publishing Company
Yarn: Cashmerino Aran by Debbie Bliss in #56 mallard and Kureyon by Noro in #259



3 thoughts on “Garter-Stripe Jacket”

  1. Holli – that looks great. Congratulations. I’m going to put your blog post in my fb page – so more of my friends can see it. Maybe you’ll get a new follower or two.

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