Finished: 1940s Knitted Lumber JacketI finished my second knitting project! Yay! In case you missed my last post, I made the 'Lumber Jacket' pattern, published in The Australian Women's Weekly, March 23 1946. I cast on January 20 and finished it the 24th of February.
I used 4 skeins of Cygnet DK yarn, 100% acrylic, in the shade 'Bottle'. I am not too crazy about it in terms of quality (the plies are very loose), but it-is-SO soft! Especially after washing it with fabric conditioner. I feel like cuddling my cardigan all day long.
I am so happy that the fit turned out exactly the way it looks in the pattern picture. Even though I made a gauge swatch and calculated carefully, I had my doubts whether it would turn out as blouse-y as in the picture while I was knitting. But it's perfect! Never doubt your math, I guess. The only thing I changed is the sleeve length. I added one inch because I like to be able to pull them over my hands when I'm cold.
The pockets and the collar are finished with a crochet edge. Right after I finished the cardigan I looked up a list of crochet terms to translate something, only to discover that there are different terms in US English and UK English. Double Crochet in US is called a Treble in UK. Double Crochet in UK is the same as a single crochet in US. Who would ever expect a thing like that?! Since my pattern is Australian, and uses UK needle sizes, I am pretty sure that the Double Crochet term is English. Meaning: I should have done a single crochet in US terms. It would explain why I felt that my pockets looked too big!
The buttons are just plain black fish eye buttons.
This was a very simple pattern, definitely recommended if you're a beginner! Although I do have to say that the pattern is a little inconsistent sometimes. For instance, for the front it tells you to "continue working in stocking stitch" and totally forgets to mention that you need to work 8 sts of ribbing at the center front as well. Though it was obvious to me, I can imagine some people might get confused.
You can get the pattern for free here, and it is also listed on Ravelry.