Knit a cosy zippered jacket

Reverse stockinette stitch makes this intermediate-level jacket anything but ordinary, and sizes up to XXL make it an ideal project for any knitter.

How to knit a cosy zippered jacket
Warm Front
For intermediate knitters
Take a look at a larger image of the finished zippered jacket

This sporty zippered jacket is just right for an active but arctic weekend. Reverse stockinette stitch is anything but ordinary, and a rolled neckband is a youthful twist on the typical collar. The self-patterning yarn means that you get all of the colour without any of the effort. "Warm Front" first appeared in the Fall '03 issue of Family Circle Easy Knitting.

Materials
• Fantastica by GGH/Muench Yarns, 1-3/4 oz/50 g balls, each approx 30 yd/28 m (wool/acrylic/alpaca/nylon): 20 (21, 22, 24, 25) balls in #04 brown multi
• One pair size 17 (12.75 mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
• One separating zipper 20 (20, 20, 22, 22)"/50 (50, 50, 55, 55) cm long
• Stitch holders

Sizes
Sized for Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large). Shown in size Medium.
Take a look at the pattern measurements

Finished measurements
• Bust (closed) 40 (42, 46, 48, 52)"/101.5 (106.5, 117, 122, 132) cm
• Length 22 (22-1/2, 22-1/2, 24, 24-1/2)"/56 (57.5, 57.5, 61, 62.5) cm
• Upper arm 17 (18, 19, 19, 20)"/43 (46, 48, 48, 51) cm

Gauge
8 sts and 11 rows to 4"/10 cm over reverse St st using size 17 (12.75 mm) needles. Take time to check your gauge.

Back
Cast on 41 (43, 47, 49, 53) sts. Work in reverse St st for 13-1/2 (13-1/2, 13-1/2, 14-1/2, 14-1/2)"/34.5 (34.5, 34.5, 37, 37) cm.

Armhole shaping

Bind off 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 33 (35, 37, 39, 41) sts. Work even until armhole measures 8-1/2 (9, 9-1/2, 9-1/2, 10)"/21.5 (23, 24, 24, 25.5) cm. Bind off all sts.

Left front
Cast on 21 (22, 24, 25, 27) sts.

Next row (RS)
Work in reverse St st to last 2 sts, work last 2 sts in St st (front edge). Cont as established until same length as back to armholes. Shape armhole at side edge (beg of RS row) as for back -- 17 (18, 19, 20, 21) sts. Work even until armhole measures 6-1/2 (6-1/2, 7, 7-1/2, 7-1/2)"/16.5 (16.5, 17.5, 19, 19) cm.

Neck shaping
Next row (RS)
Work to last 5 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts and place them on a holder for neck. Cont to bind off from neck edge 2 sts once, 1 st once. When same length as back, bind off rem 9 (10, 11, 11, 12) sts for shoulder.

Right front
Work to correspond to left front, reversing placement of St st front band (beg of RS rows) and all shaping.

Sleeves
Cast on 21 sts. Work in reverse St st, inc 1 st each side every 4th row 0 (0, 2, 2, 5) times, every 6th row 7 (8, 7, 7, 5) times -- 35 (37, 39, 39, 41) sts. Work even until piece measures 19-1/2 (20, 20-1/2, 21, 21-1/2"/49.5 (50.5, 52, 53.5, 54.5) cm from beg. Bind off all sts.

Finishing
Block pieces to measurements. Sew shoulder seams.

Collar
With RS facing, pick up and k 44 (44, 44, 48, 48) sts evenly around neck edge, including sts from holders. Work in reverse St st, keeping 2 sts at front edges in St st, for 5"/13 cm. Bind off. Fold collar in half to WS and sew in place. Set in sleeves, sewing last 2 (2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2, 3)"/5 (5, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5) cm at top of sleeve to bound-off armhole sts. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew in zipper.

Excerpted from Family Circle Easy Plus-Size Knits. Copyright 2006 by Sixth&Spring Books. Excerpted with permission from Sixth&Spring Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.




 



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