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The perfect introduction to traditional stranded colourwork techniques. The body and sleeves are worked upwards from the folded hems separately to the underarm and joined for the seamless raglan yoke. Shaping for well-padded bottoms is provided by way of a cute gathered detail at the back and the cuffs can be folded up to show the contrasting inner hem. The pointed pixie hood continues without interruption and is joined at the top with a 3 needle bind-off.
For the Fair-Isle band stitches are then picked up all the way around the front edge. The gap at the bottom is temporarily bridged with a short cast on and the Fair-Isle band is worked in the round with no shaping or purling. An easy I-cord bind-off gives a polished finish. The short steek is cut (not nearly as scary as it sounds!) to re-open the bottom edge and the zipper is installed. The jacket is completed with ribbon to neatly cover the cut edges and zipper tape.
Fingering weight / 4ply wool yarn. This method requires a relatively ‘sticky’ wool that has not been superwash treated.
28 sts and 40 rows = 4" / 10cm in st st on smaller needles
28 sts and 30 rows = 4" / 10cm in stranded colourwork pattern on larger needles
Size 2 US / 2.75mm 24" / 60cm circular needle.
Size 2 US / 2.75mm dpns or circulars for your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the rnd
Size 3 US / 3.25mm 32" / 80cm circular needle.
Joining the hems on body and sleeves will also require a spare circular and/or dpns in the smaller size (a slightly smaller needle can also be used if necessary).
3[6, 12, 18] months, (2, 3, 4) years