Our new knit-along: The Pan-Am Jacket

The Pan-Am Jacket by Ashley Rao

You voted, and the winner is the Pan-Am Jacket by Ashley Rao. Yippee; it's my favorite, too! The Pan-Am is a classic, vintage-modern knitted cardigan. With three-quarter-length sleeves, a swingy shape, and a cute one-button closure, it's both fashionable and practical.

Here's a little info about the pattern:

Finished Size 33½ (37½, 40, 44¾, 50½)" bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 33½", modeled at left with slight ease.
Yarn Classic Elite Yarns Mountaintop Collection Crestone (100% wool; 100 yd [91 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #5103 smoke, 14 (16, 17, 19, 22) skeins.
Needles Body and Sleeves—Size 6 (4 mm): two 40" and one 12" circular (cir). Sleeve cuff facing—Size 4 (3.5 mm): 12" cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Ten markers (m); two stitch holders; tapestry needle; two 1 1/8" buttons.
Gauge 20 sts and 24 rows = 4" in Chevron patt on larger needles.

This is an intermediate knitting pattern with charts, but because it's a knit-along you'll get all the help you need from people who are advanced knitters, people who've already knitted the design, or people who are a little bit ahead of you and can answer questions that come up. So if you feel a little intimidated by charted knitting, or if this is one of your first garments, don't be afraid to join in!

Knit-alongs are so much fun. If you've never joined us before, now's the time! Here's how our knit-alongs work:

1. Download the Pan-Am Jacket pattern from the Knitting Daily Shop (or find it in Interweave Knits, Winter 2011).
2. Buy your yarn (or find it in your stash).
3. Log on to the forum, introduce yourself, and tell us which yarn you're using. This forum is where all of the fun is; it's where you'll share your tips, ask questions, or upload photos, and it's where you'll find support if you're having problems.
4. Post a photo of your finished jacket when you're done!

Here's the Pan-Am Jacket Knit-Along schedule:
6/15–6/29: Download pattern (or find it in Interweave Knits, Winter 2011), choose yarn, swatch.
6/30–8/25: Knit body.
8/26–9/23: Knit sleeves.
9/2–10-1: Finishing.

Even though the knit-along officially started last Friday, it's not to late to join—there's plenty of knitting time left. Lots of questions have been asked and answered, too, so you'll have a leg up!

The charts in the pattern download are a wee bit small, so we've provided enlarged charts, and there's also a shaping correction you'll need to note.

Now download your Pan-Am Jacket pattern and let's get started!



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Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

5 thoughts on “Our new knit-along: The Pan-Am Jacket

  1. I cast on last evening……and could’t stop till row 37. In the beginning it was a little bit confusing…..but as I “concentrated” on what is written in the text about the first two rows- and after placing the markers – it worked. With beginning of the charts- which I copied and I fixed them in a row in the right order- everything got easier.The divider stitches are like landmarks in the work piece- they show where the next chart begins.
    I underline in black every second row….so I can see much better where I am….and how the pattern works. I can easily control if I’m doing right……and this is really helpful for me.

  2. I am way behind schedule with this project -hope it is not too advanced for me. I have knit the first two rows. I am following the yellow chart for size 37 1/2. Do I follow the red line (size 33 1/2) until it intersects the yellow line (seems like row 57 on all pieces plus row 29 on Left Front)?

  3. This pattern takes concentration – not your watch the olympics and knit…. I have the pdf on my Ipad and while it is easy to flip between charts I can’t mark off my rows. I’m doing it in a rather fuzzy wool yarn that I had in my stash…. we’ll see……

  4. I am using this pattern on my iPad… While it is easy to flip between charts, I can’t mark off rows. This pattern takes concentration. Not a watch the olympics and knit while relaxing….

  5. Impatiently waiting on the LYS to call to say my yarn has arrived. I just want to start already. Ugh! Maybe I’ll finish by the time Christmas rolls around. Ha, ha.