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Pearl Buck Swing Jacket

Sep 8, 2011
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Pearl Buck Swing Jacket - Kate Gilbert

The swingy A-line shaping and delicate stitch detail in Kate Gilbert’s little jacket were inspired by the loose-fitting tops worn by Chinese women in Pearl S. Buck's novel, The Good Earth. The body of the jacket widens gently from bust to hem, and the back features a tapered box pleat decorated with a traveling diamond-stitch motif. Half-diamonds edge each side of the front opening, and the bracelet-length sleeves flair slightly at the cuff.

Finished Size 36 (41, 44, 49)" (91.5 [104, 112, 124.5] cm) bust circumference, with front edges just meeting at center. Jacket shown measures 36" (91.5 cm).
Yarn Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Double Knitting (100% merino; 137 yd [125 m]/50 g): #944 elderberry, 9 (11, 12, 14) skeins. Yarn distributed by Westminster Fibers.
Needles Size 6 (4 mm): straight, 24" or 32" (60 or 80 cm) circular (cir), and set of 2 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Tapestry needle; stitch holders; removable stitch markers in 2 different colors; cable needle (cn).
Gauge 22 sts and 31 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st; 6-st zigzag patt from chart measures about 7⁄8" (2.2 cm) wide.


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