Thursday, January 31, 2008

Res Completa: DROPS Jacket

First of all, many many thanks to Sheepish One and Barefoot Rooster for the reciprocal You Make My Day awards. It's been so fun and uplifting to watch all these good vibes going around knitblogland and I've found some great new blogs, too!

Sooo...I finished my DROPS Jacket, though it did take a little push to start the seaming. Once I got started, though, it seemed to fly by as quickly as the jacket was knit.



Pattern: DROPS A-line Jacket with 3/4 length sleeves (Silke-Alpaca version)
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL, 9 skeins of black (but I needed 1/4 skein more)
Needles: US 8 32" circular (I like my size 8 circ better than my straights)
Notions: 3 oblong black buttons from Global Beads, bought on my lunch break
Start to Finish: January 13 - 24, 2008



Mods: Not many. I added 1" to the length of the body before starting the armscyes to prevent midriff-baring.

Also, the pattern instructions for the collar tell you to increase by kfb'ing in the outermost stitch, then making a yo which is twisted and knit on the return row. Instead of doing this, I did a kfbf in the outermost stitch, and no yo. Both methods left holes, but the kfbf hole was smaller. In retrospect, I realize it wouldn't have mattered. The holes don't show once the collar is sewn down anyway.

Another deviance I took from the pattern was grafting the shoulders instead of binding them off and seaming them. I've been disappointed in my ability to do shoulder seams lately, so thought I'd leave all the shoulder stitches live, graft them, and see how that went. After blocking, you can't even see the graft! I will be doing this from now on.

Oh, also, I totally ran out of yarn when I was about 3/4 of the way done with the collar, so it's not quite as floppy as in the pattern photo. I was able to get the collar to fit on the button bands with some tricksy blocking and seaming (stopping short on the collar meant its width was not going to match the width of the moss stitch panels to which it was seamed), and I don't think you can really tell, luckily.



Notes: This was the type of project that, once I was done with it, I wore it the next time I left the house. And the time after that. My mother commented that she thought it was my best project yet, and my grandmother scolded me for hiding it by wearing my hair down. EVERYONE should make one of these. It is quick to make and universally flattering. And it's free! Honestly, every single finished version of this jacket I saw on Ravelry was absolutely gorgeous. In particular, this one, this one, and this one. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

P.S. Re: photographing a black garment, I totally know what everyone is talking about now. After taking a few shots of something else, and not changing the camera settings one bit, here's how the first photo of this jacket turned out:

Crazy.

19 comments:

peaknits said...

I spent an hour last night surfing Ravelry for the most perfect Drops Jacket - and then I stumble upon yours today - I love it. I have already started swatching!:)

Team Knit ! said...

It looks absolutely stunning! You did a fabulous job!!!

- Julie

Anonymous said...

How cute! I'm off to surf the Ravelry website...
jo

Sophy said...

This looks great on you! =D

sue said...

Your Drops jacket looks gorgeous. I love the black.

jenna said...

Wow. I LOVE it. I wear mine all the time, but now I really want to knit another in black!! :)

raining sheep said...

That is the most fab jacket ever!! I love the black you chose. I can't wait till my Ravelry invite comes.

barefoot rooster said...

gorgeous. i may need to make one of these...

Ella said...

Oooooooooooooooooooo.

This is one of those knits that's like the gorgeous dress you see in the shopping window and just MUST have. Forces a spontaneous "oooooo". :D

sheepish one said...

Hilary!! This is beeyouteeful!
I wish this would look good on me...

Mike and Sarah Paskin said...

Hil, this is your best work yet!

Anonymous said...

hi hilary. i don't think i have seen or talked to you since before high school. i was out with margo a couple weeks ago and your dad came into starbucks and was talking to margo about your blog. i thought i would check it out. i love your sweater. i really want to make it, i am trying to finish a bunch of stuff i have put off before i start something new. i hope you are doing well.
-julie (corgiat) freeby

The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog said...

Another stunning design on you! Love, love, love how that looks. You have knit so many beautiful things. Enjoy - and ignore the hair comment.

Cyn said...

I LOVE this in black! Yours looks so sleek and elegant. I already made one but now I want to make another in black.

If I end up with two of these I am holding you responsible... *shakes fist*

kmckiernan said...

That is gorgeous on you! So very stunning! Great job! =)

Nora said...

Oooh, I love it on black! Thanks for the inspiration.

Katie said...

OMG!! love. love this. great job!

CanarySanctuary said...

I love your jacket! (and I feel your pain with the black knit).
I agree that it's a very flattering knit. You did a great job!

Fra said...

Very very very nice!!! I link your blog in mine!