Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Vertical Shell St Jacket

Well, I finally finished it. A good online friend sent me the pattern from Germany while attending school a couple of years ago. It's from a magazine called Diana.

There was one problem, all the patterns were written in German!! OK. at least the pattern that I was interested in had a diagram, so I kinda could figure it out from that. But I decided to put the idea aside for awhile.

I finally picked it back up, mainly because, while browsing thru different Ravelry forums, I ran across a member whose ID was 'HilaryinGermany'. I thought I'd just ask if she'd translate it for me, and she did (thanks, Hilary!!). Don't ask me why I didn't ask the friend who sent the magazine, maybe I just didn't want to be a bother.

Anyway, after reading Hilary's translation, I wasn't too sure about it, especially the sleeve instructions, so I came up my own version.

I decided to choose the color 'Linen' so it could go with alot of different Fall/Winter colors (besides, I had alot of it). The original pattern called for 3 different colors, changing each every row (Yeah!, like that was gonna happen!!). The 3 colors looked too busy to me, and my taste leans toward the simple, basic side.I'd planned to put a accent color as a trim anyway.

The pattern says that this is made in one piece, from one sleeve to the other. OK, that might work, but that means that you'd have to work decreases in the opposite direction. HUH?.....we can forget about that idea.....

I just made 2 identical pieces, then just sew the pieces together at the back.
Hey! I already started both sleeves anyway, so I went with it.

I made the sides (front and back) a little longer, and planned to add side pockets (just gotta thing about jackets and coats having pockets), as well as buttons on the front too.

The next tricky part was figuring out the back collar/scarf. The pattern wasn't too clear, but I did figure it out (Personally, I think the scarf width is too wide, but it's have to do.....the brother ain't taken it out now!!)

So, onward I went.....what do you think? Click link to pattern site.


13 comments:

GemLady521 said...

I think it's incredible, what a work of art! It looks so warm and substantial. I'm cold-natured so a wide scarf works for me. I'm really impressed because I've just never seen anything like it, it's a REAL jacket! I need to go back and see what kind of yarn you used. You did (another) expert job!

Karen said...

Great job Ken, It looks so warm and inviting :)

THAT CROCHET GUY said...

Thanks ladies!!

Pam said...

LOVE it!

Barb said...

Ken! That is absolutely gorgeous! OMG what great work you do. Is the pattern available somewhere where I can buy it? I would love to try this one! Thanks!
Barb

THAT CROCHET GUY said...

Thanks again ladies,

The pattern is now available at:


http://stores.lulu.com/crochetguy

GypsyNJ said...

Your commentary is so good. I agree that the scarf is a little wide, but think that a thinner one would not be as rich looking. A class act!

Ann T said...

Just doesn't get any better than this one. Can't come up with enough words to say how great your work is. Just wish someone would hire you for some professional work as it's very nearly fantastic.

Deb said...

This is an sweater! Can't wait to buy the pattern from your Lulu site (I've overspent my crochet budget this month).

Deb said...

OK, it's just too early in the morning . . . my first post should have said this is an AMAZING sweater. No takebacks on blog posts, eh?

ferrous said...

that is one wicked jacket!

THAT CROCHET GUY said...

Thanks for all the compliments, guys!

I did make a small change to the pattern.....made the scarf less wide.

Sheila said...

Oh! Ken... another gorgeous garment. Now can I asked who are the receipients of your gorgeous garments?