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FO: Nantucket jacket

Pattern: Nantucket Jacket, Interweave Knits Winter 06/07 by Norah Gaughan

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino, 5 balls

Size: Small (34)

Needles: Size 6 US and Size G crochet hook for edging

Mods: I added half an inch to the length, but otherwise it is to pattern specs.

Positives: I love the color and the Patons merino was very nice and economical. I’m happy to have conquered my fear of this jacket, which I had been longing to make since the issue came out last year. It should be nice whenever the weather finally decides to cool down!

Negatives: It’s a bit too big. Not so big as to be unwearable, but I do wish it were smaller around the waist/hip area. The bust is ok, though a 32″ size would have been better… but the lower area really just hangs there, thus the lack of a picture from the straight front. I’m planning some button mods to try to fix things. I’m not happy with my buttons right now (my sewing is dodgy) so I’m going to redo them and add another button to the bottom. The crochet is loose enough that I think it will work even without the buttonhole. I have discovered that positive ease is not great on me around the bust, because my shoulders are so narrow. The shoulders always end up a bit wide when I try. The collar was also problematic. Because it folds down you have to really think about how you will seam it, and even so you can see half of my seam.

Having said all that, I am sure that I will wear this sweater once the weather cools down. I am just being picky, as is my nature! I love the stitch pattern, and the color is really pretty. This was a challenge, and I am proud of myself!