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FO: Tree Jacket

Pattern: Tree Jacket by Zephyrstyle

Yarn: Valley Yarns Colrain in Chestnut, 9 balls for the size small knit to a tighter gauge

Needles: US 6

Notes:   I love this sweater!  I wasn’t sure about it until after blocking.  Colrain grows significantly after blocking, so I knit the 34″ size to a tight gauge (5 st/in), and I ended up with a sweater that is 32″ around the bust.  It fits perfectly!  I love the slightly spiral lace on the body, which allows the sweater to fit almost like it has waist shaping (I chose not to add any.)  The cowly neck was not working until after blocking either, but now it is just perfect!  I made my sleeves 1 inch shorter than the pattern calls for in the garter stitch section, figuring that they would grow, and I think that was a wise choice.  They would have been long otherwise.

If you are making this sweater, I would recommend a pretty drapey yarn.  Colrain is a merino/tencel blend, and works pretty well for this purpose.  An alpaca would be nice as well (but I am allergic) but I would not knit it out of a straight wool.  It needs a softer yarn in order to hang nicely.

I can see this sweater getting a lot of wear this fall.  The color is actually darker than it appears in these photos, but the dark brown/red is very hard to capture.  My hair is also not actually that orange, my camera just loves to wash things out!

48 thoughts on “FO: Tree Jacket

  1. Congrats on finishing something! It seems like everyone in blogland (including myself) is having a hard time finishing anything, so I am impressed with anyone who can crank out a complete project!

  2. It’s really a fantastic pattern — or it looks that way on you, now. I wasn’t as enamored of the modeled shots at Zephyrstyle, though I liked them too. Well done!

  3. awesome! I think your’s is the first finished Tree jacket I’ve seen. I’m struggling with my sleeves. Garter is getting very boring and my attention is going elsewhere.
    How did you block your neck out?

  4. That really does look great.This pattern didn’t really speak to me and while I probably still won’t knit it (I hate cowl necks), seeing yours does make me think twice. 🙂

  5. I’m getting ready to knit this, but I’m rethinking my yarn choice now – Cascade 220? Hmm…I’ve been wanting to do the minimalist cardigan too – maybe I’ll use the Cascade for that instead.

    Yours looks GREAT!! I love that color!

  6. I have had this in my queue since it first came out, but yours is the nicest I have seen so far. I really think I will have to try it in the Colrain – it looks like a lovely yarn. Thanks for your comments about drape for this pattern!

  7. Ooh, I’m behind on my reading – so LOVE the tree jacket & the juliet is very sweet. I am thinking this little jacked could be worn over a long sleeve button down to make a quirky business casual look to give it more wear into the fall. Just a thought b/c you said you were trying to finish it to wear this summer – I haven’t started mine yet & I’m planning to wear it that way, so I hope it works!!

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