Thanks to Margene, my personal photographer, I have some FO photos for you. And what better place for a photo shoot than Silver Lake? It was a gorgeous day, and the water was extremely still, so it was reflecting the trees and mountains like a mirror. Although I did take my camera, it turned out that the battery I put in it right before leaving hadn’t been charged. So I wasn’t able to get any photos of the fantastic reflection shots for myself, but Margene will certainly have some beautiful ones. You can get a glimpse of how gorgeous it was in these photos.
Pattern: Drops 103-16 Jacket with Rib in Karisma (Ravelry project here)
Yarn: Drops Karisma by Garnstudio, color 1021, 11 skeins (1320 yds)
Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)
Buttons: La Mode style 20971
Since I wanted a slightly smaller size, I used a smaller needle to get a slightly tighter gauge. I used almost every bit of 11 skeins of yarn (the pattern called for 12). My swatches had been done with a different skein, so I would definitely suggest 12 skeins for this size, especially if knit at the specified gauge.
I really love the way this turned out. I like the tailored jacket-style look, but it’s lightweight enough for indoor wear, too. The ribbing gives the body shape, without having to do any knitted shaping. The buttons I found are perfect – they have a little gray in them that echos the yarn and the curve of the stitches.
The swatches told me that the pieces would grow with blocking, but until I actually had it blocked and seamed and tried it on, I was a little worried about it being too small. But it came out just right – I have no problem putting it on over a long-sleeved turtleneck.
The sleeves are worked in the round in reverse stockinette with a little ribbing at the outside edge. Since I didn’t want to have to do that much purling, I decided to just knit the sleeves inside-out. It worked great, and definitely cut down the knitting time.