Ginkgo & Lotus little fitted jacket

A folkloric fitted jacket with princess-style seaming, stranded color work on cuffs and pocket, and a bit of intarsia worked on the front panels.

All of the colorwork here was done using 2 strands of 3-ply yarn, which was a great way to blend the colors - sort of painterly. The main color is 1 strand of 5-ply (Brigadoon blackish). I used a different technique than the usual intarsia for the border and ginkgo leaves. By shaping them with increases in one color balanced by decreases in the other, they get a clean cut edge - like an inlay.

Seed stitch sleeve outlines the flower motif of the colorwork cuff

Cute little pocket - reverse stockinette on top

waist shaping is followed by a princess-style faux seam

a little detail on the back

Finished measurements: 33 (35, 37, 39, 41, 45, 49)" bust circumference. -0 to +3" of positive ease recommended. Sweater shown is size 37", worn with 3" ease on model and 1" ease on dress form.

Yarn: Main Color (MC) Sunday Knits Brigadoon (merino tweed) 5 ply (worsted weight) in blackish: 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10) skeins;
3 ply yarns (sport weight) for colorwork: 1 50-gm skein Nirvana espresso, 1 20-g skein each: Nirvana cedar; Angelic wheat; Eden sage, pickle, aster, violet, grape, iris and curry.

Needles and notions: Size 8 (5 mm) for sweater and 5 (3.75 mm) dpn for attached I-cord trim, tapestry needle, markers (m), stitch holders, seven 1 buttons.

Gauge: 18 sts and 25 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch with larger needles.

Skills used: Intarsia, embroidery, stranded colorwork, short rows, attached I-cord, reading color charts.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, colorwork charts, schematics, glossary.

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