Hey, y’all! Nikol here and welcome to our That Girl! Summer Jacket KAL! For my second jacket, I’m going to skip the collar, pick a sleeve variation (see below), and make the overall jacket a bit longer with the yarn I save from the collar & sleeves. Download the original pattern PDF if you’d like to take part in our KAL.
This simple little jacket works up quickly and really lends itself to customization, so I’ve dreamed up some easy variations you can try.
Shawl collar: Work collar as directed for 6 inches instead of 3.
Collarless: CO placket stitches along with collar stitches (112 total). Work 5 rows as for collar. Work the buttonhole as directed, placing markers as you go: S1, P1, K1, P1, K and BO the next stitch, P and BO the following stitch, PM, P17, PM, P16, PM, 34, PM, P16, PM, P17, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, then continue as directed.
Flutter Sleeve: After CO over armpit, work 6 rnds in seed stitch without decreasing. BO in pattern.
Mini Puffs: After CO over armpit, proceed directly to puff decrease section.
Cap Sleeve: After CO over armpit, proceed to puff decrease section. Work decreases, then work 4 rnds in seed stitch and BO.
Tie Sleeve: Work as directed to sleeve cuff. Instead of working the cuff as directed, CO 20 st at either end of the split. Work ties in seed until they’re until ties are 1/2 inch wide, then BO in pattern. To wear, knot the ties loosely.
Mini Ties: After CO over armpit, then proceed to puff decrease section and replace cuff with ties, as outlined above.
Button-down: Repeat buttonhole rows every 2 inches.
Pullover: After collar, join in the round. K17, PM, K16, PM, K34, PM, K16, PM, K17. Skip the button placket stitches. Work in the round instead of flat, increasing with raglan stitches every other round.
My KAL That Girl! will use 5 balls of Knit Picks CotLin in Planetarium (midnight blue). I know I’m making the collarless version with a sleeve variation, but I haven’t picked my sleeve yet. That’s the beauty of the top-down raglan–you can try it on as you go. I’ll mess around with the sleeves when I get to them and try to strike a balance between cuteness and minimizing my chubby arms.
I’ve worked the initial collarless variation described above, and now I’m just going to continue until I’ve used up 3 of my 5 balls of yarn. I know from experience that I used close to two balls on the sleeves, so I’ll transfer my torso stitches to a spare needle after 3 full balls, then start on the sleeves. Once I’ve decided on my final sleeves, I’ll work them both, then continue with my torso stitches until I have about 10 grams of yarn left, then work my seed bottom border.
I know I’ll be using much less yarn on the shorter sleeve variation, so I plan to make the jacket longer, probably hip length. Unless I change my mind. :)
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