Quite a few of you picked out the tree jacket from the Gretel photos yesterday – so here’s the official report!

tree jacket, done

Tree Jacket
Pattern: Tree Jacket from Zephyr Style
Yarn: The Fibre Company Terra in Acorn, every bit of 8 skeins
Needles: Denise US 8

This one took less than a week to knit! Now that’s a quick sweater. The yarn’s definitely captivating, plus the pattern’s simple and chunky enough that I was able to get it out really quickly.

Modifications:
As I posted about before, I was pretty short on yarn. I had seven matching skeins, plus the one pinky one – it seems to have worked out fine! I could’ve done the smallest size, as it turns out (and I’m 36″, so it was a gauge issue) and then I might’ve been able to make the sleeves longer or something.

I knit the second size and it’s a bit baggy under the arms. I do love the garter stitch yoke, and I even love the jog at the beginning of the round.

tree jacket, back

The biasing of the lace in the body is really flattering! That was a nice surprise. I ended up using three skeins of yarn for the yoke, another 2.75 for the lace in the body (plus a bit of the pinky one for the ribbing) and then the remaining 1.25 skeins for the sleeves.

It was a bit hairy – I knit the body long enough, and added a couple extra rounds of ribbing to make sure it wouldn’t roll. Then I weighed the remaining yarn and knit both sleeves at the same time (okay, alternating every couple rounds) and decreasing right away – the pattern has you do quite a few inches straight before decreasing. I managed four decreases before running out of the matching yarn.

Then I switched to the pinky skein and to stockinette, and just kept going until I was out of yarn. The sleeve length actually works really well for me, so I’m happy. And no leftovers!

I loved knitting this sweater, and it turned out great. What more can a knitter ask for?

tree jacket, done

28 Responses to “FO: Tree Jacket”

  1. Missyecaj

    Awesome! I didn’t even notice in the Gretel pic, but I went back to look, and there it is. :) I think the pink edging is great, and the sleeve length seems very wearable.

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  2. ann

    It’s really cute! I’m curious about the biasing on the body though. It doesn’t look like it biases on the model on the pattern page – did you do any mods or do you think their pics are slightly deceptive?

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  3. Jane

    Gorgeous! I’m curious, though, as that’s on my to-knit list for next winter – does one have to do biased lace? Or is it possible to work it with the lace running vertically down the body?

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  4. LynnH

    Nice save, the different color looks like a feature rather than a fix. And I love the jog, too.

    I don’t do many sweaters… my last one took me a year because I kept knitting other things while I decided what to do next. (I made it up, specifically to be a super-warm sweater for cold camping at music festivals. It did turn out perfect for that purpose.)

    I finished that sweater in Sept 03, cast on for my next one last month. Was supposed to be knitting along with a friend… but she is ahead of me. I just don’t have my heart into it, though it looks very promising!

    Congrats on a one-week sweater. You have a rare skill. Go, Grrl!

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  5. Niki

    I love your color combo! I also did the medium and think I could have gotten away with the small. The sleeves feel a little large. Overall, a fun knit. Yours looks fab!

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  6. Heather

    Oh.My.God. It is love at first sight. What a beautiful sweater! I was on the fence about knitting the Tree jacket and now it is decided – I have to knit it. And to be more specific…. I think I may have to knit one almost exactly like yours! Is that wrong??

    Well done!

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  7. hesira

    The sweater looks great on you! Your color choices work really well together.

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  8. Debbie

    Your tree jacket looks great! I really like the way you did the neck. I have been trying to make up my mind on this sweater – but now I am inspired! Thanks!

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