Crystal Palace Yarns - free knit jacket pattern

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The gleam of the Party Ribbon
sets off the soft texture of the
Iceland wool yarn.

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Iceland + Party Ribbon Ruana Jacket

Designed and knit for Crystal Palace Yarns by Marilyn Turner

 Size
One size fits many

Materials
Main Color Crystal Palace Iceland col. 0008 - "red cerise",  5 balls
Contrasting Color Crystal Palace Party col.410 - "firedance", 6 balls
1 pair Crystal Palace Bamboo circular needle size 10 (7mm)

Gauge
10.5 sts and 14 rows = 4"

Pattern Stitch (edited to correct 2-9-06)
Row 1 CC Knit (dropping the YOs from the previous row)
Row 2 CC Knit
Row 3 MC *Knit 1, Yarn over* across row and end with K1
Row 4 Slide all the sts to the other end of the needle and with CC Knit (dropping the YOs from the previous row)
Row 5 CC Knit
Row 6 Slide the sts to the other end of the needle and with MC * Purl 1, Yarn over* across row and end with P 1

When  dropping the YO sts from previous row, give a slight tug to the row to help to drop the sts.

Note:
This Jacket is knit in one piece and from side to side. The back of the jacket is longer than the front this is what makes the nice drape. You must also use a circular needle because you will be knitting only one row of Iceland in between two rows of Party.
To add new ball of yarn, go to the bottom edge of the back of the jacket to connect new strand.

Jacket
Cast on 132 sts with Party and begin knitting starting from row 2 of pattern stitch. Work until piece is 17" long and ending with row 1. Cast off 54 sts and work for 7 " (this is the neck). Then ending with row 1 cast on 54 sts and work a further 17" ending with either row 2 or 5 bind off all sts.

Finishing
Fold the piece in half so that the bottom of the front and the bottom of the back are together. Then sew up to within 10" of the fold line. This 10" opening is the arm hole. Because the neckline is offset, the front of the jacket is shorter than the back. Starting at the seam line work 1 row reverse single crochet around the bottom, front and neck edges of the jacket.

Designed and knit for Crystal Palace Yarns by Marilyn Turner

copyright 2005 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting Shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Iceland & Party Ribbon are welcome to use this free patterns for their customers.