when preparing submission package to Twist Collective earlier this year, I was already working on my fall designs. For Fall 2012, I wanted to create wearable cardigan, jackets, and sweaters that reflect my own personal styles.
My husband and I took our dog to Laguna Beach (where we got married just a couple of years ago) and enjoyed a really romantic, relaxing brunch one weekend. I took a bunch of photos and these were my inspiration.
The chilly morning breeze was perfect for my Fall inspiration. Once I finished sketching several outfits, I swatched.
Andover’s beginning was a little bit bigger than the current version.
I love the drape and the way stitches really showed off the tweed effect of the yarn. The rest just came naturally — the elbow patches, the huge vintage buttons I got from thrift store….
The pockets are small-ish but I think it works for this jacket. If you want to knit this and make the pockets a bit bigger, I suggest lowering where the pockets start so that you don’t end up with big pockets right under your boobs.
For those of you who are working on Andover, let me know if you have any question at all. I’m here to help!
I love fall..
And I love knit fabrics that fall flat. So for Twist Collective’s Fall 2012 issue, I designed a cardigan/jacket that embodies my love for the tailored look, easy knitting, in broken rib.
Andover jacket by Jean Chung
As you can see here, I’m almost done with the body, and will be starting the sleeves soon. The broken rib pattern is very easy to remember, and the body knits up very quickly. The only thing you have to watch out once you start the decreases for the armholes and neckline, is really the stitch count. The default stitch pattern is given in the Note section of the pattern, but once you start the decreases, the default stitch guide won’t work.
The same advice applies to the sleeves too. For this tailored look, I chose to work the sleeves in the round and shape the sleeves with short-rows. While working on the short-row shaping, maintain the ribbing pattern. It’s really easy and once you figure it out, it’ll go very very fast.
Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96)
I’m working my Andover with Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96). This will be my very first Malabrigo sweater! I am so excited. Yes, this yarn has its flaws, with all the pilling and fragility. But really, I still love this yarn that much more because of its fragility. It’s like butter and smells great. Whenever I see this yarn in the LYSes, I just have to get at least one skein. I just can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to make an entire sweater out of my favorite yarn until now.
So, hopefully everyone’s doing okay with their KALs. Shoot me an email or PM on Ravelry if you have any question at all. :)
My new pattern “Andover” is now available in the new issue of Twist Collective Fall 2012.
Twist Collective Fall 2012
Twist Collective Fall 2012
Photography by Jane Heller
Do you guys like it? :)
Quincy Cardi Prototype
I finished this last night and blocked it. It’s a prototype, and I’m designing something similar to it.
Needle: US 5 / 3.75 mm
Yarn: Newtons Yarn Country Camel