Chunky – Double breasted jacket

I offered to design and knit my daughter a nice chunky jacket in the cold winter months we had at the end of last year.

I measured a cardy / top that was the measurements she wanted the one I was going to knit to come out at.  She couldn’t decide how she wanted it to look – so I got on with a plain st-st back.

Stocking stitch back knitted double breasted jacket knitsrus
Stocking stitch back knitted double breasted jacket

We had a trip to our local Matalan when they had just had a big delivery of different knitted cardies and jackets.

My daughter liked a double breasted duffle coat type front off one jacket and the cable on another.  I drew a quick sketch of the design we were going with.

Quick sketch I made of the double breasted jacket I was going to knit knitsrus
Quick sketch I made of the double breasted jacket I was going to knit breasted jacket sketch

As you can see from the bottom left hand corner I had already working my test square and knew how many stitches I needed and had calculated how many stitches I needed for the back and how many for the cabled sides.

I knitted the two cabled sides.

Cable design I made for the left front of the double breasted jacket knitsrus
Cable design I made for the left front of the double breasted jacket

I put the pockets in the cable parts of the sides.

Cable design I made for the right of the double breasted jacket with pocket & rib knitsrus
Cable design I made for the right of the double breasted jacket with pocket & rib

I measured my daughters wrist and how deep she wanted the sleeve when it was set in the jacket. I used the back of my drawing to calculate the amount of stitches I would need to start with, finish with and how I was going to evenly increase the stitches over the full length I needed to knit the sleeve.

Calculations for the even increasing of the sleeve for the knitted jacket knitsrus
Calculations for the even increasing of the sleeve for the knitted jacket

The sleeve came out like this.

The cable design on the sleeve of the double beasted jacket knitsrus
The cable design on the sleeve of the double beasted jacket

I sewed the back and fronts together at the shoulders and picked stitches up evenly along the right front, round the back of the neck and back down the left side.  Then knitted a double rib border, made the cords for the duffle attachments from twisted wool for the jacket.

Front view of the completed double breasted knitting jacket with toggles knitsrus
Front view of the completed double breasted knitting jacket with toggles

Because the border was knitted all the way round the collar was the same width to make a high collar to keep my daughters neck warm.

Jacket neck

I hope you like the design.

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