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March 23, 2006

From Sally — Koigu Toreador Jacket

Filed under: Gallery — Sally @ 10:15 am

I thought I’d share my (finally) finished Toreador jacket. For those of you unfamiliar with this pattern, it’s made of seemingly endless mitered squares knitted together. There is no seaming, except at the sides and underarm. All of the squares are picked up from each other.

I made a few minor changes to the pattern. I lengthened both the sleeves and the body. The original pattern is very cropped, and I felt that it was a little too cropped on me. Also, I felt that it rode up slightly in the back (I was fortunate enough to be able to try on a model in the size I was planning to knit). To solve that problem, I added a row of small squares in the “main” color to the front and a row of large squares in the main color to the back. In the second photo, you can see how I “bridged” the difference with a triangle (which mimics the triangles inserted at the sides to shape the underarm).

It was a fun pattern to knit and I love knitting with Koigu yarns. But it was kind of a slog. I love wearing it, though.

First, here is a not very good photograph of the front. (Clicking will enlarge)

And here is the side detail:

1 Comment »

  1. This is the first I’ve seen of the jacket completed — wow. It looks great, but I wish you had included a picture with someone (you, or your unpaid model, Nora) wearing it to see how it looks when worn.

    Comment by Susan — March 23, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

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