Pattern: The Bog Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, found in Knitting Around Here on Ravelry
Knit for: Tyler – Mr. Maroon Fishtrap Twin.
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted, 3 skeins Orange and 1 skein Dark Red Colorspun. A bit of stashed white for accents.
Needles and Gauge: US sz. 7 / 4.5mm yielding 4.5 sts per inch.
Mods: Many! Before I started this I checked out all the projects on Ravelry and my impression was that the bog jacket is a rather tall/skinny garment. Now, most children’s clothing nowadays has lots and lots of ease. I tried to knit this Bog to be similar to a boy’s modern sweater shape – nice and wide, and very boxy.
So: That meant shortening everything and eliminating most of the shaping details EZ talks about. My magic CO number was 128 for a 28″ finished chest. The original Bog would be 64 ridges to the armpit, mine is only 52 ridges. The original would have 64 ridges over the shoulders, mine has only 50. Sorry if that makes no sense, you have to be familiar with this design.
Additions: Pockets. Since this is knit back and forth I thought it would be fun to try pockets in Double Knitting. They are a bit flimsier than the rest of the sweater but very very low fuss to include them.
Hood: Pretty much the same as a Tomten hood- increase up the back, weave the top. As you can see above I made a very shallow V-neck to cozy the front of the hood around the face.
Sleeves: I picked up all the stitches at the cuffs and worked K2P2 ribbing until the yarn ran out.
Other Details: The white has a thin band of stockinette between 2 ridges. The front garter band was picked up at the very end, 6 rows white, 3 ridges red and bind-off. I inserted the zipper with the sewing machine, not worrying too much about hiding the seams, and it was ok. Still wavy, despite how many pins I used. Grr.
Verdict: I can’t believe how fast this was!! I would love to knit another someday – perhaps for me with all the shaping and other details.