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Title: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: virginiawoolf on July 23, 2007 10:10:38 AM

Who's in?

I just ordered my yarn yesterday...it's a lovely berry/plummy colour called "Sultana." Delish.

The pattern is here... http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/3974520 (http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/3974520)

Knit knit knit!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: candicane on July 24, 2007 09:20:04 AM
I would love to make this sweater too. What yarn are you using? The sample was knit in KP Andean Silk, which is not one of my favorite yarns.

Candice


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: ozknitter on July 24, 2007 07:06:47 PM
This is next on my to do list.  I'm not sure what yarn to use.  I'd love a red like the pics but I think I will just stash bust with some Jaegar Wool/Alpaca.

Are you planning on knitting the "holey" body?  My hubby doesn't like the look of that and I'm not sure how practical it would be so I'm trying to come up with a good mod.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: tkemewthyou on July 24, 2007 07:25:02 PM
love this pattern!  my order for berroco ultra alpaca in a great pink/red color just shipped today, so count me in for the KAL....hopefully i'll be able to keep up!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: lawral on July 24, 2007 08:01:54 PM
this is so cute! i'm at my parent's house now, but when i get home i'll go stash-diving to see what i can come up with.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: candicane on July 25, 2007 08:20:48 AM
This is next on my to do list.  I'm not sure what yarn to use.  I'd love a red like the pics but I think I will just stash bust with some Jaegar Wool/Alpaca.

Are you planning on knitting the "holey" body?  My hubby doesn't like the look of that and I'm not sure how practical it would be so I'm trying to come up with a good mod.

I showed the sweater pic to my sister and asked if she liked it. She thought that holey at the top and solid on the bottom would look better on her. She thought the pattern as written would make her hips look bigger.

candice


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: ChloeZ on July 25, 2007 11:49:44 AM
This is a cute sweater, it will have to wait on my to-do list but I can't wait to see other versions. Do ya'll think the garter stitch will get baggy?


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: randomsnapshots on July 26, 2007 04:16:51 PM
I just bought this pattern, but I have a few more things to finish up before I start it.

I haven't decided on my yarn yet, but I'll watch this thread.

And I'm doing the holey version like the pictures - I love the look!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: ozknitter on July 26, 2007 04:49:08 PM
Well I made a start on this yesterday as soon as another project was off the needles.  It's a fairly quick knit and I really like the look of the YOs on the cowl.  I think I'm going to carry them on in the body.  I can alway rip it back if it doesn't work for me.

Anyway here is a little progress shot:



Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: *k* on July 27, 2007 06:31:34 AM
I'm planning to make this my first cold weather project (once I finish a couple more summery items).

candicane: I was thinking of using the KP Andean Silk for this, since the price is right, but I've never used any KP yarns before.  What don't you like about it? 


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: candicane on July 27, 2007 07:08:18 AM
I'm planning to make this my first cold weather project (once I finish a couple more summery items).

candicane: I was thinking of using the KP Andean Silk for this, since the price is right, but I've never used any KP yarns before.  What don't you like about it? 

For me the Andean Silk has a bit of an itch to it. I made Tubey with it and can wear a shirt under it, so no problem there. I just don't want it touching my bare neck. Also, I think it has stretched out a bit due to the alpaca and silk components. Maybe the more "lacey" structure of this sweater will be better suited for the yarn than Tubey was.

Candice


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: MAGENTABABY on July 27, 2007 08:50:53 AM
I'm planning to make this my first cold weather project (once I finish a couple more summery items).

candicane: I was thinking of using the KP Andean Silk for this, since the price is right, but I've never used any KP yarns before.  What don't you like about it? 

For me the Andean Silk has a bit of an itch to it. I made Tubey with it and can wear a shirt under it, so no problem there. I just don't want it touching my bare neck. Also, I think it has stretched out a bit due to the alpaca and silk components. Maybe the more "lacey" structure of this sweater will be better suited for the yarn than Tubey was.

Candice

I am using cascade 220


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: virginiawoolf on July 27, 2007 09:19:29 AM
ozknitter, that looks great so far! The cowl neck was what really sold me on this sweater.

I'm impatiently waiting for my yarn to arrive. I'm using Bernat Satin...I haven't used it before, but the price was right for my student budget and they had the exact colour I wanted. I'll post progress pics as soon as I get going.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: *k* on July 27, 2007 11:00:02 AM

For me the Andean Silk has a bit of an itch to it. I made Tubey with it and can wear a shirt under it, so no problem there. I just don't want it touching my bare neck. Also, I think it has stretched out a bit due to the alpaca and silk components. Maybe the more "lacey" structure of this sweater will be better suited for the yarn than Tubey was.

Candice

Good to know.  I'm pretty sensitive to itchy sweaters, especially touching my neck.  I guess I'll keep looking for something else that might work better.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: ozknitter on July 28, 2007 07:21:29 AM

For me the Andean Silk has a bit of an itch to it. I made Tubey with it and can wear a shirt under it, so no problem there. I just don't want it touching my bare neck. Also, I think it has stretched out a bit due to the alpaca and silk components. Maybe the more "lacey" structure of this sweater will be better suited for the yarn than Tubey was.

Candice

Good to know.  I'm pretty sensitive to itchy sweaters, especially touching my neck.  I guess I'll keep looking for something else that might work better.

Yeah I would hate to make this out of itchy wool.  The neck is pretty snug and it would drive me crazy.

Here's a little progress shot.  I'm trying hard to get this finished as it's winter here, so this is not my usual rate of progress.  'Scuse the messy hair, face and bathroom  ::)


It's such a quick knit and I'm just loving the eyelets!!  I can't seem to get the neck to sit right but I'm hoping a bit of blocking will sort that out.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: MAGENTABABY on July 28, 2007 12:10:34 PM
Yeah I would hate to make this out of itchy wool.  The neck is pretty snug and it would drive me crazy.

Here's a little progress shot.  I'm trying hard to get this finished as it's winter here, so this is not my usual rate of progress.  'Scuse the messy hair, face and bathroom  ::)

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/83593TJ_half.jpg

It's such a quick knit and I'm just loving the eyelets!!  I can't seem to get the neck to sit right but I'm hoping a bit of blocking will sort that out.
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It look great.  Are you going to do waist shaping?


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: ozknitter on July 28, 2007 05:00:49 PM

It look great.  Are you going to do waist shaping?

Thanks, I don't think so.  I don't mind the loose fit and I think it might make the eyelets look a little weird.  Though I'm fully prepared to rip it back if it needs shaping.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: peta on July 31, 2007 03:08:28 PM
magentababy have you started yours yet?  I was thinking of cascade 220 for this as well, what colour have you chosen?


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: MAGENTABABY on August 02, 2007 06:33:21 PM
magentababy have you started yours yet?  I was thinking of cascade 220 for this as well, what colour have you chosen?
I have chosen color "primavera" which is lime green.  I got them from Webs sales a few month ago.  I will be able to start this this weekend which I am so excited about !!!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: gothic_girl8 on August 07, 2007 02:03:43 PM
oh no! :o what don't you like about it? I've already started mine with this yarn. I like how soft it is.  :) Is it cause it has little alpaca flurries that stick out of it?  :-\
thanks for the info

I would love to make this sweater too. What yarn are you using? The sample was knit in KP Andean Silk, which is not one of my favorite yarns.

Candice


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: gothic_girl8 on August 07, 2007 02:09:04 PM
oh good! I was worried it was only me. I had some trouble with the neck not fitting over my big head. I think after some wear it'll fit better.

"not sitting right"? you mean how it's all floppy on the girl in the picture? or that the stitch pattern kinda spirals around? I think the pattern is meant to spiral. But if you have a good method of making it more cowl-ly, let us know  ;)


Yeah I would hate to make this out of itchy wool.  The neck is pretty snug and it would drive me crazy.

It's such a quick knit and I'm just loving the eyelets!!  I can't seem to get the neck to sit right but I'm hoping a bit of blocking will sort that out.

It look great.  Are you going to do waist shaping?
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Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: tkemewthyou on August 31, 2007 09:18:31 PM
i agree, i like the way the yo's spiral around.  has anyone made any more progress?  i am about to wind my last skein of yarn into a ball to finish up the bottom and for the sleeves.  i think i'm going to do the sleeves w/ dpns, only so i won't have any seaming, and can just weave in ends and wear it in the 90 degree weather!  okay, maybe at work.  i didn't do any waist shaping either.  this is my first sweater, err that i will actually finish, and i kinda just want it to be a cozy comfort sweater :)



ozknitter: i can't believe how fast you churned that out, and i really like that lavender colorway!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: MAGENTABABY on September 01, 2007 08:11:56 AM
i agree, i like the way the yo's spiral around.  has anyone made any more progress?  i am about to wind my last skein of yarn into a ball to finish up the bottom and for the sleeves.  i think i'm going to do the sleeves w/ dpns, only so i won't have any seaming, and can just weave in ends and wear it in the 90 degree weather!  okay, maybe at work.  i didn't do any waist shaping either.  this is my first sweater, err that i will actually finish, and i kinda just want it to be a cozy comfort sweater :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v41/jaybeaze/treejacket.jpg?t=1188619897

ozknitter: i can't believe how fast you churned that out, and i really like that lavender colorway!

Actually i have just finished the sweater.  I didn't add waist shaping because lace panel is knitted in spiral fashion which gives bias fit.  It is fast and fun knit!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: knittinpsychnurse on September 01, 2007 12:16:46 PM
I am not sure about the andean yarn? I have never tried it. I have about 20 balls of debbie bliss alpaca silk does anyone know if it would work? or not?


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: tkemewthyou on September 01, 2007 02:14:21 PM
I am not sure about the andean yarn? I have never tried it. I have about 20 balls of debbie bliss alpaca silk does anyone know if it would work? or not?

i think that would be a lovely knitted fabric, mmm silk blend :)  i ended up using berroco's ultra alpaca and had to go up to US#9 needles in order to get the gauge, if that's what you were worried about.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: eulalia on September 03, 2007 07:40:55 AM
I'm really in love with this sweater, and I'm eyeing some yarn at WEBS that's really affordable. Anybody know anything about Ella Rae Classic Wool?
Everyone's sweaters look so nice!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: TallGrrl on September 03, 2007 01:31:46 PM
According to the pictures of the sweater, the lace shouldn't be spiraling around the body.
When you're knitting in the round, especially if you knit Continental, if you knit into the back of the stitch, your tube will spiral.
If you knit from the front of the stitch, "opening" the stitch, your tube will knit flat.
(I found this out when I saw that any patterning on socks I was knitting was spiraling, against my wishes.)
I guess it's a matter of taste, but for me? That spiraling lace panel kind of ruins the look of the piece. You have all of that garter stitch texture, and then the lace panel is spiraling? Wow.  :-\
But if that's fine with you? It's all good.
I'm just saying...


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: MAGENTABABY on September 03, 2007 05:59:46 PM
I like the spiral lace panel because it give you bias fit(clings to you body without being to tight).:)


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: jmp3775 on September 04, 2007 07:45:43 PM
According to the pictures of the sweater, the lace shouldn't be spiraling around the body.
When you're knitting in the round, especially if you knit Continental, if you knit into the back of the stitch, your tube will spiral.
If you knit from the front of the stitch, "opening" the stitch, your tube will knit flat.
(I found this out when I saw that any patterning on socks I was knitting was spiraling, against my wishes.)
I guess it's a matter of taste, but for me? That spiraling lace panel kind of ruins the look of the piece. You have all of that garter stitch texture, and then the lace panel is spiraling? Wow.  :-\
But if that's fine with you? It's all good.
I'm just saying...

I'm knitting into the front of the stitch, and this is happening.  I think its the stitch pattern.  Probably you can block it out of you like.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: jesdmill on September 05, 2007 10:11:25 AM
I started mine while we were on vacation last week.  I'm using Valley Yarns Colrain (merino/tencel) in Chestnut and I looove this yarn.  It's so soft and drapey!  I'm knitting to a tighter gauge, so I'm making a size up to cover the difference.  How is everyone doing their sleeves?  I think I'm going to knit mine flat, because I really hated having to do purl rows to get garter stitch on the top.  Here's a progress pic!



Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: MAGENTABABY on September 05, 2007 10:50:31 AM
[I started mine while we were on vacation last week.  I'm using Valley Yarns Colrain (merino/tencel) in Chestnut and I looove this yarn.  It's so soft and drapey!  I'm knitting to a tighter gauge, so I'm making a size up to cover the difference.  How is everyone doing their sleeves?  I think I'm going to knit mine flat, because I really hated having to do purl rows to get garter stitch on the top. 

I did my sleeves flat also.  Seaming is minimal so I don't mind.
I love this sweater!!!!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: jmp3775 on September 05, 2007 04:43:52 PM
I'm definitely going to do the sleeves flat.  I will avoid purling whenever I can.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: eulalia on September 07, 2007 02:46:14 PM
Hmm. Rows and rows of reverse stockinette, eh? You could knit them inside out. . . possibly. . . ish? Anyone see that working?
I ordered my yarn the other day, I expect it to be here in about 5 days. Lets invent a transporter so shipping can be instant. *is impatient*


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: sdawson on October 23, 2007 05:54:42 AM
I just started my Tree Jacket for the SKC this weekend.  So far I am liking it more than I thought when I started!  I'm making mine in black Caron so it's really easy to care for and soft:)  Here's a progress pic:



I kind of like the spiraling, especially for a black sweater.  It gives it interest without being overly fussy.  We'll see how I feel when it's all finished (whenever that may be)...


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: mmdm on October 24, 2007 05:02:13 AM
Cute sweater but why is it called Tree Jacket? It looks like a pullover, and not even an especially heavy one, not a jacket. Doesn't seem to say "tree" to me, either.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: *k* on October 24, 2007 10:16:28 AM
Ok... I bought the yarn.  and I bought the pattern, which I haven't actually looked at yet.  and I'm still planning on making this as soon as I finish my summer project (which still isn't done even though winter will be here very very soon).

But I'm wondering about this spiralling lace.  Why doesn't it spiral in the pics on the Zephyr Style website?  Did they block it out, as has been suggested, or did their lace just not do that?

Has anyone with spiral lace tried blocking it to get it straight?  If so, did it actually work?  I don't have tons of experience with blocking (or knitting, for that matter), and I'm not so sure I want my sweater to spiral.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: sdawson on October 24, 2007 06:34:28 PM
Ok... I bought the yarn.  and I bought the pattern, which I haven't actually looked at yet.  and I'm still planning on making this as soon as I finish my summer project (which still isn't done even though winter will be here very very soon).

But I'm wondering about this spiralling lace.  Why doesn't it spiral in the pics on the Zephyr Style website?  Did they block it out, as has been suggested, or did their lace just not do that?

Has anyone with spiral lace tried blocking it to get it straight?  If so, did it actually work?  I don't have tons of experience with blocking (or knitting, for that matter), and I'm not so sure I want my sweater to spiral.

Looking at Jessdmill's sweater, you should be able to block out the spiral.  I would suggest getting it nice and wet, and then pinning each lace section so it doesn't regain its spiral after it's dried.  No idea if this will really work, but worth a try?


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: Michele1620 on November 16, 2007 05:13:20 AM


This is mine so far. I'm knitting with Lion Brand Cottonease in Terracotta.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: goldengrrl on November 19, 2007 12:11:59 PM
I'm half way through the garter stitch section (which is taking FOREVER).  My  cowl section is spiraling too and I really wish I could figure out how to stop it.  I would prefer not to have the spirals, but every sweater I have seen is spiraling except the one from the Zephyr's girls.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that
Aggressive blocking will take care of the problem.   

Val


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rebeldaisy on November 19, 2007 06:06:55 PM
Hi!  I hope it's ok to join this knit-a-long.  I started this a month ago, but I've been working on a lot of items at the same time.  I am now almost done with the body portion.  I changed the top garter stitch section to be longer to completely cover my boobs.  I also customized the numbers to work with my guage since I am using a smaller yarn and smaller needles.  I am making it out of Valley Yarns Longmeadow.  Because its in black its really hard to take pictures!  My hope is that I can get this finished before Christmas! 



Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: abstractcandy on November 21, 2007 05:55:52 PM
I have finished my yoke and have started working on the body, and my eyelets are not spiraling- I'm knitting English style, if that is any help to anyone. I actually kind of wish my eyelets were spiraling, because I like the look. ;D Sorry, I can't post a picture because I don't have a camera.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rebeldaisy on November 26, 2007 02:32:41 PM
I've just started my sleeves!  I decided to start doing decreases right from the start for 2 reasons.  1)  I noticed that the sleeves have turned out baggy on quite a few FOs I've seen online and 2) I have skinny little twig arms!  I am doing them in the round using magic loop.  So far they are going quickly.  I was going to do the eyelet pattern on them, but I changed my mind and I'm doing it as the pattern was written.

How's it going for everyone else?


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rosecomet on December 07, 2007 11:36:33 AM
Hi. I know it's a bit late but could I throw mine in the mix? I'm using Bernat Satin in Admiral. I started this week and it's seriously easy.

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=93017)


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: Michele1620 on December 12, 2007 04:38:36 PM
I still have a fair amount of knitting to go....I'm in sleeve hell


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rebeldaisy on January 26, 2008 01:05:24 PM
I finished up my tree jacket before Christmas (and wore it for Christmas Eve), but I just haven't gotten a picture of it.  These pictures are not the best, they were taken after I had already worn the sweater and it had been folded and was wrinkly.  Plus the flash made the shirt underneath it very visible.  I made it out of Valley Yarns Longmeadow. 



I have additional pictures and information on my blog,  Knit, daisy, knit (http://knitdaisyknit.blogspot.com/) and on my ravelry page. (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/rebeldaisy/tree-jacket)


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: WIPs on January 26, 2008 02:05:26 PM
Wow, that looks gorgeous! Very classy!


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rosecomet on January 27, 2008 01:53:26 PM
rebeldaisy, who did you get you lace straight? I'm finished with the lace and it's slanted to the side. It looks cool but I want to know it's slanted.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rebeldaisy on January 27, 2008 03:33:51 PM
My lace is actually spiraling to the side, I was just able to block it so that it is less noticeable. 


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rosecomet on January 28, 2008 06:24:04 AM
ok, there's hope for me yet.


Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: *k* on February 26, 2008 10:22:34 AM
ok.  I'm a bit late in the game, but I've finally started my tree jacket!

I'm using Berrocco Ultra Alpaca in the color "blueberry mix", which I love.  It's a deep blue with little strands of teal and red, giving a sort of purple-y hue.  I find it interesting to look at the different colored fibers as I'm knitting.

I decided to change my lace pattern to avoid the spiralling of the eyelets.  In the neck section I tried replacing the second k2tog with ssk, but it still slants slightly.  In the body I'm doing k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk and the lace is not spiralling.  It looks a little different than the neck, but not by much so I'm going to stick with it.

I'm 3 inches into the body lace section, and so far I'm really happy with it.  So far the fit is perfect, and I'm not planning to use waist shaping.

Is anyone else still working on this?



Title: Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket
Post by: rosecomet on February 27, 2008 09:54:14 AM
Here it is, my offerins to the Knit gods.  I made the sleeves 3/4 and the garter stitch pattern a little longer to cover the girls. I used Bertan Satin in Admiral.
 

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=111625)