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The Rita was inspired by a knitting friend who brought patterns asking if I thought they would work as a casual coatigan style. It was difficult to find a contemporary version.
I decided it would be faster to make up a new jacket pattern. Rita knit a beautiful rich pink tweed one and I was inspired to add the design to the collection as a knitting pattern. The plan is to expand on these successful size versions.
For now I am happy to advise on stitch adjustments.
The pattern is written (no graphs) and piece knit, separate back and fronts.
The pockets are option and maybe be adjusted, we now knit them TWO half diamonds tall to better accommodate a phone.
VELVET BUTTONS SHOWN are available or you may request a co-ordinating Donegal tweed. A picture of the buttons can be sent before shipping.
100% new merino wool dyed and spun locally here in Donegal.
Weight Aran weight
Needles Size 5mm or 4.5 mm for firmer knit (US 7 or 8 )
Gauge in Stockinette on 5 mm 18 sts and 24 rows for 4ins (10cm) square
Medium: 800 g (1600 yards plus) of yarn, the pattern and 5 covered buttons made to match, of course the pattern too!
Large: 900 g (900 yards plus) of yarn, the pattern and 5 covered buttons made to match, of course the pattern too!
NOTE The sizing as written is generous, the cross chest on the medium being 42-44 ins and on the large 44-46ins
You will need a darning/tapestry needle for sewing up and scissors.
All dyes conform with EU REACH standards and all fleece is ethically sourced
Care As our wool knitwear, See "how to care for me" details below
Lead time Ships week of order unless you are notified otherwise
Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride
These are the actual garment measurements.
Chest is measured under the point where the sleeve and body meet.
Length is measured from the centre shoulder point to below the waist.
Sleeve here is the underarm length of the sleeve including the cuff.
More measurements may be given in the garment description.
How to care for me
Maybe you’ve never owned one of me before?
Here’s my experience so far;
I’d prefer not to be stuck in that dark press but when I must go in there just roll me up loosely first.
I don’t need much washing although my Italian cousins say that I’m a gorgeous natural thing and washing improves me!
When washing make it no higher than 30 degrees and please only a wool recommended detergent. Squeeze all the water out after handwashing me, even roll me up in a towel to do this! Dry me flat on my back.
Keep direct sunlight away from my cables!
Edel and many of her long-term clients machine wash my friends. Hopefully they never put them in the drum at higher than 30 degrees or with nasty biological stuff!!!! The horror.
I’m terrified of the tumble dryer, please never do that to me.
Through Summer if you don’t need me (I hope you will), store me in an airtight zip bag please and I’ll get a rest with no disruption. I hope to spend a lifetime with you, but if you want to give me to a friend or send me to a charity store for a break that’s OK.
My wool is so healthy to wear and antibacterial, plus you’ll be living off the compliments.
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