for Straker Classics 1979
Penny Straker: “When I was not flying to and from our Nantucket shop, I sailed on the Islander, one of the ferries that also carried vehicles and cargo between Woods Hole and Nantucket. The trip was necessary for me when transferring stock to our shop, or bringing another old sea chest, or newly found antique just right for display or storage. I remember one time, however, when I literally squeezed a small antique 6-board sea chest into the back seat of a small one-engine airplane! Islander resulted from one of the ferry trips – with the time to mull ideas on the water.
“Soon after the opening of the Nantucket shop, I began to explore open work stitches and wanted to integrate them into a design or two - you know the excitement when you discover another realm of pattern stitches…
“Islander integrated three of my favorite things: Tahki’s Donegal Tweed, cables, and open work stitches along with the Scottish Faggoting Cable. Although the B&W image is dated, this Worsted Weight jacket is not, and it shows a dash of attitude, too!
“The Scottish Faggoting Cable is contained at the edges with a few stitches of Stockinette, keeping them clean and smooth for impeccable seams. The front closure is a clean three rows of Single Crochet along the edges and a zipper, best installed by hand with a seamstress’s attention to details!
“The K2, P2 ribbed cuffs are a bit too tight and may be too tall for today – but that is easily remedied with just a little arithmetic.
“Here we go: To create more cuff ease, cast on approximately 10 or 12 more stitches for the back and 6 to 8 more stitches for each front. Check to make sure your count is a multiple of 4 + 2 so that ribbing for the back begins and ends with P2. This keeps front and back edges in P2, making assembly easier. Sewing a P2 edge to a P2 edge results in a P3, making seams inconspicuous. The caveat: Remember to decrease all extra stitches while establishing the first row of pattern sequence – work decreases on the ‘K2s’ to your required stitch count.”
- no charts
- no schematics
- sewing required
- all season
- straight (flat)
- 4 sizes, to fit 34" - 40" bust; see data page
- scanned PDF has 7 pages (letter size)
- 4 x 4 in
- 4.0 mm
- US 6
- 19.0 st st
- 4 x 4 in
- 4.0 mm
- US 6
- 20.0 over pattern
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