for Straker Classics 1981
799 Tuckernuck Jacket
Penny Straker: “I flew to and from Nantucket, spring through the fall, during the mid ‘70s through the mid ‘80s, often aboard a UPS plane making its deliveries. This gave me a bird’s eye view of the exquisite moors and rippling beaches of Tuckernuck, a tiny island just off the western tip of Nantucket. This design was inspired during one of those flights.
“Meticulously tailored, Tuckernuck, worked in Reverse Stockinette for texture, has a flattering deep cut neckline, allowing room for layers, as a jacket should. The collar, front bands and cuffs are set off in a natural white. It has appropriate built in ease, but with only the essential breadth at the shoulder line. It is cropped, and should be kept cropped. The knit side-slash pockets are ample and at a comfortable height for hand warming!
“For many years, my favorite bulky weight yarn was Bulky Donegal Tweed, which is the yarn I used for this design and it is the one seen in the image. Tahki Imports continues to offer the worsted weight Donegal Tweed in rich colorways, but sadly no longer the bulky weight. But you will find many wonderful and textured bulky weight yarns today, just be sure that the yarn has sufficient hand and body to work compatibly with this jacket.
“We lined Tuckernuck with a lightweight fabric, usually a diminutive printed chintz, in colors that played to the jacket’s main color. Searching for just the right fabric was, still is, a bonus!
“An update for you to consider - add more stitches in the ribbed back and front cuffs.
“So cast on using the stitch count, which you increase to on the last ribbing row in the directions. Size 42 is the exception. For this size cast on 1 more stitch to make the count uneven. Work the ribbing as P1, K1, ending right sides with P1. This is good, as when assembling there is a P1 at each edge. Sewn together, the two P1s look like one P1.
“If you need even a little more ease, then cast on a few more stitches but remember to keep the added sts to an uneven number, and decrease all on the first Pattern row to the required stitch count. Keep your tension firm while doing so! ”
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