for Straker Classics 1982
Penny Straker: “Amelia Earhart is one of my heroes. In my twenties and thirties I often flew – only as co-pilot - in single engine planes. This flying time led me to appreciate and admire Amelia’s courage, determination and aviator skills. This stylized rendering of a feminine flight jacket was designed in the late ‘70s in concert with the arrival of Astrakan yarn to our shop shelves. Here’s to you Amelia Earhart.
“Sadly written in the past tense, Astrakan, was a wool, blended with just the right amount of mohair and spun into a tight yet soft and rounded bouclé yarn. It inspired designs in rapid succession. Astrakan was a true bulky weight yarn yielding a silky and delightfully textured fabric of 3 stitches per inch on #10 needles. The mid-grey heather Astrakan looked like Persian lamb!
“With all the magnificent yarns in today’s marketplace it will be easy to find a good substitute. Or try combining a lightweight yarn with a heavier weight yarn to create a desired fabric. The key is to take two yarns, determine their exact weight and optimum needle size. To create an exact bulky weight, the needle sizes for each must equal the #10 needle and the 3 stitches=1” in Reverse Stockinette, i.e. two sport weight yarns each worked on #5 needles, when worked double strand will equal bulky weight worked on #10 needles. It does require a little time to sample different weights, textures and fibers to find combinations that are texturally handsome and knit to a true bulky weight. Of course it is faster and easier to search for the right yarn choice in bulky weight!
“Amelia has a dramatic silhouette - an exaggerated puff sleeve –very trendy at its inception – and is detailed with a high cozy funnel neck and slash pockets, just right for hand warming. Knit in Reverse Stockinette Stitch for added texture and lined with a quality satin, one with lots of shimmer in a fabulous color, adds pizzazz as well as comfort. It’s closed with a lightweight zipper, carefully sewn in by hand, creating a formidable jacket to stand guard against winter winds.
“All the cuffs, the Single Crochet front edges and the funnel neck are worked very firmly on #1 needles in a sport weight yarn – either a perfect match to the main color, or just the right contrasting color.”
- no charts
- no schematics
- sewing required
- straight (flat)
- 3 sizes, to fit 32" - 40" bust; see data page
- digital PDF has 6 pages (letter size)
- 4 x 4 in
- 6.0 mm
- US 10
- 12.0 over pattern
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