Our new knit-along: The Pan-Am Jacket

The Pan-Am Jacket by Ashley Rao

You voted, and the winner is the Pan-Am Jacket by Ashley Rao. Yippee; it’s my favorite, too! The Pan-Am is a classic, vintage-modern knitted cardigan. With three-quarter-length sleeves, a swingy shape, and a cute one-button closure, it’s both fashionable and practical.

Here’s a little info about the pattern:

Finished Size 33½ (37½, 40, 44¾, 50½)” bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 33½”, modeled at left with slight ease.
Yarn Classic Elite Yarns Mountaintop Collection Crestone (100% wool; 100 yd [91 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #5103 smoke, 14 (16, 17, 19, 22) skeins.
Needles Body and Sleeves—Size 6 (4 mm): two 40″ and one 12″ circular (cir). Sleeve cuff facing—Size 4 (3.5 mm): 12″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Ten markers (m); two stitch holders; tapestry needle; two 1 1/8″ buttons.
Gauge 20 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in Chevron patt on larger needles.

This is an intermediate knitting pattern with charts, but because it’s a knit-along you’ll get all the help you need from people who are advanced knitters, people who’ve already knitted the design, or people who are a little bit ahead of you and can answer questions that come up. So if you feel a little intimidated by charted knitting, or if this is one of your first garments, don’t be afraid to join in!

Knit-alongs are so much fun. If you’ve never joined us before, now’s the time! Here’s how our knit-alongs work:

1. Download the Pan-Am Jacket pattern from the Knitting Daily Shop (or find it in Interweave Knits, Winter 2011).
2. Buy your yarn (or find it in your stash).
3. Log on to the forum, introduce yourself, and tell us which yarn you’re using. This forum is where all of the fun is; it’s where you’ll share your tips, ask questions, or upload photos, and it’s where you’ll find support if you’re having problems.
4. Post a photo of your finished jacket when you’re done!

Here’s the Pan-Am Jacket Knit-Along schedule:
6/15–6/29: Download pattern (or find it in Interweave Knits, Winter 2011), choose yarn, swatch.
6/30–8/25: Knit body.
8/26–9/23: Knit sleeves.
9/2–10-1: Finishing.

Even though the knit-along officially started last Friday, it’s not to late to join—there’s plenty of knitting time left. Lots of questions have been asked and answered, too, so you’ll have a leg up!

The charts in the pattern download are a wee bit small, so we’ve provided enlarged charts, and there’s also a shaping correction you’ll need to note.

Now download your Pan-Am Jacket pattern and let’s get started!


Pan Am Jacket (page 30)
Shaping Chart: New instructions for Size 44¾” (Green)—Raglan: Every 2nd row through row 21, then every 4th row once (row 25), every other row twice (rows 27 and 29), and every 4th row alternating with every 2nd row through row 65.
Pan Am Jacket Sleeve
Pan Am Jacket Right Front
Pan Am Jacket Right Back
Pan Am Jacket Left Front
Pan Am Jacket Left Back


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