Having finished the mittens, I spent the last few nights getting back to Jean Frost’s Devonshire jacket. This was probably not the most prudent move in my knitting progress because the gift mittens are not even cast on. Since I need to use those I completed to determine the size of a woman’s pair, I decided to save this task for a weekend morning, when my mind is better able to tackle the complexities of the necessary math than it is after a day’s work.
The slip-stitch pattern for the Devonshire jacket is very easy. All the stitches are knits or slipped knits, making it about as difficult as garter stitch, with the sole complication of remembering which stitches to slip. When I put this project on hold, I had started to knit the pocket linings. They’re supposed to be 4 inches deep, and I’ve knit only 2 ½ inches. The pockets are attached after knitting 5 inches on the fronts, and so there is just a bit more to knit before I insert one of them. The front is only 3 inches long at this point.
It’s likely that I can finish the pockets, knit the additional 2 inches on the front, and attach one pocket tonight. There is some excellent knitting TV on this evening (a rerun of Grey’s Anatomy). I also thought I’d listen to Persuasion before our PBS station begins to air the dramatization on Sunday, which I will watch and not knit to. Will culture prevail? It will depend on how much I think I need to concentrate. The only tricky bit will be to reestablish the slip-stitch pattern after knitting in the pocket, but it might be necessary to have the goings-on at Seattle Grace in the background at this point.
The Devonshire jacket is a thoroughly enjoyable project, and aside from some gauge issues that I attribute to substituting yarn, the pattern in Jean Frost's book is clear and accurate. I love knitting with Zara. The back blocked out to the precisely perfect size. And when I get around to lining it, I’ll satisfy my craving for some hand sewing and do something I’ve never done before—line a knitted garment.