Monday, November 12, 2012


1/25/2013  Row 19 edited to a make a neater increase.

Jer·kin  [jur-kin]

a close-fitting jacket or short coat, usually sleeveless

This close fitting garment is super stretchy, worked in rib and broken rib stitches.  . 

About 4-5 ounces of worsted weight (4) yarn
16 to 24 inch circular knitting needle see notes for information on sizes
US F (4.0mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
5/8 -3/4 inch button

Measured flat in inches
Red Heart Super Saver:  12.75 long X 9.5 wide (stretches to 13)
Caron One Pound:  13.25 long X 10.5 wide (stretches to 14)

K = Knit
P = Purl
PM – Place marker
PU = pick up and knit
YO = yarn over
K2tog = Knit two stitches together
Kfb = Increase by knitting in front and back of the same stitch
K1 tbl = Knit 1 through the back loop

K1 tbl = knit 1 through the back loop.  Here’s a video:


  1. Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
  2. Garment is knit from the top down with opening in the back, or the front if that is your pleasure.
  3. Red Heart Super Saver was knit on size US 8 (5.0 mm) needle.
  4. Caron One Pound was knit on US size 9 (5.5 mm) needle.


Cast on 63 sts, leaving about an 10 inch tail.  More about the tail later.

Row 1 (right side):  *K1, P1.  Repeat from *across.  K1.  (63 sts)

Row 2:  *P1, K1. Repeat from * across.  P1. (63 sts)

Rows 3-4:  Repeat rows 1 and 2. (63 sts)

Row 5:  *K1, YO.  Repeat from * across. K1.  (125 sts)

Row 6:  *P1, K1 tbl. Repeat from * across. P1.  (125 sts)

Row 7:  *K1, P1.  Repeat from * across. K1.   (125 sts)

Row 8:  *P1, K1. Repeat from * across. (125 sts)

Rows 9-18:  Repeat rows 7 and 8. (125 sts)

Row 19:  K1, Kfb once, P1.  *K2, P2.  Repeat from * across.  K2.  (126 sts)

Row 20:  *P2, K2.  Repeat from * across.  P2.  (126 sts)

Row 21:  K. (126 sts)


Place marker.

Switch to working in the round.  We will keep the same numbering sequence.

Round 22:  P. (126 sts)

Round 23:  K2tog, *P2, K2.  4 times.  P2.  Bind off 24 sts, *K2 (the st on the right needle counts as the first K), P2.  9 times.  K2.  Bind off 24 sts.  *P2 (the st on the right needle counts as the first P), K2.  4 times.  P2.  K2tog.  (76 sts)

Picking up one stitch in the first bound off sleeve stitch makes a smoother transition.
Round 24:  K1, *P2, K2. 4 times.  P2.  PU 1 st (pick up and knit) in the first bound of st, cast on 5 sts. *K2, P2.  9 times.  K2.  PU 1 st in the first bound of st, cast on 5 sts. *P2, K2.  4 times.  P2.  K1. (88 sts)

Round 25:  K18, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K36, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K18.  (84 sts)

Round 26:  P.  (84 sts) 

Round 27-28:  K1, *P2, K2.  Repeat from * around.  P2, K1. (84 sts)

Round 29:  K.  (84 sts)

Round 30:  P.  (84 sts)

Repeat rounds 27-30 until jerkin is about 1.5 inch shorter than you desire.  I knit mine with 10 pattern repeats at the underarm.

Next 8 rounds:  K1, *P2, K2.  Repeat from * around.  K1. (84 sts)

Bind off in rib.

Fasten off and weave in end.

With your crochet hook, put hook through cast on row and pull up a loop using the beginning tail.  Chain 6.  Test to be sure your button will fit through loop.  Fasten off and weave end into row 1 or 2.

Sew on button.

You have a lovely blog!!Thanks for your patterns, even i can try do do it!!
What a beautiful blog. The patterns are gorgeous. I was sent a link to this sweater
and fell in love with it. In spite of the fact that I have done nothing but scarves and neckwarmers (cowls) since I took up knitting again about 18 months ago (after a break of a few decades!!) I took one look at this sweater and decided I had to make it. I just finished row 21 --- K the entire row
Then the instructions emphasize that you DO NOT TURN and start working in the round. The first round is P for the entire row.
That seems strange since you did not turn. It seems like it should be a knit. I am going to pause and hope that you have time to clue me in. Thank you very much. Valerie
Trust me that's correct. You place a marker and start working in the round.

I'm knitting one of these as well.
Thank you! Valerie
Oh dear. I didn't expect to be stuck so soon. How do I cast on stitches in the middle of the round? I checked for online videos but those folk were not working on circulars and were turning the work to begin with. I tried doing a knitted cast on but ended up with a long piece of yarn just dangling along with the new stitches. Hope to hear from you tomorrow. Many thanks. Good night. Valerie
Just do a knitted cast on with your working yarn. Instead of starting with a slip knot the last stitch you knit stands in for the slip knot.
I am thrilled with the jerkin. It turned out beautifully. I was worried about finishing by Christmas and here it is only December 1. I am a very slow knitter, and don't have a lot of time to knit, but this zipped along. Thank you so much for the pattern. I can't wait to see the jerkin on grandbaby. (Pity she is the only female grandchild!) Valerie
I think this might make a neat sleep sack for my grandbaby. I'll just make it longer.
They now advise babies not be placed in crib with blankets. He's gonna need something to keep him warm and cosy.

Any suggestions?
You know I think that would work. You could do a drawstring in the bottom, like some of my sleep sack patterns have.

If you knit one, I'd love to see pictures.

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