You can’t get much more rugged than rug wool. Our Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool is one of the hardest working yarns out there, with three plies of 100% New Zealand wool. This super bulky yarn is spun in a Canadian mill that has been run by the same family for generations. Now that our own family business has been passed down to the next generation, we’re proud to show off the yarn that started it all over 40 years ago. My All Down the Line - Rug Wool Knitted Jacket Pattern is not just an awesome jacket (if I do say so), but it’s also a nod to creating things that last.
All Down the Line is heavy, dense and warm. Knit to a very tight gauge, this fabric is truly meant for outerwear. I designed this jacket to be knit in pieces and sewn together for two reasons: seams help add structure and stability to a garment, which I definitely wanted for this jacket. The other reason was simply because as this project gets bigger it would be far too heavy and awkward to manage all in one piece. That said, I chose to pick up stitches for the sleeves for the same reason – until shoulder pads come back into fashion (and it will happen, mark my words), less bulk around that area is usually better. I’m also admittedly terrible at lining up sewn on sleeves and will avoid it whenever possible.
The simple stockinette body is edged with wide garter stitch borders. I dreamt this project up with toggles in my tunnel vision, but you could easily swap toggles for snaps – or get creative and add buttonholes, a zipper, or whatever closure you like! But you will definitely want two 1″ buttons, as the sleeves feature a cute button flap cuff. While we’re on the subject of being creative, Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool comes in over 90 colors. 90 of them! I can picture this jacket in countless color combinations.
Lastly, let’s talk about sizing. The All Down the Line - Rug Wool Knitted Jacket Pattern is written for sizes XXS through 4XL. Designed to be worn with 8″ of positive ease, that means you should choose the size that is closest to 8″ larger than your own bust circumference. These extra inches allow room for a sweater or other layers underneath. The knitted fabric will loosen up quite a bit after blocking, but in a good way. This dense and slightly heavy jacket still has a surprising amount of drape, and wearing it feels as though someone has wrapped a wooly woven blanket around your shoulders. How fitting!
All Down the Line - Rug Wool Knitted Jacket Pattern is also available as a downloadable PDF: All Down the Line - Rug Wool Knitted Jacket Pattern Download. We’ve made quite a few projects out of Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool over the years, from weaving to rug hooking. Not too long ago, I made the Carpet Clutch - Halcyon Classic Rug Wool. Even more recently, I helped someone in the shop pick out colors to crochet her own Water's Edge Felted Crochet Rug - Seguin Collection - Halcyon Classic Rug Wool. That’s to say nothing of all the beautiful woven pieces I’ve seen made from this yarn. This wonderful yarn has already given us 40 plus years of marvelous projects – I can’t wait to see what the next 40 have in store!
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