Today was a rainy day so I stayed all day in house and finished my Mossy Jacket. The bad part is that I couldn’t take pictures outside and it seems like will rain all next week too, so I promise I will be back with outside photos after the weather will let me :))
For this jacket I used a very easy stitch called moss stitch. I liked how the name sound, so I called the jacket after it.
The pattern of this stitch is one chain, skip one, 1 single crochet in the next stitch. Pretty easy isn’t it?
So grab the yarn, hook, scissors, sewing needle, measuring tape and let’s begin.
For my size of jacket (S) I used 700 grams of Stylecraft Special Knitting DK.
The color I used is Mustard.
I worked with 2 strands of yarn because a chunky Yarn of 5-6 mm thickness is need it. I choose to work with Special DK because there are so many colors available. The needle size was 5.5 mm.
Now let start.
For the back
Grab the measuring tape and make some measurement before start.
- Measure your hips. Divide the length in half and add 3 more cm. This will be the base of your back side.
- Measure your waist. As for the hips divide the length in half and add 3 more cm
- Measure the length between yours underarms
- Measure the length between yours shoulders
- Measure the hight from your underarm to your shoulder
- Think about how long you want to be your jacket and measure the high from the bottom of the jacket and after you pass the hips.
To be easier make a sketch
Now that you have all measurements, make a gauge with the yarn and the hook you choose, just to know how many stitches you will need. For a square of 10 cm I had 14 stitches and 14 rows in moss stitch.
Chain the number of stitches that you need. I had 64+2 stitches.
Skip the 3rd stitch and make * 1 single crochet in the next, chain 1. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Chain 2 and turn.
1 single crochet in the first space chain of the previous row, *chain 1, 1 single crochet in the next space. Repeat from * to the end of the row.
Row 3 – 20 (or as many rows as you need until you pass your hips area and you have to begin shaping your waist) repeat row 2.
Begin with a decrease. Decrease with 1 single crochet then continue with the moss stitch to the end of the row.
Repeat row 21.
Make a straight row without decreasing.
This is how we shaping the waist area of our jacket. If you want you can keep it straight from the bottom to the underarms.
Repeat rows 21-22 until you get the length measured for your waist. Then make 2 rows straight. I decreased until row 31.
Row 32, 33
Straight rows in moss stitch.
Now we begin to increase. Increase with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the row then continue with moss stitch pattern all over the row.
Repeat the row 34 ( we make the increase on the other side)
Keep it straight
Repeat rows 34-36 until you get the length between your underarms. I had 11 rows. My last row with an increase was row 44.
Row 45 – 56 (or as many rows as you need to get to underarms) make straight rows.
We will make the arm hole. Skip 6 stitches (slip stitch) then continue with moss stitch until you have 6 stitches left. Chain 2 and turn
Keep it straight in moss stitch (without the 6 stitches from the beginning and from the en of the row)
Repeat row 58 for as many rows as you need to get the high between your underarms and your shoulders. I had 26 rows. So in total I had 84 rows from bottom to the end of the back side.
Front left side
Fold up the back. This is the shape of the front sides. Divide in half the number of stitches that you had for the back and add 10 more. This is the number of stitches for the front side.
On the front sides we also will make a pocket hole.
Chain the number of stitches that you need plus 2. I had 42+2
Keep it straight in moss stitch
Now we will start to work the pocket hole
Make 14 stitches in moss stitch then chain 7 stitches and turn. Now we only work with half of the front side. We will call it a).
Row 18-20 a)
Keep it straight in moss stitch
Row 21 a)
Decrease with 1 single crochet. Continue with the moss stitch along tha a) row.
Row 22-23 a)
Keep it straight without decreasing.
Repeat rows 21-23 a) as many rows as you decreased for the back side. Pay attention that you are working also a pocket hole. So if you think that your pocket is high enough, but you didn’t finish with the decreasing rows, stop and begin to work to the other part of the front to close the pocket hole. Then you will continue with the decreasing, working the entire front .
I made a video with how I made the pocket hole. Hope will help. Is my first video so I know is not the best but promise the next ones will be better.
So I had 33 rows from bottom until I finished the pocket hole. I follow the decrease rows until row 30.
Row 31-33 a) keep it straight in moss stitch and cut the yarn.
Now I start with the b) part of the front side.
So we are at row 17 b).
Insert the yarn in the next stitch of 17 a) (It will be stitch 15) and make the moss stitch all over the row 17 b).
Row 18b – 33b keep it straight with moss stitch.
Now is time to join the a) and b) part. This is not so difficult. When you get to the overlap stitches just pass the hook to both parts. So you will have 7 stitches worked together. Then continue with the moss stitch. At row 34 I also start to increase. So in the last stitch I made 2 single crochet then chain 1 and turn.
Row 35, 36 keep it straight
Repeat row 34-36 for as many rows as you increased on the back side. I had 11 rows with the increase and 44 in total.
Row 45 – 56 ( or the same number of rows as on the back side) keep it straight in moss stitch.
Skip 6 stitches and continue with moss stitch to the end of the row.
Row 58 – 79 keep it straight
Row 79 – 84 make only 11 stitches on the edge.
* I just make a pocket hole because I choose to put linen pockets. If you don’t want that, just chain more stitches instead of 7 extra that we chain for a) part.
For the right part of the front side keep the same pattern. Just keep in mind that you also will have to make on this side the button holes. My first button-hole was after 30 rows and I made it by chaining 2 and skipping 2 stitches. I had 3 stitches to the edge. Next button-hole was after 14 rows.
Chain the number of stitches that you need considering how wide your sleeve want to be.
Row 1-20 keep it straight in moss stitch
Increase with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the row then made the moss stitch along.
Repeat the row 21
Row 23 keep it straight
Row 24, 25 increase with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the row.
Row 26-30 keep it straight
Row 31,32 increase with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the tow.
Row 33, 34 keep it straight
Row 35, 36 increase with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the row
Row 37-40 keep it straight
Row 41,42 increase with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the row
Row 43-53 (or as many rows as you need to get the desired length from the bottom of your sleeve to the underarm) keep it straight.
Decrease with 6 stitches on each side.
Row 55 keep it straight
Row 56-68 ( or as many rows as you need to get the length from the bottom of the sleeve to your shoulder) decrease with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the row.
Cut the yarn and done. You just finished the sleeve.
For the other sleeve follow the same pattern.
Now that we have all parts done, is time to join them together. Begin with back and front and then add the sleeves.
Put the jacket with the exterior outside. Skip 12 stitches from the neck base and insert the yarn. Make the moss stitch until you have 12 stitches left. Chain 2 and turn.
Keep it straight in moss stitch
Row 3- 11 ( or as many rows as you want depending on how high you want your collar to be) increase with 1 single crochet at the beginning of the row.
Cut the yarn and….done. Sew the buttons and the pockets and that’s it. If want you can add an edge ol over. I had 1 row i single crochet.