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Free Knitting Pattern: Then & Now Jacket

Lion Brand® Homespun®
Pattern #: 30212
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Circumference 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60)
Length 26 inches
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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Our stylish jacket is an updated version of a pattern that first appeared in our 1916 'Manual of Worsted Work'. Great taste and great designs never go out of fashion!
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 790-362: Homespun Yarn: Quartz
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*Homespun® (Article #790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
5 1-inch (25 mm) buttons.

Then & Now Jacket

Lion Brand® Homespun®


14 stitches + 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) over Garter Stitch (knit all rows).
10 sc + 10 rows = 4 inches (10 cm).

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Jacket is knit in one piece starting at bottom Back and casting on for Sleeves. The piece is divided for back neck and worked over shoulders to Fronts, which are worked one at a time from shoulders down. Collar, cuffs and bands are crocheted separately and sewn on after the piece is knit.

Cast on 70 (77, 84, 91, 98, 105) stitches. Work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 18˝ (19, 17˝, 17, 16, 15˝) inches or desired length to armhole, ending with a wrong side row.


At beginning of next two rows, cast on 52 (49, 49, 46, 46, 42) stitches for Sleeves – 174 (175, 182, 183, 190, 189) stitches. Work even until piece measures 26 inches from beginning or desired length to shoulders.

Divide for back of neck Knit 78 (77, 80, 79, 82, 81) stitches, join second skein of yarn and bind off center 18 (21, 22, 25, 26, 27) stitches, knit to end. Working left and rights sides separately, knit 7 rows even, place marker for center shoulder, knit 7 rows even.

Increase one stitch at neck edge every other row 21 times – 99 (98, 101, 100, 103, 102) stitches. Work even until Front Sleeve measures same as Back Sleeve from marker. Bind off 52 (49, 49, 46, 46, 42) Sleeve stitches – 47 (49, 52, 54, 57, 60) stitches. Work even until Front measures same as Back. Bind off. Work second Front.



Ch 21 stitches.
Row 1
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across – 20 sc.
Row 2 Ch 1, turn. Sc in each sc across.
Repeat Row 2 until Collar is length required to fit into neck opening. Fasten off. Sew Collar into neck opening.

Left Front Band
Row 1
With right side facing, work 1 row sc evenly between top of Collar and bottom of Front.
Row 2 Sc in each stitch to neck edge, (ch 2, skip 2); sc to end of row.
Row 3 Sc in all stitches, including each ch of ch2. Fasten off.

Buttonhole band (Right Front)
Row 1
With right side facing, work 1 row sc between top of Collar and bottom of Front.
Row 2 (buttonholes) Mark four buttonhole positions as follows: one at neck edge, one 10 inches from bottom of garment, and two evenly spaced between the top and bottom buttons. Sc to first buttonhole marker, *ch 2, skip 2, sc to next marker; repeat from * 3 times more, sc to end of row.
Row 3 Sc across all stitches, including each ch of ch2s. Fasten off.

Cuffs – Make 2
Work as for Collar until piece measures 11 (11˝, 12, 12˝, 13, 14) inches. Fasten off.
Sew Cuff onto bottom of Sleeve, easing Sleeve fabric into Cuff.

With right side facing, work reverse sc (working from left to right) along edges of Collar, Bands and Cuffs.
Sew side and underarm seams. Fold back Cuff and tack in place.

Try on Jacket and mark positions for buttons on Left Front opposite buttonholes. Sew buttons in place.

Interior fastenings
Mark position for button on Right Front opposite buttonhole on Left Front Band. Sew in place.

Make 12 inches long chain. Fasten securely 10 inches down from neck edge on Right Front. Mark position on Left Front opposite tie. Make 12 inches long chain at marked position.

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ch(s) = chain(s) sc = single crochet

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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Then & Now Jacket Reviewed by Joann Hahn on 2014-04-17 ****
The patterns was so pretty that I couldn't resist making it. is definitely not the length shown in the pattern. I am 5'8" and this only comes to my mid thigh and I added 3" to the pattern length. Someone needs to go over this pattern. Other than that it came out so nice. I changed the sleeve cuffs because they were way to wide and sloppy for my taste but you can't see that from the picture.

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