16 Feb 2016 • • by Heather Lou

Wool and the Gang James Jacket

Wool and the Gang James Jacket // Crazy Sexy Wool Khaki Green // Closet Core Patterns

Wrapping up my mega chunky Wool & the Gang projects for the year, let me introduce you to the ultimate core warmer, the James Jacket. The knitted equivalent of a puffy down vest, I have found just about every excuse to wear it since it was finished. Am I wearing it right now? Maybe. Will I wear it tomorrow? Indubitably, as long as the snow keeps falling and I have to  go outside for puppy potty breaks every 90 minutes. Have I napped in it? What do you think?

To show it off to its maximum puffy vest goodness, we shot an LL Bean inspired photoshoot in a snow covered Vermont meadow a few weeks ago because pretending to be an outdoorsy WASP is fun.

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For this warm mom hug of a project, I sprung for the Crazy Sexy Wool in Khaki green during the WATG Cyber Monday sale. They are masters of branding; I was delighted to discover that everything arrived in a white flour bag. As for the wool, while I love the colour in real life, it proved to be every difficult to share on instagram; all my in-progress shots looked like I was knitting with baby poop.

Wool and the Gang James Jacket // Crazy Sexy Wool Khaki Green // Closet Core Patterns

Having learned my lesson from my comically oversized Cross Country Coat, this time around I actually made a swatch. I'm discovering I'm a loose knitter, which surprised me quite a bit, at least on this project -- I can't imagine how dense the fabric would have been on smaller needles! Because I'm lazy and had already blew my yarn wad, I just did a little mental math and tweaked the pattern to work for my gauge. The pattern itself is quite simple so it wasn't too hard to figure out how to make it work, although I had to do a little creative easing to get my raglan seams to line up properly around the shoulder when all was said and done.

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Unfortunately, it's pilling like mad, but I'm too busy being warm as hell to worry too much about it. As an added bonus, it makes me look like I could chop and stack a cord of wood with my bare hands in two minutes flat, and then pose for a casual "All in a days work!" pose without breaking my stride.

Wool and the Gang James Jacket // Crazy Sexy Wool Khaki Green // Closet Core Patterns

Yes, I actually struck that pose. Oh Heather.

So, have I made you crave a knitted puffy vest of your own? What's the warmest project you've ever knit? And how should I deal with the pilling?!

ps. My hat is real fur but it's thrift-store vintage and I live in a very cold climate. Recycling is always preferable to moldering in a dump somewhere.

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