Martin Storey designed this wonderful little daisy-scattered jacket knitting pattern for us, and it’s just the thing to get you ready for the new season. If you like wearing full skirts , this jacket is a great length to go with them as it stops right on the waist, emphasising a neat midsection. It looks just as good with simple jeans and T-shirt, though, and the bell sleeves make it great for layering over long- and short-sleeved tops alike. Because it’s knitted in cotton-rich yarns, you could even wear it as a top on its own with a pair of shorts.
The fact that the pattern is very complex and the yarns used are cotton-rich does make this a project best left to knitters who already have plenty of experience of intarsia and Fair Isle. Cotton has very little stretch, unlike wool, and so you need to work very neatly and with a good tension in order to keep your knitting even and prevent little gaps from forming. The areas of colour are all quite small, so you’ll want to combine the intarsia and stranded colourwork techniques when working the daisies. “Rather than use small balls or wrappings of yarns which can become tangled when working intarsia, try just breaking off a long length of each colour and let it hang at the wrong side of your work. When you need a particular length of colour then you will find it easier to simply pull it free from the other strands,” says Martin.