Friday, August 22, 2014

The Bravura Jacket

Bravura Jacket, with hood down
Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This September, Tracy Purtscher, winner of the Fiber Factor Challenge 3, will host a Knit-Along featuring her winning design, the “Bravura Jacket.”

So who is Tracy Purtscher?  She describes herself as "a little cock-eyed and a little wonky."  I like her already.  And she knits with an enormous long-haired black cat named Benjamin, so our cat Scout likes her, too.  She hails from Bradford, Illinois, a booming metropolis of 787 people, and we're always proud to cheer on a fellow corn-fed Illinois girl! 

So what is the Bravura Jacket?  The word "bravura" comes from the Italian word for brave, and defines bravura as "a display of daring; brilliant performance."  Looking at this jacket, I agree completely!  The jacket is a very unique design . . . part capelet, part jacket and featuring an oversized hood.  Wear the hood up to delicately frame your face or throw it back and it rests nicely as a big comfy shawl collar. With an open front design, it can be worn open or close it with your favorite shawl pin. Perfect for fall, this everyday jacket is great for weekend excursions!

Bravura Jacket, with hood up
This ingenious hooded jacket is offered in two sizes. The Small/Medium fits women's sizes 2 - 12. The Large/Extra Large fits women's 14 - 20. The jacket is knit in Kenzie yarn by HiKoo. Kenzie is a soft and slightly fuzzy yarn with a wonderfully unique blend of fibers:  50% New Zealand Merino, 25% Nylon, 10% Angora, 10% Alpaca, 5% Silk Noils.

Each Monday in September, Tracy will release a new video giving you hints and tricks on knitting the next part of this unique design (View KAL videos here). Tracy will also be actively answering questions about her pattern and cheering you on in “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.

There is no registration or cost, just get your supplies, purchase the pattern on Ravelry and check out Tracy’s video starting on Monday, September 1st at noon pacific time (that's Labor Day - you've got the day off work, no better reason to spend the day knitting!).

Here are the materials you will need: 
    Part jacket, part capelet Bravura Jacket
The model is shown in Kenzie in the natural “Pavlova” color #1000.  We've got 20 different colors of Kenzie to choose from - and they are all on sale at 20% off!  For the Small/Med (woman's 2-12) you'll need 3040 yards (19 balls), and for the Large/XLarge (woman's 14-20) you'll need 4160 yards (26 balls).  Hint:  if you would like to make the jacket longer, you can adjust the length of the coat by making the back seam longer - just add one more ball.
      You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry ($10.00).
          You will need two sets of needles and a crochet hook:
          The jacket is knit in both stockinette and herringbone stitch, the gauges are:
               14 sts and 20 rows = 4” x 4” in Stockinette Stitch on larger needle, yarn held double.
               28 sts and 19 rows = 4” x 4” in Herringbone Stitch on larger needle single stranded

          You are definitely going to want to do a gauge swatch ... adjust the needle size you need to achieve gauge!
            You will also need a tapestry needle, a stitch holder (or waste yarn), and optional stitch markers.
              Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in September and finished within two weeks of the posting of the final instructions/video. Winners will be announced on Skacel’s and on Ravelry.

              Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

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