In this series, Wearability Wednesdays, I revisit a garment that I knit in the past and look at whether, and how, it is worn today. Today, I am going to go farther back into the past than before. In the summer of 1998, I was visiting the States with the girls, and spending some time with my family. Doug stayed in Potsdam and worked, and then joined us later. As usual, I devoured the latest Vogue Knitting magazine (Spring/Summer 1998). Though there were quite a few sweaters that appealed to me, I found myself drawn to a half page article in their book’s section about the release of Minnowknits, Too: 26 Uncommon Knits for Kids Big andSmall, by Jil Eaton.
The article was illustrated with a photo of an adorable little red jacket in a boucle yarn, with an assymetrical front and red buttons. The pattern was included in the Vogue magazine. I was sold. I ordered the yarn and set about making it for Leah, who was three years old. In fact, I ordered enough yarn to make two of these jackets, one for Leah in red, and one for Emma in white with multicoloured flecks. At that time, I was not knitting much because of a repetitive stress injury (likely to be the topic of a future post). I managed the red jacket, but Emma’s never even got cast on. The yarn is still sitting in a box on my shelf.
I have looked and looked but can’t find any photos of Leah wearing it. But wear it she did, for quite a few years. And it was adorable. I can’t find my notes, but I believe I knit it in the size 24 months, as Leah was small for her age, and the next size up was 4 years. Eventually, it got folded up and put away. Two years ago, my older daughter Emma, then 17, found it when we were cleaning out the closets and said “Mom, I bet this would still fit me!” She was right:
The above photo really shows the colour and texture of the yarn well. It looks like flames, doesn’t it? (Thus, the name of the post.) Here are some photos of Emma wearing it this April on the Apache Trail in Arizona. It looks great on her, and it is very hard to believe that it is actually a three year old’s jacket. (Though one would certainly not describe it as “roomy”.)
I particularly like it teamed with the cowboy hat. Emma is wearing Doug’s Stetson here (a gift from my stepfather, Stuart). Every hat ever made looks good on Emma, but this Stetson fits surprisingly well with this outfit.
In the photo above, you can see that the assymetrical front opening of the jacket buttons up to the round neckline. It has an oriental flair to it. When Leah wore this as a toddler, it was usually buttoned right up. It has a totally different neckline when Emma wears it now, with the top buttons undone. It gives the jacket a much different look.
So this wraps up this month’s Wearability Wednesday post. The little red jacket, designed by Jil Eaton; the only sweater I know that looks equally adorable on a toddler and a teenager.