Dear all,

Just thought I'd stop by and say hello...and share my grinches and gripes about the Rowan Herringbone Jacket from their men's pattern book which I've been making for some months for my other half.

I've made 3 arms and no, he doesn't have an extra arm...and I seem to have done more unpicking and re-doing than on anything I've knitted. I like it and it's looks good BUT the herringbone pattern has been a complete nightmare. It's taken this long to work out how the pattern works and the pattern glibly mentions increasing or decreasing in pattern as if it was the easiest thing in the world.

I have got to grips with it nearly so if anyone else is going to give it a go, let me know and I'll pass on some tips and save you knitting 3 sleeves. I have the top of the front to redo (only for the 4th time) and then we're nearly there.

On another note, it's my Mum's 7oh birthday in November and I'd like to make her something. She's not really a fitted-jumper or lacy-shawl kind of lady and has a tendency towards glitzy...and a good gin and tonic. You get the picture. Any ideas for something a bit special would be gratefully received.

Grinch grinch grump grump

But greetings,all the same, from the UK



michaelpthompson's picture

Hi David, I'll certainly try to remember to ask you if I ever do a herringbone jacket. Sounds like a challenge. But I've already got too many other projects on the planning board to think about that.

For your Mum, what about a cowl-collared pullover made of that sparkly fuzzy yarn? From your description, I can just see her chatting with friends, gin and tonic in hand, wearing something like this:

But made out of yarn something like this:

What would you think of that?

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

davidUK's picture

Thanks lovely

Thanks for your suggestion


WillyG's picture

Bless Rowan and all those pattern-makers who know it all.

And bless you, David, for your perseverance and generous offer of support. But this one I really mean.

PieintheSky88's picture

Oh no, that sounds like such a nightmare... it definitely sounds like I'll be avoiding herringbone for a while!

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

jwhassjr's picture

Your mom sounds like my kinda gal: I love a good gin and tonic myself. As for the glitz, I recommend the Undulating Waves scarf by Laura Nelkin. I made it for my mom, and she loved, loved, loved it. It's a bit of a process string beads, but a cinch to knit. Here's a link to my scarf I made.

Undulating Waves Scarf

I am interested in your problem with the herringbone pattern.
I do not have the pattern but I was able to find a picture of the jacket online. Unfortunately I could not make out any stitch details from the picture. Could you tell me what kind of herringbone pattern this is? I mean, herringbone by itself doesn't tell me how it is made.
It is a series of increases and decreases, or is is a knit purl combination pattern? Or something else? Just curious.

davidUK's picture


The herringbone pattern uses k2tog and making a stitch (by knitting first into the horizontal bar which lies behind the stitch and then into the stitch itself - kbf) to produce a textured fabric which leans towards a point as it goes up the fabric and is worked over seven stitches.

CO multiple of 7 sts + 5

Row1: k2 *k2tog, k2, kbf, k2* k3
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K3 *k2, kbf, k2, k2tog* k2
Row 4: Purl

I found it quite easy to get lost in he pattern. On row 1, the k2tog happens on the 2 stitches to the left of the apex where the stitches slope towards each other. On row 3, the k2tog happens across the top of the apex, (i.e. the the stitch either aide of the apex)

I found it tricky to increase and decrease in pattern and found it easier to work increases and decreases on the wrong side of the fabric. You have to be careful that the odd-numbered rows are mirrors of each other. If a row starts with k2tog it must finish with a kbf and vice versa and the next pattern row must then atsrt with kbf and finish with k2tog.

Good luck


Craig's picture

If I decide to knit the herringbone I know who to get in touch with.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.