So, like me, you might be wondering what a monkey jacket is. Turns out it is one of these:
The one on the left. Isn't it fabulous? I was so pleased to find this pattern!
I don't know about you but I find the models verging on the edge of sinister! I think they are meant to be conveying a young, fun, glamorous spirit which at first glance they do. But, then look at their eyes! They are rolled right up and are giving you such a look! I wouldn't be surprised if laser beams shot out!
Anyway, back to the jacket. Monkey or not, it is a lovely cropped jacket which looks all warm and cosy. It is knitted in double knitting using the wool double. This makes a really squishy, warm fabric, thick without being heavy and it hangs really well. The pattern is a rib, slipping stitches on alternate rows.
This is my version, I used a teal wool/acrylic mix and knitted the smallest size, a 30" bust. I took the photos in my local gorgeous haberdashery, Ribbon Circus. It is my latest one to go into Lucy and the Caterpillar.
The pattern blurb tells you to 'notice the collar and the smartly shaped back', so here they are.
The darts at the back add a really pretty detail and pull in the jacket so that it fits closely and does not flare out at the back.
On the left the shoulder darts are visible, these add to the fitted look. The button is vintage and is teal covered leather. I found it in my button tin (one of them), and couldn't believe it was such a perfect match. I have several button tins, my one for modern buttons, one for vintage buttons, my grandma's button tin and one from a family friend. I love sitting sorting through them and it is very calming sitting letting beautiful buttons trickle through your fingers!
The sleeves are three quarter length with cuffs. The pattern is reversed when knitting the sleeves so that when the cuffs are turned the correct pattern is on the right side. I thought that was a really clever, neat touch.
I am really tempted to make this again for me as I really like how it has turned out and it would be such a versatile piece to have in one's wardrobe.
'Oh my! Look at my marvellous monkey jacket'!