I finished my Sculptured Peplum Jacket!
I like how it turned out — it fits well and has a wonderful tailored look.
The Artfibers Zoe yarn I used (a nylon/viscose blend) was easy to knit and produced a substantial yet elastic fabric with wonderful recovery, which is perfect for a fitted jacket like this one. It has great stitch definition as well.
The pattern is called “Steed” by Kim Hargreaves and was published as part of her “Scarlet” collection. The pattern was good but I had to make sure to mark my place in the pattern as I went along (post-it worked well) because it was easy to lose my place. I wasn’t able to get gauge with my yarn, so I followed the instructions for another size and made sure to measure as I went along. The main body is worked in simple seed stitch, with short-row shaping and reverse stockinette “godets” for the back peplum.
The only pattern modification I made was to lengthen the collar height and add a fold-over stockinette facing, which I stitched down to the neckline seam. This worked well, as the collar was “floppy” and needed the facing for additional structure.
The sleeve vents are a nice tailored touch. I used faux leather-wrapped buttons to enhance the tailored look of the jacket.
Overall, I enjoyed knitting this pattern and may make it again with additional modifications, such as a decorative edging, or perhaps a lacy trimming on the cuffs and collar.