I am so excited by this jacket. I bought the yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed and Rowan Kid Classic) before I left for England in January so it was waiting for me when I arrived. I started in England and finished it back here in France. The actual knitting took about three weeks but then I had to wait for the buttons.
The pattern is in Rowan Magazine 40 and I wanted to make it as soon as I saw it on Ravelry. The knitting was challenging but not impossible - just a lot of cabling and an opportunity to perfect my no-cable-needle technique. Definitely a bonus. I was amazed at how the round cables join up on the outside edges - who on earth manages to work these things out?
The pattern calls for a zip to be put in the front but I'm not that keen on zips so I decided to use clasps instead. I couldn't find them in Europe and in the end bought them from The Button Drawer in North America - they provide an excellent service and although the postage was an additional 5US dollars, I bought buttons for another project so in the end it wasn't too bad.
I was concerned that these clasps would pull and distort the front bands so I stitched some grosgrain ribbon down the inside. It looks ghastly in the photo but actually it's not so bad and, of course, it's well hidden.