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Wave of Change Jacket Modifications

I followed the pattern for the Wave of Change Jacket by Denise Bayron exactly with the exception of four simple things.

1. I only did 7 rows of the ribbed neck edge.

2. I left out the purl row ridges and only did stockinette stitch, which is knit 1 row, purl 1 row, repeated throughout the body and sleeves. I didn't think the purl rows would show up as well with the marled yarn. 

3. I added short rows at the back of the neck right after the ribbed neck edge. I did this as follows starting with the first knit row after the ribbing is complete (if you need help with this, I’ve linked a couple of instructional videos for you below):

Row 1: Knit until 15 stitches remain, wrap & turn.

Row 2: Purl until 15 stitches remain, wrap & turn.

Row 3: Knit to 5 sts before the wrap. Wrap & turn.

Row 4: Purl to 5 sts before the wrap. Wrap & turn.

Row 5: Knit to 5 sts before the wrap. Wrap & turn.

Row 6: Purl to 5 sts before the wrap. Wrap & turn.

Knit to the end picking up the wraps as you go. Purl back 1 row picking up any remaining wraps as you go.

Continue on with the pattern as directed.

If you need help with the short row wrap & turn technique here are a couple of quick and clear videos to help you:

Here is a good video demonstrating the wrap & turn technique. Click here.

Here is a good video demonstrating how to pick up the wraps. Click here.

4. I added buttonholes and buttons instead of snaps. Here are the steps for adding buttons. Complete the button band (or the band where you would have the snaps) as written. I did this on the left side of the garment as if you were wearing it.

With your selected number of buttons, I did 6 buttons, place the buttons by putting locking stitch markers on the button band in the spots you would like the buttons. (See the photo below.)

-Try on the cardigan.

-Next, I find the placement for the button that will be at the widest part of the bust and mark it with a stitch marker.

-Then I take the cardigan off and evenly place the other buttons around that first bust button. When you have 2 by 2 rib it is easy to space out with almost even rib stitches in between each button. This doesn’t always work out exactly. You can have more or less space in between the first and second button at the top or the last two buttons at the bottom without much notice.

Making the buttonhole band:

I added the buttonholes on the right-side band. Pick up and work the band exactly as written in the pattern but on the 5th row add the buttonholes as follows:

Work in rib pattern up to match the locking stitch marker on the button band. I use the 2 by 2 rib to count to stitches. As you can see above, I placed the buttons in the purl stitches of the rib pattern. Noting this makes it easy to match on the other side. 

Bind off 2 stitches.

Continue to work in pattern up to match the next placed locking stitch marker on the button band.

Bind off 2 stitches.

Continue in this way to the end of the row binding off 2 stitches to match every stitch marker on the button band.

Next row: Work in the rib pattern up to the first set of bound off stitches. Cast on 2 stitches using the backwards loop method. Continue working in pattern to the next set of bound off stitches, cast on 2 stitches using the backwards loop technique. Repeat to the end of the row.

Now continue with the band as written.

I hope this helps if you are looking to modify your Wave of Change Jacket!

2 comments

  • I love this yarn. It glides off the needles and is just the right thickness for the “beginning” knitter…. Just started my sweater…..already excited to finish it…..

    Stacie
  • LOVE your mods! And, the yarn! Divine! Perfect stay home knitting!

    Kat

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