Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket

Could it be? Is the weather really cooling enough so that we can think about wearing hand knits again?

This jacket is knit in a top-down raglan style, but because the sleeves are a different color, it’s knit in pieces and seamed together. In this tutorial we’ll learn how to construct this sweater, seaming, icord edges, working fair isle, working short rows, and installing a zipper. If you live in the Southern US (like me), this might be the only winter jacket you need this year!

This pattern includes links to NINE instructional videos to walk you through the tricky parts of working the pattern. You can view the videos for free at the bottom of this post.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) To fit actual bust sizes 30 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52). (Note: because this sweater fits like a jacket, there is 4” of positive ease worked into the pattern for each size.)
Needles: size US 7 circular needles in 24” or 32” length, size US 7 16 inch circulars (optional, but awesome to have), size US 7 double pointed needles
Yarn: Any worsted-weight yarn, preferably in wool or a wool blend. Yarn amounts:

    Size XSmall, 550 yards in main color, 340 yards for sleeve color
    Size Small, 580 yards in main color, 360 yards for sleeve color
    Size Medium, 650 yards in main color, 400 yards for sleeve color
    Size Large, 720 yards in main color, 440 yards for sleeve color
    Size XLarge, 780 yards in main color, 480 yards for sleeve color
    Size 2X, 870 yards in main color, 420 yards for sleeve color
    Size 3X, 900 yards in main color, 550 yards for sleeve color

Additional Materials: tapestry needle; scrap yarn; stitch marker; separating zipper; a “knit picker” tool (also called a snag fixer), used for preparing the zipper for installation (this can be purchased inexpensively at just about any craft/sewing store)
Gauge: 20 stitches over 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Pattern + links to 9 instructional videos $10 US via PayPal

41 comments on “Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket

  1. Thank you Staci, I love your patterns and videos. Can’t wait to get going on this! If you live on an island off the NE of Scotland, like me you might need to wear this underneath 2 layers of Goretex!

  2. Thanks Staci for another informative video!! I constantly refer people to your website as I’ve learnt a lot from your you tube videos. It would be great to see you in Australia one day….lol

  3. Wow, Amazing!!! my mum Xmas present is now sorted. Going out to buy yarn and start knitting it. I daydream about you doing a man’s jumper pattern! This one looks really good!

    Thank you for posting all these great videos.

  4. After viewing this video I realize how much I have yet to learn and it’s kind of antimidating, yet I know I need to keep continuing to meet challenges. thanks. kathy w

  5. Hi Staci,
    You are amazing person, watching your videos made my knitting world easier.
    I was only a begginer a year ago but watching your tutorials I can do so much now.
    You are fun to watch, easy to understand, your finger movements is so easy to see what you are doing and afcourse your voice is so smoothing it makes you just grab your knitting and start making something new. Thank you so much!!!

  6. Hi Staci! I am currently working on the sleeves to “The Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket.” I am confused on the Icord Bind-Off part, it says to CO 3 stitches to the left needle. I don’t know how I can do that when my working yarn is coming from the right needle. I had to switch to DPNs toward the bottom of the sleeve to finish working in the round, so now my working yarn is on the right needle. I HOPE what I have written makes sense to you. I don’t know any other way of explaining it. PLEASE HELP ME!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  7. Hi Robin – yes, what you’ve written makes sense. 🙂

    Yes, your working yarn is coming from the first stitch on the R needle, and yes, you need to use that yarn and the backwards loop cast-on method to CO three stitches on to the left needle. It may seem awkward, but it can be done!

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.
    S t a c i

  8. hi staci ,i loved ur work,n had really learned alot. i have completed a few projects, n now i’m lookin forward to start this jacket,its really is amazing, thank u for such a nice n easy way to knit a zippered jacket…n all the work that u have shared ….

  9. This is great, thank you so much! I just spent ages making my first piece with a zipper and it’s been sitting here (while my son nags me to death to finish so he can to wear it)because I’ve been terrified of trying to do the zipper. Now I can’t wait to do it.

  10. Hi Staci – just like everybody else, I have learned so much from your videos and go back again and again to learn more, so many thanks for that. I am going to start this pattern and want to use 220 Heather from Cascade. Do you think this yarn will work well and will the sweater be sturdy enough?
    Greetings from France.

  11. Hi Aline – thank you for the note! Yes, Cascade 220 is a great yarn choice for this pattern. In fact, it’s the yarn I used to make the sample sweater!
    S t a c i

  12. Hi Staci,
    I am finishing the icord bind off at the bottom of the sweater. The first corner looks rallye nice and round but as i get to the second corner and the very last stiches to bind off I don’ t know how to round off the corner? Is there a technique or à special trick? When I look at your video and your baby sample it seems like both the corners at the bottom of the front part look very round and nice. Thanks for your help and your great web site and videos. It’s always a pleasure to come and splend a moment checking out your latest videos. Kerry Christmas and greetings from France.

  13. Hi Aline – I describe in the pattern how I got the rounded corners in the icord BO…on one side you do not cast-on any stitches when you start the BO, and on the other side, you use Kitchener Stitch to graft the last six stitches together. That’s how I did it!

    Hope that helps –
    S t a c i

  14. You are amazing!

    I really want to make this, but I prefer my sweaters and coats and things to be longer. If I want this to reach roughly mid-thigh, do I just keep adding rows at the bottom or will that look weird?

  15. Forgive me, I just saw the comment about a kindle version, that would be awesome if you released all your patterns as a kindle version, I too am a kindle user!

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    problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My site has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

  17. This is my first “big” project and it’s coming along great — thanks to your tutorials which are so nicely done. I have a question about the collar: At the end of Row 12 — the row where I’m knitting across on the wrong side — when I get to the last 11 stitches, do I knit the stitches in between the purled wraps? I’ve purled across the 11 stitches also and neither one looks neat and tidy.

    Thanks, Staci. Your website & tutorials have taken my knitting to the next level — I’ve graduated from 2D knitting (scarves & baby blankets) to 3D knitting (sweater).

  18. Hi Leslie – yes, you want to knit across all of the stitches, picking up each of the wraps as you go (and knitting it together with the stitch it was wrapping). Maybe you were confused about the wraps – you said “purled wraps”…wraps are just wraps, regardless of the side of the work they were made on. This row creates a fold in the collar. Even if it doesn’t look tidy now, I’m sure you’ll be happy with it after it’s folded, and the whole sweater is blocked.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  19. I love the sweater and instructions. I’m going to make this my next project. This is the best website. I’m taking my laptop to my next Meetup Knitters Group this week in case some of the members haven’t visited this website. Thank you so much. I’ll be back to purchase the complete set.

  20. Hi Staci,
    I am just beginning the letterman’s jacket and I’m having a hard time deciding which size to make. I measured my bust line and it is 36, I normally wear a 34C bra, but I am pretty small person. I am a bit confused with the 4 positive ease and which size I should do the 32(s) or 36(m). I am 5 3 and don’t want the jacket to be to long or really loose. Any suggestions would be great. This is my first really big knitting project and I’m excited to get started. Thank You for always providing such great instruction on your website.

  21. Heather – if your bust is measuring at 36, you should knit the size made for a 36″ bust. If you are in doubt about the size, find a similar sweater/jacket in your closet that you like, measure the actual bust measurement of that sweater, then use that same measurement to choose a size.

    S t a c i

  22. Letterman’s Jacket… Instruction for length of body… Is that from underarm, front center or shoulder. Thanks.
    Carol J

  23. Hi Staci,
    Love the site. I’m so excited about this sweater/jacket. Using a tweed yarn, Monte Donegal…40% alpaca, 40% merino wool, 14% acrylic and 6% rayon. The yarn is beautiful to the touch and has a bit of a rustic feel to the look. Everything is knitting up just as planned. Thanks for all you help in the patterns and videos. I may be changing up the fair isle to the arm, similar to a tattoo band, cause adding attention to my hip isn’t such a great thing! I’ll send a pic if you like. Thanks again, Rob

  24. I’m a dunce when it comes to measurements. When I (inconsistently) measured myself I’d get a range of 33-34, so between sizes. Would you suggest going up to the medium size so that the smaller wouldn’t be too tight? I’d just want to make sure that it doesn’t hang too loose, although that one size up probably wouldn’t make much of a difference I’m guessing.

  25. Sam – it is totally up to you…I personally would go up a size, since it’s likely that I will layer clothes under the sweater in colder weather.

    S t a c i

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  27. Hi Staci 🙂

    I’ve had this pattern from you for awhile and want to start it! You mentioned it was designed as a top down sweater. I would love to knit it that way but I’m scared to try without checking with you. I want to knit it in a solid color so it makes sense to me to do it that way. As I’m a fairly new knitter I don’t want to mess it up. Would I cast on all of the pieces at the start?? Would I need to remove stitches from the cast on for the seaming? I think it would be 8 stitches but not completely sure !?! I did make the cropped top down raglan last year and it turned out well!! You have been my teacher from the start of my very short knitting career so I hope you don’t mind me asking these questions!?!
    I have gone from dishclothes to sweaters so you can see what a fantastic teacher you are!! I could not have made a thing without you!! LOVE LOVE LOVE learning from you!!

    Your faithful student!

  28. Judith – yes, you can knit this all in one piece, one color. I can’t help you too much with pattern modifications (to do so would mean rewriting the pattern), but you have the right idea. Work it the same way you worked the Cropped Raglan Cardi, casting-on for both fronts, both sleeves, and the back all at once.
    S t a c i

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