Grow Like a Weed Jacket

Grow Like a Weed Jacket

Grow Like a Weed Jacket

This jacket will be a little long the first winter, worn with the sleeves cuffed. The next winter, it should fit as a sweater might, with the sleeves uncuffed. Both the cabled and the twisted 1×1 ribs have incredible stretch and will expand to fit a growing child’s arms and belly. The sleeves are completed first, then joined to the body. The body is knitted in the round from the bottom up, then steeked open. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s saddle shoulder construction is used for the armhole and shoulder shaping. The neck opening is a bit wider than average and the back neck is shaped by short rows, with the cabled and twisted ribs extending up to form a collar. Rolled edges are knitted on to provide a place for the sewn-in zipper.

For those interested in the pattern, please take a look at the pattern specifications and schematic before purchasing. Please be advised that because the jacket is steeked, it will require, in cases of yarn substitution, a feltable wool that is not machine washable.

Many thanks to my wonderful test knitters – Andrea, Danielle, Erin , Jennie, Mai, and Svenja – for working through the draft pattern!

The pattern is available as a Ravelry download for $5.00.

Osterville playground



Skills used

Knitting in the round, reading and working through a cable chart, cabling, increasing, decreasing, three-needle bind-off, crocheting a chain, steeking, picking up stitches, hand sewing a zipper.


To fit: 1 yr (2-3 yr, 4-5 yr, 6-7 yr)

Model shown in size 1 yr.

Finished measurements

Chest: 20.5 (24.5, 27.25, 31.25)”
Back length: 12.25 (14.75, 16.25, 18.5)”



21 stitches and 26 rows = 4” stretched in cabled (body) pattern on US 8 (5 mm) needles
24 stitches and 26 rows = 4” stretched in 1×1 rib (sleeve) pattern on US 8 (5 mm) needles
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on US 8 (5 mm) needles

NOTE: It is important to closely match both the stitch and row gauges because of the way the armhole and shoulder shapings occur.

Yarmouthport boardwalk with Doug


Briggs & Little Regal [100% wool; 272 yd (249 m); 113 g (4 oz) skein]; color: Bleached White, 2 (2, 3, 4) skeins.

NOTE: If substituting yarn, use only non-superwash, feltable wool; otherwise, the steek will not hold and the garment will unravel.


US 8 (5 mm) circular needle, 16″ or 24″ long (depending on chest size)
1 set US 8 (5 mm) DPNs

Size D (3.25 mm) crochet hook


Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Scrap yarn (must be non-superwash, feltable wool) for securing the steeked edges
Tapestry needle
Separating zipper, length appropriate for size
Sewing needle and thread

Steeking process
First Grow Like a Weed Jacket

More photos can be found here.