ardent devotion

15 April 2009


Pattern: Ardent Jacket by Kat Coyle, from the Spring 2009 issue of Twist Collective

Yarn: Classic Elite Skye Tweed (heartbreakingly discontinued) from Webs

Needles: US 7 Addi Natura 32″ circular (back only) and US 7 Clover bamboo 10″ straights

Time to knit: 13 days (it really was finished in March, and I wore it around for about two weeks while I waited for the buttons to arrive from China)


This is my new favorite garment: the fit is perfect, the style is flattering, the neutral color goes with nearly everything, and the yarn is soft, warm and strong (I snagged it on a metal clasp the other day and though it pulled out a loop, it didn’t come close to tearing). I did make a few changes just to suit my personal needs, although Kat’s pattern is perfect as written.  I loved the double lattice pattern so much that I omitted the honeycomb lace and even did an extra repeat of the lattice on the body pieces for an empire line. Otherwise, however, I knit the pattern exactly.

If you haven’t checked out Twist Collective, you’ve got to. The designs are stunning, and the pattern I bought was extremely detailed, clear, and error-free. I’ll definitely buy more Twist patterns!

I fortunately happened upon these buttons while poking around on Etsy.


They’re handmade of wood, and they’re absolutely stunning. I got them from Ruth’s shop, and I recommend her highly. She was extremely helpful, super-fast on communication, and she even sent me some extra buttons as a present for my first Etsy purchase!


I also got this lovely Korean gingham ribbon and made a loop to hang the jacket. The color on this photo is terrible (sorry!); the ribbon is dark blue and cream-colored. I think it’s a nice detail, so I also used it to line the button band. I might line the spaces between the buttonholes as well, since I still have some ribbon left.

I can’t believe I took so long to blog this project! I’ve already finished the April almanac sweater (sadly, less successful…but you’ll see).



  1. This looks so fabulous! It looks great in the Skye Tweed. I really love that ribbon/loop detail.

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  3. i love what you’ve done with this jacket. the finishing touches like the ribbon and loop on the inside are really nice.

  4. Oh, your buttons are perfect on that! 🙂

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