Fade To Light Jacket MAL: Part 5. Front bands and collar



Hello and welcome to the final Part 5 (yay!!) of the Fade to Light Jacket make-a-long. Today we will add front bands and collar, and you can choose between two options: with buttons or with clasps. If you missed previous parts, please check them here: reveal, sizing and gauge, short rows (Part 1), raglan increases (Part 2), sleeves (Part 3) and lower body with mosaic pattern (Part 4).

 
Complete Fade to Light Jacket pattern in one print-friendly pdf file is available for purchase HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy (both in English with US terms, and Dutch). Please, note that these files only include written instructions and no progress pictures.
 
Front bands will frame your jacket nicely and collar will help to fix bumps at the neck opening left from the short rows. 
 
On one hand, adding bands to crochet garments is the easiest part, as instructions are very simple and straightforward. But on the other hand, sometimes it might be tricky to work along the edges evenly. 
 
You can either add too many stitches, and the bands will be wavy. Or if make fewer stitches than needed, the bands will pull and will not look neat. 
 
As always, I have recorded a very detailed video showing every step for both versions of the bands. I am explaining the system on putting stitches evenly along the edges. And I also show how you can adjust the size of the buttonholes in case you wish to add bigger or smaller buttons. Hope, this video will be helpful!

 
DUTCH translation is available HERE. Translated by Carmen Jorissen of New Leaf Designs
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  

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BANDS AND COLLAR

 

Option 1 (with button holes) 

Buttonhole band 

Turn work a quarter and continue on RS along the edge of right front. 

Row 1 – RS: Work with sc evenly along the front’s edge from bottom up to neck opening, turn. 


Row 2 – WS: Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, turn. 

On next row work buttonholes. Place one removable marker approximately 0.5 cm/ 0.25in from neck opening, place another removable marker approximately 3 cm/1.25in from lower edge, place 4 additional markers evenly spaced between them. 

Row 3 – RS (buttonhole row): Ch1, [1sc in each st to one st left to m, remove m, ch2, sk 2 sts] to last m, remove m, 1sc to each st to end, turn. 


Row 4 – WS: Ch1, 1sc in each st across making 2sc in each ch2-sp, turn. Row 5 – RS: Ch1, 1sc in each st across, fasten off. 

Button band 

Row 1 – RS: With RS facing you, attach Yarn B with ss in upper corner of left front, ch1 (not a st) and work with sc evenly on RS along the left front edge down to the bottom in the same way as for buttonhole band, turn. Make sure you have the same number of sts as on the buttonhole band. 

Row 2: Ch1, 1sc in each st across, turn. 

Repeat Row 2 – two more times, don’t fasten off and proceed to collar. 

Collar 

Row 1 – WS: Ch1, work with evenly spaced sc across the top of each band and neck opening, turn – stitch count should be an odd number. 

Row 2: Ch1, 1sc in first st, [ch1, sk 1 st, 1sc] to end, turn. 

Row 3: Ch1, 1sc in first st, [ch1, sk sp, 1sc] to end, turn. Repeat Row 3 until desired collar’s height, fasten off. 

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Option 2 (bands with clasps) 

TIP: The bands should not pull or be too loose. If anything like this happens, please, change to a smaller or bigger hook as required. 

Row 1 – RS: Turn a quarter and continue working on RS along the edge of right front. [ch1, sk next row, 1sc in next row] rep along front’s edge up to neck opening working (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in the corner, pm in last ch2-sp, turn a quarter and continue along neck opening: 

[ch1, sk next st, 1sc in next st] rep along neck opening making (1sc, ch2, 1sc) into the corner, pm in last ch2-sp, turn a quarter and continue along next front’s edge (make sure you work exactly the same number of sc and ch1-sps as for the other front): 

ch1, sk next row, 1sc in next row] rep along front’s edge down to the bottom, turn. 


Row 2 – WS: Ch1, 1sc in first st, *[ch1, sk sp, 1sc in next st] until marked ch2-sp, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) into ch2-sp, 1sc in next st; rep from * once more, [ch1, sk sp, 1sc in next st] to end, turn. 

Row 3 – RS: Ch1, 1sc in first st, *[ch1, sk sp, 1sc in next st] until one st before ch2-sp, ch1, sk 1 st, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) into ch2-sp, ch1, sk 1 st, 1sc in next st; rep from * once more, [ch1, sk sp, 1sc in next st] to end, turn. 

Repeat Rows 2-3 until desired width of the bands. Fasten off. Proceed to Collar if you would like to add height. 

Collar 

Row 1 – RS: With RS facing you, attach Yarn B with ss in corner ch2-sp of neck opening, ch1, 1sc in same sp, 1sc in next sc, [ch1, sk sp, 1sc] across neck opening until next corner ch2-sp, 1sc in this sp, turn. 

Row 2 – WS: Ch1, 1sc in first st, 1sc in next st, [ch1, sk sp, 1sc in next st] until last st, 1sc in last st, turn. 

Repeat Row 2 until desired collar’s height. Fasten off. 

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Congratulations!!! Your Fade to Light Jacket is now finished! I hope you learned something new during this make-a-long, that you are not afraid of crochet garments anymore and that many more sweaters and cardigans will appear in your creative life!

Complete Fade to Light Jacket pattern in one print-friendly pdf file is available for purchase HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy (both in English with US terms, and Dutch).

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