Grow Like a Weed Jacket

Thanks to a great collection of test knitters – AndreaDanielle, ErinJennieMaiSvenja – the Grow Like a Weed Jacket pattern I previewed last fall is now ready!

Grow Like a Weed Jacket

I hope this heavy sweater will last two winters. It will be a little long the first winter, with sleeves cuffed. The next winter, it should fit as a sweater might, with the sleeves left uncuffed. Both the cabled and the twisted 1×1 ribs have incredible stretch to them and will expand to fit a growing child’s arms and belly.

Osterville playground

The garment is knit from the bottom up in the round and then steeked open. The sleeves are knit first and then joined to the body. I largely followed Elizabeth Zimmermann’s saddle shoulder construction for the armhole and shoulder shaping. The text is wordy but it should be clear once you begin the decreases. 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.

Those unfamiliar with crochet steeks are encouraged to read Eunny Jang’s definitive steeking tutorial before proceeding. Only feltable wools with plenty of grip should be used for steeking purposes. Neither superwash wools nor plant or synthetic fibers will hold. Although it would be easy to modify the pattern to work back and forth without steeking, the instructions are written for construction in the round.

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

Yarmouthport boardwalk with Doug

Difficulty: Advanced

Skills used: knitting in the round, increasing/decreasing, reading a chart, cabling, steeking, picking up stitches, stitching down facings, and hand sewing a zipper


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

Finished Measurements:



21 stitches and 26 rows = 4” in cabled (body) pattern when stretched

24 stitches and 26 rows = 4” in 1×1 rib (sleeve) pattern when stretched

16 stitches and 24 rows = 4” in stockinette


Ram Wools Selkirk (100% wool; 272 yd [249 m]; 4 oz), 2(2, 3, 4) skeins


US 8 (5.0mm) circular needle, length appropriate for size

US 8 (5.0 mm) double pointed needles


Separating zipper, size as needed

Crochet hook, any size between 3.25 – 4.0 mm will do

Small amount of sport or fingering weight, sticky wool for securing the steeked edge.

tapestry needle

needle and thread

Steeking process

First Grow Like a Weed Jacket


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14 comments so far

  1. grumperina on

    This is such a practical little jacket. I’ll have to knit one some time soon. The blue version looks great on B! With her little britches she looks very tomboyish :).

  2. Susan on

    Luuuuuurve it. Intrigued by how well it works as a unisex design as well. I might have to make one for both my kids ;)

  3. tiennie on

    What a wonderful and classic pattern. I don’t think it will ever go out of style. Love it!

  4. mai on

    what a great pattern! congratulations! i might need to make one for myself now :)

  5. Susan on

    Okay, just bought the pattern because I’d like to make fall jackets for my kids (always good to think ahead…) and I am curious about your gauge note “when stretched.” I know it’s all subjective with ribbing and cables and the like…but do you stretch a lot? A little? Since you say row gauge is so important, I’d like to know. :)

  6. sue on

    It looks wonderful. Is there a chance of knitting it flat without having to do the steeking. I know I should learn to do it but I would be worried about stuffing it up.

  7. Steph on

    Very nice pattern! I have to mark this one for future knitting for the coming baby!

  8. Melissa on

    I haven’t tried steeking yet, but when I do, it will be with this pattern – I love it!

  9. Rachel on

    Congrats on a great pattern – looks adorable!

  10. Mandy on

    I’m so glad to see this! Great, great, great.

  11. Kim on

    Now this is a pattern by a mom for moms! I love the growing sweater concept. Definitely a must-knit! (What yarn to use that’s washable and steekable….?) Maybe superwash will be okay with the crochet method.

  12. Danielle on

    Woo hoo!!

  13. gleek on

    such a great pattern, elinor! i’m sure it will be widely received :)

  14. AJ on

    Love this! I’ll definitely have to knit it for Scout. The cables are just yummy.

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