Posted by: christinelaennec | March 4, 2015

The And-so-to-bed jacket

It’s been over two years since I left my job to look after the Dafter full-time.  My workmates gave me a marvellous farewell gift, a voucher to Loop in London.  With it I bought a few things for immediate consumption, and also the wool to make a bed jacket.

This pattern was one that I’d wanted to make for quite a while.  But I didn’t start on it right away. I was fully occupied with looking after the very ill Dafter and with selling our flat while Michael was working in Glasgow, and I didn’t have the concentration to begin a project that was so different from things I had knit previously.  The wool (Berroco Ultra Alpaca) came along with me to Glasgow and spent a year in my craft cupboard here, and I began the bed jacket last September.

I took my time knitting it, as I was making other things and also had my unexpected trip to Portland.  I finished it in February, and it has been a great thing to have:

Jennie Atkinson, Bed Jacket, from Buttons, Beads and Lace.

Jennie Atkinson, Bed Jacket, from Buttons, Beads and Lace.

The alpaca wool is so soft and warm!  With the big collar, it’s very cosy to wear while reading in bed at the end of a long day.  (Link to Ravelry notes is here.)

As usual my family witnessed the ongoing project – in this case, my bafflement at attaching the collar (got it right the third time), and the knitting of nearly three meters of lace edging.  And then when it was done, I had a hilarious conversation with Michael.

Michael:  What are you going to wear that with?

me:  My pajamas.

Michael:  ???

me:  It’s a bed jacket.  For keeping you warm when you’re sitting up in bed.  Haven’t you heard me referring to it as my BED jacket over the past four months?

Michael:  Yes, but I thought that was just a metaphorical expression.

These are not my pajamas...

These are not my pajamas…

I was tempted to say, “No, it’s LIT’rally a bed jacket!”  I thought I would model it for you, but not in my pjs.  It was fun to make, and a lovely reminder of almost nine happy years in my last job.

I hope your week is going well!



  1. It’s absolutely beautiful, well done you! Wouldn’t be warm enough for my house, sadly: I need something that wraps right over my chest, has full length sleeves and a high neck. Haven’t found it yet…!

  2. Love it! Well done on persevering with the pattern, I would have given up I think. I’d have loved to have seen Michael’s face when you said you’d be wearing it with your pjs! 🙂 xx

    • Dear Tina, I read your blog for years and was very sad when I saw it’was closed. I hope you’ll open it again. Amitiés de France.

      • Thank you so much for your kind words, xx

  3. Absolutely stunning! Perfect color for you and beautiful knitting. ♥

  4. It is lovely. I can see Michael’s logic. It looks like a dressy jacket to wear over a nice outfit in winter. I might be tempted myself to at least try it on with a couple of things for, say, the symphony. But it would be so luxurious to wear it to read in bed . I might have to get some nice pajamas, if I wore it, instead old leggings or shorts and t-shirts or tank top (depending on the season).


  5. Thats lovely. Not just for bed!

  6. Oh good lord, it’s lovely! 🙂
    You definitely need an entire wardrobe of silk pyjamas to wear it with!

  7. Thank you, my friend, for your encouragement to keep blogging. I’ve decided to stick with it. At least for now. Trying… Glad we are doing this together – side by side. ;^)

  8. I love it! It’s so soft and feminine. Well done!

  9. That is absolutely beautiful! It looks deliciously comfy and of course will now have such a hilarious story behind it – I think it could become a family heirloom! Enjoy snuggling up in it – I keep meaning to make a shawl for reading in bed so you’ve inspired me!

  10. I think it is positively lovely, and I think it would look so nice with a summer dress, and nobody would know. The lace edging and the way the shawl collar falls is so soft and becoming.

  11. Ha ha, I can imagine my dad saying what Michael did. Men are such peculiar animals. You’ve made a really beautiful job of that jacket, it seems too good not to be seen by more people in broad daylight, but what a lovely thing to snuggle up in bed with.

  12. WOW!!! I so admire your ability to knit such a beautiful garment, Christine; and I appreciate your reasons for making it and the conversation you and Michael had about it 🙂 I hope you thoroughly enjoy wearing it! I think you have created a treasure that will one day be a prized heirloom. xx

  13. That’s wonderful! And I can imagine how complicated attaching the collar would be on that!

  14. Beautiful jacket … to wear in bed or elsewhere.

  15. Beautiful and I would wear it anywhere.

  16. What a beautiful jacket, it’s far too nice to hide in bed!! I can only imagine the complications you had knitting it, well done, it’s gorgeous. x

  17. It is just lovely. Well done. You look very happy wearing it!!

  18. It is beautiful! I would totally wear it out, but it’s also lovely to have something luxurious just for yourself 🙂

  19. That is just gorgeous!!! Love Michael’s response! Ha ha ha! My Michael would no doubt respond similarly. I have a bed jacket which I love which happens to be the first sweater I ever made that I just could not get the size right after several attempts. It is so, so soft and because it is large, and wrap-roundish, it works perfectly — but it is nothing as intricate or amazing as the one you’ve created!

  20. Oh, Christine this is stunning! Not only is the collar beautiful but the lace work really sets its off. I’m sure it was a joy knitting it. You have something to treasure for many years.

  21. Very pretty, and such a great accomplishment. I envy the knitter who can make real clothing. I am just lucky to knot together accessories.

  22. Thank you everyone for your extravagant compliments! Who knows, I may wear it to the opera someday!

    DancingBeastie, I think what you’re looking for is a sleeping bag?

    • Ha ha, yes maybe it is! A sleeping bag with arms! 😀

  23. Beautiful, Christine!

  24. Dear Christine as for Tina, I read your blog for years and love it. Your Jacket is wonderful and it’s so a big pleasure to do a hard work ! Amitiés de France.

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