A Sweater Coat

Here’s the pattern.  I really wanted my daughter to have something that I made her – I’ve sewn her some doll clothes, and knit her a shawl, but I wanted her to have something in her wardrobe that really got some use, so I settled on making her a sweater-coat. I think it took about 3 weeks to knit this, and the pattern was relatively easy to follow (except for the part where I knit 20 rows in the wrong stitch and had to tear it out and start over, haha..) after that, it was easy :).

Jasmine loves her coat. Its thick and warm without being heavy, and is just large enough that she’ll still get some use out of it this fall. I passed on using the recommended yarn, and instead went with something I could buy locally – the yardage on this pattern is way off, I used over 700 yards of wool.

Be careful when you’re picking up the stitches along the collar, its tricky and the stretched holes will show on the finished product. Other than that, this was a fun knit, with lots of stitch fluctuations to ward off boredom :). Here are my notes:

  • I used Red Heart Comfort Chunky, in cream
  • I knit 2 sizes larger than necessary. It looks cute when its a little baggy, and she’ll get another season or two out of it.
  • I went with handmade wooden buttons (cherry wood), Make sure you plan for large buttons or toggles, or come up with your own idea for smaller button holes. If you do as the pattern suggests, they will be large!
  • Remember that because you’ll be picking up stitches for the buttons and collar, keep the edge stitches loose
  • I added extra length, because that’s the current style for kids and I wanted Jasmine to actually wear the coat :).

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