Because she really wanted one, in pink:
Pattern: Winter Wonderland Coat, from Inspired to Knit by Michele Rose Orne.
Yarn: Cascade 220, in cotton candy pink!
Modifications: I knitted this coat for myself a few years ago out of Beaverslide yarn, but never wore it. It really is a coat for someone much taller, and fortunately for my friend, she is at least 8 inches taller, and slender to boot. I more or less followed the directions last time around, but there were things I should have done differently — and I got to do them this time. I knitted the skirt — fronts, back, button bands, and side godets — all in one piece. The bodice was knitted in separate pieces so that I could have side seams to provide some support for the coat. The shoulders were bound off together pretty tightly using three-needle bind-off, and the sleeves were knitted on with short-row shaping for caps. It annoyed me before having to knit the collar separately, so this time I rewrote the directions to pick up stitches from the bound-off neckline. As before, I did not do buttonholes, and used Norwegian clasps for closures.
Thoughts: The Cascade yarn is lighter than the Beaverslide yarn, and I think it will hold its shape better for such a heavy coat. I still don’t understand the separate godets — the inserts made the skirt bulge once sewn in, plus the seam line for reverse stockinette never looks good on the “public” side. I am quite pleased with the elimination of most seams, though I can understand the need for stabilization. We’ll see what happens when she has worn it a few times 🙂