Knitting for a Friend: Winter Wonderland Coat

Because she really wanted one, in pink:

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland, side view

Winter Wonderland, side view

Winter Wonderland, back view

Winter Wonderland, back view

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 🙂

Knitting in the Fall: Winter Wonderland

Coral Wonderland

Coral Wonderland

Pattern: Winter Wonderland, from Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits, by Michele Rose Orne.

Yarn: Beaverslide Yarn, 100% lambswool in color “coralbells.”  The yarn was recycled from Sylvi.  I just could not make Sylvi work — the back was fabulous, but all those appliqued flowers really weighed down the back panel so that it always drooped lower than the front and prevented the the neck and shoulders from sitting correctly on the body.  It will probably never happen, but if by some miracle I knit Sylvi again as a dress, I would bring the shoulder line to the front, make the collar either a mock or true turtleneck, and make the body fitted on top.

Modifications: Not that many, most of them related to sizing issues for a short woman.  The major one was picking up and knitting the set-in sleeves from the top down, which required some reworking of the lace pattern.  I also didn’t feel like making buttonholes, hence the Norwegian clasps, which were recycled from some other project.

Thoughts: Sweater coats are hard to wear, and coral is a difficult color.  And that’s why I knitted this!  🙂  What can I say — I am a process knitter, which explains why I had absolutely no problem frogging Sylvi.  Michele Rose Orne designed a beautiful coat; the only complaint I have is that the cable placement in the skirt can be problematic for those broad in the beam.  Impractical it may be, but what a show-off piece!