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Crocheted coat - is this 'stealthily' difficult?

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Daisybell1 Sun 21-Oct-12 09:42:50

I need to frog an attempt at a knitted jacket for my daughter which has gone horribly wrong.

She still needs a jacket/cardie and I've found this which I love.

I've done a swatch to get my head around the woven stitch but are there any pitfalls lurking in it? It it going to be horribly difficult? The pattern looks quite easy but I may be missing something major...

Can anyone one glance through it for me?

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 13:17:07

That looks like it'll be an awful lot easier than it reads! Reckon it'd work for a baby boy in neutral colours?

It's basically: ch width of sleeve. Work pattern for length of sleeve. Work pattern part way across to make neck opening. Ch some more to get back to sleeve width. Work pattern to length of 2nd sleeve.

Sew sleeves. Work pattern from front to front to get length. Finish off and add border, don't forget the button holes


Daisybell1 Sun 21-Oct-12 15:42:00

Ooh, it sounds promising then! I think it would look lovely in navy with red and white trim? And if you felt it was too girly, could you reduce the flare in the lower half and make it shorter too?

Daisybell1 Sun 21-Oct-12 15:51:48

Or dark brown with beige trim would look nice too.

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 15:53:05

Dp reckons cream and cables. I shall attempt it later hmm

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Sun 21-Oct-12 17:34:59

Ok, ch 44 dc into 4 from hook is never ever going to give you 42 sts across. Dc into 3rd from hook.

And at my fairly average tension I've done a row of 32 to get 8 1/2"

Otoh, working from the measurements+my invented cable pattern it's coming along nicely!

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 08:38:22

<scowls at Pid for enticing her even further into the black pit of startititis>

12cm into first sleeve grin

<ignores mounting pile of WIPs>

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 08:42:40

6 rows down 2nd sleeve

<ignores same>

Mind you, I've not actually given birth yet so doing the smallest size grin

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 09:57:57

Blimey you're quick! Dd is nearly 13 months so I'm trying vaguely to persuade her to watch the strictly results show whilst I crack on.

It seems to be a bit of a yarn eater though - am getting a bit worried...

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 10:06:24

Fp/bp tc's knock half your stitch length off, i find. Otoh, it makes for a super thick snuggly jacket!

The pattern calls for 80% merino 20% silk - bet that doesn't get worn to the park! I'll stick to cheapskate crylic, ta grin

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 10:08:30

Cheap skate acrylic here too - dusky raspberry darling, don't you know grin

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 10:22:54

Ooh, sounds fab! Plain cream here, although i might go for funky buttons

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 11:23:23

<rips out neck rows after going wrong, back to working on sleeve 1>

How are your cables working out? I must confess I wouldn't know how to start cabling in crochet!

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 11:51:19

I had to frog about 6 rows because I'd twisted in the wrong place angry

Cables are remarkably easy. My sleeves are 33 sts wide: 11htc, 4 f/bptc (depending on right or wrong side), htc, f/bptc, htc, 4 f/bptc, 11 htc. Then 20 rows of 10 tc for the back, ch 24, carry on.

To do the twists, you f/bptc in the 3rd then 4th f/bptc from the hook, then work back into the 1st and 2nd. It requires a bit of hook manoeuvring but looks fab - and I've only done 3 twists per sleeve.

I plan to make a plain tc body, then cable up the front smile

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 14:04:09

It sounds lovely!

I'm still plodding on with the first sleeve, but I'm doing the 18 month size and there.s a lot of it!

I'm going to attempt cables at some point smile

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 14:15:22

I will resort to blagging other people into knitting buying stuff by that point, I'm sure! I have a tendency to over stretch myself (diy stuff mainly) so crochet forces me to sit down (8 months pregnant)

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 16:02:12

Grr angry made the back too wide and it looked stupid when i sewed the sleeves up so had to unpick, frog back and I'm now redoing sleeve 2 angry

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 16:39:47

Grrr, that is very irritating!

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 18:25:23

<phew> nearly back to where i was!

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 19:16:12

I may be about to have a yarn crisis sad

I technically have 900m of yarn... However, I've got 2 full balls (300m each) and have ripped out another 60g worth but I can't find the remaining yarn! I've either got a knitted piece somewhere lurking, or a random bit somewhere. But I can't find it and it's been discontinued [cry]

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 19:49:04

Argh! Have you got anything in the same weight and composition but different colour to do the front/collar bit in?

Daisybell1 Mon 22-Oct-12 20:48:27

Yes, I've got various colours... I was struggling to think of something to match the main colour - I'm resorting to grey and white, very boring! I'll just keep ploughing on and see how far I get...

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 22:34:07

White cables round the front could be cute?

I've managed to get the sleeves facing opposite directions hmm will try again tomorrow!

Daisybell1 Tue 23-Oct-12 15:15:10

Oh no! At work today but it's in my bag kind of in a comfort blanket way...

Still panicking about the lack of colour but pushing on regardless!

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Tue 23-Oct-12 17:21:53

At least yours will look ok at bolero length grin

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