I added a hood instead of the wide collar that’s in the pattern. I love the look of the wide collar too, but Annette just loves coats/cardigans with hoods, so hood it is.
Another enjoyable project. The yarn is really lovely to work with, soft like butter. The pattern is nice and simple. It’s all worked in one piece from the neck down, so I was able to get Annette to try it on at various stages to check the sizing. Excellent! (I made this coat just a bit large for Annette, so that it can last for a while.) And there was no seaming too, just had to weave in the ends. Great! I did add the attached i-cord edging around the bottom edges, fronts (with i-cord buttonholes too), and around the edge of the hood. The technique was new to me, but I found excellent instruction for it in Nancie Wiseman’s Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques. I’m glad I did, because it looks good and is not very difficult after all.
My favourite feature is the buttons, though. They really brighten up the coat. Belinda gave me those buttons, aren’t they adorable!
When I showed the coat to Annette after the blocking, she said, “Oooohhh, it’s BLOCKED!!” That kid knows the lingo already. 🙂 Just the other day she said to me while I was knitting (and I quote), “Mummy, can you make me a sandwich after that row?” Definitely the child of a knitter. Just let me assure you, no child, husband, or goldfish has ever been starved during the making of this coat!
More photos here.