Awhile back I told you that I was working on a couple of different projects. The baby blanket was completed and blogged about long ago so I don’t know why I waited so long to tell you about this project.
My friend, Karen, contacted me while I was in the process of moving and asked if there was any way possible for me to make her dream coat. Of course I said yes, after initially suggested she buy one on Etsy (LOL)…just to give me some time since I was moving and had a baby blanket due first. Now, I feel bad because it’s been so long. However, I think I’ve got my groove back!
It’s basically a coat made out of crocheted granny squares and then sewn together with some detail like a button band, sleeves and a folded collar. It’s 62 squares, of which I have 16 completed. Egads! I seriously need to get a move on before fall is here and she misses her chance to wear it!
Here’s Granny Square I from the pattern completed. It’s made using Red Heart Unforgettable in the colorway Stained Glass. It also uses Red Heart Soft yarn in the colorways Dark Leaf, Grape and Teal. I love how the varying colors of the Stained Glass make each square look different, even though it’s the exact same pattern. You can click on the images to make them larger.
This was the first time I have ever swatched for something crochet; however knew I had to do it since it would be worn. I found out that I’m a super loose crocheter, which I kind of already knew since my baby blankets and hats turn out so huge. The pattern called for a J (6 mm) hook or whatever size it took to make a 6″ x 6″ (15 cm x 15 cm) square. It took me 7 times, varying my hook sizes and yarn tension, to finally get gauge with an H (5.0 mm) hook.
After that it was just a matter of fitting it in between unpacking. I’ve only got one more box to unpack, besides my yarn. And my yarn is safe in plastic totes so it’s not going anywhere until I get my shelving up for it. So, onward and upward! I can do this!!!
Here’s a sneak peek at what it will look like when it is finished:
Here’s a link to the free pattern: Sweater Coat in Grannies
There are three different styles, which all use different Red Heart yarns for slightly different looks and drape. This is the softest of the three. The link on Ravelry is Coatigan in Grannies and includes all three coats and links to all three free patterns.
I’ll keep you updated as I get further in. I’m excited to see what the next part of the pattern brings 🙂
Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!