My hunk o’ mitered squares is growing.
Did I mention that I was knitting a coat?
I’ve wanted to knit a coat from Noro Kureyon for years. Recently I purchased (on sale) 30 skeins of Kureyon in colorway #276. I figured that would be plenty to make a nice long coat.
I gave the design a lot of thought and settled on mitered squares because they are fun to knit and I like the way they look. I knit a sample square and measured it. From that measurement I figured out how many squares across I would need for the back of the coat. As you can see, I decided on 6 squares across.
The two pieces for the front of the coat will each be 3 squares across, and of course will be the same number of rows of squares as the back. I’m thinking 8 rows of squares to make a nice long coat. The sleeves will be 3 squares across at the cuffs and increased to 5 squares across at the top. I will do the increases with a triangle on each end of the second row.
I am knitting the back, fronts, and sleeves separately, and will then put the coat together by knitting the pieces together. Because it is modular, I could conceivably knit the back, fronts, and sleeves as one big piece by just adding on squares, but that’s not terribly practical. I’d probably pass out from the heat, buried under all that warm wool.
So the fronts will have triangles knit on the top row to make the curve of the neckline. I’ll pick up stitches down the fronts to knit the front bands, making buttonholes in one side. Then after joining at the shoulders with the back, I’ll pick up stitches and knit a neckband. I plan to finish the bottom edge of the body and the sleeves with applied icord.
Then I’ll throw the whole thing in the washing machine and felt it.
I figured out yesterday exactly how many skeins I need to complete this project and realized that because I plan to felt the garment and am therefore knitting it slightly oversized, 30 skeins is not quite enough. So I’ve ordered more.
The pattern for the poncho I recently completed is now available for sale in my Ravelry shop, here.
Thanks to everyone who left a comment for the book giveaway. Leslie S. (who has been notified via email) was chosen at random from the comments and will receive the free copy of of Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor.
“This does make a great blankie!”