My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


The Grand Plan

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.

Poncho Alert

The pattern for the poncho I recently completed is now available for sale in my Ravelry shop, here.

Book Giveaway

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.

Lucy Sez

“This does make a great blankie!”


  1. Holy smokes! 30 skeins was not enough?

    I didn’t realize you were planning a felted jacket. I’m very curious how this will turn out.
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  2. Lynda Hitt says:

    As always, it’s going to be beautiful…and I was thinking, until I got to the part about the felting, that that was going to be a BIG coat, but it will shrink with the washing.

  3. That’s going to be an awfully heavy coat, Wendy, and I don’t mean just “warm”, I mean weighing a LOT. Yes, it will be distributed evenly across your shoulders but it still will be more weight on your spine. Or are you planning to gift it to Nanook of the North?

    No matter what, I’m sure it will be lovely.

    Thanks for the lucky random number – I am looking forward to reading the book.

  4. Great idea to felt it. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  5. The coat sounds interesting…can’t wait to see it!

  6. Carol Louise says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing this coat, as I have a great deal of Noro that I found at the Goodwill store, and I mean LOTS!
    I’m visiting Ireland and Scotland right now and am looking for a nice lace weight yarn of local wool, but haven’t found any as of yet! I’m hopeful though that I’ll find something yet!
    I love your pictures of Lucy. I had to put down my 22year old tortie just before I left the states and I’m still missing her!

  7. have you considered NOT felting it, with appropriate adjustments in the number of squares. Sort of like a 3/4 length jacket…
    I’m looking forward to seeing your coat as it progresses.

  8. With so much wool and given where you live, will you be able to wear your coat or are you just making it for the joy of it?
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  9. That will be a beautful coat but I couldn`t wear it. Too heavy for me

  10. hawknitr13 says:

    i love the colorway in the squares! looking forward to seeing the end product!

  11. I love the poncho! I just have to convince myself that I can pull off a poncho (to wear, not knit)…

  12. I just downloaded the poncho and am so very pleased to have it. This fall the ‘Wendyponcho’ as I call it will be seen in Holland and make quite an impression! Thanks a lot.

  13. It’s lovely! Lucy seems to love it.

  14. Can’t wait to see the coat!!!! Wonder if there are patterns for cat coats. 🙂

  15. At least you figured that out now. It reminds me of the coat of many colors. Anybody else?
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  16. that’s alot of noro i’m impressed
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  17. How funny – another Leslie wins a book written by a Leslie! What are the odds of that?? Of course, I spell mine with an ey, but it’s still kind of cool!!

  18. Oooo looking forward to seeing the end result 🙂

  19. Carol Louise, you may know this already but both Jamieson and Smith AND Jamieson’s make laceweight local shetland wool–if you are not going to the Shetland Islands perhaps you can find a LYS elsewhere in Scotland that carries it. It sounds like a fun trip.

  20. So how long do you think it will take you to finish the coat. For sure it will be a beaut.
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  21. I love that a Leslie won the book written by another Leslie. Of course, it would’ve been nice to have been the winning Leslie, but it’s cool! ;o)

    I can’t wait to see your finished coat (modeled by Lucy?)

  22. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    the colourway you have chosen is amazing!! Ah Lucy, just what my kitties are doing also, NAPPING!!!!

  23. Nancyva says:

    Neat looking pattern. Can’t wait to see the end product. More than 30 skeins…does sound kind of heavy. Lovely colorway.

  24. Skubitwo says:

    wow! it will be neat. several years ago, my LYS talked me out of a felted coat because it would be too heavy. I am now making myself a huge heavy aran sweater of the schoolhouse undyed sheepswool despite those warnings because I walk the dog on the wyoming prairie at 7200 foot elevation in the winter with 40 and 50 mph winds at 15 degrees. a regular wool sweater under a down coat is not warm enough. I wish I had not listened to them.

  25. You know, I think it would be cool to have a “Lucy” unit of measurement — like “It will be three Lucys (sans tail) across, and four down…..”