My current work in progress:

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


The Too-Heavy Noro Coat

I was a bit surprised by the comments on my last blog post stating that a knitted coat would be too heavy to wear. It’s no heavier than any other wool coat. I live in an area where, during a normal winter, we get our share of ice and snow and below freezing temperatures. We have blizzards from time to time. I have a number of winter coats that are far heavier than 30 skeins of Noro.

I can only assume that the commenters who think a knitted coat is too heavy to wear live in areas where coats are not needed.

Speaking of said coat, I have finished the back.

I have finished the sleeves.

And I am working on the first half of the front.

Work on the coat will, however, come to a screeching halt this weekend because that is when I can start my Camp Loopy Project Three. The coat will be on hold while I work on that. I think I won’t be needing it for a while anyway.

Lucy is resting up for camp!


  1. hm, I have a knit wool coat made from 20x100gr skeins of icelandic wool, so even heavier than this, and I wear it all the time in winter. looking forward to seeing yours all done, it will be spectacular with all those great Noro colours.
    best wishes from Iceland
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  2. Yay! Lucy’s coming to Camp!
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  3. I think your coat is going to be beautiful! I have a wool coat and it is heavy but I don’t think your’s would be any heavier.

  4. Gorgeous coat in progess. I would wear it on cold days here in Texas! (We do get a few freezing days a year and I break out my faux fur!!! LOL!

  5. Jane M. says:

    Your coat would be very useful in Northeastern Iowa. I can’t wait to see it finished!

  6. Your coat would be nice for the San Francisco area (probably in the summer too!)
    I think you said you were going to felt it–how will you control the felting process so you don’t felt it too much? Have you done any test felting on that yarn in advance? I would like
    to knit some garments for felting also, but have hesitated as I don’t know if I could control the shrinking.

  7. This is maybe the most spectacular project ever. I really love this coat. I can’t wait to see it finished!

  8. Your coat should suit your winter quite well – love the idea of a felted wool coat! Enjoy! Give Lucy a scratch for me – she’s so lovely!

  9. I love the way your new coat is shaping up. It is wonerful. The colors blend so well
    together. Are you going to make the pattern availble?

  10. I had to giggle at the comments about the coat being too heavy. I immediately knew the part of the country in which they must live, being a resident of a hotter zone myself. I think it’s beautiful and wish that we got winters here cold enough to wear something heavier.

  11. Personally I love your coat and can’t wait to see the finished look x

  12. I can’t visualize a knitted coat.

    Then again, I live in Southern California, so I can’t really visualize a coat…

  13. The DC area can be colder than any of us can imagine. We’d all appreciate a felted Noro coat (and hat, and scarf, and mittens!). It’s going to be beautiful, Wendy.

  14. That’s going to be a gorgeous coat. Not sure why people would think a knitted wool coat would be heavier than a woven one! And because knitting drapes well it’d probably be less cumbersome than some woven wool coats.

  15. You coat is coming along just beautiful! I want to knit a winter duster, black of course. That alone qualifies me as nuts!
    I come from the west coast, and think a knit bikini is insanity…the more differing opinions, the merrier, I say! 🙂
    Luv to Miss Lucy xoxoxoxoxoxox
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  16. Jean Vollman says:

    Wendy I love what you are doing, I can’t remember if you were doing your own pattern or following one? Would love to give a few squares a try.

  17. Living in Minnesota, I think the coat would be just right for most winter days. In addition, I think it will be just beautiful! I am so infatuated with Noro. 🙂

  18. Living in Indiana, I have to laugh about the coat being too heavy. I have Noro sweaters and a lightly felted Noro jacket. From the end of October to about March, they get HEAVY use. It’s far lighter and more breathable than my woven wool coat so it’s actually more versatile than heavier outerwear. In the dead of winter I wear the Noro stuff with the wool coat over the top of it when I go outside.

  19. I live in the San Francisco Bay area (but in one of the areas warmer than SF itself) and have gotten many years of use out of my wool melton coats. For those of you unfamiliar with wool melton, it is a thick tightly woven wool fabric with a brushed surface. From a use standpoint, it is very similar to worsted weight wool that has been felted (both do an excellent job of blocking the wind).

    I can hardly wait to see what your coat looks like once felted.

    Are you planning to line it (I know from past experience that a lining can help a larger garment hold its shape)?
    Jamie´s last blog post ..Long time, no post (or life intervened, but knitting continued)

  20. Too heavy, ha! (I laugh, from Wisconsin…and I know you do get intermittent definite winter weather.) But I do worry about shape retention of knitted coats, especially with garter stitch. I believe you were planning to felt (should be interesting!), so that should certainly take care of that issue. I dream about the coat pattern Sylvi, but I think it would require a lining for stability, and I am so not a knitter.
    Cathy-Cate´s last blog post ..Athos, a shawl

  21. Oops, a sewer, I mean! I am definitely a knitter! 😉
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  22. I can’t believe how fast you must knit. I’m still trying to finish a project so I can do your mystery shawl . Lol

  23. You really love knitting. How many hours did you spend knitting a day? You are so fast.
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  24. I agree; those commenters must live in areas where they don’t need winter coats. Or, somehow, they think that it’s going to be heavier than, say, a Navy pea coat. Hmmm…
    A question about the coat though. Are you joining the squares as you knit, or are you sewing them as you go? I DESPISE sewing, and try to avoid it at ALL times, but if you have figured out a way to knit those bad boys together as you go… Wow!

  25. Last winter I put 8oz of handspun into a just, turtleneck style cowl and leftovers in an earwarmer (when not so cold) for gathering firewood and rural life living in Kansas. Wear them with insulated coveralls, wool coat used for going to work & town. Can’t wait to see your finished coat.

  26. My winter coats are almost all down, so they are warm and light.

    As one of the people who had thought the coat might be too warm, it is possible that a number of us (I know I was) were thinking about sweaters indoors. Even with air conditioning (or poor heating) I’m not sure I could wear that much Noro inside and I run cold all the time.

    I’m wearing a wool sweater and socks right now.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..sewing the dress

  27. I think the coat will be perfect. I love that I live in Maine and we wear wool!
    brandi´s last blog post ..Oh the Fiber – North Ronaldsay wool

  28. Melissa HB says:

    My grandmother made me a knitted coat when I was in highschool. I LOVED it and it wasn’t too heavy. It was quite comfortable to wear.

    Can’t wait to see how your coat turns out 🙂

  29. Martina says:

    I LOVE your coat. And anything in Noro will be wearable. I’m finishing a chunky Iro coat/jacket, which is shorter, but once washed, Noro yarn is quite light. At least that’s my experience. I live in the DC area as you do and it is brutal here some winters, ice and wind will be no match for a felted Noro coat. I am green with envy. It’s just gorgeous in the making!

  30. I would LOVE a knitted wool coat for our winters in Wyoming! Yours is going to be gorgeous!

  31. I have a knitted coat that although is quite heavy, is not heavy enough for much of the winter. It is going to be great.
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  32. I can’t wait to see it finished!! Please save your notes/pattern!! Thanks for all that ypou do to make knitting on the net such a fun place to be!

    SassySean on Ravelry

  33. Mary Lou says:

    It’s cold enough in Florida in december and January to wear a Noro coat! At least in central Florida! I love your Noro coat!

  34. That looks like a heck of a lot of work and warm enough to wear in MN winters! It’s going to be GORGEOUS when done … 😉

  35. Ha! I love your coat and think it’ll be wonderful. Noro never seems especially heavy to me; maybe because it’s loosely spun and single-ply?

  36. I think I need this Noro coat. I like your coat. You really spent a lot of time knitting. I don’t know if I can finish knitting because when I knit I felt asleep.
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