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Old 12-10-2008, 06:28 PM   #11
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I think a KAL would be great Ginny, but . .. uh . . . I know it would take me forever and a day to be anywhere near done with something like this.
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:44 PM   #12
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Well, I went on over and investigated the pattern. I had added the pattern to MY SHOPPING CART...and then it dawned on me ....

The model is prolly 5'7" or taller...the design work on the back of the coat is set for a certain length...I am only 5'0" tall...I may not be able to shorten this coat for my short self.

I'll have to think about this dilemma.

I'm going to study that vine and leaf work (there are some great photos of it) and ascertain if there seems to be any point at which I can shorten the design pattern...maybe leave out a repeat...something like that...and thereby being able to shorten the length of the coat from the bottom edge to the armhole shaping.

BUT my o my...this pattern is just begging to come home to my house!!!!

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Old 12-10-2008, 06:52 PM   #13
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maybe you have a friend who is tall that you could make it for?
just a thought...
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:08 PM   #14
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This coat would be easy. The FRONTS and SLEEVES are just double moss stitch, I think. Boring, but do-able.

The SLEEVES are knit in the round, prolly picked up at the armholes and knit down to the cuff. That will be nice for me, with my short arms I can try on the coat before binding off the cuffs!

It is the BACK that will be fun to knit. It is only simple cabling that meanders all over the place that creates the vines.

Those leaves are easy. I think they are also "knitted in" at the end of the "vines". I think the bobbles are worked at the tail ends of other "vines".

I'm fairly certain that those flower petals are knit individually (like I did for my cream tweed MELISSA jacket recently posted) and then tacked onto the ends of the vines later.

This isn't a difficult coat, but that depends on the designer's ability to communicate effectively.

Elsebeth Lavold, the Swedish designer that I adore, can drive me nuts with her terminology. It's the translation from Swedish to English that is a killer. Ack. The easiest appearing design can be mind-boggling, and sometimes the most complicated designs are easiest.

I'm 99% certain that the pattern design for the BACK will be worked from a chart (relief!). Charts are usually much easier than play-by-play, written-out, wordy instructions.

Anyways, someone was wondering how long this coat would take me to knit. Well, from "cast on" to "put it on and walk out the door"...I'd say 2 weeks...3 weeks tops. That is because the entire coat is 12st=4" (bulky yarn)...and the only 'work' is the BACK. And giving a few days for blocking and seaming...that's 2 weeks...but I'll even add 1 week "in case".
Bulky yarn projects really travel FAST from bottom edge to bind off at shoulders! Every row gets you somewhere!!

If I can figure out a way to modify the length of this coat for my short self...I would love to host a KNITALONG for it. Fun!

It is hard to find a good color in the signature yarn, Briggs & Little "Atlantic". But WEBS has Brown Sheep Bulky that's the exact gauge.

And some of us might have forgotten what's locked up in YARN JAIL! I'll definitely look in and see if I can't 'parole' some yarn!

The coat has some roomier sizes for us plumper ladies, too!
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:18 PM   #15
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Well at THIS WEBSITE the Briggs & Little "Atlantic" bulky yarn (136 yds per skein) is $5.50 CAD. I think CAD means Canadian.

The size 47" coat takes 14 skeins (1904 yds)...so the cost would be $77 CAD...which I don't know how much in US dollars. Do you?

Anyhoo...the coat takes anywhere from 1,632-1,904 yds of bulky weight yarn. Not bad.
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Well, ok ... If you host a KAL ,Artlady, then I am in. After my Christmas knitting gets all finished up, of course. Actually, before I commit, I better go check out on Rav people's yarn choices and see how much this is going to set me back.
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:24 PM   #17
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It would be $61.24. I really want to make it too but dont know if im expierenced enough... artlady I think its time for a knit-along (after christmas of course :D)
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I think I would be up for a KAL if its hosted too. But I wouldn't be able to start until after all the X-mas knitting is done and a few baby obligations I have before February. Plus I have to be able to afford all that yarn. I was thinking about my DD when I saw this jacket, but she is on the short side as well - I'm 5'9", my DS is 6'0", but she took after the girls in her dad's side of the family and stopped at 5'3 1/2". Long coats don't usually look that good on her - they look too bulky and like she's wearing her big brothers clothes or something So I would be interested to find out what you learn about shortening the coat Artlady. If not, I suppose I could probably just make it for myself
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
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Anyways, someone was wondering how long this coat would take me to knit. Well, from "cast on" to "put it on and walk out the door"...I'd say 2 weeks...3 weeks tops. That is because the entire coat is 12st=4" (bulky yarn)...and the only 'work' is the BACK. And giving a few days for blocking and seaming...that's 2 weeks...but I'll even add 1 week "in case".
You will have me beat by many weeks!!
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I saw that some people made the coat out of Bulky Cascade. The number escapes me... 109, I think. Anyway, Webs has it on clearance for 3.99 a hank.
The actual yarn the pattern calls for is from Canada. I couldn't find a place to buy it here.
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