Sunday, December 06, 2009

sweet adeline

adeline coat 1

project specs:
started: 1st november 2009
completed: 3rd december 2009
pattern: "adeline coat" (bust size 42", test knitter for lucy sweetland's upcoming pattern)
yarn: rowan harris tweed aran, shade 018 "thatch", 1100 grams/2050 yards (ravelled here)
needles: 4.5mm addi circulars
modifications: the pattern as written has a knitted tie belt & also has pockets; i knitted the pockets but decided not to add them on yet as i quite like how it looks without them. i'm still undecided about the belt, so i'm just using a shawl pin to close it at the moment (& i quite like the look, so i probably won't add the belt either). other than that, as a test knitter, i knitted the pattern as written.
there were points during this knit that i was a bit skeptical - with the number of stitches i had on the needles, and the amount of knitted fabric that was piling up on my lap, i was convinced i was actually knitting some sort of wooly yurt.

adeline coat 3

but i trusted the pattern, and kept going - and i have to say, i think this is probably my favourite finished project so far. once it was off the needles, sewn up, and blocked - i was sold. the dense cabled bodice, the drapey long skirt...

adeline coat 4

...the perfectly proportioned sleeves, with a cabled cuff that echoes the bodice pattern & stops the sleeve from riding up....

adeline coat 6

...and the incredibly cozy, immense shawl collar (very warm, even in the face of the brisk sea wind we were dealing with during the photo session!).

adeline coat 5

i love everything about this coat, and i'm so happy i got to be a test knitter. the level of detail & thought in this pattern is fantastic, and lucy was very helpful with any small questions that came up. i've been saving this yarn for ages for the "perfect" pattern - and i'm so pleased that i kept it for this stunning knit.

adeline coat 2

(the photographer's assistant was also impressed).


Helen said...

That is absolutely lovely! Off to ponder the stash :-)

Kate said...


Karen said...

The coat is stunning--looks so warm, too. Great job!

Paula said...

That's a lovely coat and the color suits you perfectly!

Sereknitty said...

Amazing! The colour, pattern, beautiful knitting ... everything!

stringsofpurls said...

This is beautiful and I love the color!

jjjudy said...

This coat is most impressive. Your choice of yarn and color was right on. Leaving the pockets and belt out also worked well!