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.
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...
...the perfectly proportioned sleeves, with a cabled cuff that echoes the bodice pattern & stops the sleeve from riding up....
...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!).
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.
(the photographer's assistant was also impressed).