A New Coat

“Sew what, indeed! Isn’t this supposed to be a knitting blog?” you ask. “It most certainly is,” I reply. Here’s the latest off my needles: P1010020

It’s the Madison Coat from Chris Bylsma Designs. I’m doing it as part of a Circles knit-along, but I haven’t been to any of the knitting circles to actually do the “along” part. I like to think that I’m doing it in spirit with others.

P1010022Looking for a quick and satifying knit? Then this pattern is for you! It took me two weeks, and a pair of size 13 circulars. Many of Chris’s designs just aren’t me, but I liked this coat. The pattern’s gauge is 1.87 stitches per inch (!) but I adjusted the gauge to 2.25 stitches per inch.


I triple stranded Tahki’s Soho Tweed, in colorway 333, some Jamieson’s Soft Shetland, in Granny Smith and some Manos del Uruguay in colorway U. It wasn’t exactly the combination I originally planned, but I’m very happy with the result. The pictures make the fabric more “Christmas-y” than it really is, and the yarn pictures make the purple/blue in the Soho Tweed pop more than it really does.

I like projects in which I tried or perfected a new technique, learned something, or just did something differently. In this project, because I was using three (100 percent wool) yarns with different yardages, I decided to felt my ends together. This avoided lots of weaving in, and resulted in a very neat looking piece.

Felting the ends is easy. It works like felting in the washer. You can do it with your own saliva—it’s called spit felting—but ewwww. I used hot water. Put the kettle on, and grab the end of the old skein and the beginning of the new one (the yarn should be an animal fiber, or this won’t work.) Undo the ply of the yarn (a little bit difficult with the Manos, because it’s not plyed, but just pull apart the fibers in the strand.) When the water boils, pour some in a mug. Then, dip about two to three inches of the ends in the mug. Leave them in the mug until they are saturated. To create the continuous strand, place the ends so that they overlap and face each other, and roll them together in your palms. Once you start to bind the fibers together, you may have to repeat the dipping and rolling until you feel that the strands are well combined.


I love that yarn combination. Who would have thunk?! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the blog world.



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