Monday, September 30, 2013

Highland heather coat

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I am an American, so my people originally came from pretty much everywhere, including here.  I could do a whole discourse on our yearning for a collective culture, and how, from that, we got professional football, but that’s a topic for your freshman sociology essay, so I’ll leave it there. 

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My husband decided recently to figure out where his people came from, and when he discovered he is an authentic Mayflower descendant, I got super jealous and asked him to dig around in my family tree, too, because of course I figured he’d find out I’m 36th in line for the British throne or something.  (Alas, I’m not).  It turned up a surprising amount of tribalism.  There was a debate about how long ago two cousins marrying each other was or wasn’t a big deal.  We learned that pretty much everyone alive is related to one King Louis or another.  We got into a big thing about who was “more Scottish” than the other, and he found his family tartan, but I would totally eat haggis, so we called it a tie. 

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I don’t know why all that came to mind, but it might have been all the lovely heathers in this knitted coat.  I’m a little proud of it.  I could hardly wait to show you, but our weather has been way too relentlessly nice.  I had to wait for some clouds to come along.  This sweater just seemed to want that, what can I say. 

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This is the Fair Isle Coat by Yoko Hatta, from the Fall 2013 Vogue Knitting, knit by me in a mad, monogamous frenzy.  I modified the pattern to knit in the round up to the armholes, then back and forth from there to the top, and I can tell you right now that if I’d had to knit this whole thing back and forth, I never would have done it.  I think that last little bit took just as long as the whole rest of the body.  Anyway, the sleeves are worked in reverse stockinette with the same color sequencing as the fair isle sections, and I worked those both at the same time, which is another thing I don’t love doing—I hate sitting there in the middle of a spiderweb of increasingly twisted yarn strings—but I decided it would be less trouble in the end than having to try to make the second sleeve match the first.  I wet-blocked the stranded body piece, and when it was dry, I reinforced and then (yikes!) cut the steek.  This is getting less scary the more I do it; what a great technique.  My old great-great-great granny sitting beside her stove in a stone cottage in the Scottish Highlands must have thought so, too.  I might never stop worrying that the whole thing will come apart as I wear it, but the truth is, it probably won’t.  The button bands and neck edge are worked last. 

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The yarns I used are Cascade 220 heathers in 2422, 9601, 2452, 9567, and 8408, Berroco Vintage in 51168, 5188, and 5167, and Patons Classic Wool in Natural Mix. 

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One great side effect of two-color stranded knitting is that your garment is kind of double-thick, and though I don’t think this will be impervious to weather or anything, it will be, because of that, extra warm, and it might felt down a little bit on the inside with wearing, which can only help. 

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I was right, too—it turned out a little big.  I made it a couple sizes larger than my usual, because who wants to end up with a tiny coat?  I’m very glad I made that decision, because it is so utterly (you knew I was going to say this) cozy.  Another sweater would fit underneath it, and that really would be weatherproof.  Bring it on, winter. 

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68 comments:

  1. WOW! It looks amazing and so do you in it!!! I am in awe of your ability to create this.

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  2. It looks utterly gorgeous, and you look utterly gorgeous in it! Oh I do envy your wonderful knitting ability. Sadly, i'm terribly pants at it. Badly basic doesn't even come close! I dream of one day being able to knit something more than a scarf!

    xxx

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  3. wow! this is such an amazing coat, I can't get my head around fair isle at all so I would be impressed with anything but a whole coat! super impressive
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. A-mazing! It is really a beautiful coat!

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  5. it's stunning kristen, wow! it must be very warm and cosy, i totally agree on the bit bigger size. enjoy your masterpiece!

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  6. Unbelievably gorgeous!! Kristen, you are the winner of this challenge, you may leave the runway! :)

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  7. Wow, you clever girl.What you have made is really brilliant x

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  8. Beautiful, beautiful coat! You can have a single malt on that :-)

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  9. Wow wow and wow, well done, you have all reasons to be very very proud, what a lovely coat

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  10. I can not believe you are done with it already, it is spectacular, really truly amazing. That would take me at least half my life to knot. I am in awe.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. This is awesome... totally and utterly awesome. You look great in it, well done x

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  12. Your sweater coat is utterly gorgeous! Carla

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  13. Oh that is so beautiful, I'm sure this tadah was definitely worth all of the finicky bits along the way!

    Funny that you argued over who is more Scottish, though Canadian my roots are deep in Scotland and I have had that argument with others over who is more Scottish than the other haha. Thankfully hubby is of Norwegian descent so we never have to have that debate at home!

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  14. Your coat is AMAZING!! You are one talented lady to be able to knit something like this. It is gorgeous and very well done. I'm so jealous! Congrats on fishing this lovely thing!

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  15. Now that is something to be every so proud of. Wow... what a great feeling to put all the work into a garment, put it on and it FITS! Woop woop! Be proud of ourself and you're likely sore hands from all the knitting. I dont even know you and Im a little proud of you for accomplishin that :) Nicely done!

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  16. This is absolutely stunning - I'm so impressed!

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  17. WOW, what can I say Kristen, it's truly incredible!

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  18. Holy cow! I am just so impressed. Your knitting talents never cease to amaze me. Wow!

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  19. Oh, WOW!!! Wear it with much pride-it is beautiful.

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  20. I just keep staring at that coat, and at you in it! It is gorgeous. My mother could knit like that, but, alas, I don't have the patience. Hoorah! for you! You are extremely talented in ways that few of us are. I love your work. xxoo

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  21. So beautiful - the soft colours, the design, it's amazing. And so much work must have gone into it - I am in total awe Kristen - as would your Scottish ancestors be! They would love the soft, heathery colours too.
    Gill xx

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  22. Your coat is beautiful and the colors remind me of the Scottish Highlands. I am in awe of the speed at which you knit! It has taken me three months to finish a cardigan that still needs buttons and blocking!

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  23. Wow this is amazing.... I hope to be as good as you one day!! I started crocheting in May and you have really inspired me to keep at it, I was very happy when I managed to complete my 12 block granny square blanket and granny square scarf after finding them on your blog - thank you :)

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  24. You should be very proud of this sweater, it is amazingly beautiful! I hope that someday I can make something similar, but I'm not holding my breath, especially after reading about how to steek! Ah! That does sound like a scary thing!

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  25. Wow ~ what an absolutely beautiful coat. It looks so snuggly! I especially love the gorgeous combination of colours you chose. I am in awe! Love from Sussex, England xx

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  26. That's a very beautifull coat! Wow....

    greetings from Elizabeth

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  27. AMAZING!!! It is unanimous, Kristen...I counted in the comments above and the word I chose, most chose...AMAZING!!! and not only is your knitting creation AMAZING!!!, but your wonderful sense of humor is, too. Thanks for posting :)
    Now I will return to my humble little crocheted baby cocoon project...using variegated yarn so that I can pretend to creatively coordinate yarny colors as you can. Have you and your hubby been watching the genealogy programs on PBS? I think they are very interesting, and I would like to have a DNA test and learn more about my folks that came before me.
    Gracie xx

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  28. Fantastic job, well done. I love that the sleeves contrast to the coat. x

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  29. love your coat,love your blog

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  30. Awesome....

    It really is awesome!

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  31. I haven't got words for it - extraordinary is the best I can come up with. It looks super warm and it should be a little bigger than a jumper, it is a coat after all. Just extraordinary but without the ordinary bit because it is so special - I am losing it now!!!... Jo x

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  32. WOW! WOW! WOW! It turned out gorgeous, amazing, stunning. I am in awe of your knitting skills. I've been knitting for a lot of years, but still haven't tried steeking; you are so brave.

    I can't help it, gotta say it: Kristen the Brave and the Amazing Highland Heather Colored Dreamcoat.

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  33. jaw-droppingly, stupendously stunning

    wow!!!!!

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  34. WOW!!! Utterly gorgeous!!! I'm jealous of your knitting ability! I can knit but it frustrates me so i prefer to crochet... my Nana could knit like nobodies business! She would knit Scandanavian patterns into a sweater and I swear she wasn't even looking half the time! She just knew the pattern! Enjoy your beautiful sweater! :)

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  35. Your coat has turned out so very beautifully! I would think that Cascade and Paton's would be wanting to use some of these wonderful outdoors views of you as you model the design so well.

    The colors are wonderful! Bravo on your steek bravery. On to the next project?

    Truly...this is a gem. xo

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  36. Amazing to think we could be related!Jaw-droppingly ridiculously beautiful coat. Very well done.
    ps would be interested to know about the tartans in your families.

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  37. Wow......very beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Denise

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  38. I can't even imagine starting a project of this magnitude, let alone finishing it. Your sweater is just beautiful, the color combinations lovely, AND it looks great on you. Just WOW.

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  39. It floors me that you made this so fast. And I love the colors! Wonderful!

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  40. Wow! It looks beautiful and comfy.

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  41. That is absolutely awesome! Your colour choices are just beautiful. I am so in awe of your talent.

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  42. Cooooooo!!!!! How fabulous is your coat?! Don't be a bit proud, be VERYproud! I bet its incredibly cosy :D

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  43. AmAZZZinGG!! That is one fantastic piece of knitting!!

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  44. Goodness what an absolutely beautiful and stunning creation. It looks glorious on you and of course, totally cozy and wonderful! Well done on such a fabulous make.

    S x

    PS If you want to settle the Scottish debate, how about seeing if one of you can commit to a true and abiding love of the bagpipes? That may sort the men from the boys!

    PPS I am part Scottish myself so I'm hoping that gives me permission to speak in such a way about the instrument in question!

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    1. Then I win for sure--I love the pipes, for real! :)

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  45. Wow Kristen! That coat is spectacular! I cannot believe how prolific you are as a knitter - and brave. It would probably kill me to cut a steek in something so big and beautiful. You never cease to amaze and inspire!

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  46. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your coat is absolutely fabulous. When I saw it initially I thought it would be a sweater, look what it turned out to be. Looks amazing and I admire your braveness in foraying into this big a coat.

    Looks awesome...............................

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  47. Oh wow, it's amazing, I can't get over how fast you got it done!

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  48. Amazing you are braver than me. I am slowly working new things I haven't done before but this coat. Wow! How on earth do you knit so fast!!

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  49. I know I say this too often here but this is the wow of all wows I have ever said...WOW!that is amazing! this is the most gorgeous sweater. I cannot Even start to imagine the amount of work and hours that went into making it... But the only thing I can say...it was woth it every single second you spend on it... Splendid!

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  50. You never cease to amaze! I can't even fathom being able to create something so incredible! I would love to be a little mouse in your pocket and be able to watch you "do your thing"'! Thank you for all that you share!

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  51. Wowsers - that's one epic coat! Congratulations!

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  52. Fantastic! I love watching your progress! Now you get to wear your piece of art that everyone can see coming and going. -- Michele

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  53. Wow! It is absolutely gorgeous. Well done you!

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  54. I am wavering between jealousy and awe. I started a crocheted afghan in August that is still waiting for a border and woven ends and you finished this gorgeous sweater in thinner yarn in less time. Love the colors!

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  55. Awesome, stunning effort Kristen. I am impressed. It must be the Scot in you! So glad for Scottish heritage and Grannies that passed along all the 'crafty stuff'.

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  56. What beautiful work. It is gorgeous.

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  57. you are so talented...its gorgeous..

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  58. That's just absolutely beautiful, and you look beautiful in it. Your knitting skills amaze me Kristen! :)

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  59. Wow! That is some coat! Incredible. :) Tammy

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  60. Stunning coat. And perfect for eating haggis in and getting back to your Scottish roots!! x

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  61. Holy moly - your coat is stunning! I have total and utter knitty envy and am in complete awe of your skill and ability. The colours are amazing, the pattern is fabulous - boy you must be proud of this creation.

    It's so nice to grab a quiet moment (it's very early here!) and to finally pop in and catch up on what you've been up to. I've missed your blog so much. I think I may have woken my son up while I was laughing at your hat post. I love the triple stack!!!

    Have a fab weekend hon. See you again soon.
    Leah
    xx

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