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« on: July 31, 2007 11:39:22 AM »

Oh yeah.  I win at life.  I finished my gianormous wool blend coat of doom in the middle of summer.  (Actually, though, this was on purpose.  I wanted it to be ready for when it actually get cold, since last year I was unprepared and froze.  Still, it's been funny working on a giant coat in the middle of the heat.)



The important stuff:  Willow is a pattern in Rowan's book A Yorkshire Fable, and it's written by Kim Hargreaves.  The called-for yarn, Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky, is no longer made, so I substituted RYC Soft Tweed for the main color and Misti Alpaca Chunky for the accents.  I made the 34 inch size, but even though I got gauge with the Soft Tweed, I'd recommend going down one or two sizes to anyone who makes this in the same yarn.  It's so stretchy that the coat bags out on me.  I don't have any modeled pictures yet because my husband isn't home to take any, but you'll have to trust me that this thing is gigantic.  Technically, there is supposed to be a belt, and I did make one, but it does not look good with the coat, like I'm trying to put a nipped waist on a mattress.



Chunky yarn knits up super quick.  I started this just before I left on vacation at the end of June, and the actual work was probably only about two weeks time, though I wasn't working solely or solidly on this project.



More pictures, and of course, the whole saga is on my blog.

Edit:  Now with modeled pictures.  I'm adding these to ask for advice in shrinking the sweater.  Better to frog or to full?  Clearly it needs to be smaller.





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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007 11:52:57 AM »

Nice! From the little preview pic, I thought the accents might be fabric.  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007 11:54:26 AM »

I really like it  - it looks so comfy and cosy.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007 02:04:46 PM »

I like it! It's nice to see something made from the Yorkshire Fable book.. I cast on for Bronte, but am not sure the yarn or pattern is right for me. Some of the sweaters in that book were just weird, but that always seems to change when you see them knit up by someone else. Tongue

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2007 02:21:43 PM »

This is gorgeous!  I love the cables.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007 04:29:11 PM »

Aww--it's too bad it's too big!  It looks awesome!  Maybe you could try felting it? 
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2007 04:50:47 PM »

Nice work!   Grin

I too just completed a Rowan bulky sweater in July heat. Mine is the Ribbon Twist collection one.
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2007 12:39:30 AM »

Really like the cables! It'll be great when it gets cold again (although it's still pretty cold most of the time here, go wet and windy england!). I'm exactly the same, something about summer gives me a compulsion to knit big woolly jumpers and scarves  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2007 02:48:37 PM »

Nice work!   Grin

I too just completed a Rowan bulky sweater in July heat. Mine is the Ribbon Twist collection one.

Oh, did you do the Other Willow?  Kim Hargreaves has written at least three patterns named Willow by my calculation, but it may be more.  Did you post pictures?  I'd love to see yours!

Thanks for the compliments, folks!  I'll try to get pictures of it on soon.  I know it's hard to see what a garment really looks like unless it's worn. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2007 09:30:44 PM »

Sorry to bump this post back from obscurity, but I'm soliciting opinions on whether to frog or to full this coat.  It's obviously too big.  Grrr.  Stupid self, using too stretchy yarn.
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