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Monday, January 14, 2013

Swing Swagger Harlequin Coat

It’s finally finished! After almost 2 years of working on this project (some of which it was on time out), last week I finished all the knitting and sewed together my Swing Swagger Harlequin Coat. In some ways the pattern was impossible, in others it was the best pattern I’ve ever followed! The pattern is from a book called Swing, Swagger, Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia and the coat is featured on the cover of the book.

I was introduced to the idea of knitting the jacket by my friend, who also let me borrow the book. I bought rainbow and black yarn for my project – Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus in rainbow and Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted in black. It is knit in mitered squares, each adding onto the next.

Honestly, once I finished the skirt section and moved onto the bodice section, I realized I was going to look crazy wearing it in public. When I tried it on prior to attaching the sleeves, I declared myself to be Joseph in his coat of many colors. My friends thought I might just leave the sleeves off and make it a vest, but I’d already knit them, so I attached them. I forgot how to seam though so I had to do it multiple times.

Maybe you can’t tell the difference between this:


and this:


but I can!

Here’s what it looks like!


Thoughts? If you were me would you wear it in public? Would YOU wear it in public?

This was #6 on my 35 Things To Do This Year list!


Myrna said...

Wear it in public if you want to be noticed! It's quite amazing. Looks great with jeans. Keep the clothes neutral and the coat will speak for itself.

Chloe Moon said...

Wow...that would have taken me forever and a day to finish! It's beautiful!! I'd wear it! =)

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Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I think it is beautiful and I would totally wear it. Be proud, it is something that you worked hard to accomplish! Was this on your 35 before 35 list?

Kimberley Tobin said...

Wow!! Great job! I bet it feels good to be finished the project!! I'm not good enough to take something like that on just yet!

Raising Reagan said...

Look at you posing like a rockstar!


Hena Tayeb said...

wow.. that is a great job. It looks super cool.. I personally don't think I could pull it off.. but with the right outfit it could be great accessory. D

jen @ grown in southern ground said...

that's pretty awesome... congrats on finishing it!

Hanna said...

WOW....that thing is insane!!! I can;t belive you made it. I am in awe of you! I would have a temper tantrum one minute into it:) looks amazing!

Melanie Walton said...

I would wear and and be very proud of myself too! Well done, it is gorgeous x

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

You could visit me and tell everyone you made it in honour of the locals :) I like it I'd wear it!

Ronni said...

OMG that is awesome. I would wear the heck out of that coat. It's gorgeous and it looks amazing on you. Wear it and be proud!! :D

Libby said...

Let's just say that you surely do have a great deal of patience. But I'm so glad you do because this piece is super amazing and it looks fabulous on you! So gorgeous. :-)