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06 April 2007 @ 12:20 pm
Looking for Inspiration  
In the spirit of keeping this community alive I'm asking for help getting some inspiration. I have some yarn that was given to me with the idea I would make a coat. I'd love a coat I could actually wear as outer wear, not just another layer inside. To me this means it needs to close well, have a collar or matching scarf, be at least mid-thigh in length, and have long sleeves that fit closely without being ribbed at the cuff.

I have basically an hourglass shape (waist smaller than bust and hips) with my hips slightly larger than my bust.

Any thoughts?

spastic little wench of the sisterhood: gromit knits!sternel on April 6th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Some good jumping points might be Starsky or Josephine.
materursamaterursa on April 7th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
[nods] It looks like I'm going to be writing my own pattern and these are definitely places to start.
Missing Left Sock Beastsistercoyote on April 6th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
There are a couple of coats that might fit your criteria in Big Girl Knits, but I don't have my copy of the book here with me and can't remember their names at the moment.
materursamaterursa on April 7th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
I just bought that book! Thanks
Steffirecat on April 6th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Sally Melville's The Knit Stitch has a coat called Einstein that might work. Here is an ample-knitters group project gallery devoted to it: http://www.ample-knitters.com/einstein_gallery.html

I also second the Big Girl Knits recommendation.
materursamaterursa on April 7th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
This is a nice coat. I agree with one of the group that there is a lot of material under the arms, but I'm sure that can be fixed. Thanks!
Buttonsupersniffles on April 6th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
There's an awesomely hot (IMHO) pea-coat in Domiknitrix. I don't remember how large her sizes go. It's knit sideways in garter-stitch.
materursamaterursa on April 7th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen that book yet. I'll look for it. Thanks.
(Anonymous) on April 27th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
interesting coat
There is a coat pattern on the Lion Brand Yarns website - free, of course - designed to be made on a "knitting loom." The coat looked so wonderful, readers demanded to see the pattern reworked for handknitting. They did it! Of course, they didn't bother to put a new photo up, so it would be sort of like knitting a bag in the dark. Loom-Knit Danbury Hooded Sweater Jacket is the name of it - it's hard to post a link with a site that uses frames. Anyway, it's a lovely, cozy looking coat that might work for you. Even *I* want one and my heavy winter coat is a fleece warm up jacket!