Audrey's Coat by Elizabeth McCarten

Audrey's Coat

March 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
13 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch after wet blocking
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
984 - 1422 yards (900 - 1300 m)
39 (43, 46.75, 50.5)" finished bust
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Let’s face it, Canada is a cold place to live for much of the year. We need all the woolly help we can get. This oversized, almost knee-length coat is here to the rescue! Wear it indoors or out, in the city on your way to work, or in the country for spring or fall walks. The deep back pleat and wide collar give the coat a flattering silhouette. And because it’s knitted from the top down, you can easily customize the length. The Lopi wool has a surprising drape as well as a lovely halo after wet blocking. This is a quick knit with minimal finishing and echoes of early 1960s style.
Choose a size with at least 6” of ease. Shown with 7” of ease.

Takes 9 (10, 11, 13) balls of Main Colour + 1 ball of Contrast Colour for pocket lining. Purchase extra if you intend to add length.
Tutorial on top-down pocket insertion is here.
Tutorial on making polymer clay buttons shown on coat is here.

The pattern is available in Danish here.

Please note that there is no error in the instructions regarding the division of the upper body sections. The instructions state that you should not count the “seam st” (the stitch to the left of the stitch markers) in the upper body sections. If you ignore that stitch, all the sections will have the same number of stitches. You may want to place a second marker to the left of each seam stitch if that helps you visualize what is going on.
Note also that this design is written specifically for Lopi, which is full of air and barely spun. You will not get the same result, especially when it comes to length measurements, if you use a more traditionally spun bulky. Although I did not give a row gauge in the written pattern, the row gauge on both of the coats I made is 19 rows to 4 inches.
Finally, consider adding a few short rows to the back after the underarm division if you want the back to drape a little longer than the front.