Capes are the new coats for fall, and Plaidscape features a topography of colors knit seamlessly from the top down in bulky weight wool. Choose classic colors, or indulge your rainbow fantasies, and learn a new skill for making plaid without stranding. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches.
There is a video tutorial of the knitted plaid technique, demonstrating this easy method.
Plaidscape is worked seamlessly from the top down in a horizontal plaid pattern to the end of the wide elbow-length sleeves. The sleeves are then divided from the body, which continues to grow in an A-line shape to a curved hem. Full written instructions are included, as well as charts for the raglan increases. Applied I-cord neatly finishes the front edges, and the double-breasted front closes with I-cord frogs and knots. Interesting to knit and fun to wear, Plaidscape is a coat with a difference.
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Bulky, 100% Merino; 137 yards/100g: Silver (MC) 5 (8) skeins, Stormy (CC1) 2 (3) skeins, Rouge (CC2) 1 (1) skein.
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Brigit Bulky, 100% SW Merino; 106 yards/100g: Forest Primeval (MC) 7 (11) skeins, Little Miss Firecracker (CC1) 3 (4) skeins, Wheat (CC2) 1 (2) skeins.
Needles: Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) 60” circular needle or size to match gauge; Size 8 (5 mm) 24” circular needle for applied I-cord; 2 Size 8 (5 mm) dpns for I-cord frogs. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Stitch markers (8); stitch holders (2); size 10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook; yarn needle; 1 size 4 ¾” sew-on snap, optional; matching sewing thread and needle.
Gauge: 12 sts and 18 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needle; 12 sts and 22 rows = 4” in garter st, after blocking. One plaid repeat is 4” wide and 4 7/8” tall.