You knew that I could crochet right? I learned to crochet before I knit. Gram loves to crochet and I mostly love to knit. Lately my crochet love has returned full force.
I did that Twilight cowl in December and immediately started another which I finished recently:
And in the meantime worked on some free form to make an owl for a potholder:
He was a total joy to hook. Freeform. I love it. And that brings us to the project at hand. I saw this coat:
On this blog. If you go to that blog you will see another version that someone crocheted with squares and all zig zag. It was killing me all day yesterday until finally I dug into my stash, ripped a project and cast on using that yarn. I am starting with the squares and I want my jacket to look like this:
Back squares:
Front squares:
I’m using my fabulous leather jacket as a guide. I don’t have a photo of that jacket but I’ll take one as I continue on with this project. The leather is gorgeous but heavy and gorgeous and I could use a yarny version of it. Anyway, 3 squares is right mid sleeve across the back. If you see my photo above, I drew on my table about how it should be. And the front the squares should rest just above the girls. Yes, I understand how that will look and I’m ok with that.

I haven’t decided how it will all go together. Free form is fun and inventive. There will be straight aways that may be boring but I plan to employ a bunch of different stitches and handspun yarns to make it interesting. I have a lot of handspun yarn in this color range that is all about the same weight:
That’s not even all my yarns but the ones that I picked out for this jacket. I’m going to wind up all the hanks today and get working on it. In fact, if you catch me at the shop today you might find me working on it….

If you want to make this with me, I’ll keep posting notes. The squares were just simple squares. They’re not typical grannies. I went looking for a pattern to give you good direction and found THIS site. Now I’m wishing I had done stars or something else fancier. I may have to do that for the sleeve squares or the squares at the hem.

So get yourself a coat or a sweater to measure it up and start making squares! I’m trying to figure out how I want them to look, I’ll make notes for you when I figure it out.

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16 Responses to Crochet

  1. j says:

    gorgeous! Love the yarns. Will be checking on your progress. Spunky and the Technicolor Dream Coat!

  2. pam says:

    Okay, I’m excited for the coat, but can I first say OMG OWL? If you write out a pattern for that potholder, you’re sitting on a crocheted gold mine.

  3. Spiderlady says:

    That is going to be awesome. I must crochet wrong, because it makes my hand hurt.

  4. Boogie says:

    I had thought about doing the owl again and writing out as I went. Free form it was a bit free and there were things that are a little off. He also needs a backing. I haven’t decided whether it’s going to be wool felt or something cotton so it’s easy to wash.

  5. Lynn says:

    Cool! Now I want to dig out my Kaffe Fassett books. Did I ever show you the Fassett jacket I made in my first year or two as a knitter? And I certainly have lots and lots of yarn….

    I think I’ll go lie down till that thought passes.

  6. misa says:

    That coat is amazing! I’m feeling excited too. And the owl is a kitschy masterpiece.

  7. misa says:

    Just saw a very nice crochet coat on Ravelry that’s also inspired by the Missoni one:

  8. random Cindy says:

    Love the owl! I’m much better at winging it with crochet than following directions. I wonder if it’s something about crochet? I’d be lucky enough to have enough scraps to make a doll size coat. Actually that’s not a bad idea. I think she’d wear it a lot more than I would.

  9. Gale says:

    I can’t wait to see the steps on this coat as you do it. Thank you for your help today on my needles, can’t wait to start something new on them. Gale

  10. Scott says:

    That owl is the bee’s knees. I love it!!!

  11. Ooh! I especially love the second coat you showed, and I adore your pile of yarn for YOUR coat. I had been thinking that my handspun “leftovers” and random skeins could be the centers for a hexagon afghan, but a jacket/coat would be splendid! I will follow along and think on it. YAY awesome Boogie coat!

  12. Chandramouli says:

    Been long since I’ve crocheted something. Your owl wants me to pick my hooks… Great blog you got here.

  13. Emily says:

    I know this is old but I just saw the coat and fell in love. Can you please send me in the direction for other posts about your progress?

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