This coat is worked from side-to-side beginning with the left center front. The shoulder seams are crocheted together, the collar and bottom bands are worked and then the sleeves are seamed and set in last. Although the stitch pattern and basic construction for this coat is easy, the blocking and addition of a zipper makes it more difficult so I am assigning it an “intermediate” level of difficulty.
Size: 50″ at Bust and Hips
Materials: 17 sk Naturally Caron Country 185 yds, color 0017 Claret, Crochet hooks sizes B and G, 25″ zipper (or length of your choice to conform to length of center front ), (2) 17/16″ buttons, stitch markers, yarn needle, sewing needle, matching thread, stainless steel straight pins.
Gauge: 18 sts equal 4″ in bike chain pattern, 16 rows = 4″ in bike chain pattern
Stitches used: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), single crochet 2 tog (sc2tog), front post single crochet (fpsc), double crochet (dc)
Bike Chain Pattern:
Row 1: Dc into ea st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc into top of 1st dc. *Sc around post of next dc (fpsc), sc into top of next dc*. Repeat from * to * to end, placing last sc into top of tc from previous row. Ch2, turn. Ch2 counts as a dc here and throughout the pattern.
These 2 rows make up the bike chain pattern henceforth called a “pair”.
With G hook, ch 94 ( not loosely).
Sc into the top 2 loops of 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across. (93 sc) Ch 2, turn.
Work bike chain pattern. Mark 1st dc row as right side of fabric. Work a total of 5 pairs. You will have a sc row as your last row. Fasten stitch with a stitch marker.
Increase for Shoulder
With another ball of yarn, attach yarn with a sl st at 1st sc of last row ( opposite end from your stitch marker). Ch 15. Fasten off.
Next row: Go back to the stitch marker and insert your hook into the last stitch you worked and continue in the bike chain pattern by working your next dc row. Dc into ea sc and into the top 2 loops of ea ch to end of row (increase made–107 sts total)
Continue to work the bike chain pattern until the front piece measures about 11″ wide or 21 pairs total rows. Make sure you end with a sc row. Fasten off.
Decrease for Armhole
Turn. Sk 44 sts. Join yarn with a sl st at 45th st. Dc into same place as joining. Work a dc row. (63 sts) Continue in bike chain pattern until piece measure 2″ from beginning of armhole ( your 1st dec. row). End with a sc row. Do not fasten off, secure your last st with a st marker.
Increase for Back
With another ball of yarn, attach yarn with a sl st in first st of row just worked (opposite end from your st marker). Ch 45. Fasten off. You will have 44 chs.
Go back to your secured st and work a dc row across all sts and all chs (107 sts). Continue to work in bike chain pattern until the back measures 22″ between the back edges of the armholes or you have completed 42 pairs. Work one more dc row.
Decrease for Armhole
Continue to work in bike chain pattern, working the next sc row over 63 sts. Ch 2, turn. When armhole is the same width as left front, end with a sc row and secure your last stitch.
Increase for Shoulder
Attach another ball of yarn at the 1st st of the sc row just finished (opposite end from your secured st). Ch 45. Fasten off. You should have 44 chs. Go back to your secured st and work a dc row across all sts and all chs. (107 sts). Work in bike ch pattern until you have a total of 16 pairs. Work one more row of dc. Fasten off.
Turn. Sk 14 sts. Attach yarn at 15th st. Work bike chain pattern until center front section measures the same as for left front. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Sleeves (make 2)
With hook G, ch 54 ( not loosely) Sc top 2 loops of ea ch across. Ch 2, turn. (53 sts)
Work a sc row in bike chain pattern.
Work a dc row in bike chain pattern.
Work a sc row in bike chain pattern.
Inc. Row: 2 sc into top if 1st dc. Fpsc around post of next dc. Work in pattern to last 2 dc. Fpsc around post of next dc. 2 sc into top of last dc. ch2, turn.
Continue to work in bike chain pattern working an inc. row ever 4th row ( every other sc row). I like to mark my inc. rows with a st marker so that I can see where my last increase was made. Work 33 pairs or until sleeve is the length you desire. End with a sc row. Note: If you like your sleeves longer and want to work more rows, do not work any more increases. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
It is now time to block your work. The blocking process is necessary because this pattern causes the fabric to skew to one side. Please refer to this post for more detail about how to block your coat. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
Once your coat has been blocked you can join the shoulders. Place the body of your coat on a table, right sides together. I like to take some scrap yarn and separate it into 2-ply strands. I knot the ends together and wind it into a ball. Now I will use this thread to crochet the shoulder seams together. You will note from the photo that I have used little girls’ hair clips to keep the pattern pieces from shifting. Attach your yarn at the end of one shoulder and with hook B, sc across shoulders making sure that you catch both pieces with your hook, that your rows match and that your work lies flat. Do the same with the other shoulder. Weave in all ends. You can also sew your shoulder seams together if you wish.
1) Attach yarn with a sl st on wrong side at bottom right front corner. With hook G, Sc in same place as joining. Sc across bottom of coat placing 1 sc into the end of ea sc row and 1 sc into the end of ea dc row. Work about 186 sts making sure that you end up with an even number. Do not fasten off. Ch 8, turn.
2) Dc in 3rd ch from hook and into top 2 loops of ea ch and into ea st across (193 sts). Make sure you have an odd number of stitches. Ch 1, turn.
3) Work a sc row of the bike chain pattern to last dc. 2 sc into last dc. Ch 2, turn.
4) 2 Dc in next sc, dc in next 2 sc, ch 3, sk 3 sc, dc to end of row.
5) Work a sc row to ch 3 sp, 3 sc into ch 3 sp, to last 2 sts. Sc2tog over last 2 dc.
6) Work 2 more rows of the bike chain pattern ending with a sc row. Do not fasten off. Sc 10 sts around end of tab. Join with a sl st in corner where tab meets body of coat. Fasten off.
1) With G, ch 7. Join chain with a sl st to corner st on wrong side of left front neck edge. Sc in same st as joining. Sc around neckline placing 1 st in the end of ea sc row and 1 st in the end of ea dc row. Sc 2tog at corners. Ch2, turn. (7 chs plus 68 sc)
2) Work dc row of bike chain pattern across 68 sts and 7 chs. (75 dc) Ch 1, turn.
3) 2 sc in 1st dc, fpsc around post of next dc, sc in next dc. Continue in pattern to end of row. Ch2, turn.
4) Dc across row to last 6 sc. Ch 3, sk 3 sc, dc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 dc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
5) Sc 2 tog over 1st two dc. Fpsc over next dc. Continue in pattern to finish the row.
6) Work a dc row. Fasten off.
7) Turn. Attach yarn with a sl st on wrong side at bottom corner of buttonhole tab where the tab meets the body of the coat. Sc in same place as joining. Work 11 sc around tab to last row worked. Sc in top of 1st dc, fpsc around next dc, continue in bike chain pattern to end of row. Fasten off.
With zipper closed, place bottom plastic end of zipper under center front edges having front edges meeting in center of zipper. Make sure that plastic selvage at bottom is not visible from the right side. Pin in place. Open zipper and hand-sew to coat with matching thread. Turn upper edge of zipper under and stitch in place.
With right sides together, center underarm sleeve seam in bottom of armhole. Clip or pin in place. Continue around sleeve, clipping it to the armhole and making sure that it is lying flat. Crochet through both thicknesses using the size B hook or sew sleeve seam being careful not to make seam too tight. Repeat with the other sleeve.
Sew buttons in place on front band and collar under buttonholes.
Note: I promised to include a diagram but am having trouble with my drawing program. Below is a small graphic of the body of the coat. If you click on the drawing, you will be able to see the dimensions.