I’m still working on the Bike Chain Car Coat and have hit a bit of a snag. As I finished the body of the coat and began on the sleeves, it became obvious that I will probably not have enough yarn to make the collar and bottom band. I had 18 skeins of Naturally Caron Country and have already used 12 for the body of the coat. My rules of thumb is that one side front equals one sleeve and I’m just barely there.
To give you some idea of what I had planned, I made a very amateur drawing of my design. I ordered a 25″ red separating zipper for the center front and thought that I would put two tabs with buttons–one at the collar and one at the bottom band. I found some nice buttons at JoAnns.
Now it appears as if I have two choices. I can either turn the whole project into a sleeveless jacket or choose another way to make the collar and bottom band. I’ve decided to try something I have always wanted to do–marry crochet fabric with woven fabric. I think I’ll look for fabric that matches the color of my yarn and use this to make the collar and bottom band. I have some beautiful red sateen on hand that matches exactly but I think that it is too dressy for this application. Perhaps some micro-suede or corduroy?
I’m still working on the sleeves and this whole project is taking a while because of my sore wrist and the small hook that I am using but I promise that I will produce a free pattern for this once I am finished. I will give directions for the crocheted collar and bottom band as well as for the sewn version. Stay tuned…