Okay, it seems that I will have enough yarn to crochet the collar and bottom band of my Bike Chain Car Coat. I’ve now finished the sleeves, woven in all the ends and the individual pieces are in the process of being blocked.
The Bike Chain Car Coat Pattern will be rated as skill level “ intermediate”. The actual pattern and the shaping of the pieces is not difficult, in fact, I would rate that portion of the project on an “easy” level. What becomes a little more unusual is the blocking process. Whenever you have a crochet pattern where every 2nd row is identical (headed in the same direction) you end up with a fabric that is very skewed to the right or the left.
It may not seem obvious in this photo but the body of the coat is stretching toward the left. The pattern rows are flowing on the diagonal instead of vertically. This also causes a slight ripple along the edges. In the photo below, you will note that one side of the sleeve is almost straight even though both sides were increased every 4th row. All of this can be fixed with blocking.
I like to use the daybed in my guest room to block my projects. First I covered it with white towels. Then I laid my coat body wrong side up and poked stainless straight pins directly into the fabric to secure it to the mattress. I measured carefully to make certain that all edges conform to the measurements in my sketched diagram ( to be provided with the pattern). I actually had to smooth the rows of the pattern to make them vertical and line up with the underarms and the front edges. The bottom of the coat had a bit of a ruffly edge so I squeezed the rows together and pinned them here and there. After the entire project was fastened down, I misted it lightly with water and patted the ruffled edges with my hand. I will let this coat dry overnight. In the meantime, I will come up with a stitch for the collar and the band and finish the rough draft of the free Bike Chain Car Coat pattern.
I am going on vacation next Friday and hope to have all of this done before then but if I don’t, it will have to wait until I return in early November.