November 29th, 2011

Valley Yarns Show & Tell: 434 Aquitaine Coat

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Hi Everyone,

Today we are featuring 434 Aquitaine Coat. This crocheted coat is super cozy! The rich shades of stone and wine make for a cozy and versatile crocheted coat. Front post stitches create ribbing at the edges and waist, while easy double crochet makes up the main body.

Valley Yarns Cold Spring is the newest addition to our Valley Yarns line. It features subtle color shifts and works up at 4 stitches per inch. Cold Spring is airy yet warm and perfect for a coat like this.

We tried on the 36,” but as you can see, it does stretch.

Kirsten
Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

“As light and lofty as Cold Spring is, this crocheted coat still stretched a lot. I think I’d leave out the waist band all together and sew the pockets higher up – after it’s blocked and stretched to its natural length, that is.”

Grace
Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

“This coat is obviously way too big on me! I’m 5 feet tall and this went down past my knees. I love the coat, but long coats just aren’t quite right for my short frame. It would make a great gift for a taller friend!”

Dena
Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

“This is way too much sweater for me. The wide stripe that wraps around my hips is not how I want to bring attention to the widest part of my body. If I was to make this sweater, I would take out about 8″ above the stripe, raising it to hit me at my waist. And I would make the smaller size.”

Mary
Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

“This jacket is far too long for me and too big, but it was super comfortable! I would definitely move the dark stripe up so it doesn’t hit at my widest point. And the sleeves are rolled, so they were a bit too long.”

Tina
Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

“This was very cozy but way too long for my short frame!  If I made it much shorter, this would be a fun outerwear piece for fall.  I would knit this size, I thought the shoulders and chest fit well.  A shawl pin would be a nice way to close it up in the front.”

Liz
Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

“This coat is surprisingly lightweight but I feel a little swallowed up by it. I would move the stripe up higher so that it doesn’t fall right on my hips. I’d also lengthen the sleeves so that the cuffs hit a little lower. This would be a great item to curl up in.”

Next week we’ll look at the knit version of this coat!

Mary

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Marketing Manager at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Mary has worked at WEBS since 2005. She has been knitting since 2000 and also knows how to crochet, spin, and use a rigid heddle loom.
Her favorite color: bright pink
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