28 January 2012

A crochet kind of coat

So after my main introduction, here's a post about my last big project. It's winter time and the weather is cold. And every winter I get family and friends telling me that I should get a proper coat/jacket, rather than just wearing hoodies. It's a fair point, but I can never find coats that I like, or I find one and it's some ridiculous price. So for this winter - I decided to make my own!

I'd found a pattern for a men's V-necked varsity cardigan in the October edition of 'Crochet Today' magazine, I thought it was a perfect starting point. I find it quite difficult to find good men's clothing crochet patterns, so I used the pattern as a guide to getting the sizing right and then free-styled the rest to make it look how I wanted. I extended the sides of the main body panel so it would fasten up at the side so I could do the double breasted button thing, and I ignored the pattern and made up my own straight neckline and collar. I was kind of amazed it worked as I did minimal planning and was making a lot of it up as I went along.

Of course no winter coat is complete without accessories, so I quickly knocked up a scarf and bobble hat in some nice chunky red wool. (I didn't make the bright pink gloves, but I should make some new ones as they're falling apart)

So that's my crochet winter outfit, all in all, made over a period of about a month. Now if only I could crochet a working umbrella!!


  1. OMG, this is awesome! You should write the pattern and sell it on Ravelry or Etsy!

  2. Hey there OMC! Looks great!!! I wonder if you might be able to help me out please?
    My girlfriend has been looking everywhere to find the Varsity V neck cardigan pattern you based this funky jacket on... but she hash't been able to track it down. She's really keen to start on the project this weekend. Any chance you might be able to scan and email the pattern to me if you still have it? Many thanks kind Sir :) My email address is crochetcardigan@gmail.com :) :)

    1. hello CC, I'm sorry, but I'm afraid I can't do that. What I would suggest is you can buy individual back issues of the magazines from the crochet today website (and I seem to remember that was an exceptionally good issue).