My First 10-Stitch Coat
Travelling across the country, I purchased lots of $1/skein yarn. I would buy either ten or twenty skeins. My most colorful yarn was a red-yellow-blue combination. When I knitted it, it was too crazy. I needed something to tone it down. Eventually, I chose black.
I used size 13 needles with a double strand of yarn, one of the colorful skein, the other, black.
I cast on 10 stitches and knit garter stitch until the strip measured the length of my arms from wrist to wrist. For the yoke, I cast on twenty stitches and knit the same length. For the fronts, I knit twenty stitches half the length.
To assemble the coat, I stitched the fronts to the yoke, leaving a “comfortable” neck opening on the top. I stitched under the arm all the way, yoke to front.
Then I began stitching the ten-stitch strips from the front, under the arm and across the yoke and under the other arm to the other front.
I did this until I reached the desired length for my coat.
I stitched around all the edges with a contrasting yarn for style. I used Voo-Doo yarn in black. It is whimsical with its thick and thin, fluffy and straight sections.
One more ten-stitch strip serves for the belt and has a button and yarn closure.
I used ten skeins.
I lined my coat because yarn can stretch and I want to enjoy this coat for many years.
I cut rectangles to match the parts of the coat and hemmed them. Then I hand-sewed them to the inside of my coat. I tacked the lining across the skirt section of the coat.
This is my first ten-stitch coat. It was so easy to knit while we were travelling, and even in the movies, so I have made a couple more. It is easy to add variations based on the yarn you choose, how full you want the skirt, and if you want to shape the sleeves differently.