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Bessie Alice Tweed Coat Pattern Launch

What was Coco Black…. is now the Bessie Alice Tweed Coat!

Who? What!!?

I hear you ask….

Bessie Alice is the name of my late grandmother who gave me the gift of crochet - she taught me the basic stitches as a young child. Grandma was fond of a dress coat and even wore a stylish black tweed suit to my wedding 15 years ago, so I thought it would be fitting to honour her by putting her name to my new coat design. 💖💕 I think she would have approved.

Happy wedding day snap! Me, Grandma and my husband Damien

I am so pleased that the Bessie Alice Tweed Coat pattern is finally out there 🎉🎉🎉 – the complete written pattern is now available for download now from my Ravelry and Etsy Stores, with a special benefit for previous buyers of my Sashiko Happy Coat pattern (more details below) 😉

I do mean a complete written pattern. I had originally thought about just making it a supplement, but even that turned into a 17-page document, and after looking at Ravelry’s database requirements a bit more closely I opted to publish Bessie Alice Tweed Coat as a stand-alone pattern with all the new information integrated into the document, so it’s a sturdy 32 pages!!📖📚

(This is why it took a while….)

The PDF fully describes the Bessie Alice Tweed Coat design using Scheepjes Stonewashed (or Riverwashed), Whirlette & Catona yarns and ALL the written instructions, schematics, and measurements chart are inclusive for sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large and 4X-Large!

It contains heaps of stitch charts and WIP photos to guide you step by step through the project, & it even has written instructions for the embroidery motifs. Yay, right?

Absolutely everything you need to know to make Bessie Alice is in the one document along with links to relevant supporting crochet tutorials on my blog, and even a new YouTube video!

The pattern is available now as an ad-free paid download from my Ravelry Store and Etsy Store in English UK terms (with a UK-US conversion chart included). Yes, sorry it’s not available in other languages at this point but it’s a strong start in Bessie Alice’s venture out into the world!

Pop it in your favourites on Ravelry & please use the hashtags #bessiealicetweed or #BATcoat on social media so I can see your projects!

Want the two coats as a set? If you haven’t yet purchased either coat pattern, Ravelry will automatically apply a small discount at checkout if you purchase the two coat patterns together.

Already have the Sashiko Happy Coat pattern? Keep reading...

Yarn Choices...

Here is some 🌈 colour inspiration for you: I have marked up some screenshots from Scheepjes website so you can see all the colours at a glance.

All the Stonewashed colours: (I used 803 Black Onyx)

All the Whirlette colours: ( I used 851 Licorice)

And don’t forget, you could substitute Riverwashed for Stonewashed as they are both 78% cotton and 22%Acrylic; 50g/130 per ball, so…

All the Riverwashed colours (let your mind boggle):

And lastly…. all the Catona colours to choose the embroidery contrast trims: (I used 105 Bridal White)

So what about the Sashiko Happy Coat Pattern?

What's happening about the extra sizes there?

Since this pattern has already been translated into multiple languages I am not going to mess with the primary pattern. I have added a PDF supplement to the pattern listing on both Ravelry and Etsy to describe how and where to alter the pattern for sizes 3XL and 4XL. This supplement is only in English (UK terms, with a UK-US conversion chart included). I have sent an update to ALL previous buyers, so if that’s you – check your inbox or log into Etsy for your messages to find the download link. 😁

AND ….as a THANK YOU to those who have already purchased my Sashiko Happy Coat pattern before today, in the update email I have sent you via Ravelry (or the update message via Etsy) that provides the the 3XL & 4XL size supplement download, you will also find a secret COUPON CODE so you may purchase Bessie Alice Tweed Coat pattern at an exclusive heavily discounted rate for a limited time (only until end of July)!

Make sure you check your inbox or log into Etsy to check your messages for the coupon code and enter it at check out! (Don’t forget to check your spam folder if you can’t find your Ravelry email).

Incidentally today July 15th is exactly 1 year from my Sashiko Happy Coat pattern launch! 🎂🎊🎈

Happy birthday to the Happy coat!!

Happy dance & whoop whoop! Hmm, I wonder where the birthday candles go….? Launching Bessie Alice Tweed is a great way to mark the occasion and I have worked very hard to get everything ready in time! ...Now I can focus on a new project (more details soon!)

Materials List Summary:

For Size S (M: L: XL: 2XL: 3XL: 4XL)

Yarn A (first strand main fabric)

Scheepjes Stonewashed or Riverwashed (78% Cotton, 22% Acrylic; 50g/130m)

Colour: 803 Black Onyx x 14 (16: 17: 19: 21: 22: 24) balls, plus 1 extra ball to swatch, and “just in case”

Yarn B (second strand main fabric, double stranded for button tabs; triple stranded for edging/trims)

Scheepjes Whirlette (60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic; 100g/455m)

Colour: 851 Licorice x 5 (5: 5: 6: 6: 7: 7) balls, plus 1 extra to swatch, and “just in case”

Yarn C (embroidery and contrast trims)

Scheepjes Catona (100% mercerized cotton; 50g/125m)

Colour: 105 Bridal White x 1 (1: 1: 1: 1: 1: 1) ball

Note: if you wish to work embroidery all over the bodice estimated Catona yarn required:

If Full Original Embroidery: 4 (4: 4: 4: 4: 4: 4) X 100g balls

If Full Original Embroidery plus extra around Sleeve Cuff: 5 (5: 5: 5: 5: 5: 5) x 100g balls


5mm (US H/8) crochet hook

4.5mm (US 7) crochet hook

Other Materials

22-25mm buttons x 15 (9 buttons for the Front Bodice plus 2 buttons for the Collar and 4 buttons for attaching the Button Tabs)

Numerous (15-20) stitch markers

If you are keen, you can source your Bessie Alice Tweed Coat pattern from Ravelry or Etsy, and your yarn stash at Scheepjes retailers worldwide.

Please consider supporting my blog and shopping for yarn via these affiliate links:

Wool Warehouse (in the UK)

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It is no extra cost to you and helps me to continue designing as I receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you so much for your support ❤️

Enjoy !

Susan (Peppergoose)

*Thank you to Scheepjes for providing yarn support!!

2 comentarios

Susan Walsh (Peppergoose)
18 jul 2020

Thank you so much! 💕 That’s really kind of you 🙂 and I really appreciate it

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15 jul 2020

What a fitting name for this beautiful coat. I'm sure you're grandmother is super proud of you. I'm still putting my finishing touches on my tweed coat and just bought the standalone pattern for Bessie Alice. Congrats and Happy 1st anniversary on your Sashiko Happy Coat :)

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