I was going to do another technique tutorial blog, but then I finished my second Sashiko Happy Coat and I immediately wanted to share - so change in plan, and here we are! I am totally over the moon with it. - Ta dah!!
I think I love it more than my original award-winning Happy in Red version!! Crazy talk, …but true. I am a bit excited about how the colours play off each other, and it’s got me thinking colour combos I would like to see…. I would like to know what colours you like and I am running a little competition to win a free Sashiko Happy Coat pattern to find out - details are at the end of this blog!
First, I am going to saturate you with coat photos until your eyeballs need a rest, (while sharing a few things I did a little differently this time around), then talk other colour palettes that might just stop traffic!
The most obvious thing I did differently this time is that I chose the buttons option for closure at the top. My pattern describes both options to make the coat without buttons like the original red version, and with buttons like this one.
Confession: My own pattern dose describes a total of six buttons, but I only elected to put five on this coat. This coat is a Small, and it just didn’t feel right to crowd the top of the embroidery with the lowest button, even though I had already made a button hole for it. Its just one of this in-the-moment decisions.
Second confession: I did not frog to rectify the unused button hole that existed in the bodice fabric, yet the hole is gone! I just sewed a strand of yarn back and forth just a couple of times to mimic what a dc flo stitch does, weave in the tails and nobody is the wiser…. Well, until now of course.
But you know, sharing means others may not panic if they change their mind like I did. Just have a good look at how the neighbouring yarn loops sit, and sew through a strand in a fashion similar to the adjacent stitches. Don’t overdo it to make it stiff or darned though – just enough to match the surroundings and it will become “just part of the furniture”. Think of it like using the blemish correction tool on Photoshop.
So: colours… I LOOOOVE them!! This time, the main coat fabric is Scheepjes Our Tribe in colour 974 The Curio Crafts Room worked double stranded. Again, I selected two balls that were at different stages of the variegated colour change, so the two strands together tended to create a third colour effect more so than stripes. The royal navy blue and lush deep greens of this yarn really harmonise beautifully, and the flashes of purple gives the whole coat a rich undertone.
I had intended to keep it just the Our Tribe in The Curio Crafts Room blues and Scheepjes Alpaca Rhythm slip stitch embroidery in 670 Bop white – very classic, elegant and timeless, but when I pulled out the Alpaca Rhythm in 667 Jitterbug, just to see, there was no going back! Suddenly it felt like an elegant lush garden with spring flowers! I decided I would just use it for contrast trims though, not the small embroidered motif at the bottom of the bodice.
When it was all coming together assembling all the pieces and crocheting trims, I popped the coat on one of my Veronica mannequins to take it all in – “it needs MORE pink” is what Veronica whispered softly to me... So again, contrary to my own pattern instructions, I snuck and extra row of contrast embroidery around the outer collar so both sides have Jitterbug colour.
Every make is different and needs a bit of customisation. I originally worked the same contrast trim on the outer collar of my first coat, but the orange dominated the collar when I stood back to check the overall effect, so I frogged and elected to not put it in the pattern. This colour combo felt better with it - you just have to go with your gut.
Apart from those little tweaks, it is the same coat. But I have to go back to the buttons for a second – how good do they look!?? I was a little unsure if they would detract from the collar, but I searched for understated navy buttons so they would only be a supporting act, and I am totally thrilled with the aesthetic. They add structure and formality to the collar when its closed, and the top ones are hidden when the collar is open. They add so much versatility - you can wear it a bunch of different ways, and I have shown pictures of each below. So happy!!
I am so glad to be designing with yarn support from Scheepjes - their colour range is a-mazing! So last night I was perusing their website, playing with COLOUR PALETTE ideas and came up with a few combos I would love to see become a Sashiko Happy Coat. Which one gets your hook quivering?
The first one shown below is as I used for my second coat: "CURIO SPRING", listing the colour codes left to right to match the image. The Our Tribe Curio Crafts Room blue for the coat fabric, the Alpaca Rhythm Bop white for the main embroidery, the Alpaca Rhythm Jitterbug pink for the accent embroidery.
Then, ten more options follow in the same format:
If you feel inspired, my Sashiko Happy Coat pattern is available from my Peppergoose Designs Ravelry store – as a paid ad-free pdf downloadable in UK terms and US terms, and I thank you for your support! Don’t forget, you can also find supporting Crochet Technique tutorials for some of the techniques used in this (and others of my) patterns here on this blog.
S, M, L, XL, XXL
To Fit Chest (cm)
81-86, 91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 111.5-117, 122-127
To Fit Chest (in)
32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50
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FOR THE PATTERN GIVEAWAY:
There will be one winner on Instagram and one on Facebook, chosen by random selection.
TO ENTER: Choose which of these colour palettes you like best (if it's actually my original coat, then we will call that "ORIGINAL" - nice and simple), and go over to my Facebook page or my Instagram to enter by telling me which colour palette tickles your fancy and tag some friends in my post there - all the terms and conditions are listed on Facebook and Instagram.
ENTRIES CLOSE: 6pm Thurs 26th September 2019 Pacific Standard Time. Winners will be notified by private message, then announced on social media. (This promotion is not a collaboration with Instagram, Facebook or Ravelry.)
I am off to have a cup of tea and savour the “finished object afterglow” one feels when you have completed a big project. Yay!
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