FO: "Clasica" Jacket

Remember that Clasica hooded coat from the 2009 Interweave Knits?
I knit two of them, one for me, one for DD. Anyway, my Clasica is way too big now…and I’m not inclined to frog it and re-knit it. I use it for a camp coat…who cares how sloppy it is, right?

Anyway, here is another Clasica, but shorter this time, no hood, and sleeves are narrower (on purpose, I cast on fewer stitches)! I used what I think a better yarn for this style of coat. The yarn was actually cheaper, too. Not as “heavy” in weight…less likely to stretch southward which makes the sleeves become ape-like.

And here are my Ravely notes, if you care to read about my modifications, trials and tribulations!

[B]PHOTO ABOVE:[/B] I worked an[B] “applied i-cord”[/B] edge to the Fronts and along the collar the pattern said to crochet an edging, ack) which allows a very unique buttonhole application.

As you work up the Right Front, if you [I]skip picking up about 8 stitches[/I] along the edge of the coat, but instead knit up about 8 rows of regular i-cord, the come back to the coatwise applied i-cord technique, you create an i-cord [I]buttonhole loop. [/I] These buttonhole loops (or[I] slits [/I]if you will) can be made to accommodate any size button…in this case, a GIGANTIC button.

That’s a snuggly, beautiful coat you’ve got there! I’m sorry to hear that you had some trials and tribulations with this pattern/former yarn.

That would make me never want to attempt the same pattern again, but not you! No! You just go do a better version of it.

I hope you get lots of years of enjoyment out of this coat!

Beautifully knit and very good looking. It really looks like a perfect combination of yarn, color and pattern. Again.
And you’re right, it would be lovely to see you model it. Hurry cool weather!

Lovely! I love gigantic buttons, they create such an interesting accent. For those who didn’t see Ravelry notes, please go look at their real size against the palm :slight_smile:

Enjoy it! :slight_smile:

My main issues with this collared version is “devising” a collar that should have been a hood in it’s place! I think I frogged that collar twice, third attempt was good-to-go!

Also wanted (needed) to narrow the kimono-like sleeves, but that impacts the increases. So that was another “work around” to tinker with!

Love, love, love this! You are so talented…able to make those adjustments. I simply do not know how you do it!


Great work! Wow that looks super cozy. I love big, soft, warm coats, although I have no use for them in southwest Florida!!

Finished the matching hat at 1:30am. The weather has cooled off, so I got the picture before I changed my mind! I was still roasting!

Oh wow! That looks great on you! I still can’t get over the fact that it’s a second jacket :slight_smile: But I have to say, it was definitely worth making it again! :slight_smile:

I have a somewhat relevant question – would a thick wool jacket be warm enough for windy cold weather? I am thinking of making them for my kids, of course :slight_smile: I used to dress them in sweaters and rain coats because of our winds that would blow through anything made out of fabric :slight_smile:

Great looking Jacket and hat!!! Superior work as always. :inlove:

IMO, it really depends how cold, how windy and whether rain is a factor. Wool is required for mountaineer’s clothing because it feeds your body warmth back to you. (Even when wet a wool sweater can provide warmth.) If a mountaineer isn’t wearing wool, he can’t go with the team. That’s what my brother-in-law told me. He’s climbed many peaks, and is part of our State’s search-and-rescue teams.

The wool sweater with a rain jacket, as you mentioned, sounds perfect for most conditions. A nice aran weight sweater, maybe even a bit thicker like Manos del Uruguay yarn.

WOW! What stunning work! It looks beautiful on you!!! Thanks for sharing the picture.

It does look nice, and in Washington, you need the warmth.

Just curious, and you can tell me if I’m nosy, how many sweaters have you knitted for yourself? I’d love to have that much skill!