Sunday, November 5, 2006

Bohemian Jacket - NaBloPoMo#5

I made this Bohemian Jacket from Hip to Crochet at the beginning of the year and I never blogged about it. I LOVE IT. I was worried the motif on the back would make it less warm but it quite cozy. I used it for the rest of the winter as my coat.

It's my first and only wearable. Except for the motif which took me several tries to figure out what I was supposed to do, it was fairly easy to complete but I enjoy an challenge. If I started it today it would make more sense because I was still new to crochet when I made it. There were few errors that I caught. In one instance it said to ch5 where usually you would ch3 so that's what I did. I needed to add an extra chain to the starting chain for the tunisian crochet lapel and for the cuffs to get the correct number of tunisian stitches for the pattern grid shown in the book. Hey, maybe I'm the one who is all wrong.

Here it is almost ready to sew together:

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a close up of the sleeve
Bohemian Coat

Speaking of tunisian crochet, this was a new technique for me and I learned how to do it to complete the jacket. The lapel and the cuffs use. Then the flower design is cross stitched using the grid of the tunisain stitch.

Here's a close up of the tunisian crochet:
Bohemian Jacket

The motif on the back:
Bohemian Jacket

It took me about 2 weeks to make, working every moment I could and staying up late nights. (Kids? what kids?Husband? what's that? ) The yarn for it cost me about $60-70 or so. I had lots left over. I used Plymouth Encore instead of the MUCH more expensive yarn suggested. The jacket has pilled some but still looks good to me. So far it's the only thing I have made from Hip to Crochet. I do have a few other things I would like to make: the tapestry bag(s), the caplet looks cute, and the linen baskets.

I need a better picture of me in the jacket.
I look a uncomfortable with the sun shining in my eyes.
Wearing the Bohemian Jacket

Can you tell purple is my favorite color?

1 comment:

  1. Your Bohemian looks great! I have been eying that pattern for a while now, but haven't done anything about it yet. I'll probably do a yarn sub as well. The yarns listed are a bit pricey for my budget.

    I have the same book and have noticed that there are some errors in some of the patterns.

    I just finished an ear flap hat from the One-of-a-Kind Hats pattern and found that if you use the size hook they suggest, the hat is WAY too big. Someone has some tight gauge!

    I found an error in the cloche pattern, so feel free to e-mail me if you need the errata.