I don't think I've ever been someone who does anything "half way" but I tell you what: If I added even half the increase rounds I originally planned, this coat would have been big enough to double as a patio umbrella.
So, enter Flair. Flair has just a little flare, but packs just enough attitude to give your wardrobe the lift you're looking for. Not really a copy of the Girlfriend Swing Coat, this updated and grown-up version knits up quickly in worsted weight yarn. The fronts overlap slightly and the three-quarter barely flared sleeves allow for all sorts of layering opportunities.
If you're feeling really vivacious and happen to have a faux fur collar in your closet, attach it for a new look. Or, add a couple extra inches of neck edging and be retro. Shoot, come to think of it, you could widen your button bands, too, slap on some chunky buttons and transform the coat completely.
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)” chest
Blue Sky Alpacas, Inc. Blue Sky Cotton (100% Cotton; 150 yards / 100 grams): 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9) hanks #621, Expresso
One or two 30-inch or longer circular (circ) needles, size 7 (4.5mm)
One set double point needles, size 7 (4.5 mm) (optional)
Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge
Five 1-inch buttons
Four ¾-inch or 1 inch buttons for inside of coat
One ¼-inch button for inside neck loop closure (optional)
Fantastic fur collar (optional and only if it is truly fantastic and looks effortless)
18 sts and 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch (St st)
Beginner pattern—you’ll increase, knit and purl, pick up and knit some stitches, and do a few yarn overs and knit two togethers. That’s pretty much it.
Possible Yarn Substitutes:
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Karabella Aurora 8, Artyarns Supermerino, Noro Cash Iroha, Noro Silk Garden, Malabrigo Merino, Lanas Puras Melosa, Rowan Hand Knit Cotton, Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed
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