You Say Picot, I Say Pea Coat

My second NaKniSweMoDo project is finished!  In the interest of full disclosure, I started this project in December 2008 as my “reward” for finishing all my holiday knitting.

The back knit up in a flash.  But a quick peek through the instructions for the fronts made me realize they’d require a bit more attention.  So I set it aside until the new year.


Pattern: Sweet Pea Coat by Kate Gilbert

Yarn: Rowan Spray (a single-ply, wool blend that is fuzzing already)

Needles: Denise U.S. #11

Mods:  I made the sleeves narrower by casting on fewer stitches.  I added increases to the collar (worked every 4th row) so it sits wider and flatter.  I also moved the buttons one stitch closer to the edge so the top corner doesn’t curl over.

Best Part:  The pockets are brilliant.

All of my notes are on my Ravelry project page.

I love the buttons.


They’re from the vintage button collection of Jan’s MIL.  She brought a huge box of them to my LYS on New Year’s Day and we all went crazy sorting through them.  Thanks for sharing, Jan!

I’ve already cast on for my third NaKniSweMoDo project.


Can you name that sweater in three comments or less?

28 Responses to “You Say Picot, I Say Pea Coat”

  1. Carrie on 19 Jan 2009 at 10:52 am

    It kinda looks like Sizzle to me.

  2. Shanan on 19 Jan 2009 at 11:05 am


  3. Heather Joins The Round on 19 Jan 2009 at 11:26 am

    Look at you ON FIRE.

    Love the yarn and the clever seed st ribbing, whatever it is.

  4. kv on 19 Jan 2009 at 11:44 am

    love the fronts on that sweater. and just can’t believe how fast you are tearing thru this challenge!

  5. Kathy on 19 Jan 2009 at 2:48 pm

    You are kicking the challenge in the butt!!!

  6. Dorothy on 19 Jan 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Oh my! The speed at which you are knitting is making me all anxious and fluttery. Guess I better go make myself a calming mug of tea, something herbal with soothing properties. Now, what should I brew?

  7. Vicki on 19 Jan 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Wow! Look at you go/knit!

  8. Fiona on 19 Jan 2009 at 3:01 pm

    That’s Chamomile, from the Rowan Summer Tweed Collection – and it’s looking good!

  9. Carole on 19 Jan 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I love the peacoat! And I see I’ve already been beaten by someone saying it’s Chamomile.

  10. margene on 19 Jan 2009 at 3:21 pm

    You’re a show off! lol

  11. Kim on 19 Jan 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Knit & Tonic’s (Wendy Bernard) Sahara.

    I’d recognize that neckline anywhere. (Of course, now I’ll feel silly if I am wrong.)

  12. Laurie on 19 Jan 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Whew, these folks are far quicker than I. I have NO idea. How could I? You have blinded me with the speed of your knitting. It’s JANUARY, grrl.

  13. Cheryl S. on 19 Jan 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Uh, that’s a little more than just “casting on”.

  14. Teresa on 19 Jan 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Love the Peacoat – and isn’t it disappointing when a yarn starts to fuzz before you even get it off the needles?

  15. gale (she shoots sheep shots) on 19 Jan 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Really love it in that yarn. I’ve been eyeing this one- but tend to leave my jackets/cardi’s open a lot of the time, how does this one hang if you’re not buttoned down?

  16. Katherine of it All on 19 Jan 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Love your mods, as usual. I want to see it modeled!

  17. debbie on 20 Jan 2009 at 8:43 am

    I’m with Cheryl — “cast on”??? C’mon, now. That’s like me saying I could lose 5 pounds.

  18. Joan on 20 Jan 2009 at 9:35 am

    At this rate you will finish NaKniSweMoDo before the end of March. What will you do for an encore?!

  19. tiennie on 20 Jan 2009 at 1:39 pm

    The peacoat is fantastic!

  20. elizabeth on 20 Jan 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Cast on?!?! CAST ON?!?!!? I’d say you’ve about got that sweater FINISHED!

  21. Erin on 20 Jan 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I am bowing to your speedy knitterly powers. I am in awe.

  22. Jessica Hayden on 21 Jan 2009 at 2:17 am

    I love, love, love this sweater. Susan, it is amazing. I might have to break my “no sweater” vow and try this one. Amazing!

  23. Tan on 21 Jan 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Way to go!

  24. Jenn on 21 Jan 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Holy Moley! Look at you go. The sweater is beautiful!

  25. atia on 22 Jan 2009 at 12:17 pm

    that peacoat is great, love the pockets!

  26. batty on 25 Jan 2009 at 5:50 am

    Wow, look at you go!

    The closeup of the peacoat looks like pebbles!

  27. Maggie on 25 Jan 2009 at 10:11 am

    I love that pea coat… I have fallen off the knitting wagon, but that might convince me to hop back on.

  28. Betsy on 26 Jan 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Head’s up, y’all. Guess who the “New designer” is in the Earthfaire newsletter

    “… One we even set up in a kit, with a new scarf design from a new-to-us designer, complete with beads. We are grinning ear-to-ear — these are wonderful!

    I am just giving you a link here that will take you to all of these even as we get more of the colorways up on the site.