The recent wintry weather means that Susan has got out her petrol-blue winter coat and teamed it with some blue wellington boots so that she will stay both warm and dry in spite of the cold and damp December weather.
Susan’s coat is knitted from an Emu pattern which dates from the early 1960s – exactly right for Susan who dates from the early 1960s herself. The pattern, Emu 6115, is available from the Vintage Knitting Lady. I chose a glowing petrol blue wool-rich yarn for the main body of the coat, Jarol Heritage double knitting in Teal (shade 131), and knitted the contrasting collar and cuffs in cream. The colour suits Susan’s dark colouring very well.
The pattern was straightforward to make up. It is knitted in one entire piece starting from the back hem and working up past the sleeves to the neckline, then down one side of the front after another to the front hem. The collar and cuffs are knitted separately and stitched on at the making-up stage. Four buttons fasten the fronts together.
My only reservation about the pattern was that the sleeves turned out to be rather tight. If I was knitting it again I would add a few more rows to sleeve front and back to build in more ease. As it is, Susan can only wear sleeveless garments underneath her coat, but luckily it is so snug and warm that this isn’t a problem at all. She is well set to challenge the first frosts of the coming winter – when they finally arrive!