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Bartlett Car Coat

by Robyn Chachula

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» model: LG » photos: Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

Living in Pittsburgh, there are many months that my daughter needs a sweater especially in our drafty old house. This car coat was based on one of her well-loved sweaters from last season. The only problem with the sweater is that it is already too small. I designed this car coat to have plenty of room to play hard and to last more than one season.

If any big sisters or dolls are feeling left out, think about taking the motif on the collar and making it into a scarf for them. Then everyone can be toasty in the cooler months.


 


Sizes

6m [12, 18m, 2T]
Shown in size 2T

Finished Measurements

Chest circumference is 19 [20, 21¼, 22½] inches
Shown in size 2T.

Materials

Spud and Chloë™ Fine [80% wool, 20% silk; 248 yards 226 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram hank];

#7816 Dragonfly (MC); 3 [3, 4, 5] hanks
#7812 Cricket (CCa); 50 yards
#7807 Tutu; (CCb); 50 yards
#7808 Sassafras (CCc); 50 yards

Recommended needle sizes

US G/6 (4.0 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions

2 stitch markers
⅝ inch diameter button - 1
Blocking pins and spray bottle

Gauge

20 sts and 17 rows= 4 inches x 5 inches in woven stitch pattern

Pattern Notes

Coat is crocheted in two phases. The top half is crocheted arm cuff to arm cuff and blocked, then the sleeves are sewn. The bottom half is worked from the waist down.
The woven stitch looks like a basketweave. If your work looks like ribbing, then the wrong post stitches are being worked. Back post stitches look like they are behind the stitches the row below and front post stitches look like they are in front.

ch      Chain
dc      Double Crochet
hdc    Half Double Crochet
sc      Single Crochet
t-ch    Turning Chain

Special Stitches
Back Post double crochet (BPdc): ): Yarn over, insert hook around post
of st from back to front to back, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through last 2 loops on hook (counts as dc).
Front Post double crochet (FPdc): Yarn over, insert hook around post of st from front to back to front, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through last 2 loops on hook (counts as dc).

Woven Stitch Pattern
Ch 24.
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook (skip chs count as dc and in each ch across: 22 dc.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), turn, * FPdc around next 2 dc, BPdc around next 2 dc; repeat from * across to t-ch, dc in top of t-ch.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn; * BPdc around next 2 dc, FPdc around next 2 dc; repeat from * across to t-ch, dc in top of t-ch.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.

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Skills Required

Post Stitches, Granny Motifs, Blocking, Embroidery

 

Body

Top Half
With MC, ch 44 [44, 56, 56].
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook (skip chs count as dc) and in each ch across: 42 [42, 54, 54] dc.
Repeat Rows 2-3 of Woven Stitch Pattern, 17 [18, 20, 22] times.

Schematic

Neck Opening
Row 1 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn; work in Woven Stitch Pattern across next 10 [10, 16, 16] dc, dc in next dc; leave remaining dc unworked: 12 [12, 18, 18] sts.
Maintaining pattern, work even for 12 [16, 20, 24] more rows.

Detail

Opposite Sleeve
Row 1 Ch 32 (32, 38, 38), dc in 4th ch from hook (skip ch counts as dc), dc in ea ch across, continue in Woven Stitch Pattern to end: 42[42, 54, 54] dc.
Work even for 34 [36, 40, 44] more rows; fasten off.

Seaming
Pin top half to schematic size. Spray with water and allow to dry. Fold top in half and pin RS together. Seam underarms with whipstitch for 7¾ [8¼, 9½, 10⅝] inches from cuff on each side. (Unseamed portion becomes body.) Turn right side out

Bottom Half
Row 1: With RS facing, join MC with slip st to edge of body opening; ch 1, work 74 [82, 86, 94] sc evenly spaced across.
Rows 2 and 3: Ch 1, turn; sc in each sc across.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn; dc in each sc across.
Row 5: Work Row 2 of Woven Stitch Pattern across.

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Increasing Bottom Half
Row 1: Work in Woven Stitch Pattern across first 17 dc, pm, 2 dc in sp before next dc (2 sts increased), continue in Woven Stitch Pattern across to last 17 dc, pm, 2 dc in sp before next dc (2 sts increased), continue in Woven Stitch Pattern to end: 78 [86, 90, 98] dc.
Row 2: * Work in Woven Stitch Pattern to marker, FPdc in first increase dc, BPdc in next increase dc; repeat from * once more, work in Woven Stitch Pattern to end.
Row 3: * Work in Woven Stitch Pattern to marker, FPdc in next dc, 2 dc in sp before next dc (2 sts increased), BPdc in next dc; repeat from * once more, work in Woven Stitch Pattern to end: 82 [90, 94, 102] dc.
Row 4: * Work in Woven Stitch Pattern to marker, FPdc in next 2 dc, move marker, BPdc in next 2 dc; repeat from * once more, work in Woven Stitch Pattern to end.
DetailRow 5: * Work in Woven Stitch Pattern to marker, 2 dc in sp before next dc (2 sts increased); repeat from * once more, work in Woven Stitch Pattern to end to end: 86 [94, 98, 106] dc.
Repeat Rows 2-5, 4 (4, 5, 5) times, then rep Rows 2-4 once more: 122 [130, 142, 150] dc.
Work even for 3 [3, 6, 6] more rows; fasten off

FINISHING

With RS facing, join MC with slip st to edge of cuff: ch 1, sc in each st around cuff opening; join with slip st to first sc, fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat on opposite cuff.

Collar
With RS facing, join MC to bottom edge of opening.
Rnd 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc evenly up opening (in row ends) to top half, sc in each st to back of neck, place marker, rotate work 90 degrees, sc evenly across back of neck, place marker, rotate work 90 degrees, sc in ea st to bottom half, sc evenly down opening (in row ends) to bottom edging, 3 sc in first st of bottom edging, rotate work 90 degrees, sc in ea st across bottom edging, 3 sc in last st, slip st to first sc, rotate work 90 degrees, do not turn.
Rows 2-5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st to 1 st before marker, dc3tog across next 3 sts, move marker, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog across next 2 sts, dc in each st to 5 sts before marker, dc2tog across next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, dc3tog across next 3 sts, move marker, dc in each st to bottom edging, turn.  (Dc3tog helps the neck edge stay crisp and makes the collar close in instead of flipping up.)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, fasten off.
Weave in ends.

Pin collar to size, spray with water and allow to dry.

Buttonband
With RS facing, join MC with slip st to Row 1 of Bottom Half in right side, slip st in each sc around (going through the fabric and pulling up the yarn from the back side to the front side, same as chain st embroidery) to opposite end, ch 5 (creates buttonhole), rotate work 180 degrees, slip st across Collar and in each sc of Row 3 across to other end, rotate work 90 degrees, slip st up to Row 1, rotate work 90 degrees; join with slip st to first st, fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Sew button to collar opposite buttonhole.

Detail

Embroidery
With RS facing, join CCa to first st of Collar Row 4, slip st up collar following Row 4 (as a guide, slip st around the posts of the sts), continue around collar to opposite side, fasten off. Repeat around Row 3. With CCb repeat on Rows 2 and 5. 

Collar Motifs (Make 2)
With CCc, ch 6; slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, 12 sc in ring; join with slip st to first sc, do not turn.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, * sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc; repeat from * around; join with slip st to first sc, fasten off CCc, do not turn:6 sc.
Rnd 3: With RS facing, join CCb, ch 1, * sc in next sc, ch 2, working behind ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next sc on Rnd 1 (push ch forward and work behind ch), ch 2; repeat from * 4 times more, sc in next sc, ch 2, working behind ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next sc on Rnd 1, hdc in first sc to form last sp, do not turn: 18 dc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc around hdc post, * ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * around, ch 3; join with slip st to first sc, fasten off: 12 ch-3 sps.
Using yarn ends, sew motif to upper collar.  Secure all petals strongly for babies that like to chew.

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Leftover Yarn Idea
Make a matching scarf for a favorite doll or big sister.  Crochet extra motifs and join them together by connecting 2 of the chain spaces on the last round. 

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Structural Engineer by trade, Robyn Chachula, uses her building design processes to create crochet projects in Pittsburgh, PA. In her first crochet book, Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs For the Visual Crocheter by Interweave Press, she uses her engineering background to bring crochet to new learners with the basics of symbol crochet. In her follow up book, Baby Blueprint Crochet: Irresistible Projects for Little Ones, she dived deeper into the mysteries of crochet diagram through small parent friendly baby projects. You can catch Robyn as a crochet expert on Knit and Crochet Now on PBS. Feel free to stop by to check up on what has inspired her lately.

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