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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Because I’m always crushing on the samples here at Chez Chic (with unrequited love — hey, they might be in another state!) I’m casting on for a YANK Pea Coat of my own…

The original is made using Cascade PASTAZA, which is a wonderful llama/wool blend that knits up into a very pleasing coat-like fabric.
Ann is going to make a YANK in red using this great yarn.

But I wanted to try something different!

I was leaning towards Brown Sheep LAMB’S PRIDE WORSTED (in a color called M82 Blue Flannel) or maybe Reynolds CANDIDE (color #4 Navy — anybody have a source for this yarn?).

But the yarn that really sent my heart straight up into pitter-patter mode was this:

color called #21 Winter Navy…

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m going for the straight traditional Pea Coat look! AND, just for kicks and grins, I decided to *sketch* the coat to see how it would approximately look in my new color pick…

Kids: Try This at Home! Open your picture in Photoshop. Use your favorite selection tool to outline the garment. Make a new layer and fill the selection with your new color chosen using the Color Picker. Copy that layer so you have two layers. For the first layer, choose the “COLOR” blending mask from the drop-down menu at the top of the layers list. Then for the second layer on top of that one, choose “MULTIPLY” from the same menu to darken the color to the tone you like using the % sliders on the top right…

Now, could I stop right then and there? Nah. I love sketching in this program and decided to make a JACKET length version of YANK! I am going to make my Yank about 5″ shorter and VOILA!

my little Pea Coat…

…for your pleasure, a Yarn List for the YANK Pea Coat…

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