Chic Knits Downloadable Knitting Patterns Chic Knits Downloadable Knitting Patterns Chic Knits Knitting Blog Chic Knits Knitting Tips & Techniques Chic Knits Bonne Marie Burns Free Knitting Patterns
Studio Chic Knit Blog

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…

18 responses to “Thursday, September 18, 2008”

  1. michelle rhoades says:

    Your design is beautiful! I rec’d my Mason Dixon book last night after work and was very pleased to see your design inside. Congratulations on another accomplishment. You are such a talented designer with quality, well-made patterns.

  2. CindyCindy says:

    I swear girl. Now I have to buy the new book.

  3. bellamoden says:

    Me too. *sobbing*


    Do you feel up to talking about a range of different yarns you might do this in? It’s just…. so educational! Especially since pastaza isn’t what I’d consider a sub for Cascade 220 or anything.

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    My dear Bella, There is a yarn list link at the very end of the post…

    Click and enjoy! :)

  5. Karen B. says:

    That blue tweed just rocks my world!

  6. Polly says:

    I’ve got the book; now I have to decide on the wonderful fabric. ANd I love the shorter length! polly

  7. Nell says:

    I’m going to do the shortened version with Rowan British Sheep Breeds! Yum. I do love the Aran Tweed that you chose, though….
    Thanks again for the fabulous pattern!

  8. PICAdrienne says:

    Oh, I like the shorter length much better! (I was thinking of doing that myself, but while kniting, not with photo editing tools!) However, I think I need to swatch the other idea, which is, to make it tonal. Say, charcoal gray with black every 4th row or so, for the (what looks to be) garter sections. Yeah, I am going to have to swatch that (oh, maybe navy and a lighter gray…)

  9. Renee says:

    Oh, LOVE! I just ordered myself a copy of the book from so I can make myself one too. Yikes, and I was on a book/yarn diet, lol.

  10. Patty says:

    You keep us thinking all the time! That coat is just beautiful and especially pleasing to a Yank-ee!

  11. bellamoden says:

    You’re so sweet, Bonne Marie, for not calling the sick bella a dumbass. thank you :)

  12. Trish says:

    What a fantastic idea for “sketching” out your project – you seriously need to write an article for Interweave about this. It’s so darn cool! Are you looking for a source for Lambs Pride or Reynolds? I know you can order Lambs Pride at Knit 1 (I think you’re in Chicago, right?). But, if you’re looking for Reynolds I haven’t seen it anywhere.

    This pattern is awesome and wearable. Very, very cool. And in the shades of blue you’re considering….wonderful. Can’t wait to see the WIP and FO.

  13. sandy belt says:

    Where will you begin the decreases on the shorter version? Still love your designs..Sandy

  14. Temperance says:

    And here I was going to congradulate you on how fast you knit. Instead I should congradulate you for mastering photoshop.

  15. Ann says:

    LOVING your Photoshop trick!!!!! I’ve been swatching my red Pastaza . . . I feel a Yank coming on . . .

    And the shorter length is superchic, of course!

  16. Laura K says:

    Mil gracias for the Photoshop tip! I can see this making my life soooo much easier for posting things to Etsy!

  17. Kathy says:

    I really like the shorter length much better, but I don’t know if I’m experienced enough to alter the pattern by myself. Can you explain more about EXACTLY how you did it? (Pretend like you’re talking to an idiot.) I mean, do we just make it five inches shorter? Or does doing that affect other parts of the pattern, such as decreases? (I don’t have the book yet.) Also, how much less yarn do you think would be required?

  18. Bonne Marie says:

    No hard alterations are needed –all you have to do is make it 5 inches shorter :)

    All the other shapings will be in the exact same places worked exactly as written.

    Easy peasy!

©Bonne Marie Burns
All Rights Reserved
Unauthorized reproduction in any form prohibited.

Site Design: BigBrain Multimedia/Bonne Marie Burns

"ChicKnits" and "Chic Knits" are the ®Registered Trademarks of Bonne Marie Burns of Portland OR