Earlier this summer I was given an opportunity by the French yarn company, Bergère de France, to have a sneak peek at their Autumn/Winter 2014 pattern collection and to choose a pattern to knit and review. I decided to knit a child's pattern: number 33 from Magazine 174 - Tricot Kid - 'Zipped Intarsia Coat'. I chose this for a number of reasons: the first being that I knew Monkeychild would be happy wearing it and that it wouldn't be consigned to the back of her wardrobe, secondly its knitted in a chunky yarn so it would be a quick knit for a slow knitter like me, and thirdly: I had never attempted intarsia before so it was going to be a bit of a challenge.
As soon as the yarn arrived I made a start on knitting the back, which went quite quickly. After I finished the back it was time to make a start on the left front and commence with the intarsia. Having knitted Fair Isle patterns previously, I used a similar technique for intarsia using short lengths of yarn wound on bobbins and weaving these in as I knitted. I quickly found though, that I was losing my place in the pattern's intarsia chart; so I decided that I would colour-up each row when I finished it. This lengthy option slowed down my knitting, but at least I could easily follow where I was in the pattern and it did save me from making lots of mistakes and having to frog rows.
You can see from the above photo that I managed to keep a relatively consistent tension, with only a few gaps occurring; however these easily were sewn up when I came to weave in the loose ends.
After a few more weeks of knitting, I finally finished the coat at the weekend and you can see that it's recipient is very happy indeed with it...
I really like the self-striping effect of the 'Cyclone' yarn, especially on the back. And by starting with a new ball of yarn for each sleeve, I've managed to match up the striping on both sleeves.
The only mod that I made to the coat was to slip-stitch lengths of spotted petersham ribbon to the underside of the zipper, which I hand-stitched on. This was just to finish the coat off tidily and to hide the zipper seam when the coat is unzipped.