Belted Pant Coat Pattern Image from "The Crochet Closet"
Actually, I’m making a “Belted Pant Coat,” according to the pattern.
I’m using a pattern from The Crochet Closet by Lisa Gentry. It’s a great book, actually, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for simple patterns for woman’s garments. The instructions are very clear and there are great color photos showing each finished garment from different angles.
This is really the first project I’ve tried that will have to be made in pieces and assembled later. The back, left and right front, sleeves, collar and belt loops are all crocheted separately. More than anything, it’s the construction of the sweater after the fact that has me worried. What if they don’t all fit together? What if my left front comes out two inches longer than my right front? Eek! I never thought of crocheting a sweater as an act of faith but now…
Oh well, first things first: I had to make a swatch. Swatching is something I never do because when you’re making scarves, obtaining an exact fit isn’t much of an issue. It’s a step that I completely take for granted but it’s simple enough. I crocheted the requisite number of stitches and rows of double crochet and voila!
My swatch came out to the right dimensions (on the second try) and I was ready to crochet the back. The entire sweater is made with double crochet and the armhole shaping turned out the be simple enough. So it’s all good, right?
Belted Pant Coat - Back
Wrong. Even though I my swatch was the right gauge, the finished back of the sweater was not. It actually came out a couple of inches shorter than the given dimensions of the pattern. Of course, I didn’t realize this until the back was finished. Would have been nice if I had read the section on gauge first, where they advise you measure your piece every three inches. That’s one to grow on.
Am I going to rip this all out and start over? Not so much. Whatever the outcome, the process itself will be instructive, so I’m going to focus on the journey moreso than the destination. I’m just going to hope that the discrepancy in my gauge remains consistent throughout so the front pieces will match the back.
Emphasis on the “hope.”
Stay tuned for my next installment wherein I make the left and right front panels.