Ok see what had happened was..... I definitely over shot my skills with this one. Not so much the coat but the cables! For me to not have ever even tried cables, to then picking a not so simple one to try as I'm making the coat. It was not a great idea. I watched a video tutorial to help me with the cables and it was going fine-ish but, the pattern was a little more complicated than I was expecting. I just couldn't see myself playing/pausing/rewinding that video over and over until this whole project was complete. It was simply too much for my biscuit. I gave up and frogged it. I have just decided that the Mountain Ridge Coat is just above me at this point.
I went ahead and found a cable pattern that was more beginner friendly. I did finish a complete sweater and I am so proud of it however, I am not 100% happy with how it turned out. I did have three people already request one before I even finished it. That was a "Croch-Ego" boost. Remember, you heard it here first! lol
I'm not quite ready to share it yet because.....
"I'm an artist & I'm sensitive about my sh*t" -Erykah Badu
Sometimes we can be our worst critics. I can definitely say that I learned a whole lot from making this project. I will take that experience and make it so much better I promise.
Those pockets are almost invisible aren’t they?
I did not follow a pattern nor did I make one as I went. I just picked a stitch I liked and repeated it in sequence.
Sooo it has begun. I am attempting to make the size 2x Mountain Ridge coat by Maz Kwok. This time I am using DK/Sport weight yarn.
And something new that I’ve never done! A gauge swatch!
The pattern states that 7 DC should equal about 2 inches. I had to do 9 DC to get that 2 inches. So in my mind I’m assuming I should increase each row count by 2 stitches, right?
So the first row states to make 66 DC. I’m going to make 68... Does this sound about right or nah? I’m going to go with that for now.
I am calling on the expertise of crocheters worldwide. I am asking for feedback, help me out. Maybe you even want to crochet along.
I will be posting regular progress updates on this project. Please feel free to reach out with any insight you may have.
⬆️⬆️⬆️ The above portion has had me up until 4am knowing I have to be at work at 8am. Hopefully I haven’t become too ambitious but I decided to add a little extra. Cables! I had to find a video tutorial for the cables since I’ve never done them before. So at this point I am switching back and forth between the written Mountain Ridge pattern and a YouTube video tutorial by “Sierra’s Crafty Creations”. Wish me luck. Or maybe wish me good sleep so I won’t ruin things at work in a few hours. Sleep deprivation is real. 🥴
So as you can see above is a throw back photo of my botched attempt at making the "Mountain Ridge Coat" by Maz Kwok. You can find this design pattern at beacrafter.com/crochet-mountain-ridge-coat/
I did this project about 3.5 years ago and it was one of the very first patterns I had ever purchased. I felt all special to be supporting a fellow crafter. This is still to date the largest wearable piece I have done. It took me a while to actually start because the thought of it just seemed so intimidating. When I finally jumped in, I did so without the best preparations. I definitely did not do a gauge swatch, probably didn’t even use the recommended hook size smh
It took me a while but I stuck with it and (almost) finished it. In spite of the imperfections I managed to find a way to be proud of it, even to this day. I even wore it out in public once and actually got some compliments.
However, now that time has passed and my skills have grown; I want to attempt this pattern again.
Instead of using worsted weight yarn, I will be using a sport weight yarn by (pictured above) with a 3.5 or 4 mm hook. I hope I have enough yarn on hand. It is supposed to be a soft red but it looks more like a light pink in person. I am excited again this time around as if it is the first time. I will be posting my progress as I go. It may take a while due to my having other project to work on as well.
I wonder has anyone else tried this pattern recently? If so I would love to see photos.
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