A Swagger Coat by Susan Crawford

A Swagger Coat

November 2011
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in 2-row stitch pattern using 5.5mm needles
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1444 - 2526 yards (1320 - 2310 m)
eight sizes to fit chest measurements between 76cm (30in) and 152cm (60in)
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Errata available: susancrawfordvintage.com

A Swagger Coat pattern is a “coat ideal for the country tramp, as it combines cosiness with just the right length” is how 1934 pattern writers described the aptly named Swagger Coat. While it might seem a bit dressy these days to wear for a country ramble, it is undoubtedly a statement piece that will put a swagger in your walk, a swing in your step, a flash of pizazz in your day, wherever you choose to wear it.

The Swagger Coat is knit in pieces from the bottom up in a wide broken rib to create dramatic vertical bands. The stitch pattern repeats on the pockets, which are turned 90 degrees before being sewn onto the coat. The garter stitch collar is also worked separately before being attached.

A Swagger Coat is knitted using Bluem Worsted, a worsted or aran weight yarn, worsted spun, with a honey-like softness and a delightful, lustrous finish. Shown here in shade Serge de Nimes.

Our model Theodora is shown wearing the first size 76-81cm (30-32in).

The pattern includes instructions for eight sizes to fit chest measurements between 76cm (30in) and 152cm (60in) and contains clear written instructions plus a comprehensive schematic diagram and sizing chart.

Yarn kits are available at Susan Crawford Vintage.

Susan Crawford Bluem Worsted, 100% Bluefaced Leicester (165m / 180yds per 100g skein)
8 (9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18) skeins, shade Serge de Nimes

16 sts and 23 rows = 10cm (4in) over ribbed pattern. We obtained this gauge using 5.5mm needles.

Suggested needles
1 pair 5.5mm (US 9) needles

2 large buttons
Waste yarn or stitch holder

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