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Cosy Car Coat - from www.redheart.co.uk
I first saw this item while browsing the Red Heart website - www.redheart.co.uk. Before I jumped into knitting it I purchased 2 balls of the Grande yarn from www.loveknitting.com when I was placing an order for other items. This allowed me to see the yarn and decide if I liked the colours and feel, which I obviously did! Although, I had to knit it periodically because I couldn’t afford all the yarn in one go. I also changed the number of stripes there were and added two buttons - I can’t stand cardigans without buttons! This is great for the winter because it is lovely and warm but very heavy.
The finished size was to fit bust/chest 38″ (96.5cm) with a length of 35″ (89cm).
The pattern called for working in knit (garter) stitch and stockinette/stocking stitch. These are some of the first stitches you learn as a beginner.
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Red Heart Grande (shade - Spearmint 00623, Wintergreen 00511).
14 Spearmint, 4 Wintergreen x 150g (5.3oz/45yds/42m) balls.
Weight category: UK Chunky [US 5/Bulky/Chunky].
Tension/gauge: 6 stitches x 8 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size UK 15mm [US 19] knitting needles.
The knitting needles I used were circular UK 15mm [US 19].
I would give the Red Heart Grande yarn a 2 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was easy to work;
- There is only a small choice of colours available;
- The feel of it was quite soft and I found it very heavy once finished;
- You do not get a lot on a ball;
- The cost of yarn is expensive - I paid about £4.50 per 150g ball;
- Would I use this yarn again? UNDECIDED.
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