The Crochet Coats – Sweaters So Far

My three sweater coats

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This was the first and is my favorite in the ‘looks’ category. I’m still working on this one.

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This is the second one and I love the star stitch but I had a few mistakes that were bothering me. This one went to my sister.

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Here’s the current one. This one is my favorite in the ‘how it feels’ category but it’s not my favorite to look at. But I do like it a lot overall. I might add pockets and I might, might I say, give this a friend who likes it.

So now I’ve finished three coats but the first of the three is still waiting to be plugged up. As a reminder, I finished that first one ages ago.

It’s the only one that had a hood. It’s the only one I bought special yarn for (and by special I mean it’s not the really cheap stuff I usually buy but not expensive by any means). Loved it but quickly discovered the yarn I chose made it too hot for light wear but too cold and breezy for warm wear. I had a bright and big idea to plug up the holes. But how to do that? I thought of and discarded different ideas. I tried a few and settled on making little plugs that needed to be sewn into the gaps.

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Each square has eight gaps and I had over 78 squares! That meant making over 600 plugs!

I started my plugs (nowhere near what I needed) in purple (because I love purple) and quickly realized how mind numbing it is to sew tiny plugs in the gaps of a granny square.

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Looks like stained glass. Beautiful but mind numbing!

I’m a pretty quick crocheter if I do say so myself, but sewing in these tiny plugs takes me about an hour to complete just one square. That’s because you have to sew and weave very carefully to make it look good and neat. I didn’t anticipate it would take me so long per square.

But I had already done too many squares to turn back AND they were looking really pretty once done.

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But unfortunately, it became so mind numbing, I kept putting it down and forgetting about it, even though I was still determined to fix it with plugs. At one point, I did five squares in one sitting, determined that I would keep going but I didn’t come back to it for many, many (many many many) months!

Then I had a stern talk with myself and asked if I was committed or should I come up with a different solution. Clearly I was avoiding working on it. I made a deal with myself that I would finish the border and hood and then I would reconsider a new solution.

Well, I’m proud to say I finished the border and the hood and started on the sleeves. I should have started with the sleeves because when you try it on, your fingers slip through the gaps! But since I’ve been so diligent in plugging up the holes, I ran out of plugs and I couldn’t remember how I made them! I thought I had left the hook I used in the bag, but I didn’t.

I un-made a plug I already had to see how I made it and guessed at the hook size. No more messing around! It was time to get serious. I counted up how many squares I had left (51!) and how many new plugs I needed to make (408!) and got busy making them and bundling them into groups of eight. I got as far as 80 plugs when I realized I was going to run out of that purple yarn way before I reached 408. I was hoping I could find that color yarn again or it would be time for plan F. I was way beyond plan B. LOL Luckily, I found the right color at the store.

So now, I just need to make sure I don’t give up on it again. I will finish making those tedious plugs and then I will commit to just one square a day and if I can do more, great, if not, one-a-day is fine. That will take me right into September and that’s just fine.

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18 thoughts on “The Crochet Coats – Sweaters So Far

  1. In preferences for me your first one is my favorite, then the third one and then the second one because I’m not a fan of red. I do love grays, whites, and blacks. You have definitely put a lot of thought and time into each and the stitching looks spectacular to me.
    I can’t wait to see the finished plugging. Great job, Yolanda.

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    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ I’m partial to grays and blacks when it comes to coats. I did have fun with the burgundy palette, mainly because I had those colors available. I try to go with what I have on hand first before I go out and buy. I did end up liking how it looked like fall colors. I have to agree with you that the first is my favorite but boy is it my most frustrating one. But I’ll probably love it even more for all that. πŸ™‚

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  2. Love these. Yeah , I have a project I’ve been putting off. I started a rug made out of strips of material. I put it off as I have to cut the strips and sew them together. It feels numbing as well. Good luck in getting your sweater finished.

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    • Thank you 😊Breaking it down to only one square a day makes it doable without all the pressure. If I want to skip I, I remind myself it’s just one and then I do it. If I feel inspired, go for two. Then I can do something else that’s more fulfilling. Can you believe I’m thinking of making another coat! I’ll probably finish a new one before I finish this one. πŸ˜‚

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      • I do that all the time. Start something else before I’m finished. I’m working on two pair of booties, two amigurumi rabbits and a jacket. Lol. But I love it. As long as no one moves anything. I’m ok.

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  3. Those plugs are brilliant Yolanda – and they transform what was already a pretty sweater into a magnificent sweater!!! You are the most creative crocheter I know!!! I’m the same was as you though with putting things aside that aren’t 100% done. I’ve spent the last two weeks sitting outside trying to get stuff done and not sit here at the computer for half the day. I made that decision to semi-unplug after having a very stern talk with myself. It got a little bit ugly because sometimes myself is a slightly lazy b*tch – we (myself and I) came to the agreement that “I” would sit outside and finish up some lingering wips if “me” let us make a table cover for the outside table. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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