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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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Yarn

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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