Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Boston Top-Down Hooded Coat

When I first moved to New England, I lived in Boston. Winters there were cold and windy, and this top-down hooded coat would have been the perfect survival gear. It’s got a roomy hood which blocks the elements, but looks great when not in use. The yarn I used recommended a gauge of 3.5 stitches to the inch, but I knit it slightly tighter (3.75 stitches) to give it a more dense fabric; keep this in mind if you’re planning on substituting.

This coat is worked from the top down, beginning at the back shoulders. The back is worked to the armholes, then placed on hold while the fronts are picked up from the back shoulders and worked to the armholes. Then the back and fronts are joined and the body is worked to the bottom edge. The sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked to the cuffs, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps. The spacious hood is picked up from the neck edge and worked to the top, with short-row shaping, then the top is joined using Kitchener stitch or 3-Needle Bind-Off. The edging around the hood and bottom of the body is worked around the entire piece, so it is very long; you will need to work it over 3 circular needles, using a fourth as your working needle.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, Japanese Short-Rows (explained in the pattern), 3-Needle Bind-Off or Kitchener Stitch (your choice) to finish the hood

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X, 7X)


Finished Measurements: 31.25 (34.25, 38.5, 42.25, 46, 50.25, 54, 58.25, 62, 66.25, 70.5, 74.25)” bust, buttoned; intended to be worn with approximately 6″ ease

Materials: Bulky weight wool: 1275 (1375, 1475, 1625, 1750, 1875, 2000, 2150, 2275, 2400, 2525, 2625) yards. NOTE: If you plan to increase the length of the Body or Sleeves, be sure to purchase extra yarn.

Model knit in Plymouth Yarn Galway Chunky (100% wool; 100 grams / 123 yards): color #12

Needles and Notions: Four size 10 (6 mm) circular needles, 32″ long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; size 10 (6 mm) circular needle, 12″ long or longer, and one set of five double-pointed needles, for Sleeves; stitch markers; waste yarn; safety pins; five 1.5″ toggle buttons.

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 15 stitches and 21 rows = 4″/10 cm

NOTE: In order to create a dense fabric, this coat was knit at a tighter gauge than the yarn calls for.

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