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Hey my loves!
I absolutely LOVE how my coat and Riley’s vest turned out, but sis, I need to tell you the 411…
This project was soo time consuming!
Let me cut to the chase… time consuming was an understatement.
Both pieces took me about 5 days… and that was working almost non-stop. I felt like this was a never ending project, but once your done and YOU ARE DONE!!
And you’ll be so happy with the final result!
Here is a little background.
I was scrolling on Instagram and I saw this post from my girl Renee in this jacket, beautiful right?!
I was blown away!
I needed this jacket in my life!! Then I thought, wait I’m pretty sure I can make that!
So I Googled “How to knit a yarn jacket” and look what came up!
Click the video below to watch it!
This video was a LIFESAVER, but once I actually bought my yarn, I decided to do a different technique!
Sooo… without further ado, the yarn jacket!
8-10 rolls of this yarn (depending on your size and your mini’s size)
A crochet hook
A knitted jacket with very loose holes
So if you know me you know that once I make up my mind about something, there is no stopping me. So I went to Hobby Lobby on my lunch break (don’t judge me) and got about 5 rolls of yarn.
Sidebar: For my first jacket (because I plan to make about 4 more…over the next year of course) I wanted good quality yarn. So, I spent a little more on the yarn to ensure such quality. Yarn Bee was the bomb, and they also offered the colors I had in my mind.
So my original thought process was just to start off with 4-5 rolls of yarn to get a feel for how much yarn it will actually take me to make my jacket, but once that yarn was gone I started getting paranoid about the store not having that specific yarn, or it magically being discontinued all of a sudden. So I rushed back the next day, and bought the rest of what they had! Unfortunately, I cannot tell you the exact number of rolls that it took to make our jackets, but it was for sure between 8-10.
Sorry, I started getting delirious after day three. I went to the store a total of three times. Lmbo.
Moral of the story: Buy more than you need…you can always return it or exchange for another project.
These crochet hooks come in all sizes, so you will need to have your jacket first to know what size you need. I did things a little backward, but thank God it worked out. Lol. The two sizes that I bought were 7.0mm and 5.5mm.
DON’T forget your 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby, and surprisingly the yarn was 50% off. Check your local listings.
Next, you still need a knitted jacket. I just went on over to Goodwill, and after 20 minutes of soul searching, I finally found this beauty. If you go on Tuesdays they have 30% off, so this jacket was about $3.30. If you want it cheaper grab your friend who is a teacher or your grandma and get 50% off!
Alright so now that you have everything. You need you ask yourself:
“Self, how long do I really want this jacket to be? How dramatic do I want to be? Where will I wear this jacket?”
If you’re like me and you want this to be a normal length you will need to start measuring your yarn. I used a ruler and measured about 8-9 inches for my jacket and about 5 inches for Riley’s jacket. After a while, you will be able to eye ball the yarn length. It doesn’t have to be perfect either so, try to have fun. No pressure.
Here is a live video of me cutting yard, so you can get an idea of how it should go.
If you’ve crocheted before, this will be easy for you, if you haven’t this will still be easy for you because crocheting is pretty simple! Here is a video of me crocheting my jacket.
If I were you, I would recommend starting on the front of the jacket, that way if half way through you’ve had enough, you can just cut the sleeves off and wear it as a vest.
I contemplated quitting at least at 50 times during the 5 days because the repetition, the agony, and the anticipation of wanting to be done was KILLING ME!
[ I know I’m being dramatic, but really.]
I hope it takes you all half the time it took me, because I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
But like I said, once you are done, you ARE DONE!
This is the last step. You just keep crocheting until your little heart thinks your jacket is finish.
Sidebar: DON’T BE LIKE ME. Every time I started back up crocheting, I would start in a different place because for some reason in my head, I figured it would take less time if I started somewhere else and eventually connect the pieces.
Turns out, it didn’t.
Here are some progress shots and video from my Instagram. You can also click on the “craft” section on my page and see the whole process!
Well, that’s all!
If anyone of you try to make this jacket, please let me know how it goes and send me pictures!