My Knitted Purple Swing Coat

My zen activity is knitting (and more recently, crochet).  I love the tranquility and peace of mind I achieve when I knit.  My Beloved Grandma taught me when I was but a wee lassy (yes, our heritage is Scots although we have been Aussies since the First Fleet arrived – in fact, my criminal ancestors were part of the First Fleet!!).  I have been knitting for many years and have created many things over this time.

My latest finished project is my Knitted Purple Swing Coat – my ‘largest’ ever undertaking.  Surprisingly, it knitted up fairly quickly as the only stitches used are stocking stitch (stockingette to some!) and purl.  Lots of knitting without thinking! Just perfect for tv watching and chatting at sit and knits.

Yesterday, my good mate Sonya from Sago on Tuesdays and I had ourselves a little giggle photo session.  Eek – how do those models do it?  I hate being in front of the camera.  Clearly I missed out on the ‘look at me gene’.  Next time I will wait for me Daughter to be my model again!

The yarn used was a 80%alpaca/20% merino mix.  Alpaca yarn is my all time favourite – soft, very warm, light and with a small halo – really like the soft focus look!!  It is Rare Earth 8 ply (DK) by a lovely New Zealand company – Rare Earth Yarns.  Really lovely to work with and so wonderfully warm in your lap as your project grows.  The pattern, Swing Jacket, is a design by Australian designer Zoe Bradshaw.
The front has a lovely mandarin collar and a smooth stocking stitch bodice and will highlight any brooch/pin you use as a closure.
I love the way the sleeves have a ‘bell’ like drape – quite elegant and a touch medieval!!
The skirt does indeed swing out around you and hides a multitude of sins! and when you are sitting down acts as a lovely lap warming blanket.

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ….


Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....



  1. Hiya Karen! Love the swing coat. I clicked on Zoe’s name, and it took me to her Ravelry page, but there’s no swing coat listed. She doesn’t have pictures for many of her patterns, so I couldn’t find it that way either. Does it go by another name??? I’d love to get the pattern. Thanks for any help, blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

    • Hi Pam, when I was looking for a link for Zoe the only one I could find was the ravelry one. When I bought the pattern she was running a yarn shop in Australia but sadly it is no more. If you would like I can email my copy to you – you just have to wait till I figure out how to use the scanner!!! Let me know. Cheers, Karen.

      • I have been scanning the internet for a pattern for a jacket and have come across yours, love it, could you send me a copy of your pattern please.

  2. LOVE, love, love this!!! It looks beautiful on you and I want one now too, problem is I don’t knit or crochet!! Really lovely. . .

    • Thanks Maureen. I truly enjoyed knitting it very much. Cheers, Karen.

  3. Wow, your Swimg Coat is beautiful and the color is yummy.

    • Thanks sew much. I love purple even though it is maligned by some – poor purple! Cheers, Karen.

  4. That is a lovely swing jacket. The colour is really nice and it draps perfectly.

    • I am such a purple girl!! Thank you for your locely words. Cheers, Karen


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