It’s like I’ve waited my whole life

Pattern: Lettuce Coat by Wendy Bernard, from Custom Knits
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% merino wool), Violetas colorway
Needles: U.S. 9 Harmony wood Options circular needles (flat for body, magic loop for sleeves)

Malabrigo. It’s legendary among knitters. A single-ply yarn, minimal twist, maximal loft and squishiness. Kettle-dyed colors that add depth and dimension to the fabric. Made by hand in Uruguay.

I’ve knit with a few single hanks before — gifts from kind and discerning friends. But to make an entire garment out of Malabrigo … luxury, indeed.

Once I started, back in April, I couldn’t stop. The sweater-coat grew and grew, but I simply put it in bigger bags and lugged it around nonetheless. Brioche stitch — the ribbing in the coat’s skirt and on the cuffs — became second nature. I was supposed to change needle sizes at a couple of points, but I sailed past them without even noticing.

At the end of June, I made my button selections and set the coat aside to be finished during WIP Wrestlemania. Three days from the deadline, I finally got out the thread and sewed everything up. It took me two full hours to do the finishing. On the wrong side of those shank buttons on the bodice there are little flat buttons to help stabilize them in the fabric.

Like all garments, the coat needs a good soak and block to be all it can be. But oh, the love that emanates from this softest imaginable sweater. The indulgence of its warmth, style, and comfort. It’s everything a present to yourself should be.

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