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FO Report – Black Coffee


I wasn’t sure. I was starting to get sick of it. I unravelled the cowl neck and redid it, enjoying SEVERAL YEARS of knitting 1×1 rib around and around and around and around. Tidied up the armholes by picking up stitches around each one, working two plain rows and then casting off. Wove in the ends. Slung the tunic into the washiemotron with an attitude of “well, whatever. Guess it should be at least clean.”

I wasn’t sure: I thought “I haven’t got anything else like that” and “I don’t really wear tunics much” and “when am I ever cold enough for a woolly turtleneck, but warm enough to not need sleeves?”

I was a fool.

An awesome, charming, clever fool.

I finished Black Coffee three weeks ago, and since first putting it on, I have not allowed it to leave my person except for sleeps and washing days. (And on those days I am a bewildered and whiny woodland creature, shying from drafts and sudden lights.) I don’t want to wear anything else ever again, ever.

I have worn it bushwalking with thermals; I have worn it with tights to restaurants casual and schmick; I have matched it with jeans and worn it to work. I have worn it everywhere, with a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath to keep my arms warm. I want no other jumper.

Comfortable, sexy, warm — this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve knit, and this is a total surprise. I had no idea I would love it so much.

But, I mean…look at it.


Pattern: Coffee Tunic by Mira Saarentaus (Rav link)
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply and plenty of it
Mods: Cast on 224 stitches, instead of casting on 220 and increasing 4 in the last round, so I could maintain the rib pattern as I started the cable chart. Finished the armholes by picking up stitches, working 2 rounds and casting off. Also lined up the cable chart so they were centred on the front and back.
Verdict: Completely in love my new jumperdress. Considering abandoning all other clothing forever, or at least until Spring.

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