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Okay, so we're talking coats here. I like coats. You like coats. We all bloody well like coats and have done for ages. When I look at my treasure that is the bloated collection of crochet patterns over the years, there are coats from virtually the beginning. Here are some of my faves from the archives, with comments, of course!

SwaggerCoat1935Bucilla

Who wouldn't love a swagger coat? Who doesn't like the sound of the word "swagger?" I love this coat and think it looks fresh and modern as it did in 1935 when this was published.

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This is Hepburn-esque elegance -- graceful lines, sleeves just short enough to show off a bracelet or a stunning pair of gloves. This is something crochet does very well -- fashionable architecture.

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I'll be honest here. I'm not really sure what I think about this coat. It looks well-made, substantial enough for a cooler clime, but maybe it's the styling I can't get past. It simply doesn't look as girly as the model portrays. In my mind, this would look great with a turtleneck, jeans, and boots. Add cozy mittens and a hat and it starts to make some sense.

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I don't know how well the red coat here will render on your screen, but it's done in an interesting ripple pattern that I think makes the coat hang very nicely. This baby's from the '70s, natch, but I think it would look fabulous today.

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Good old, reliable Workbasket. Lots of crap, with little diamonds sprinkled in for good measure. Like the following, for example.

I like all three of these coats from 1971, 1970, and 1972, in order of appearance. The pink and green ones seem to be born of the same basic pattern, but who cares? They are both fun interpretations of a flattering cut. And I love how substantial and well-designed the red bobble coat looks!

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I can't for the life of me figure out who the model in the green coat reminds me of, but it's bugging me to no end. But it doesn't matter, the coat is awesome, even if the colors make your eyes bleed a little. I'd love to see it in colors found in nature and a neckline more like Bobbles to the left here. If the neckline were any good, I don't think they would've styled it with the scarf like they did.

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Now I'm just being catty, but despite my professed love for this coat, I think they would have been well-advised to use a yarn with more loft and less stitch definition. If all you're doing is single crochet, who cares about seeing every stitch? The design would have benefited from either a loftier yarn or a more interesting stitch. There. I've said it.

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BoxyJacket1948womansday

So it's not technically a coat. So sue me. But I could have cut it off at the bottom and none of you would have been the wiser. Unless, of course, you have the 1948 edition of freakin' Woman's Day Crochet Annual! And talk about swagger, my friends! This gal's got it!

Does it show that I really like this jacket?

mccallsfashioncrochet1965

And so I take you from the sublime to the ridiculous. See 1965 in all its glory, peeps! And yet, I find this coat strangely compelling in its excess. It's mermaidy quality is campy and fun, isn't it? The line is elegant, no argument there. Perhaps if I'd cropped off this chick's head, the whole image would be less disturbing and you could appreciate the coat for itself. Maybe not. But I do.

BatsfordBookofCrocF1170

I'm going to end this little journey through crochet coat history with a non-ironic image from a favorite vintage book of mine: The Batsford Book of Crochet. If you can get your hands on this, do so. I think this interpretation of a Folkwear Tibetan Panel Coat is as elegant as they come. Each panel is crocheted in tight, contrasting textures, giving the coat body and subtle interest.

I have more to show you, but I bid adieu for now...

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