I was walking at the mall the other evening when I came upon the woman wearing this lovely sweater coat. I accosted her to ask where she had purchased it. In her best attempt at English she informed me that it is not available here but is from her native Ukraine. I thanked her then she walked on. A moment later, it occurred to me that my walking buddy, Kris, has a really good phone on her camera and was once a professional photographer. I asked, she said yes. Then, I thought I should probably ask permission of the wearer. She quickly agreed and stood still so that Kris could get a good shot.
This woman is built similar to me – short and wide. I could only imagine how lovely and flattering the coat would be on me! The V-shaped inserts create the flattering effect. The lighter pattern is a sort of animal print. The inside of the jacket, which makes it appear reversible, is an abstract design of the same colors.
I do not believe this is a handmade item or that it is crocheted. I believe it is a machine made knitted garment, probably two layers, and it’s made of fingering or sport weight acrylic or acrylic blend yarn – all that from a cursory examination as the owner didn’t speak much English. She was so kind to even let me take a picture.
So, if you’ve seen this for sale somewhere, have seen a pattern that is similar, or are really good at creating a finished design from just looking at a picture, I’d love to see this in a form that I could reproduce.