60 Miles of Yarn and a Wool Coat

My 2022 Knitting Planner

I’ve been spending some time this week organizing my knitting projects by spreadsheet and cataloguing my yarn. All said in total including stash, I have over 60 miles of yarn to knit! That should keep me busy for a few years.

Based on my project completion goals, I will knit about 8 miles of yarn in 2022. I think my goal is reasonable compared to the projects I’ve knit each year over the past two years. Which means I have enough yarn for 7 years.

This doesn’t mean I will never purchase yarn, because that’s not realistic. But my plan is to save my creativity budget and only spend from that account, and to use what I have as much as possible.

Unfortunately, I havenโ€™t really felt like knitting the past couple of days.

Clare Coat (big snaps version) image copyright Closet Core Patterns

I’ve decided to sew a Clare Coat from my navy wool flannel fabric. I have the lining fabric too. I had planned to line it for warmth with Thinsulate, but I have plenty of wool prefelt I could use instead. Have you ever lined a coat with wool? I think it would work between the flannel outer fabric and lining fabric if I planned to quilt it, because it’s a lot like quilt batting. But, I don’t like the look of that, and I’m worried it will sag or tear as a lining without quilting. So, I’m wondering if I could felt it first and then use it. Or, maybe I could quilt the lining fabric to the wool prefelt instead of the outer wool flannel?

I could save for the Thinsulate, but I’d rather use wool if I can, anyway. Plus, I wouldn’t have to spend my budget on that.

Anyone have experience with this?

25 thoughts on “60 Miles of Yarn and a Wool Coat

  1. For a coat I wanted warm, washable and tough, I used Thinsulate – I was making insulated shades and curtains at the time and had plenty! I’ve used lightly felted wool bat as quilt lining on a tied quilt; it worked fine. If you plan to wash this coat, it will felt anyway – and maybe shrink in unwanted ways. But maybe you live a cleaner life than I!

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  2. Pre felt comes in different thicknesses but shrinkage percentage is similar and if this prefelt is going to be used under the arm area where rubbing will likely be at its highest then it will start felting and shrink with the general wear. So I’d personally felt the prefelt before sewing. You avoid lining the armpit. Shrinkage elsewhere may be more forgiving but you may stop being able to get you arm in or find an awkward felted lump under it and that will be an issue.

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    1. I will steam it along with the wool flannel fabric before cutting and sewing. I read an article that says to do that with wool. I won’t be washing this coat, but there is still some shrinkage with dry cleaning.

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  3. So in my experience with coats/suiting construction, at the very least you’d need to tack it (swing tacking works well if you want the lining to hang separately) to either the lining or the coat itself if you don’t want to quilt it. Otherwise, the weight of the wool for the insulation will migrate downward from gravity and you’ll either have it pulling oddly at the exterior fabric of the shoulders if you’ve incorporated it into the seams there or it will cause drooping at the hem (possibly both).If you’re going to quilt it to the lining as you’ve mentioned above, I think that will solve most of your issues, but I’d flat quilt the 2 together, and then cut them and sew them into the coat as one piece, if that makes sense. (hopefully!)

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  4. That’s an ambitious knitting planner! I have found that (personally) long-term knitting plans I make for myself don’t survive the spring’s first bout of startitis… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have no experience knitting wool coats, but it sounds like you have some great ideas and good advice already!

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