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Ella Felted Coat for Girls

Difficulty: Intermediate

This little coat, inspired by the Princess and the Pea story, is one I imagine little girls will love to wear: romantic, brightly colored, wonderfully girly without being overwrought. The stripes represent the mattresses the princess slept on. Little bobble peas (many more than the princess had to contend with) decorate the coat. Below you will find instructions for both ruffled and plain edged coats. Slightly felted, the coat is soft and warm enough to use in the Fall or Winter months.

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    Ella Coat Rediscovered for Women Pattern


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    This first of the Ella coats came into being after I made a felted coat for little girls. The striped pattern in the little girl's coat was inspired by the piled up mattresses in the Princess and the Pea story. I even sandwiched 3-dimensional green peas between the stripes. Because a felted garment must be made so much larger than the size it will become, I was able to wear the coat before it was felted. I was smitten with the fit of the unfelted coat and the first Ella Coat was born.

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  • Ella's Going Out Bags (one size).

    Ella's Going Out Bag Pattern


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    Ella wears clothes with no pockets to weigh her down and the Going Out Bag has the same sort of mentality. She loves to dance. She is all ruffles and flourishes.

    In white, she could get married or lead the attendants to their places. In bright mossy green she'd draw every eye on the streets of New York. In mint with blushing petals, she looks good enough to nibble. In Lilac with beaded edges, she is sweet as Spring flowers. Add blue sparkle rivets to a white bag with white ruffles and she would be a bouquet for the bride. Add spikes or cabochon rivets and she gets a little more daring . . .

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Coat Sizes

2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, and 8

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, picking up stitches within the knitted fabric, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, and some hand-sewing during the finishing process.

Unfelted Gauge

20 stitches and 26 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn

Yarn Requirements

Solid Coats:

1500 yds (1372m)

Sunrise Coat:

250 yds (229m) - 500 yds (459m) ruffle color
250 yds (229m) each Spring Chick, Misty Blue, Pink, Antique Rose, Peach, Lilac, Mint Green, Baby Blue, Light Turquoise, Creamsicle, and Lime

Bright Garden Coat:

250 yds (229m) - 500 yds (459m) ruffle color
250 yds (229m) each Garnet, Christmas red, Hot Pink, Antique Rose, Orange, Yellow, Lakeshore, Green, Blue, Turquoise, and Lime

Rainforest Coat:

250 yds (229m) - 500 yds (459m) ruffle color
250 yds (229m) each Lakeshore, Lime, Light Turquoise, Misty blue, Turquoise, Green, Blue, Royal Blue, Blue spruce, Mint, and Seabreeze

Needles and Other Materials

Size 9 (5.5mm) 24" (60cm) or 32" (80cm) circular needles
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Nylon beading thread
6 ceramic .5"/2.5cm pea buttons from www.claybuttons.com:
Sunrise coat, choose neon green matt, apple green gloss, or yellow gloss
Bright Garden, choose apple green, orange, or yellow gloss
Rainforest coat, choose apple green gloss

Pictured Samples:

The pictured coat was produced using Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool in Garnet, Christmas red, Hot Pink, Antique Rose, Orange, Yellow, Lakeshore, Green, Blue, Turquoise, and Lime.

Ella & the Legume Coat

First Edition

Sunrise Color Legend Antique rose replaces Orange in the legend. Lime appears in the legend but is only used for peas, not for stripes. Lemon yellow is listed as an optional color 1. (When I made my Ella coats, I used Lemon for the ruffle rows, then switched to the Spring Chick for the stripes. You can do this or only purchase one of the yellows to use for all col 1 sections.)

Second Edition

Garden Coat Color Chart Legend

Please substitute Royal Blue in the legend with Green. Green is used in the colorway (e.g., rows 51-55) while Royal Blue is not.

Coat Bodice

We forgot to provide the st count for the fronts at the divide for armhole shaping: "At this point, you will begin to work the armhole shaping, so you will work the fronts and back separately. Divide the bodice at the two side markers and put the 31 (32, 33, 36, 37, 39) sts for each of the two fronts on holders."

Third Edition

The color chart listing for the Rainforest Colorway is correct. The color listing in the materials section should read as follows: Col 1 Lakeshore Col 2 Lime Col 3 Lt Turquoise Col 4 Turquoise Col 5 Green Col 6 Hunter Green Col 7 Blue Spruce Col 8 Royal Blue Col 9 Blue Col 10 Lilac Col 11 Purple

Fourth Edition

Coat Bodice

We were missing the number of sts for the size 6: 31 (32, 33, 36, 37, 39) sts

Printing Error

Some fourth edition patterns suffered a printing error which made the table and the schematic illegible.

Little Ella Schematic

Little Ella Table
Please click on table for a larger version.

Some Fifth Edition Patterns

A limited number of Fifth Edition patterns suffered a printing error that omitted text from the Armhole decreases section (all sizes). The text is as follows:

Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge, using method described above, each row 2x, then every other row 3 (3, 2, 2, 2, 2) times [46 (48, 52, 58, 60, 64) sts in back]. Continue in St st for 34 (38, 44, 50, 50, 52) rows. Work the final row as follows: work across the 13 (14, 15, 17, 18, 20) shoulder sts, BO 20 (20, 22, 24, 24, 24) stitches across the back neck, work across the 13 (14, 15, 17, 18, 20) shoulder stitches.