The Washington Heights Coat has all the design elements knitters love: ample bracelet sleeves, nubbly moss stitch, generous pockets, a cozy shawl collar. Therefore, it didn’t surprise us that Washington Heights is a long-standing favorite at Tricoter.
The Washington Heights Coat made its first appearance at this year’s Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. However, it existed long before then. I reached out to my good friends, Tricoter co-owners Beryl Hiatt and Lindy Ward, and Julie to learn about its evolution. Knitters don’t often get to peek behind the curtain, so this was a unique opportunity to see a design’s process. Our thanks go to Tricoter for allowing us to offer this beautiful design to our customers.
According to Julie, “The idea came from one of my pins on my Pinterest Knit Board,” and was originally knit in a chunky yarn.
“The coat was so popular that Beryl then made a lighter weight spring/summer version. Because the coat continued to sell yarn—now in two weights—Lindy made a doubled Lena version for VKLive New York.
“Some of our customers have made it many times. It appeals to all age groups, can be dressed up or down, and is a timeless design.”
I couldn’t agree more! I love that Tricoter played with different yarns to extend the silhouettes utility through the seasons. It reminds me of Flossie’s blog from last week about experimenting with yarn weights.
Shawl collar cardigans and coats are also an eternally popular silhouette among knitters. Just this week Karen Templer of Fringe Association posted a blog expounding her love of the look as an essential knitwear basic. Now that Washington Heights is available as an e-pattern, maybe we should give her a head’s up!