Last night fearless knitters started their Ella Revisited sweater coats. Even though I'm juggling a few knitting balls right now (including a new design in progress with a deadline) I managed to get started and work 5 rows. I started with the MC--Cranberry because I like it the best (don't tell the other colours).
I already like how this pattern is written. You start in the middle at the waist (well just above it) and work up to the neck and sleeves. Later, you pick up and knit the rest of the coat downwards which allows for modifications to the length and shaping when you can try it on and see what you want. Brilliant!
Nora, the designer has quite a great process with this KAL. On Mondays she will post tips on her blog. The first one was head-smackingly smart. She has stitch markers placed to mark increases--everyone does that...but she also suggests putting stitch markers at the cast on edge in the same places to help with picking up stitches later. Brilliant!
The only issue I can see with this KAL is portability. It's a striped coat which is awesome, but I can't lug around 5 skeins of yarn. I'm already considering winding off mini skeins and putting those in my project bag. It will add an element of randomness to my stripes (which is how I plan to roll) and means I can have some nice stockinette knitting with me for those time when I have a free moment (which don't seem like many right now).