Wren, re-interpreted with metallic trim, is finished at last! I absolutely adore this jacket! It is definitely my favorite Chanel-inspired knit that I have made. That Paris Dallas fashion show really called to me and I was determined to make something inspired by Lagerfeld’s amazing designs that paid tribute to Texas.
After all, I come from a long line of Texans and he did us proud!! The metallic trim, which I crocheted onto each piece after it was knitted, is the element that took this jacket over the top. I highly recommend Rowan’s Anchor Artiste Metallic yarn for crocheted metallic trim. The yarn was sturdy and easy to use and I think it adds a glamorous touch without being over the top. This dk-weight metallic trim comes in a large color variety so you can get just that tone that you are looking for!
Earlier I had tried adding the crocheted trim to the side of my cable panels, but that did not show up very well. One side seemed to melt into the stitches next to it and the whole look was quite uneven.
I removed the trim and started over again. This time, I crocheted on top of the knit stitches that bordered my cables on either side and that looked more even and visible.
Wren is an extremely well-written pattern by Kim Hargreaves. The only alterations I made were to the cuffs and the crocheted trim. And I removed the pockets. Frankly, for anyone who has upper curvature, the pockets look like little "wings" on the breasts trying to fly away. I can't tell you how long I spent knitting those darned pockets and then embroidering them, only to throw them away!
Other than that, I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who wants a “denim” jacket of their own