Update! : To see all available sizes of the FREE Elf Coat pattern plus all the additional add-ons to the design, please visit the Elf Coat FAQ page for links!
One extra element I’ve been dying to get worked out on my Elf Coat design (available for FREE here on my blog in sizes Small, Medium, and Large) was the corset back lacing. Remember the original, original attempt? It featured a corset back, and this newer iteration was to get the same treatment.
The first Elf Coat didn’t, however, because at certain points I just HAVE to call something done and move on for a minute. Well, here I am having finally finished the second Elf Coat in size Medium (like… 6 months later) and it was time.
And. I. Am. In. LOVE with how it worked out, true to the vision I had in my head. Don’t you just love it when that happens? This extra feature makes the coat more adjustable and definitely flatters even more! Here’s how to do it!
Corset Back Lacing
On the back of the finished Elf Coat, locate the central panel in the series. Locate the two panels on either side of the central panel, then mark the stitches on the two outer edges of these panels with a stitch marker. I went just a few stitches outside of this point even, but you can adjust based on how much you wish to be able to cinch the coat. We will be working 4 rows of LDC directly into the TKS, running vertically up the back, then repeating this process on the mirror side.
With the 3.50 hook and yarn, attach at the marked stitch by inserting the hook through the two front bars of the knit stitch, as if they were the two top bars of a regular crochet stitch.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). LDC in the next 41 sts. You may also alter the length or adjust the placement of the corset backing, if your coat is longer or you want a higher cinch. Be sure to check that your placement is correct for your height / garment length before proceeding.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Sk next st, LDC in the next 38 sts. Sk next st, LDC in the last st.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Sk next st, LDC in the next 2 sts. Ch 1, sk next st. (LDC in the next 4 sts, ch 1, sk next st) 6 times. LDC in the next 3 sts.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Sk next st, LDC in the next 35 sts, sk next st. LDC in the last st.
Repeat Rows 1 -4 on the opposite side at the point marked.
Cut yarn and tie off, weave in all ends. I used a mesh/ribbon yarn to lace mine!
As I mentioned in the intro, this does not spell the end of the Elf Coat saga I am sure – I would also like to add pockets, maybe a tie belt option…. fur trim… you name it!
UDATE 4/21: I did actually add both a belt tie and pockets, and you can get the instructions for those additions here:
Elf Coat Belt Tie
Elf Coat Pockets