Elf Coat Corset Lacing

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


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  1. Kudos for creating a Magical Coat. I am in awe of your fierce artistic vision and your ability to bring that vision to life. I appreciate your sharing of your process and sharing your design. It is exceptionally generous of you. Good Karma is destined to arrive into your life as your are most deserving of many good things.

    1. Thank you so very much! I feel blessed to be able to share my vision with so many others who are interested in what I have to offer πŸ™‚ blessing to You and thanks for visiting!

  2. Very interesting coat! Too bad I’m not the shape to wear something this elfin, as I would love to. Additions are always nice, but if you can make this, you can put in pockets, etc. Thank you for all you have done here.

  3. I can’t wait to get some yarn for this! I’ve seen this type of coat on other sites but it was a completed item my a pattern. I’ve made your original (can’t remember the name of the pattern) I had to make some adjustments (I’m a 1-2x these days. I’ll keep notes when I do start on it and share them with you.)

  4. I know this old and the world has changed drastically, but I really hope to see updates still coming. With the addition of the corset back, there is really no need for a belt, but POCKETS would make it perfect.

    Thank you so much for this beautiful design.

    1. I completely agree! At this time, I plan on updating and expanding this design beginning as soon as winter sets in. I’m working through some other releases first but I’ll be sure to include pockets in the newest updates πŸ™‚πŸ€© Thank you so much for the feedback ❀️ and for visiting!

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