Folk Coat Show

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PATTERN: Swing Thing by Theresa Belville
SIZE: 2-3 years
YARN: Garnstudio DROPS Nepal in Gray-Green 7139
BUTTONS: Orange Gerberas and Leaves wooden buttons from Apples and Eggs

The adorable Amy, Rob, and Dax the corgi came for dinner a few weeks ago (which reminds me that I need to remind Andy about that pizza post he was going to write). Clover, naturally, lost her mind with excitement. After several hours of being chased around the house, Dax effortlessly performed several tricks to the bewildered amazement of all of the Paulsons (including Clover Meadow). On command Dax sat, stayed, rolled over, played dead, danced, and offered his little paw in a delicate shake, then trotted away modestly to enjoy his treat. We sat, mouths open, deeply impressed. Andy (middle child) was immediately motivated to display Clover's skills to the crowd. He called her over to the living room and asked her to shake. Instead of offering him her little paw, she became a misguided tornado of earnestness: she fell over, sat, barked, laid down, rolled over, turned in a circle, knawed on his hand, collapsed to the floor, jumped to her feet, and barked again (it was more like a shout) in his face, all without ever really giving him her paw. She basically did everything she knew how to do and then some, all at the same time, kind of like if you'd said to your kid, "Sweetie, why don't you show our nice guests how well you play the clarinet?" and instead of picking up the instrument she started riding a unicycle around the house, speaking fluent Ubbi Dubbi, scratching her stomach, dribbling a basketball, and making cappuccinos for everyone in the room. It was hilarious. I sat on the edge of the sofa and smiled sheepishly as if to say, "Kids — what can you do?"

Anyway, ever since we've been trying to teach Clover the "give me your paw" thing for reals, and I think it's finally sticking (although it's still more of a pawing kind of thing as she lifts up her paw way too high and then tries to scrape my hand off as if she's digging a hole, but, you know — some kind of progress, at least). What any of it has to do with this swingy little knitted coat I don't know, except that . . . No. It has nothing to do with it.


Except that I'm showing it off. According to my Ravelry page for this, I started it on December 18 and finished it on January 19. I have several things that I actually did finish that I never did get around to posting about, so I will try to trot those out and show them off (hopefully they'll behave) over the next few days to try to maintain this effort at housekeeping I am making. Thank you for all of the comments on the little hat yesterday! I'm writing a pattern for it and am almost finished, so I expect to have that ready for sale next week (hopefully along with some finished hats, as well — fingers crossed!). I've also gotten a lot of questions about whether I am ever going to finalize the patterns for last spring's Tulipfield dresses (Anneke, Mina, and Saskia) and the answer to that is: Yes. I really am! I have to first knit the taxes and then I will work on those patterns next.


Love the corgi story! This little coat is so cute...I hope you are making things in multiple sizes otherwise this child will be a bit like Suri Cruise- wearing a different outfit every day...

Your little one is going to be one classily dressed little girl! I'm envious of her wardrobe. (For the record my 15 month old son does exactly the same thing as your dog - he does all of his tricks one after the other at the dinner table - it is hilarious).

Your next book HAS to be a knitting book. You choose such nice pieces to knit, and the wool you choose, buttons, etc. is just delightful. I can only imagine what a whole book of your choices would be!!!!

Have just finished two plain vests by pickles after your inspiration. I'm so pleased with them. The two are for my daughter and I plan to make more for my baby gifts this year.

Wow, this is beautiful! I absolutely LOVE the colors and the buttons are precious! I'm looking forward to having a little girl I can dress in pretty little coats like this one :)

Can I throw my hat in for the Tulipfield dress pattern? I can't knit to save my life but I can crochet the heck out of things, and I have a 1 1/2 year old who would look amazingly cute (if it's possible for her to get any cuter :) in one of these!

Love it. All the Paulsons are so talented. You even have the skills to knit your taxes!? I'm so jealous!

So I know if I ever want a giggle or maybe just a smile, and also look at pure cuteness, I just need to pop over here. Thanks for your all the wonderful posts.

Stunning. Your work is so precious. And the love that goes into it...sweet, sweet, sweet!

Oh my goodness the 'tulip field' dresses are absolutely gorgeous, I need to learn to crochet! Your knitting is beautiful too, you have such a great eye for colour.

Oh, this is my favorite yet! Beautiful!

oooh Alicia the detailing on this sweater is making my mouth water.

Luckily Clover is small. I had a St Bernard that would do the same thing. She had a mammoth paw!! The coat is precious. I wish I still had a little girl to dress in such cute things! How is the process going? My SIL adopted and I know the wait can be so hard.

So love swing coats and the addition of embroidery! I've never used Garn studio, I'm sort of caught on Tosh at the moment. Lovely as always!

oh that's so pretty!!!

Must be a corgi thing! lol! My Millie will do her tricks upon prompts, except when a pal is here or if string cheese is the treat. Then it is all tricks done as quickly as possible with a big smile, as only our girls can offer! :-))

Well, there are already 65 comments, so someone may already have mentioned this, but sweet Clover's performance was just the ticket to prepare you for your daughter's (?) arrival at that stage. :)))

I'm sure you'll be just as loving and accepting and slightly embarrassed, but also "oh well what are ya gonna do?" when your other little sweetie charms the socks off friends and family. I can hardly wait. xo


Just finished my second-ever sweater last night, and am roaming for something simple but different. Looks like something I could handle, and oh my, this is exactly my style!!!

Thank you, so much, for posting this. Off to go look it up on Ravelry...

This post is sooooooo funny---- your description of Clover made me laugh and then read it two more times just for the fun of it! You have such a way with words!!!! And the sweater, oh my, Beautiful!!!!!! can't wait to see it on the princess!!!!

Wow, that is super cute! And I really like the colours you used, and the quirky buttons :)

Love the little jacket, super cute! :)

I hope you will give us a tutorial on how to knit our taxes...

Clover knew what Andy wanted. What kid doesn't long to be asked to show off? Such a funny doggy girl!

Absolutely beautiful coat!!!! : ) : ) : )

Those buttons are incredibly cute! :>

Tell Clover that my CATS have all learned paw (right paw), grab (left paw), sit up, roll over, High 5, (fake) bite, lick, wave, spin, sit, and one even yawned on command, shook his head when asked, and made up his own sign (paw to eye) when he wanted more of something. So Clover's got some schooling yet to go.....

ha! i love it! i would like a cappucino made by Clover Meadow, please! also? the coat is delicious. xo

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.