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Rocky Coast Cardi


If you didn’t guess from the teaser in my last post, I’ve cast on the Rocky Coast Cardigan from Coastal Knits. I got the book in the mail last week and simply raved about it. You can snoop on the awesome patterns on ravelry (hell, that’s what made me buy the book in the first place), but it’s not until you get the book in your hands that you can see the stunning photography locations. I particularly like the idea of a pattern inspired by a certain place, it gives it another dimension. The Rocky Coast Cardigan was inspired by Two Lights State Park in Maine. Hannah Fetig aka Knitbot, the designer, talked about how she would always be surprised by the drop in temperature on the coast and have to grab a sweater. The all-stockinette cable pattern reminds me of the picture she includes of a rocky outcrop. The texture just seems to match! Anyway, enough raving about the book. On to the project.

yarn, yarn, yarn!

Some of you may remember that I used the yarn that I frogged from my extremely ill-fitting Garter Yoke Cardigan…that’s what I’m using. It’s Plymouth Yarn Galway Highland Heather in a shade that I’ve long forgotten the name for. I’m going to call it lipstick. The original Cardigan was probably the first sweater I ever made, so it was a little sad to frog it. Still, I am never, ever going to wear it again. I have enough of my mother in me to understand what that means: re-purposing. I didn’t realize it going in, but both the original cardigan and the Rocky Coast are top-down, seamless raglans, which, to me, is a great full-circle moment. I think the new pattern will definitely fit my maturing style more as I…grow up and get a real job (gasp!).

about how far I've gotten. the ends roll a bit (they'll have ribbing late), but it's a lot more than it looks like!

Anyway, I cast on not long after I showed you all my swatch, immediately jumping into it. I’ve already finished the yoke and have several inches under the arm finished. It’s going really quickly- probably because it’s on size 10 1/2 needles. Once again, I’m a little worried about yarn. I only was able to salvage a little under 350g of wool from the original cardigan (I wonder what happened to the other 50g…did I make a hat with it? Hmmm…), but I have a whole 100g skein of the same exact yarn (bought at the same time) in brown. My plan is to use the brown for the ribbing- at the bottom of the sweater, at the bottom of the sleeves, and around the button band and shawl collar. I’m really, really hoping it will be enough, because Plymouth discontinued the Highland Heather and I don’t think I’ll be able to get any more of it. Plan B might be to rip out all of the brown and get another color instead. Oh god, that sounds really complicated. Wish me luck!

close up of the cabled textured fabric

I know that just watching a blogger chug away on a big project gets a little…boring…to say the least, but never fear! I have a plan to tone down the monotony. I’ve already gotten a bunch of knitting books out of the library! So, in the next couple of weeks as I probably spend most of my time working on some pretty blog-boring projects (this cardigan and another big project), I have book reviews planned, and there may, may be a few design releases on the way, too! Don’t worry, I’ll keep you all plenty updated on the boring stuff, too.


And it came!


The package from Knit Picks came in yesterday afternoon. There is so much to talk about! First, there are needles…

US6's- I've already used one to replace my broken one!

This is a new pair of US6 interchangeables. They’re replacing my old pair, which came with my sampler. For some reason one of the 6’s won’t screw all of the way on. They’re usable, but the stitches sometimes get stuck and the fabric will bunch up if I don’t pay attention. This will make working on 6’s much less painless!

honestly, who could resist this photography?

Next comes the book. I added Coastal Knits to the cart, and I am so glad that I did. Of course, I had seen bloggers gushing about it all over the place when it first came out a couple of months ago. In case you haven’t heard of it, Coastal Knits is the brainchild of Hannah Fettig and Alana Dakos (each from a different coast…get it?). I fell in love with the Rocky Coast Cardigan and added the book to the list of things that I must get. Looking through it, I am so glad that I did. Each pattern comes with gorgeous information about the location that inspired it (and that the photography is from), plus it includes some great information on the authors and their favorite indy dyers/yarn producers. It’s such a stunning book, and that’s before I even mention the patterns.

I love how the locations match the patterns.

I know for sure that I plan on making the Rocky Coast Cardigan with the Plymouth Galway Highland Heather that I frogged from my old Garter Yoke Cardigan, but I think I’m going to have to add the Tangled Yoke Cardigan to the list of prospective sweaters. It’s hard not to fall in love with a pattern when it is so beautifully presented. I also love the  Rustling Leaves Beret…add that to the queue, too!

yarn to the left, design to the right...any ideas what it is?

Now, to the yarn. This Wool of the Andes Sport (100% Wool) actually came separately. I submitted a pattern proposal to the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program and they chose to take it! Instead of financial compensation (that comes when someone buys the pattern, just like when you sell on ravelry), they provide you with yarn support. I’m buzzing away on the sample, and after the pattern is written I will be looking for some test knitters!


Next, I have 6 skeins of Palette in Black. I’ve been goggling the Zest Cardigan ever since I won a copy of the pattern from the author, Fern. It’s wonderfully lacy and open, and I bet it will be a great transitional sweater for the Spring. And I don’t have a black sweater, yet, which is SUCH a problem. Black goes with everything, after all!

it's just a wee bit lighter than it seems- sorry, it's way too rainy and gross for a good picture!

Finally, there’s one skein of City Tweed Heavy Weight (although it’s a worsted weight yarn…) for my Bobsled Mittens from Beyond Toes. I am in pretty desperate need of a new pair of mittens, and I’m excited to try out this new blend (55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acrylic). Hopefully they’ll be snuggly warm! The pattern is pretty interesting- it almost looks as if it is knit on the bias. The solid colorway should highlight that, and the tweed will add just a bit of interest without distracting from the awesome design.

Basically, I’m so excited that the package came in because now I have everything I need for almost all of the projects that I’ve been eyeing for the rest of the winter. Of course, classes have started so the knitting will probably slow. Still, I’ve been craving another cardigan on the needles ever since I finished Livingstone, and hopefully I’ll have one!