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Gnarled Oak Cardigan Progress

July 15

For me, one of the greatest pleasures in knitting is working a particularly beautiful pattern and motif. That’s how I felt when I finished the oak leaf motif in the yoke of Alana Dakos’s Gnarled Oak Cardigan The photo shows a small bit of the detail.

I’ve wanted to make this sweater for forever! I’m using Tosh DK in the Grove colorway.

Aren’t these leaves brilliantly designed!

Gnarled Oak Cardigan, Alana Dakos, Coastal Knits, Tosh DK

All I have left to do on the sweater is the neck and button bands. The pattern calls for a garter neck edging to be worked right after the leafy motif. Instead, I am going to bind off, then pick up stitches to make the edging. This will give the neckline stability.

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Gnarled Oak Cardigan pattern, from the book Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig.

Madelinetosh Tosh DK

Sand and Sea Shawlette

September 19

I adore the book Coastal Knits by the incredibly talented duo of Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig. I couldn’t wait to make Alana’s design, “Sand and Sea Shawlette”. For one thing, its gorgeous. For another, its inspired by an area here in California’s Central Coast I know and love well – Morro Bay.

I made the shawlette from Madelinetosh’s Tosh Lace and Tosh Sock. The Tosh Lace makes for a feather-light shawlette body; I’d like to try my next shawlette in the slightly heavier Prairie, which is what’s called for in the pattern.

Alana Dakos, Coastl Knits, shawl, Madelinetosh yarn, Sand and Sea Shawlette

Sand and Sea is easy to make, and I love the super-feminine look.

Alana Dakos, Coastl Knits, shawl, Madelinetosh yarn, Sand and Sea Shawlette

I never tire of  Madelinetosh’s color Amber Trinket; different lighting picks up a whole range of subtle colors, from purple to rust to taupe and more.

Alana Dakos, Coastl Knits, shawl, Madelinetosh yarn, Sand and Sea Shawlette

I wouldn’t want to admit to being obsessed with this pattern or anything. But I already have the yarn to make another.

Er, make that two more.

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