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Gnarled Oak Cardigan

February 16

Any knitter who has known me more than five minutes knows that Alana Dakos is one of my all-time favorite designers. I finally had the chance to make her Gnarled Oak Cardigan from the book she co-authored with Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits.

I used Madelinetosh DK in the Grove color.

kntted sweater

kntting sweater

I love Alana’s attention to detail.

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Coastal Knits

Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry

You’ll enjoy checking out Alana Dakos’ Never Not Knitting blog and very entertaining podcast

My Gnarled Oak Cardigan on Ravelry

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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.


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

Madelinetosh Tosh DK

February Winner

February 18

book giveaway

Congratulations to Linda! She won the Coastal Knits giveaway.

Written by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig, Coastal Knits contains fabulous patterns, unified by the theme of the two designers getting their inspiration from the two separate coasts they live near. The book is a joy to look at, with lovely graphics, stunning photography that makes you want to visit all the places they talk about, and designs that tempt me to set aside everything else I’m doing and just knit one pattern after another.

If you don’t already own this wonderful book, you can check out the Coastal Knits website to see what I mean!

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Thank You, Knitters!

February 12

I’m thrilled and ever-so-grateful that my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is #1 on Unicorn’s TNNA Top Books of Long Beach 2013!

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I thank all the knitters and yarn shops who have enthusiastically embraced the book. I’m glad you like it!  I also wholeheartedly thank all those who made this book possible – the editors, photographers, models, sample knitters, and trusted friends who lent constructive support along the way. And, of course, my husband and family for their patience!

To celebrate, we’re launching a new site for the book, where you can “look inside” the book, get links to purchase it (the new digital version will be available soon, too), see a sampling of the pattern photos, and get wholesale information.

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Thank you to my wonderful web master Alex from Studio Creek for creating the new site.

As a reminder, we only have a few days left for the terrific Coastal Knits giveaway. It’s filled with great patterns, and this copy was signed by Alana!  Check here for more details.




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Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig

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