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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NEW Pattern /// West Coast Cardigan

West Coast Cardigan / by janerichmond.com

I have another little surprise that I've been working away on for an awfully long time. You may remember me posting about my Cowichan-inspired sweater that I was compelled to knit after following all of the incredibly gorgeous projects coming out of the Fringe and Friends Knitalong last fall.

You were all so kind and enthusiastic about my cardigan that I couldn't not follow up with a pattern so that we could all have Cowichan-inspired sweaters. The pattern development was far more involved than I'd anticipated and took me the better part of a year to complete while juggling the work of our upcoming book Within.

West Coast Cardigan / by janerichmond.com

In the process of perfecting this design I've knit 3 of these sweaters. My first was a lesson in all of the design elements and is basically a wearable swatch (and very wearable indeed!). The second was meant to be my final draft but in the end the collar wasn't quite right—I'm particular about these things. Because the neckline needed to be changed to achieve the perfect collar, I cast-on a third, and was able to get everything just right. Not once did I get sick of knitting this sweater, it's a lot of fun and even a little addictive because it knits up so quickly. Now that the pattern is finally finished, I'm dying to cast-on another using the 'blanks' included in the pattern and play around with more traditional colourwork motifs.

West Coast Cardigan / by janerichmond.com

Here is a little bit about the West Coast Cardigan from Ravelry:

Knit from the top down in one piece, the West Coast cardigan features raglan shaping, flattering set-in pockets, a generous shawl collar, and a zipper closure. Bands of stranded colourwork knit up quickly using Briggs and Little Country Roving—a 5 strand lightweight pencil roving that creates a surprisingly lofty fabric. Extensive charts are accompanied by written instructions, schematics, and helpful links to guide you along the way. Instructions are provided in an easy to follow fill-in-the-blank format.
The West Coast Cardigan was inspired, in respectful admiration, by the Cowichan Sweaters that are abundant on Vancouver Island and are a tradition of the Coast Salish people. This sweater is not a real Cowichan sweater, only inspired by this traditional style.
BONUS: Feeling creative? Use this pattern as a jumping off point into your own custom colourwork adventure by using the bonus blank charts provided with this pattern!
West Coast Cardigan / by janerichmond.com


West Coast Cardigan / by janerichmond.com

West Coast Cardigan / by janerichmond.com

I couldn't help getting a few shots of the collar flipped up so that you can see how wonderfully full it is.

As I mentioned above, the pattern includes some really fun bonus material—blank charts that you can print and colour to create your own unique colourwork motif. I'm pretty excited about this additional offering, there are so many great ways to customize a sweater like this, I hope it makes it easier to be creative and make the sweater you've been dreaming of.

I would sincerely love to see all of your sweaters as you cast-on and get knitting. There are already quite a few stunning versions from our testing group. You can view them and get inspired by using the hashtag westcoastcardigan.





West Coast Cardigan / by janerichmond.com


I will have the sample with me at Knit City this weekend, if you'd like to see it in person come on over to booth #207 and have a look! I will have limited copies of the print pattern at the show or you can grab a copy online:


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Happy Knitting and hope to see some of you this weekend!!!


10 comments:

  1. I am so beyond thrilled that you published this pattern. I can't wait to cast on!

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    1. Thank you! It was a lengthy process but I'm so happy with the result! I hope you find it an enjoyable pattern!!

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  2. how fitted is the design, does it have some waist shaping, as one of the samples on ravalry seemed to have some, but others did not?

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    1. The design isn't meant to be fitted and there is zero waist shaping written into the pattern. However you could always knit a smaller size for a more fitted jacket.

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  3. I love it so much!! It's been great to see the many versions popping up on instagram, and a testament to the pattern that they all look amazing!!!

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    1. Aw thanks Julie! I'm so excited you like it. And there really are some great versions out there already! I'm so excited to see more as they pop up!

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  4. where can I find the zippers for the cowichan? I love this so much! I knit one last year for my son, but I am really into this one for myself. However, I can;t seem to find the zippers to finish them off.

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    1. Hi Jamie! I'm excited for you to knit one for yourself! I got all of my zippers at Fabricland! I think they're called outerwear zippers or active wear zippers? They're less dainty than dress zippers.

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  5. I bought the prairie wool for this cardigan. I just downloaded the pattern using the code provided. After I printed all the pages in my size, I closed the site but now I realize that I don't have Part 1/Yoke. I can't start my cardigan now because I am unable to log onto the pattern again since the code is used. Please help!!!

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    1. No problem at all! If you've downloaded the pattern without being logged into it won't be linked to your Ravelry library so that you can retrieve it whenever you'd like (that is if you have a Ravelry.com account!). Shoot me an email at janerichmonddesigns@gmail.com and I will get the pattern to you (if you have a Ravelry account be sure to include it and I can send it straight to your library!).

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