Home & Away: Hancock

The second pattern in Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures is named after a small coastal town in Downeast, Maine.  My mother and I both spent our childhoods vacationing there at a family camp, and now I share that experience with my own children.  I absolutely love this cardigan!

Hancock celebrates the comfort of garter stitch, with an extra-wide knitted collar. Fingering weight yarn knitted at a looser gauge contribute to a lightweight garment.

The pictured sweater was knitted seamless from the top down. If you prefer seamed knits, a second set of instructions is included to knit the cardigan in pieces. This will yield the same result. For more on why you might choose one construction method over the other, see page 40 of Home & Away!

If you are in-between sizes, I suggest sizing down for an open cardigan like this one. When choosing your size it’s always a good idea to check your actual body measurements against all the measurements given in the pattern schematic.

This design is knitted at a loose gauge. To avoid ladders between the joins of double- pointed needles, you may want to use either Magic Loop or the two circular needle method to knit in the round. For more information see page 76 of Home & Away!

FINISHED SIZE

Chest circumference: 31.25 (35.25, 39.25, 43.25, 47.25) [51.25, 55.25, 59.25, 63.25]" / 79.5 (89.5, 100, 110, 120) [130.5, 140.5, 150.5, 161] cm Shown in 35.25" / 89.5 cm with 2.75" / 7 cm of positive ease. 

YARN

7 (8, 10, 11, 12)[14, 15, 17, 18] skeins Quince & Co. Finch (100% American wool; 221 yd / 202 m per 50 g skein) in Iceland OR 1475 (1725, 1975, 2250, 2500)[2825, 3125, 3425, 3750] yd / 1350 (1575, 1800, 2050, 2300)[2575, 2850, 3125, 3450] m of fingering weight yarn

NEEDLES

US 6 / 4 mm:

32" /80 cm circular needle

set of double-pointed needles

Or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS

Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle

GAUGE

24 sts and 36 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st using larger needles. 


Home & Away: Georgetown

Here is the first of nine features on the designs included in Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures, my new book which opened for pre-orders yesterday!

Let's start with Georgetown!  This cardigan is named after Georgetown, ME, where all the photos were taken.  If it seems familiar, it's a worsted weight, waist length version of the Autumnal Cardigan.  Some knitters on Ravelry are already commenting that it's the perfect cardigan!  

Georgetown is both effortless and tailored, with a comfortable open fit and wide, folded-over collar. Knitted in a cozy wool / alpaca woolen spun yarn, you will want to curl up in your nook with a favorite book.

The pictured sweater was knitted flat in pieces. In the first set of instructions the body, fronts, and sleeves are worked separately and seamed together. If you prefer seamless knitting, instructions follow for a mostly seamless cardigan. In this version the back and sides are knit simultaneously from the bottom up. Divide for armholes, knit the fronts and back separately, and seam the shoulders. The sleeves are then knitted from the top down using short rows.  In both versions, the collar is picked up and knitted last.  The second half of the collar is knitted on larger needles to aid it in folding over.

I've started a thread in the Home & Away Ravelry group to discuss seamed vs. seamless knits.  What's your preference and why?  Join the discussion!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest circumference: 30.5 (34.5, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5)[50.5, 54.5, 58.5, 62.5]" / 77 (87.5, 97.5, 107.5, 118)[128, 138, 148.5, 158.5] cm

Shown in size 34.5" / 87.5 cm with 2" / 5 cm of positive ease. 

YARN

10 (11, 12, 13, 14)[15, 17, 18, 19] skeins Quince & Co. Owl (50% American wool, 50% American alpaca; 120 yd / 110 m per 50 g skein) in Abyssinian OR 1100 (1250, 1375, 1500, 1675)[1800, 1950, 2100, 2275] yd / 1000 (1125, 1250, 1375, 1525)[1650, 1775, 1925, 2075] m of worsted weight yarn

NEEDLES

US 7 / 4.5 mm:
• 32" / 80 cm circular needle US 5 / 3.75 mm:
• 32" / 80 cm circular needle Or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS

Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle

GAUGE

20 sts and 28 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st on larger needles 

Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures PREVIEW

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you know I've been working on a new book completely of my own making.  I'm excited to tell you that it is launching SOON.  Like, soon soon.

What can you expect to find inside Home & Away?

There are nine knitting patterns: eight sweaters and one hat.  As with Knitbot Essentials, five of these are previously released, popular Knitbot designs.  Unlike Knitbot Essentials, there are four NEW designs that will remain exclusive to the book.  And here's an exciting feature of the patterns: all sweater patterns include two sets of instructions.  You can knit seamless from the top down in the case of raglans, almost seamless in the case of the set in sleeve pattern OR you can knit in pieces and seam.  Whether you prefer seamless or seamed knitting, you can choose your set of instructions and it will yield the same result!

Home & Away also includes spreads with educational content, much of it inspired by popular knit.fm episodes.  You can learn about gauge, choosing the right size, understanding a knitting pattern, different ways to knits sleeves in the round and so much MORE!

We'll be keeping you posted on Instagram and Twitter this week as we count down to launch day.  I've dedicated this one to you, my audience, I sincerely hope you find this book to be a support as you continue your quest to grow as knitters!