12.01.2011

Gnarled Oak


Since the release of our Coastal Knits book, it has been so fun for me to see all of the pictures of the book projects that many knitters have completed and shared on Ravelry. With the amazing selection of knitting patterns now available, I'm always so flattered when knitters decide to make something from a pattern that I've designed. 

Out of all of the Coastal Knits patterns that I contributed to the collection, my favorite is the Gnarled Oak Cardigan. This design turned out exactly as how I had envisioned it. 


I love knits with texture. The cable and oak leaf motif in this sweater yoke is fun to knit and really stunning with its embossed appearance. 


This sweater was inspired by a very special location on my coastline. 
An eerie, ancient forest of oak trees that are completely twisted and bent with age. 


The kind of trees that you would think only exist in storybooks. I've never seen oaks like this anywhere else.


I am very attached to this particular location and knit, so when I saw another knitter's beautiful version pop up on Ravelry... I was thrilled.


This Gnarled Oak was knit up by Mary (dextermaine on Ravelry). Not only did she do a fabulous job on the knitting and take beautiful pictures.. but she chose a seriously gorgeous colorway as well! 


Such a beautiful color for autumn.

As many of you already know, all of the Coastal Knits patterns are offered in a nice range of sizes. The Gnarled Oak Cardigan for example is available in sizes 32"- 61.5" 

It was nice for me to see how my cardigan looks knitted up in a larger size than the sample pictured in the book. I think it fits her perfectly and looks wonderful. Thank you Mary for letting me share your photos.

I originally planned for this sweater to be worn with 0-2" of positive ease.. but in Hannah's latest blog post, she shows how cute the cardigan is worn with negative ease as well! Check out her photos here!

For anyone interested in knitting the Gnarled Oak Cardigan from Coastal Knits, I hope you will join us for the Gnarled Oak Knit-A-Long taking place in the Coastal Knits Ravelry group!



14 comments:

washi said...

Wow! Mary's sweater is simply stunning! I'm knitting the Wildflower Cardigan and will be sure to post some pics on Ravelry too.

Suzanne said...

That's a beautiful FO; they both are. Seeing the photos of the oaks makes the name all the more relevant.

Julie said...

this is one of my faves form the collection, too!! that textured yoke is So amazing.

Poethead said...

Pretty sweater. Lovely yarn.

Spectacular trees! I love gnarly trees.

Thanks for sharing.

Maryse said...

I agree with you Mary's Gnarled Oak is beautiful and so is she on the picture! What a beautiful cardi!

Kristen said...

I think it must be thrilling to see such a beautiful garment come from one of your patterns. I love Gnarled Oak and hope to get it on the needles soon.

Oneday Designs said...

Have the yarn and I`ve just purchased the "perfect" buttons for "Gnarled Oak". Just finishing up the Rocky Coast cardigan.

k-rock said...

This is gorgeous! Can't wait to tackle this in the new year!!!!

Ruby said...

This cardi is darling - gotta love the texture and realistic features. And both models of the cardi are absolutely beautiful. The rest of us just wish we looked like that (in my dreams). I love both hairstyles.

I don't have the book yet, but looks like I need to put my hands on one.

Ruby said...

The photos of the trees are absolutely breathtaking and you captured it so well in the pattern design in the cardi.

Timmie said...

I love Gnarled Oak.I'm on a yarn diet stash-busting quest and can't buy yarn until I knit 10 projects from cash. My next yarn acquisition will be yarn for this sweater. I hadn't thought about a fall color but it looks great in fall colors.

Renee said...

This pattern was the clincher for me to buy the book! :-)
Where are these oak trees! They remind me of some oaks near where I grew up in the central coast of CA

Pachie said...

love it

Pachie said...

beautiful