Little Oak

The first pattern in our new Coastal Kids collection is now available for purchase!

Here is Little Oak, the tiny children's version of my original Gnarled Oak Cardigan 
from the book Coastal Knits!

Although I love the adult version of this sweater, I think that I might love this tiny 6 month size even more! 
It is so sweet to see a miniature version.

Although the original adult sweater was designed for women, I definitely think that the
 baby sizes could work for both a girl or a boy. 
Knit up in this beautiful glowing brown, I think it suits my little guy very well.

Here is the pattern information:

Please note that the smaller sizes require a smaller gauge.


6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2)[4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14]

Shown in size 6 months and size 4; to be worn with 1-2” /  2.5-5 cm of positive ease.


Sizes 6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2) 2 (2, 2, 3) skeins Becoming Art Theia Sport (75% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk; 260 yd / 238m; 4 oz / 113g); in Tulgey Wood OR 380 (430, 500, 575) yds / 347 (393, 457, 526) m of a sport or fingering weight wool blend such as Madelinetosh Tosh Sock.

Sizes 4 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14) 3 [4, 5, 5, 6, 7] skeins Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK (100% Merino Wool; 225 yd / 206 m; 3 ½ oz / 100g); in Sequoia OR 675 (795, 955, 1110, 1270, 1385) yds  617 (727, 873, 1015, 1161, 1266) m of a dk or sport weight wool blend such as Madelinetosh Tosh Merino or Madelinetosh Tosh Sport.

Sizes 6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2)

US3 / 3.25mm 24” / 60 cm circular needle and set of 4 dpns

US2 / 2.75 mm 24” / 60 cm circular needle
Sizes 4 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14)
US6 / 4 mm 24” / 60 cm circular needle and set of 4 dpns
US5 / 3.75 mm 24” / 60 cm circular needle
Stitch markers, 4 scraps of yarn to hold underarm sts 1 safety pin marker, 2 stitch holders, cable needle, tapestry needle, 5 (5, 6, 6)[5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8] medium buttons ½ (½, ½, ½)[1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1)”/ 1.5 (1.5, 1.5, 1.5)[2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5] cm in diameter, sewing needle and matching thread

Sizes 6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2) 28 sts and 38 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st on US 3 / 3.25 mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Sizes 4 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14) 24 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st on US 6 / 4 mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

A note about yarn choice and gauge:
For this design, I felt that a thicker yarn knit at a tight gauge made the leaf and cable motif at the yoke really stand out. If you happen to knit loosely, you may find that you are more easily able to achieve the same gauge by substituting a thinner yarn such as a sport weight for the larger sizes and a fingering weight for the smaller sizes. Remember that although the thickness of yarn is a personal preference, the most important thing is that you are able to match the pattern gauge.

Since all of our Coastal Kids patterns are available in a wide range of sizes, 
Big Sister has a matching Little Oak of her very own!

Here is the size 4 on my very very petite six year old daughter. :)

It's not often that I come across a sweater pattern that can be knit for both of them and myself as well!

Our family will be enjoying this design for years to come and I hope that yours does too!

Purchase the pdf below or look for the pattern in print at your local yarn shop.

Be sure to check out Hannah's blog on May 4th for the release of our next Coastal Kids pattern...

Mini Water's Edge!


Joy said...

Check out those beautiful blue eyes in that last picture. Gorgeous kids and gorgeous sweaters!

Judiuni said...

Such beautiful children you have!

Suzanne said...

You make such great kids and sweaters!

Laura said...

That photo of the two of them is priceless. The sweaters are beautiful and I just love the colors together!

Unknown said...

This is such a cool concept to take the most popular patterns and do them for children. I think it's wonderful. And the pictures came out well. Nice job!

Auntea said...

Oh my gosh, the kids are growing so fast and getting more adorable everyday. I love the wee ones versions of the sweater!!

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

WOW! built-in CUTE-CUTE models. Good job Alana.

Evelyn said...

Of course, my favorite photo is the one with both your sweeties! What a gorgeous cardigan -- I love the color you chose to knit it in for your little guy, too!

rinebird said...

The kids look so beautiful in their beautiful sweaters.

Truly Myrtle said...

The pattern looks just fantastic on little people - and the yarn is stunning isn't it?
I wanted to say I really enjoyed your podcast - I sat on the sofa,with a cup of tea, a sleeping baby and my knitting and just loved it. Thanks! And, welcome back X

Jessica said...

Omg!! Alana, the design is adorable- but the pictures of your beautiful children are the absolute best!!
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SouthernHeart said...

Beautiful children and sweaters! Wish I could knit well enough to even try this pattern!

Julie said...

Oh WOW, what a great idea to have Coastal Kidsm the atterns look amazing in the kiddie sizes! I love how unisex this sweater becomes in the small sizes, adorable!!

Anonymous said...

I don't have any kids to knit for yet, but your work is always inspiring. Archived in my mind for later!

hawknitr13 said...

you've hit upon such a unique concept with exquisite models built-in!! ^)^linda

Unknown said...

Awwww - That is so cute!!!!!! I want a small child in one of those!

Sarah said...

Such adorable photos of your children! Now we just need a picture with you in your matching sweater....
I can't wait to make these for my daughter and son (3yrs and 9 mo.)!

Jessica said...

I agree with everyone that your kids are so cute. Love the pictures of them together!

Heather said...

I love these patterns. Your photos came out wonderfully, what cute kids!

Maryse said...

What a nice kid's pattern! And you have the most beautiful models! The colors are so rich! Beautiful!

Kristen Rettig said...

I love that you redid this pattern for children. It's pretty adorable on your adorable children.

WhitMc said...

I am dying. My daughter definitely needs one of these.

Anonymous said...

Aww.... Your kids are soooo cute and adorable! And the sweaters look really cute too! I wish I have a little one to knit for.

Unknown said...

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