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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Collar Knitting - Step by Step / WCCKAL

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I've finished the collar on my West Coast Cardigan! I strayed slightly from the pattern and decided to block my sweater before knitting the collar. The collar can be awkward during wet blocking and it doesn't really benefit from it as much as the rest of the body does. The body was much easier to manage on the blocking board without having the collar attached, I definitely recommend working in this order.

Collar Construction

The collar construction is really fun and results in a generous shawl collar that is knit all in one piece without any seaming. To help visualize the steps I've created a short picture tutorial. 

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STEP 1 / Section 1 - Right Front

First, stitches are picked up one row at a time along the right front neckline to form a triangle. Once the triangle is complete, stitches are picked up along the back neck and left front. Below is a photo taken after completing SECTION 1 / Right Front of the collar instructions.

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STEP 2 / Section 2 - Left Front

The left front is worked similarly to the right. Short rows incorporate one stitch at a time until a triangle is formed. Below is a photo taken after completing SECTION 2 / Left Front of the collar instructions.

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STEP 3 / Section 3 - Center Back

The back neck stitches are worked last, back and forth, until all of the collar stitches have been used up. The remaining stitches are bound off and the collar is now complete!

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Next up, zipper instillation and pocket linings! 

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We've also extended the deadline for the knitalong to the end of March so there is plenty of time to finish up, cast-on another, or join in for the first time! Check out all of the inspiring projects in the #WCCKAL feed or using the hashtag #WestCoastCardigan.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sleeve Knitting - Working Inside Out / WCCKAL

I recently moved on to the sleeves of my Thunderbird WCC for the knitalong and finished in time to block the cardigan and let it dry over the weekend! Here it is before it's bath...

Working Sleeves Inside Out

If you've ever worked stranded colourwork on a small(ish) circumference like a sock or a sleeve, you might have found your fabric had very little give – try flipping your work inside out so that the strands/floats are carried on the outside – it makes a huge difference!

Working this way doesn't change anything except your perspective (your working needle is now in the back instead of the front) — you don't have to purl or change the way you follow the charts! Everything remains the same. It's difficult to visualize with just a photo — this video was shared in our knitalong group and is an excellent demonstration of the technique!

I hope you find this tip useful! Do you have any tips or tricks you've picked up while learning to work with colour? 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY / Briggs & Little Country Roving

{ Briggs & Little Country Roving / Hunter Green, Mustard, Magenta }

I'm finding it impossible to work on the West Coast Cardigan without thinking ahead to my next one! There are so many great variations being knit in our knitalong group! The original pattern looks so different with a dark background and light contrast, or with a natural grey and bright motifs, one KALer is using a gradient contrasting colour, it's incredible!

And using the blank charts opens the floodgates to endless possibilities! Once I finish knitting my Thunderbird WCC, I have big plans for these brights from Briggs & Little!


We're giving away a West Coast Cardigan's worth of Country Roving from Briggs & Little over on Instagram along with the pattern, head over for your chance to win:

*** This giveaway is now closed ***

Monday, February 6, 2017

Pocket Knitting - Part 3 / WCCKAL

In my last pocket knitting post I picked up the 4 overlap stitches for each pocket flap and resumed working the body stitches to complete Chart C – Body Stitches, this is what my sweater looked like (you can see that the body has caught up to the pocket flaps):

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 Reattach Pocket Flaps to Body

This next row is a right side row and we begin by placing the left pocket flap stitches onto a spare needle and working from Chart D, knit across to the last 4 pocket flap stitches:

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Because there are 4 overlapped stitches at the opening of each pocket flap, we will need to knit these stitches together with 4 stitches of the body (steps 1–4 below):

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Now all that is left to do is finish up the body charts and knit the ribbed hem!! This is the home stretch for the body!

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TIP: I've found it really helpful (especially with the custom charts) to have markers around the center body stitch – it's extra assurance that I don't go to far when I'm knitting on autopilot.

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Are you knitting along in the #WCCAL? Do you have any useful tips or tricks for this project? 

...if you'd like to join in, it's not too late, jump in the group HERE

Friday, February 3, 2017

Pocket Knitting - Part 2 / WCCKAL

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I had to skip town rather suddenly last week – my sister had a baby, so I caught the first flight out to see her. I packed my West Coast Cardigan with me and all of my extra yarn cakes in case I was on a roll. The project took up half my suitcase. It only dawned on me the first time I pulled it out, that I'd made it to the next phase of pocket knitting and needed to photograph the steps for this post! Sigh. Not a single stitch was knit on this while I was away.

Pocket Knitting - Part 2 / WCCKAL

In my last pocket knitting post I walked you through knitting the left and right pocket flaps. From the wrong side this is what my sweater looked like:

CHART B / Left and Right Pocket

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After the pocket flaps are knit, we can revisit the body stitches that we left behind. The next row is a right side row. Below I've folded the pocket flaps back so that the wrong side of the flap is exposed where I will need to pick up the 4 overlapped stitches on each pocket flap.

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BODY / Body Stitches — although it doesn't look like it in the photo, the 4 stitches are picked up in a straight line (all from the same row) along the back side of the pocket flap (below).

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Once the 4 stitches are picked up along the left pocket flap, you'll work across the first row of Chart C – Body Stitches, and finish by picking up 4 stitches on the right pocket flap (below).

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We'll continue by completing all of Chart C – Body Stitches, then we can reattach the pocket flaps to the body!

Knitalongers, how are your projects coming along? If you aren't participating in the KAL — what  are you knitting on? 

If you'd like to check out everyone's progress, visit the knitalong hashtag #WCCKAL!

Monday, January 30, 2017

TRUNK SHOW & SIGNING / Washington Dates


The following event has unfortunately been cancelled due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will keep you posted for further information.

We're hitting the road again — this time to Washington state! I'm really excited to revisit a few of our favourite shops with our new book and trunk show. If you'd like to see the samples from Within in person or get your book signed, we will be visiting: 

February 11th 

February 12th

You can find full event details on our events page

If you're in and around either of these wonderful shops, come and say hello! We'd love to see you! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pocket Knitting - Part 1 / WCCKAL

DAY 14 / West Coast Cardigan KAL
I've been working away on my West Coast Cardigan for the knitalong and have made it to the pocket flaps. I've snapped a few photos for those who have reached this step too and are finding it hard to visualize.

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PART 2 / BODY of the pattern begins after completing the yoke portion of the charts and takes you through the entire body of the cardigan. The first section, Chart A - Underarm to Pockets begins after the sleeves are separated from the body and includes the rows from the underarm to the top of the pocket opening. Pictured below is the cardigan completed up to Chart A (as seen from the back) and ready to begin Chart B.

Chart B - Left Pocket Flap works back and forth on the left pocket flap stitches only as seen in the image below.

Chart B - Right Pocket Flap works back and forth on the right pocket flap stitches only, see below.

Next we'll revisit the body stitches and move on to  Chart C - Body Stitches.

Are you knitting along? How is your West Coast Cardigan coming along? I'd love to see your projects, tag them #WCCKAL on Instagram and social media to be a part of the group. 

Are you in Vancouver? I'd love to see you and your WCC at Wet Coast Wools this Saturday 12-5!