Finished Projects

Finished Project: Rocky Coast Cardigan

The Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig from her wildly popular self-published book with Alana Dakos, Coastal Knits, has taken the knitting world by storm. For more info on their design process and experience writing the book, be sure to check out theΒ  little interview we published with Hannah + Alana as part of their ongoing blog tour about a week ago. Originally designed in Organik in Arctic Tundra, Kate decided to knit a Rocky Coast for herself out of Crater Lake. {If any of you are surprised by this, make sure to ask Kate about her desperate and never ending love of the color grey the next time you see her…but be prepared to hear her jabber on for a bit…}


As some of you can probably see, an open cardigan is what Kate needs to help her keep warm over the next few months, as we are happy to officially announce that she is expecting her first child at the end of February! {Her husband, of course, is hoping the baby is one of the rare 5% and comes on its due date, February 29th, as he finds the idea of a leap year baby thoroughly entertaining.} As the baby grows and the weather cools, Kate knew she would need a few more cardigans to add to her collection that would keep her warm and covered.


To accommodate her continued growth, Kate made a few slight modifications to the pattern. For those of you familiar with the pattern, the sweater is designed with an open front. Since anything she wears right now is already “open”, Kate wanted to get the sweater a little more closed in the front to maintain coverage. Additionally, she has pretty broad shoulders for her frame, so typically needs a lot more raglan increases to account for this extra width. As a result, she cast on for the smallest size, then worked the raglan increases until she got the numbers for the 3rd size. She also worked an increase on each end of the fronts every 6 rows until each front had an additional 6 sts – or one cable repeat. This added an additional inch and a half to each side.


The rest of the sweater was knit pretty much exactly as written. The end result is a lovely warm cardigan she is sure to get a ton of use out of. As you can see, it already had a day out this past week while we were in San Mateo teaching at Interweave Knitting Lab. Thanks so much to Margaux for taking us out for the day in San Francisco on Wednesday and showing us such an awesome time. {Extra special bonus points to anyone who can identify the location of our photo shoot!}

For those of you interested in some more beautiful projects in Organik, you can check them out on Ravelry here. Again, our Congrats to Hannah + Alana for such a gorgeous and successful book!

17 thoughts on “Finished Project: Rocky Coast Cardigan

  1. were you guys singing the “Full House” theme song during this photo shoot??

  2. Cameron says:

    Congratulations! Does this mean we can expect some really adorable baby patterns coming from the Kelbourne Woolens team?

  3. Lily says:

    It’s the Full House house! Your sweater looks great. I just got Organik in Desert Canyon to make the same sweater. I’m a little nervous about the color as I tend to be a grey person as well but I’m trying to branch out…Congratulations Kate!

  4. Nicole Ryksen says:

    Congrats Kate πŸ™‚

  5. Barbra says:

    Congrats to Kate and her family!!!!

  6. linda a roller says:

    Congrats on the baby, Kate.LOve your sweater & your style.
    Location,The Presedio SF

  7. meppybn says:

    I just swatched a grey merino/cashmere in my stash for Rocky Coast – was excited to see how it will look πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ yayayayayay!!!!!

  8. lisa says:

    Congratulations, Kate! Woot!

  9. Suzie says:

    As lovely as the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square always are, your beautiful version of this cardigan steals the show. It makes me want to drop everything and make one for myself this instant – thanks for sharing!

  10. GinkgoKnits says:

    Congratulations Kate!
    Being a native San Franciscan, I could give easily directions to Alamo Square from my house even though I never really go to that neighborhood. I love having visitors to show around my city because it actually makes me go to touristy places and take photos of iconic spots. Hope you enjoyed the Knitting Lab event!

  11. riotyarn says:

    Congratulations to you Kate! What a wonderful news.

  12. Trista says:

    What great news about the baby! I look forward to seeing creative and lovely baby knits on the blog!I too knit the Rocky Coast Cardigan and I still haven’t posted to Ravelry, but I just love your Organik yarn. It is amazing and I don’t usually like single ply yarns. I knit mine in ‘Seawater’.

  13. Mary-Heather says:

    Kate!! Congratulations! Such happy news. πŸ™‚ And the sweater is gorgeous! yay!

  14. Julie says:

    Congratulations Kate! Love your Rocky Coast Cardigan.

  15. Abby says:

    It’s beautiful! I’m about to cast on for this one myself, and had to comment because I’m also due with my first child on February 29th! I figured this sweater would be great for both before and after the baby comes.

  16. Katharine says:

    Thank you so much for adding in the details for adjusting the cardigan pattern for a growing belly. I’ve been wondering how I’m going to get through the winter now that I’m expecting. I wouldn’t want to resort to {gasp} store-bought sweaters!

  17. […] of the few things Kate has knit for herself in the past year has been a Rocky Coast Cardigan from the continually popular Coastal Knits by Hannah Fettig + Alana Dakos. Knitting the sweater […]

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