Knitwear designer Andrea Rangel has recently published her first book with Interweave, Rugged Knits. We’re thrilled to have two of The Fibre Co. yarns, Road to China Light and Terra, featured in the book, one of which is on the cover!
From the Introduction:
“I want my knitwear to work with all my pursuits, so I’m drawn to knitting functionally for an active lifestyle–think hiking, cycling and camping.”
Hazy Cloud is knit in Road to China Light, and embodies this idea perfectly. A luxe sweatshirt worked from the bottom up in an all-over stranded colorwork pattern, the end result is an incredibly soft, glowing sweater!
Yarn: The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Lapis (MC): 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins, and Riverstone (CC): 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.
Gauge: 31 sts and 28 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in colorwork patt using larger needles, after blocking.
Needles: 1 – 24″ (60 cm) and 32″ (80 cm) US 2 (3.5 mm) circular and set DPNs. 1 – 32″ (80 cm) US 5 (3.75 mm) circular and set DPNs
Size: 33 (36.75, 40.75, 44.5, 48.5, 52.25)” finished bust, designed to be worn with 4-6″ positive ease.
The Bright River cowl neck sweater is knit in Terra, a single ply with a unique texture and incredibly soft hand. The Cartridge Belt Rib stitch used creates a shapely garment that can be worn alone or over your favorite layer.
Yarn: The Fibre Co. Terra: 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins*
Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in cartridge rib patt using smallest needles, after blocking.
Needles: 1 – 16″ (40 cm) and 24″ (60 cm) US 7 (4.5 mm) circular. 1 – 24″ (60 cm) US 8 (5 mm) circular. 1 – 24″ (60 cm) US 9 (5.5 mm) circular.
Size: 27.25 (31.25, 35.25, 39.25, 42.5, 46.5)” finished bust, designed to be worn with 0-2″ negative ease.
* Note: In the book, the Terra is still listed as the old 98 yard/50 gram skein put-up. I have changed the skein requirements here to reflect the 196 yd / 100 gm put-up.
Andrea is also hosting a knitalong in her Ravelry group for both the accessories and garments in the book. You can join in the accessories KAL here, or the garment KAL here.
In honor of the book release, we’re delighted to offer a giveaway of Terra in the color of your choice to knit Bright River! So, grab a copy of the book, and leave a comment here stating your favorite color of Terra and what type of adventurous activity you would do in your new knitted piece. The contest will be open from today until Tuesday, July 5th, 9 am EST. Good luck!
139 thoughts on “Rugged Knits / Andrea Rangel”
Blue Spruce, without a doubt! And adventurous activity…does being a school teacher count? 🙂
Oh my word – what stunning looking yarn! Beautiful colours – just love Yarrow & Madder. Think my adventurous activity would be the actual knitter as I’m more of a crocheter but I’d love to try Bright River 😄
Oops, meant knitting not knitter!
hyacith is my favorite color. I would probably get the mail in it.
So many beautiful colours. Having to sadly choose – I guess Belladonna. I think that living with sweater weather 8 or 9 months of the year is probably adventure enough for me . But dog walking/exploring would be good too.
I love logwood purple. I think going to the downtown open market is adventurous in itself.
If I had to pick only 1 color, I would go with Madder. Bright River looks like such a comfortable knit! I could wear it on the boat.
So hard to choose, but I’ll have to go with Belladonna! What a great giveaway!
Oh my adventure! I’ll wear it when we head up to northern MI this fall 🙂
Oh, I love the pinky-red of Madder! This yarn seems so lofty, soft and light. I think it would make a wonderful sweater to wear on an early autumn walk.
Wow! The choices! I’d love to try hyacinth, should I be so lucky. I had a wool coat in a similar color, I always felt like a princess when I wore it, and it broke my heart to outgrow. I still miss it, too many years later. 😉
Sorry, I forgot the activity. I walk the dog, we ramble across fields, through woods, and along a stream. Comfort and layers are key as the seasons and time of day change.
I’d love to knit Bright River in Black Locust Bark. I’d take it camping, for those chilly early mornings.
They are all beautiful so hard to choose but if pressed I’d go for "sorrel"! And what adventurous I would do in my knitted piece – sit on a cool summer evening in the garden and knit a garment out of lace weight yarn, that is quite adventurous, right? 🙂
Madder, to wear as I check out the offerings at our weekly Sunday farmers market!
Coalwood for a hat to wear to Rhinebeck this fall!
Sorrel! And I would definitely wear it during my family’s annual camping trip (20+ years and still going) and rambling with my kids!
I would love to make Bright River in the Ash color and then wear it while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park this summer!
Terra is such a cute top, and something I can definitely knit. Hazy Cloud is lovely, but I’m not sure I have the stamina for that one. Savannagal on Rav.
Definitely Beet! I would wear to do just about anything. We are also going on a two week adventure to New Zealand and this would be a great piece to take along.
Hard to chose between Sorrel, Madder or Beet but I guess Sorrel. I’d go camping in northern Michigan and fish for wall-eye or perch. My family does this every summer and I love sitting by the lake on the dock in the evenings or sitting in the boat in the wee morning hours listening to the loons.
Wild Clary oh my so beautiful and so Blue. I just fell in love. So would knit that in that color in a "Blue" minute.
I would love to make the Bright River Cowl sweater in the Beet colorway! I would love to wear this sweater on chilly fall days here in Michigan while biking to the Cider Mill to pick up donuts on the weekends!
I love the black walnut, both for the color and majesty of the tree. I would wear the sweater, and carry a tweed jacket while exploring the lanes and canals in the countryside around Bath, England, which I did 43 years ago on my honeymoon.
Oh, it would have to be Butternut, which is just so gorgeous! There’s a place near my home with a great view over town that we can only see quickly while driving before it disappears behind a curve. So, I’d wear my new piece while hiking the path that google maps tells me is nearby.
Adventurous activity? How about life in general? I’m blessed to work in an office where business casual is acceptable, so I would wear this sweater to work with pride. Plus dinners out, walks on the Vancouver seawall, you name it. I love the Black Walnut colourway.
Just got my copy of this book and can’t get over how amazing all of the designs are! I am loving Black Locust Bark (so hard to choose just one). I would wear this sweater for all of my late summer and fall adventures: going to outdoor concerts, knitting in the beer gardens, dining on the porch, harvesting in the garden, and hiking around the forests. It’d be perfect!
I would make the bright river cowl in beet. I would wear it to work!
Your yarn looks quite yummy! It would knit Bright River in Madder and I would wear it in any activities that involves wrangling our three boys. Thanks for the chance to win.
So many gorgeous knits in this book! I would knit Bright River in Hyacinth and wear it everywhere, dressed up or down. It’s so chic yet relaxed at the same time. Thanks for an awesome giveaway.
I love butternut but would have to pick yarrow just to get out of my comfort zone. We do everything outside, weather be darned! Digging in the dirt with the kids, gardening, hiking, going to the river, chasing chickens. You name it!
The colors are so lush that I cannot decide whether I love Coalwood or Wild Clary more 🙂 Maybe I would have to stripe it? I think I would wear it for urban walks with my 10-year-old and I would look perfectly fancy enough to pop into a tea shop for a lovely afternoon tea.
I love Wild Clary–those tonal blues are just gorgeous! I can imagine wearing this sweater on brisk fall days cycling to the market or walking my dogs.
Blue Spruce while walking my toddler, newborn and golden retriever. All three of them are excellent walking companions and we have a lot of fun exploring nearby trails.
I think I would pick black walnut as my favorite. There are a lot of beautiful colors!!! This would be perfect for strolling on the beach. It can get a little chilly on the beach and this would be just the right amount of coverage! Thanks for the chance to win!
Love them all but Coalwood remains my favorite. I would wear this sweater for "urban hiking " – exploring the interesting neighborhoods of my city and perhaps stopping for coffee.
These colors make it so hard to choose just one. I would use Wild Clary for this top. It would be smashing to wear it for a Friday night picnic at Chanticleer Gardens, just outside of Phila. And close to the home of Kelbourne Woolens.
Probably belladonna, but they all look so gorgeous! I’d love to take a hike wrapped in that kind of luxury!
Butternut is so beautiful! I’d love to wear it on my trip up to Scotland later this year – nothing better than cozy jumpers for fall weather 🙂
I would love Ruby as it is not a color I would normally wear! I am a mother of 5 who has survived brain cancer and would just like to knit something for me. I always give my knits away. Thank you for doing this!
I’d love to knit this in madder, and wear it layered over a long sleeved tee to go cheer on my kids at their sports events… Not so adventurous but certainly where I spend my time these days!
Black locust Bark and Coalwood well… are just rich and yummy. But if I won the yarn I would give it to the person who posted before me Christine Hermes.
I will knit this in Beet for my sister who is a busy chef and uses her hands for other creative pursuits! Her birthday is in October💃🏻We share our creative endeavors. A win win! I was just about to buy this book. Love Andreas designs!
Im a trail runner – so definitely a cool down hike or a post run picnic in the woods on my list! In hyacinth or locust bark 🙂
All the colors are absolutely georgeous but I would go with Olive Leaf. I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone of blue and red and the Olive Leaf is beautiful and bright and I could wear it running errands or going to knit with friends and feel very posh. Maybe even go to a show or movie!
The blue sweater is so beautiful. I also love how the green works up! I would love to work with it!
I was really drawn to Shale. I love walking – anywhere, anytime and this is a quiet, understated colour which would be perfect for wearing whilst out walking.
Thank you for the chance to win.
Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!
I love the Wild Clary colorway – richly saturated, and beautifully shows the variety of fiber textures – it would be great in this pattern, especially here in Northern AZ where we get changeable weather due to the mountains.
I love the sorrel colorway, a masterful combination of my favorite colors.
I think I would like this one in Hollyhock – so pretty with the variations. Is a BBQ considered an adventure?
I love the color way ‘Sorrel’! This seems like a great sweater for a late night bike ride or evening hike. Any San Francisco trip I take this would be a must bring along.
That’s so beautiful! I’d love to try out the Terra. I have to agree, the Shale is my favorite! The sweater looks perfect for a nice fall afternoon, biking riding with the kids.
All the colors are gorgeous, but i think blue spruce is my favorite.
Looks like a great garment for the fall and walking trails around our house.
I’ve used Terra before for a Kelbourne Woolens vest for my toddler, but for myself, I’d go more colorful and choose Madder–just beautiful.
Wow, amazing colors; I love Black Walnut. How about some adventurous lace knitting for an adventure? lol
Beet for me! And I would show it off during my favorite outdoor pastime– long walks with my standard poodle!
I would make my Bright River out of the stunning Wild Clary, and I would wear it as a layer for early morning camping in Kokee Park, above Waimea Canyon. It looks like the perfect companion to a cup of coffee and early morning walk in the woods!
I’m in love with Olive Leaf!!! I can’t wait to wear my Bright River out for a hike to tire out my toddler and my Malinois (so I can do more knitting while they sleep)!!
Madder for me! I’d wear Bright River on our next road trip adventure….not very adventurous, is it?
You certainly ask difficult questions – what a hard choice. But I totally love the Blue Spruce! It’s so beautiful and I think it would make a lovely Bright River cowl neck sweater!!!!!!
I’d use the Black Locust Bark for Bright River for my daughter who is in the Army and has more adventures than I do.
I would make Bright River in Beet! I would wear it hiking down to the solstice steps on Lake Erie…in Lakewood, Ohio…echoing the color of the autumn sunset!
Rosewood – it is the most beautiful color. I’d wear it out walking the trails near our home – through the woods and down by the river.
I love the Wild Clary..it fits the windswept nature of the pattern.
Terra is just about my favorite type of yarn, singles, tweedy, wool & silk, oh yeah. This yarn’s palette is super. I’d go for Hyacinth. So dang yummy!
Wild clary but it was so hard to choose!
I’d be walking at Rickets glen park!
So very hard to choose just one. I guess beet wins! As does walking alibg the river with my dog.
Such a great book of patterns! And so hard to choose one favorite color, but perhaps it would be Black Walnut, And perfect for a walk up Mt. Lassen, which I’ve wanted to do since I was five!
Black walnut is my favorite, tonwear as an extra layer for anwalk on a fall day that just getting a little cool.
I adore this new book and have been trying to decide which to start first. I would wear this gorgeous knitwear to Alaska to fly over the glaciers in a bush plane before they have all melted away.
I will/would knit Bright River in the Butternut color – I think it would show off that amazing texture the best. I will/would wear my sweater while walking my horse pasture fence line.
Hyacinth is my favorite color of Terra. I would love to wear it on a hike or walk in the fall.
Wild Clary is just plain lovely. I think it would look right at home on a walk in a field or a camping trip.
Olive Leaf for the sample is so juicy! But I think I’m besotted with the rich complexity of Belladonna. I’m an all-season trail runner, and I’m dreaming of a Bright River to use as a thermal layer. I’m going to mod the cowl to be detachable for golden autumn afternoons, and then pair it with coordinating over-the-elbow fingerless mitts for deep winter. Wool and alpaca are the original technical fabric for winter adventures!
I’m getting ready to retire and my honey and I are planning on going on some "wild" RV adventures. I’d love to knit Bright River in Wild Clary for our wild adventures.
I would choose Terra in Madder. I’d wear it with a black pencil skirt, 3+ inch heels while walking the wild streets of NYC!
The colors are so lovely and make me want to do several. I finally settled on Sorrel. The adventure would need my dogs and I to cooperate on a walk by the river. While that sounds sedate the ducks, fish and bikers make for a fun scramble
I would love to knit this in black adder bark or the olive that’s shown. Can’t wait for my preordered book to arrive! Having a tough month getting my mother into care. I would love to curl up with this pattern and the beautiful wool on gorgeous Vancouver Island!
I love Bright River and would knit it in shale for my trip to Northern France in the fall.
OMGosh! OK, first, I am just now discovering your wonderfulness, thanks to Andrea Rangel. Terra sounds like the yummiest yarn this side of heaven! And the colours! Oh! The colours! I can honestly say with all my heart that I could absolutely wear ever single colour Terra comes in. Where have you been all my life? Trying to narrow it down, I could see absolutely beautiful Bright Rivers in Iron, Mint and Hollyhock. Oh gosh – and Beet too! Seriously. If I win, I might go for either Iron or Beet – simply because they would slide into my wardrobe like they had always been there. And what adventures we would have: from Farmers’ Market shopping, to hiking, to cold weather Tai Chi, to camping, to autumn picnic dates, and definitely world travelling! This woman loves to feel pretty and warm in all meandering a of the journey.
Would knit this in any color just to knit this beautiful sweater with great yarn. I just love Andrea’s designed what a great collaboration.
Black Walnut and Blue Spruce have my heart. So beautiful! I’d go cycling and hiking through my beloved Rocky Mountains in my new rugged knit.
These are so interesting and lovely. It’s difficult to decide. I think I would like to knit Bright River using the Terra color Blue Spruce, please, should I win this contest. I think it would be outstanding! Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful yarn, Nick
I love the bright green color. An enticing summer project!
Beautiful yarn colors! I would make my Bright River in Shale. It would be the perfect sweater to go for walks with my dogs and paddle the canoe around on the pond!
Belladonna translates to "beautiful woman" in Italian and Bright River in that colorway will transform anyone wearing it into a belladonna. 🙂
I would make my Bright River in Mint. I thought it would be a great sweater for church in the spring-long sleeves are always too hot.
Oh I love the butternut. Such a lovely color. And I think this sweater looks so perfect for hiking in the early fall.
So hard to choose a color! But Madder is calling to me just now. Although if I wore it bird-watching, my husband might complain that I’m scaring away the birds…
I love love LOVE the Black Walnut colorway – the mix of colors is amazing.
As for what adventurous activity I’d do: probably hiking the local mountain trail (or maybe the local walking path…). 🙂
Love Black Locust Bark. Id wear it on my evening walks around the lake.
I would go with Wild Clary for a new birding sweater
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. Wouldn’t change the color!
I would use Butternut for evening walks with me dog.
I love the Wild Clary! PErfect for fall in New England!
Oh colors are beautiful! I can’t wait to cast on!!!
I love Terra yarn and would knit Bright River in Shale or Olive Leaf. I will wear my sweater when traveling for work to Nepal and visiting rural schools near Kathmandu. It is always chilly in the hills.
Love the Blue Spruce. I would wear this sweater everywhere!
I would choose Sorrel or Beet. I would wear this sweater on long walks.
I think I would choose Madder because it is a stunning colour not readily available from most other yarn companies. Plus it might make me look rosy and healthy (instead of about to pop a foofy valve) as I cycle to work up a very big hill.
nice incentive to make something from this book…..wild clary would be amazing:)
I would choose Shale because it will go with everything I own. I would love to wear it exploring flea markets and antique markets!
I love Shale. It would wear it to work. I am a supervisor in a prison
Looks like a very elegant & versatile top!
I love the design and I would make it in madder!
I think my favourite colour of Terra is Belladonna. Such a depth of colour in the one skein. I think this top would be great for fall hikes/walks.
I would take a hike in my Bright River in Wild Clary!
Such a gorgeous yarn for the Bright River pattern! You can almost see the softness of this yarn.
Love this-I would love to knit this. It would be awesome to win it!
All of the Terra colors look amazing, but I think Hyacinth would be my choice to knit Bright River. I imagine it would be the perfect sweater to wear on long autumn and winter walks with my dogs.
Terra in Black Walnut would be a go-to layering piece for a fall hike.
I love the Black Lotus Bark color and I’d use wear it for long woodsy walks with the dog!
Would love Hyacinth.
I would choose the Iron colorway, and I would go wild blueberry picking in it! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂
I met Andrea at Squam (Spring – June this year) and pre-ordered her book at the Squam Art Fair, so…. I would choose Black Locust Bark (best name for a shade ever!) and I’d attempt to get this knitted in time for me to head back to Squam next Spring 🙂
So excited about Andrea’s book, and I’ve been eyeing up Terra yarn for a while. The blend of baby alpaca, wool and silk is just dreamy, and the colors nake it hard to choose, but I think Ash would be a great combo with the pattern. Fingers crossed!
Perfect in Wild Clary.
Terra in shale – for school in the fall
Oh, this is so lovely. I cannot help but thinking about my daughter when I see this pattern. I would knit this for her in hyacinth. Thank you for the change to win.
I love the Beet colour! I do a lot of walking so this would be perfect!
Olive would definitely be my way to go! What a beautiful selection of colours for an equally beautiful pattern that would be perfect for camping
Love the Wild Clary
Would love hyacinth.
Coalwood, for sitting by the campfire under the stars.
I would love one in Wild Clary, and I’s wear mine to the lake!
I would love to make one in Ash! My daughter chose the color and she would wear the sweater to school in the fall and winter months. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this yarn from you!
That’s a hard choice but as soon as I saw sorrel I had to pick it. Beautiful colour and it’s my daughters middle name…I could knit us matching sweaters…she’s only 1 so it wouldn’t take much yarn!
It’s so hard to pick a fav!!! I love shale, ash, mint and beet. It’s too hard to pick just one! I’d like to say this sweater would go on a new adventure with me like camping in the PNW or kayaking with the whales in puget sound, but honestly it will probably just go to work with me as I think this is a very nice, flexible sweater that would look great at the office.
Olive leaf looks lovely for apple picking, cycling, hiking or knitting in. 🙂 thanks for the chance to win!
Sorrel is a gorgeous blue!!! I would make a lovely sweater for my hikes with Simcha my german shepherd. mrpuffy on Ravelry
I love Coalwood — such a rich and versatile color! Perfect for chilly Fall mornings walking my son to school. Thank you for the chance to win such lovely yarn.
I love the color way, Hollyhock. I reminds me of spring/summer when all the flowers are in bloom. I would host a garden party for my girlfriends and serve some of the great wines from the Willamette Vally here in Oregon. And many of us will probably be knitting.
Acorn all the way! What a beautiful yarn….
Oh my, what an amazing palette to choose from! I would choose Hyacinth or Olive Leaf, colors of bright spring and reminding me of the hills of Scotland.
WOW! Thanks for the opportunity to win! I love Andrea’s new book and hope to knot several items. I definitely want to try out your yarns.
Beautiful colors…I think I would choose the beet, and wear it on a bike ride with my kids!
Wow, that Lapis color is beautiful! I can picture it in a pullover on a hike in the woods.
Wow, so many great colors to choose from! But for me I would have to go with Olive. I am loving the dimension of this colorway.
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