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Inspired by the Sea

Jun 9, 2014

Driftwood Tee from Interweave Knits Summer 2014
My parents were born and raised in Southern California, and the beach was an integral part of their childhoods. I love looking at old photos of them playing on the beach, jumping in the waves, and enjoying bonfires. When I was little, my grandparents had a cabin at Lake Coeur d'Alene in Northern Idaho. My brother, sister, and I spent hours swimming, jumping off the dock, fishing, exploring on the beach, and boating. It was a wonderful part of my childhood.

I still love to get a summer rental at the beach or on a lake, and revisit my childhood a little. My knitting group has had a couple of retreats at lake houses, which I highly recommend! There's nothing like knitting on the beach in the late afternoon, enjoying the warmth of a bonfire. Not to mention the s'mores after dinner!

In the Summer 2014 issue of Interweave Knits, there's an entire collection of sea-inspired designs. They're all beautiful, and they really evoke the feelings of being by the sea (or the lake!).

I really love the Driftwood Tee by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark (shown upper left). It's got beautiful drape and a geometrical lace pattern on the front and back that ads so much interest to a simple summer knit.

Here some more of my favorites.

Cassie Castillo's Sand Dollar Cardigan is an open-front jacket with short dolman sleeves. The main body is worked in stockinette, and the sleeve
inset is worked in a textured eyelet stitch.
The Sea Anemone Jacket, by Courtney Spainhower, is worked in one piece from the bottom up. Using short-rows, you can grow pockets seamlessly from the neckband.
A four-stitch cable moves
almost every round, crossing over the end of the round to create a seamless, spiraling pattern in the Nautilus Hat
by Grace Akhrem.
Wide cables, a back split, and knitted-in pockets give Deborah Hlemke's Coralline Jacket a casually elegant appeal that layers well with beachy dresses.

Great stuff, right?

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P.S. Do you have a special seaside experience in your past (or present)? Leave a comment and share it with us!

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on Jun 9, 2014 3:17 PM

Hi Kathy,

You are so very lucky! I mourn that cabin every summer. I'm so glad to hear that knitting helps your pain. I wish you didn't have to go through that, though.

Take care,


mkbickham wrote
on Jun 9, 2014 1:43 PM

Like you Kathleen, my grandfather bought a cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene, long before I was born.  I was very luck, we kept it in the family.  My mother owns it now, and we will be there next weekend, if my migraines don't keep me home in the dark.  I love to sit on the deck and knit and watch the water.  Knitting has become my therapy for the headaches, too, I can usually manage to knit in a dim, quiet room, it helps distract me from the pain.

Kathy B.

Spokane Valley, WA