Inspired by the Sea

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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