Remember how I recently discussed the relaunch of the Coast to Coast collection in collaboration with Manos del Uruguay?
Let’s talk about Blanca.
You know those little beach huts on the seaside? Contrasting white and a bright shade of a summery hue, they remain in your head and remind you of sunny warm days… and their corresponding chilly nights.
I created Blanca out of a desire for something that can easily be trans-seasonal.
It’s worked in one piece from the bottom to the underarms, set aside while the sleeves are worked to the same point, and the yoke is a circular shape, with embedded shaping that does not disrupt the flow of the stitch pattern.
Those edges and yoke? They’re not stranded color work, they’re simple 2-row stripes which take advantage of slipped stitches to create the textural color effect. Not too shabby!
As written, the pattern does not have buttonholes. I’ve decided this one is to be open or closed with a pin at the neckline, to emphasize the A-line shape of the body. However it’s SUPER easy to make buttonholes: (k2tog, yo) and done, so if you’re in the market for buttonholes, it’ll be easy for you to figure where you want them!
Blanca comes in 8 sizes, 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” and I’m wearing it on size 36 inches with 1 inch of positive ease. Plenty of swing on this one, as you can see!
The skills you need to make your own:
- Cast on
- Slipping Stitches
- Working in the round
- Decreases (ssk, k2tog)
- Increases (m1)
- Bind off
- Pick up Stitches
- Wrap and Turn
There are no charts inside the pattern, and the stripes are worked one color at a time, with no fair-isle or stranded color work.
To purchase the pattern, go to Blanca’s Shop page and click Add to Cart.
The process is simple and similar to Ravelry.
Or, get the entire Coast to Coast collection here for $18,
which gets you the accessories entirely free!!
The abbreviations for everything are included with the cheat sheet as a companion download.
Why not Ravelry? Manos holds the Ravelry rights to sell, but I also hold rights to sell on my site, I’ve implemented a cart system. You’ll get access to the library here on my site, with all your purchases which you can download your files from when needed.
The patterns and ebook have been written, formatted and edited to the usual rock+purl format here, not on Ravelry. So if you are used to my style, you should really consider buying it here. Price is the same, too… but with free accessories!!