Pattern Spotlight: Olivia from Cocoknits

I fell in love with Olivia the moment a customer showed it to me. I love classic designs with clean lines, and the only thing that put me off, was the bobble stitching on the front panel. I thought I’d just by-pass it and simply knit stocking stitch in the place of the bobbles. So imagine my delight when I read the pattern and she gives instructions to either do the bobble stitch or a yarn over/lace stitch.

All images above © CocoKnits

I believe every modern wardrobe should have a good selection of classic layering garments. It is so versatile as you can wear it over a long sleeve collared shirt or t-shirt, over a dress, with leggings, a skirt, and any combination of items you can dream up.

The following photos are my completed garment and the breakdown of the nitty gritty of the pattern, including South African yarn alternatives below the photos:

All images above © Brenda Grobler

Pattern details:

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The pattern is sized from small up to 3xl, with a finished body width of 61 – 91cm (complete chest measurement of 122 up to 182cm)

I used 3x skeins of handdyed merino in DK from my stash to complete the size small on 4.00mm 80cm circular needles. The yarn totalled 630m in DK. (I had about 10g’s left over).

I used the lace stitch pattern in place of the bobble stitch pattern.

The pattern makes use of provisional cast on, short rows and Jeny’s Stretchy Bind Off. (If you haven’t yet done any of these techniques, don’t worry; neither did I! I used the following links to get me on my way and learnt a few new techniques that I will definitely keep using:

Provisional Cast On

Shadow Short Rows – This was a game changer for me. Up to now, I’ve tended to steer away from anything using short rows, purely because I can’t get a German Short Row to look neat and tidy and I’m not a fan of the way Westknits does his, as it leaves a little hole. Shadow Short Rows are fabulous, super easy to do and looks insanely neat and tidy.

Jeny’s Stretchy Bind Off

If you want to do the pattern in local yarns, I can recommend the following:

Aymara Amare (handdyed merino) – 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins

Himalaya Every Day (100% acrylic) – 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5) balls

If you want a cotton version:

Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton (100% plied cotton) – 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) balls

Vinnis Colours Nikkim (100% loosely plied cotton) – 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) balls

The quantities above are for the following sizes: small, medium, large, 1x, 2x, 3x.

Happy knitting!

Bren, xx




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