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The Orca Run

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The First Nations people of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada are known as the Coast Salish people. Having a cultural tradition of weaving and spinning dog and goat hair, they were introduced to sheep and to knitting in the 19th century. The sturdy, long-wearing Cowichan sweaters evolved over time and have been made from the knitters' own handspun yarns with wonderful motifs that reflect their connection with nature. The techniques the knitters employ are unusual and are included with explanations in this garment pattern. I have included photos, theory boxes and techniques to this Cowichan-inspired pattern. At right above is the URL of my YouTube Channel where I have a video of the shoulder join. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Do colorwork Work flat and in the round GAUGE 13 sts and 18 rows/ 4 inches SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 37 (40, 43 3/4, 48, 52 1/4, 56)" PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky COLORWAY Sandy Heather, Sable, Cream

Recommended with this pattern

  • US 10.5 DPN and 32" circular
  • 1567 - 2821 yards (1433 - 2580 m) yarn
  • Heavy duty zipper, thread and sewing needle

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Knitting Traditions
Knitting Traditions
Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter signup: