The one thing about living near the beach when you have a five year old and a puppy is that your car contains, at any one moment in time, enough sand to build a sand castle of immense size right there in the actual car.
No matter how many times you vacuum it out.
It’s been a hard fact for me to embrace.
When it comes to coastal habitats, I will admit that it took a while for the sand dunes to grow on me. I much prefer those jaw dropping cliffs and rocky shores with huge, crashing waves, dramatic and moody.
Over the years, the dunes have grown on me. They’re softer. They never look the same two days in a row. They can beckon you into a little willow gully to explore and then spit you at right at the Pacific. It’s a little like Alice and the secret door. Without the Cheshire Cat.
My first design of 2018 is inspired by the sand dunes near my home in Humboldt County, California. The yarn bunches in peaks and valleys. Dune after dune after dune.
The technique used for Shifting Dunes comes from the amazing book, Dimensional Tuck Knitting by Tracy Purtscher. There is a free video tutorial available on YouTube here to demonstrate this technique, so you do not need to buy the book. However, Tracy’s book is one of my favorites, and you might enjoy it as well.
Aside from the pairing and tuck rows to create the little rows of sand dunes, the pattern is basically stockinette knitting. It looks semi-complicated, but really it’s not.
Shifting Dunes is knit in a super soft and squishy worsted weight yarn ( Sueño Worsted by Hikoo). Due to the stitch pattern, a solid or semi-color wool is recommended for yarn substitutions. Professional instructions include measurements in English and metric. The pattern is written with row by row instructions.
Knit on, ever and always.
Many thanks to the beautiful and talented Anna Amezcua for the photo shoot. Please visit her site if you have a bare space on your wall.