Little Wave & Sandness

Two Gudrun Johnston patterns to share – I guess it’s safe to say I’m a fan.


First up: I was so excited to share my version of the  Little Wave cardigan that I went right ahead and took some poorly lit nighttime photos of it after work last week, because daylight is somewhat scarce lately. I’ve been watching a lot of Dawson’s Creek while working on some sample knitting lately, so this is really in the spirit of “I don’t wanna wait,” etc., etc., etc. I love this sweater!


Any time a new Wool People collection comes out, I fall all over myself deciding what to knit next. This time around I knew in an instant that it was Little Wave. I went ahead and knit it big and roomy (about 4-5 inches of positive ease). There are so many perfect details in this pattern – pockets, saddle shoulders, garter stitch faux elbow patches, to name just my very favorites.


I could see knitting this again in a smaller size, for a more structured-looking garment, but I’m really pleased with the slouchy fit this time around. Seeing the project gallery on Ravelry,  I also have to say I love how the stitch pattern looks in lighter neutrals, so there is very likely another Little Wave in my future. Good thing I loved the process of knitting this!


I’d stashed a sweater’s worth of Berroco Remix (the color is Bittersweet) probably close to a year ago; I think it might have been on sale at Webs? Looking at the fiber profile of this yarn, it doesn’t seem like my usual fare. It’s mostly nylon and cotton, with some acrylic, silk, and linen in the mix. But this is absolutely one of my favorite sweater yarns. The fibers are 100% recycled, and maybe that is what makes them so fluffy and soft. This is also a machine washable yarn, though I’ve never tested that myself. I actually like the process of hand washing my knits.


I knit the Sandness shawl as a gift for a friend who has been stressed out applying for grad school, and who loves bright, warm colors, which of course, I rarely wear myself. Deep, deep in my stash I had some Brown Sheep Nature Spun fingering weight wool (the color is Sunburst Gold). Though I had one skein less than I thought I had, so this shawl has some sizing idiosyncrasies.  I knit the center triangle for the larger shawl size, but having only two skeins of yarn instead of three, had to knit one less repeat of the edging than I’d intended. As a result, the wingspan of the finished shawl is a bit more narrow than indicated in the pattern.


That said, I still think this is lovely, and my friend was very excited when she received it. This was a pleasure to knit – I love the construction method of creating yarn-overs at the beginning of each row, which creates visual loops at the end that can be easily picked up for adding edging. It’s a construction technique I’ll certainly use for future improvised shawls – I can see it being especially useful in square shawls that require picking up hundreds of stitches. (Real talk: I hate picking up stitches, so simply slipping a needle through a nice neat yarn-over hole is just about the best trick since the contiguous sleeve method.)

Again, this is something I can see knitting again. I love traditional Shetland shawls, and I would love a version for myself that includes the full edging. And I do have three or four (confirmed) skeins of the same yarn in a dark burgundy, a color I do actually wear. Maybe it’s meant for this. We will see. I love the lofty gauge of this wool on size 6 needles.

I think recently knitting things nearly perfectly has been a major theme. I just wrapped up and sent off the sample work I was doing, and am looking forward to knitting something a few things for myself that have been really tempting me lately. With a little patience and a little more daylight, maybe I will feel a little less like I’m phoning it in on the documentation front.

Til then.



  1. Andi says:

    Gudrun is an amazing designer and you have done her patterns justice. Beautiful knits!

    1. Chelsea says:

      Thanks so much! She really is impressive – I hope to knit more of her designs soon! My “to knit” list is so much longer than I can ever keep up with, sadly!

  2. Elise says:

    Ooh I’ve been eyeing up that sweater pattern for ages! When I have money to buy more yarn it will definitely be mine 🙂 Love the colour you’ve went for, it looks so cosy 🙂

  3. lori says:

    hello! i’m here from andi (my sisters knitter). your little wave is gorgeous! it looks amazing on you, i am totally convinced i need one in my life now too. well done. beautiful sandness too. i also love that type of construction, it’s brilliant. i am making gudruns hap shawl right now with those same lovely loops. i think its called hansel. i like your knitting room!

  4. Tracey says:

    Your Sandness is beautiful! I have the same pattern on my needles right now; I knit one before for my mama and now am knitting one for me. It really is a fun pattern.
    Your Little Waves looks amazing and so cosy. I think I will be knitting one soon after seeing yours.

  5. Kepanie says:

    Andi posted your post’s link. Your cardigan is terrific. I love a good cardigan to cuddle into. I’m envious as well because I need one. The gifts shawl is lovely. I like that color. It’s lightly rich like light caramel. BTW, is this a WordPress or Blogspot blog? I’d like to follow you.

    1. Kepanie says:

      Oh! Just figured it out by how my comment published 😀.

      1. Chelsea says:

        Oh good! Yes, it’s a WordPress blog, and thanks for following! I’ve added yours to my Feedly reader as well!

  6. Kate says:

    I love Gudrun’s patterns too and knitted Norby, the hat matching your sandiness. I love the pattern. Anyway, is that your yarn stash in the background? Impressive!!!

    1. Chelsea says:

      I’m a little embarrassed to admit that yes, that is most of my stash – it feels a little excessive, but I swear I intend to knit it all someday!

  7. CathieJ says:

    I found your blog through My Sister’s Knitter. I love your Little Wave cardigan. Beautiful.

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