Beach Martinis by Expression Fiber Arts

Beach Martinis

June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1536 yards (1405 m)
One Size
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Errata: The CO for squares C and D should both be 104 sts. My apologies for the error. --EW

YARN: 4 skeins (3.5 oz, 384 yards each) Expression Fiber Arts Bamboo Alpaca Fingering Weight yarn. Shown in colorways; (A) Resort, (B) Sailboat, (C) Happy Dolphin, (D) Coco. If those colorways aren’t available, any 4 skeins of Fingering Weight yarn will work.

SIZE : Approximately 19” tall by 46” wide after blocking and seaming.

NEEDLES: 16” and 24” circular US Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles, one of each.

Notes From the Designer:

•When I started thinking about this project, I immediately thought of the beach. Walking along the shore with my feet in the water, wind whipping my hair around. I like the beach during the off season, when no one is around, but it can get a little chilly. This shawl/cardigan/wrap/open front tee/what-have-you is perfect for the beach, or a heavily air-conditioned office.

•Stockinette on the back panels keeps you warm, a little lace on the front panels adds a nice focal point (and makes me think of ocean and sky), and a hint of trim at the armholes and neckline makes for a colorful touch without going crazy.

•Seamed at the back and sides, with a three-needle BO at the shoulders and some easy trim work, this is a great piece for knitters just starting to explore garment construction without jumping into a full sweater.

•The name is a conglomeration of two things I was thinking about while knitting this piece. I was picturing myself at the beach, but also listening to a 90s alternative song called “Free” by The Martinis. “So free for the moment/that’s somewhere between the earth and the sky. So free for the moment/that’s because I wanna be lost/don’t try to find me.” I always think of the beach when I hear those lines, because the horizon where ocean meets sky seems like the perfect actualization of that song. The name stuck.
Designed by Emily Walton