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More About: CocoKnits
  • Pattern Brand CocoKnits
  • Pattern Designer Julie Weisenberger
  • Style Sweater
  • Category Women
  • Size Women (multiple sizes)
  • Size and Yarn Suggestions

    SIZE: small (medium, large, 1x, 2x, 3x)

    FINISHED MEASUREMENTSBust: 48 (52, 56, 60, 64, 68)”; meant for 10–15” positive ease around Bust (this is what makes it drop off the shoulders and drape longer at the sidesLength from top of shoulder: 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24)” or desired lengthYARN OPTIONS6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins Habu Textiles n-100 wide gima (100% cotton, 109 yds/1 oz); sample knit with color 40 black, or5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins Habu Textiles a-188 (56% linen, 44% cotton, 109 yds/1 oz), or500 (600, 700, 800, 900, 1090) yds of a tape or strong linen/cotton yarn, approx worsted weight, that gets gaugeNOTIONS:st holders (or spare circ needle)


  • Weight Worsted Weight (5 st/in)
  • Gauge 14 sts = 4" square in St st; row gauge not important.
  • Needles US 10.5–11 circ or straight; Extra US 11 for 3-needle BO
  • Skill Level Easy

Product Description

Helena represents the best of summer knitting — a design so simple you can knit it at a barbeque or on the beach. Knit it before summer is over and wear it with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to a sundress or swimming suit. When the weather turns cold, you might want a winter version. The pattern also contains directions for knitting it with circular needles and at different gauges. A loose, drapey fabric knitted with strong yarn is recommended.

About the artisan


​While studying German in Salzburg, Austria, Julie Weisenberger learned to knit at a shop close to the Abbey where scenes from “The Sound of Music” were filmed. She always suspected the women in the knitting shop moonlighted as extras in the movie; they resembled each other in so many ways. She enjoys saying she was taught by knitting nuns… even if they weren’t, really.

By the time Julie returned to the United States, she was obsessed with knitting and design and soon found herself managing a small cottage industry. She had knitters in Ireland using English yarn and her original creations were being sold at Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, Mark Shale, and a number of small boutiques across the country. Her main focus, however, was on teaching knitting and designing for knitters via knitting magazines and yarn company publications.

After an 8-year hiatus to care for her children she began teaching classes at Article Pract, a yarn shop in Oakland, California.  She couldn’t teach and not design, so by 2006 she was designing again and in 2007 launched cocoknits.com to sell her patterns.  

Her aim is to reach creative knitters who want a finished product that says something unique about their personality. Each pattern is meant not as a rigid template but as a guide, a jumping-off point from which you can determine your own style through choice of texture, color, shape, and embellishments. 


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