January 9th, 2017

First Watch Pea Coat – new design and a giveaway!

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Marie Greene, from Olive Knits has just released a new design knit in our Valley Yarns Berkshire. Her First Watch Pea Coat is a lovely modern take on the classic pea coat, with subtle, crisp details that make this sweater a classic piece that you will wear for years. We asked Marie to share the story of this design.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com

Design Insights:

For me, knitwear design usually always begins with a structure or a place – a bridge, a coastline, an outdoor marketplace. I am always open to inspiration in unexpected places, and more often than not it’s the littlest things that kick off an idea.

My philosophy is simple: I want my designs to be timeless and wearable, but equally important – I want them to be portable. I’m a knitter on the go, and I design with this in mind. I knit during meetings, at the beach, when I travel, when I’m visiting friends – I am never without a project. Some projects travel well and some don’t, but I find that the more portable a project is, the easier it is to finish. (And the sooner I finish, the sooner I can wear it, right?)

First Watch was inspired by my home near the Oregon Coast – a place where the ocean breezes can cut right through several layers (even when you think you’ve bundled up enough).  I’ve always loved the minimal style of a pea coat; it’s a perfect example of form and function, and this one – knit with Valley Yarns Berkshire at a relatively dense gauge makes for a toasty fabric that holds its own on a cold day. The yarn blocks beautifully and provides clear stitch definition for ribbing and details. The result is a sturdy, totally wearable piece that you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again throughout the cold season. Best of all, it’s a quick, seamless knit with the button band worked right along as you go.

Designed for sizes 32-52 with a little ease for layering, First Watch is a versatile piece that you’ll love so much you’ll wear it every time the temperature drops.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at blog.yarn.com


I have to agree with Marie, I love it, and  I just have to decide what color of Berkshire I’m going to use. For more info on Marie or her Olive Knits designs please follow her on Ravelry or Instagram.


Now for the Giveaway! Tell us what color of Berkshire you’d like to use and where you heard/saw about this giveaway in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the pattern and a full sweater quantity of Berkshire to knit your own First Watch! The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, and closes at 11:59pm EST Sunday, January 15th.

Please use a valid email address when creating your comment account, anonymous comments prevent us from contacting you if you are the winner. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator,  the comment with that number will be the winner.  If the winner has not responded to requests after 1 week a new winner will be chosen using the same method.

(No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Only comments on this blog post count as an entry. Entries must include a preferred color of Valley Yarns Berkshire and the platform where the entrant learned about the giveaway. The winner will be announced here on the WEBS Blog on Monday, January 16th.)


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378 Responses to “First Watch Pea Coat – new design and a giveaway!”

  1. KnitterKitter Says:

    Found this on the WEBS Facebook page.

    I’d use Lime. What a gorgeous green!

  2. Lisa Says:

    After I saw this gorgeous pattern on your Facebook post, I had to get a closer look!
    I feel like it would look so classy in Navy! Something about a navy peacoat always looks so timeless, and this would be such a nice new take! (And I’d get to find some fun buttons too!!)

  3. Brianna Akins Says:

    I found thos contest on facebook, and I would use the color amythest!!

  4. Kristie Mazzoni Says:

    I saw the contest in my Facebook feed. I would make it in Navy. I already have a black and a red coat.

  5. Melissa Says:

    What a beautiful pattern! I saw it on the WEBS blog. If given the chance, I would make it in Wine. Who doesn’t need more wine in their lives?

  6. Helen King Says:

    I would make mine in Medium Grey Heather! I heard about this contest on FB.

  7. Janene Says:

    Dark teal or copper!

  8. Catherine Trouth Says:

    I would love to knit this in coffee bean. I saw the contest on my facebook page (of course I follow WEBS on facebook–I would follow you all anywhere!)

  9. Angela Rick Says:

    What a beautiful sweater! I found this on facebook and I’m absolutely smitten with the pattern. So lovely! Fingers crossed for all.

  10. Dee Says:

    Saw Giveaway on my Facebook page. Color – Berkshire Olive

  11. Candace Galan Says:

    I think I would use plum and I found this giveaway from a friend’s facebook post.

  12. Wendi Neill Says:

    I saw this giveaway on Facebook. I would love the eggplant colour. It’s a beautiful sweater

  13. Wendy Guindon Says:

    I learned about the contest from the Olive Knits newsletter on email. I would love to knit this sweater in Navy. Thank you for the chance to win the yarn through this contest.

  14. Kathleen Kelm Says:

    I would love to make this in plum. I saw it on Facebook.

  15. Kelly Freeman Says:

    I would use blue. I heard about the giveaway from a friend .

  16. Julie Moon Says:

    I would use eggplant. Heard about it from Facebook.

  17. Willi Says:

    IT is difficult to choose but I would choose Eggplant. I saw the contest on Facebook.

  18. Beth Finnimore Says:

    Beautiful colors in this line but the dark gray heather would be my choice. I learned about the contest on a yarn sweepstakes site that I get email updates from.

  19. Audra T. Russell Says:

    I saw this pattern in the WEBS yarn blog and I bookmarked it in Ravelry. The dark purple yarn is what I wishlisted to knit it with. I have a peacoat and love the peacoat style. This sweater just screams my name! I hope I win, but if I don’t, I am still going to knit this baby up in February!!

  20. Grecos Says:

    I love Dark Gray Heather, it would be a great choice for the peacot jacket!

  21. Caroline Pasyanos Says:

    I saw this on the Webs facebook page. The simple but sleek and timeless design caught my eye right away. I would knit this in Berkshire’s lime colorway – I love lime green!

  22. Kimberly L Says:

    I would use Navy. I saw your giveaway listed on Sweeties Sweepstakes.

  23. Teresa D Says:

    I learned about this through Facebook. What a lovely sweater – very classic lines. I would knit this in plum. Love it!

  24. Rebecca Says:

    I subscribe to this blog via an RSS feed!

    I’m torn between wanting to make it in light gray heather (so it goes with everything) or eggplant (because I love deep purples).

  25. Elissa Says:

    I saw this on the WEBS blog. I would like to knit this in lime.

  26. Karen Says:

    I’d love one in dark gray heather! So pretty! I saw this giveaway on Sweeties Sweeps.

  27. martha donley Says:

    I am not usually drawn to reds but I would love the peacoat in #16 Burgundy

  28. Beverly Says:

    Stone Blue is my color choice. WEBS posted this on Facebook yesterday, which says today is the last day to enter. But the article above says last day is January 15???

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