Preparing for a Cocoknits Method Pattern

There's nothing we find more enjoyable than preparing for a fresh knitting project. We love discovering new yarn options at our LYS, gathering our tools, filling up on fiber inspiration, and making that first magical swatch. The beginning of your project is also the best time to plan ahead for customizations and think about creative adaptations you may like to add to the pattern. 

This article is a guide so you're fully prepared to cast on a Cocoknits Method Pattern. We have a shopping list, a to-do list, and plenty of helpful resources for you. There's a lot of information, but it's all fun, we promise. 

All The Things...


Shopping List

Is there anything better than visiting your LYS to prepare for a new project? Here's our shopping list to get started on any Cocoknits Method pattern: 

If you don't know your nearest LYS that carries Cocoknits, you can find one here.


Note: Choosing a Pattern

Please confirm that you're picking a Cocoknits Method pattern. Not all of our sweaters are Cocoknits Method. There will be a note on the pattern page that says "This is a Cocoknits Method pattern" if it is one. You can also browse them all here

If this is your first time knitting with The Cocoknits Method, don't worry! Everything you need to know you'll find in the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. This book provides clear instruction so that learning this method will be easy and fun whether you're a beginner or experienced knitter. If you are on the beginner side of things and feel too intimidated by cast on we recommend starting with the Emma pattern (any version will do).

Some patterns may say that they use a "modified Cocoknits Method." (If you're knitting in the Everlasting KAL, you can still join with these patterns.) Here's a list of modified Cocoknits Method patterns and how you would follow along differently. 

  • Cleo: follow along normally, just skip the sleeves. 
  • Juniper: follow along normally, just skip content about the Cocoknits Method Worksheet (it's not used or needed for this pattern). 
  • Renee:  follow along normally, just skip content about the Cocoknits Method Worksheet (it's not used or needed for this pattern). 
  • Sarah: everything is the same except it has an alternative worksheet that comes with the pattern that you'll use for the yoke, rather than the Cocoknits Method Worksheet. 

To-Do List

  • Secure items from the shopping list above.
  • Read over the pattern to familiarize yourself with the steps to come.
  • Knit your swatch. If you don't typically knit a swatch, are unfamiliar with the process, or need a refresher - we recommend reading this article: Why & How to Knit a Swatch.
  • It's critical to get gauge when making a sweater so you're happy with the final fit. We highly recommend wet blocking your swatch for an accurate gauge because some yarn grows after blocking. If you don't typically wet block, are unfamiliar with the process, or need a refresher - we recommend reading this article: How to Wet Block
  • Plan for any customizations you'd like. We have a handful of helpful tutorials that will guide you through your options below.


  • Get inspired about customizing color and shaping by reading pages 39-48 of the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop
  • Read pages 106-109 of the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop for guidance on planning for modifications.
  • Here are some helpful articles to read/videos to watch about modifying patterns:

-How to Modify Gauge: this tutorial will teach you a simple trick to knit your sweater in a yarn that's a different weight than called for in the pattern. 

-How (& Why) to Work Bust Darts.

-How to Modify for In-between Bust Sizes.

  • Get some inspiration from your fellow knitters! Browse our #cocoknitskal hashtag on Instagram or finished projects on Ravelry to see unique modifications people have made to our patterns. 
  • If you have Instagram, watch our highlight "Sections 1-3" for a few expert gauge tips from Julie. 

Next Steps

Once finished with the information above, you can continue moving forward with content guiding you through a Cocoknits Method sweater with our Everlasting KAL page. If you're signed up for our emails, you'll receive a new email in one week going over Sections 1-3 and the Collar (if your patterns calls for it). 

If you don't know about it, our Everlasting KAL is our knit-a-long that's going on well...forever! You can join by yourself, with friends, or with an LYS. Best part? You get to pick what sweater to knit. Learn more by visiting the Everlasting KAL page



Hi Stacey,

Please email us at with specific pattern questions. Erik is not Cocoknits Method; it is one of Julie’s earlier patterns.

Stacey Tannehill

Hi All:
I’m attempting to start the Erik Sweater for my son. Can I get some visual directions on how to start the hood.
Thanks in advance


Hi Jacquelyn,
Please email us at with your order number. Thanks!

Jacquelyn Wilson

Have ordered stitch markers. Need tracking number.

Jacquelyn Wilson

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