Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul (that’s the full title!) Is a 6-pattern collection from Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, a talented duo who make teaming up to do pattern collections look like a genius idea. The collection includes a cardigan, a pullover, a hat, a scarf, a shawl, and a pair of mittens.
It’s clear from the photography story that these knits shine in casual environments – the rustic scenes, the camping, the model’s wholesome beauty (I wish my hair was that colour!) that is magnified by the drop dead photography and dazzling firelight. I don’t even like camping, and this makes me want to go camping.
Just kidding. Nothing makes me want to go camping. I really enjoy sleeping in a bed.
You can buy the digital download ($16.95 as well as the print +digital download combination ($21.95), but the book is so beautiful, I say go for the print version. It’s worth it.
It’s hard to pick a favourite- now that I don’t need office clothes any more, I want to knit everything in this book and wear it all – but Hudson has got my number. I love bulky weight shawls, and this has the sort of unfussy, casual look of the sort of shawl I love.
This Collection is Totally for You If: You are a fan of Making, love heavy weights like worsted and bulky, and casual knits that are built for weekends.
This Collection is Not for You If: You prefer cables, fine gauge knits, or dressier designs you can wear to the office.
There is a trick to making classic, seemingly simple knits your absolute favourite is to knit them with yarn you absolutely adore. If you need a great sheepy wool, use a great sheepy wool. If tweed is your obsession, go tweed all the way. Using a yarn you love is important not only to actually finishing your knits in progress, but to loving them to death and wearing them all the time. Settling for a yarn that is okay, or that you don’t love but is cheaper is a recipe for not loving the finished knit. And if you don’t love the knit, then why the heck are you bothering? Don’t cheap out on the yarn – unless you love a certain cheap yarn, in which case grab your favourite and have at it!
Wouldn’t you love to win a copy, and knit yourself all the cozy things contained within it’s pages? Maybe make the Hudson Shawl with me? Of course you would! Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know which pattern from the collection you desperate need to knit this winter. Comments close Saturday night at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 12th.
Happy knitting, friends!