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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NEW Pattern /// West Coast Cardigan

West Coast Cardigan /// by Jane Richmond

I have another little surprise that I've been working away on for an awfully long time. You may remember me posting about my Cowichan-inspired sweater that I was compelled to knit after following all of the incredibly gorgeous projects coming out of the Fringe and Friends Knitalong last fall.

You were all so kind and enthusiastic about my cardigan that I couldn't not follow up with a pattern so that we could all have Cowichan-inspired sweaters. The pattern development was far more involved than I'd anticipated and took me the better part of a year to complete while juggling the work of our upcoming book Within.

West Coast Cardigan /// by Jane Richmond

In the process of perfecting this design I've knit 3 of these sweaters. My first was a lesson in all of the design elements and is basically a wearable swatch (and very wearable indeed!). The second was meant to be my final draft but in the end the collar wasn't quite right—I'm particular about these things. Because the neckline needed to be changed to achieve the perfect collar, I cast-on a third, and was able to get everything just right. Not once did I get sick of knitting this sweater, it's a lot of fun and even a little addictive because it knits up so quickly. Now that the pattern is finally finished, I'm dying to cast-on another using the 'blanks' included in the pattern and play around with more traditional colourwork motifs.

West Coast Cardigan /// by Jane Richmond

Here is a little bit about the West Coast Cardigan from Ravelry:

Knit from the top down in one piece, the West Coast cardigan features raglan shaping, flattering set-in pockets, a generous shawl collar, and a zipper closure. Bands of stranded colourwork knit up quickly using Briggs and Little Country Roving—a 5 strand lightweight pencil roving that creates a surprisingly lofty fabric. Extensive charts are accompanied by written instructions, schematics, and helpful links to guide you along the way. Instructions are provided in an easy to follow fill-in-the-blank format.
The West Coast Cardigan was inspired, in respectful admiration, by the Cowichan Sweaters that are abundant on Vancouver Island and are a tradition of the Coast Salish people. This sweater is not a real Cowichan sweater, only inspired by this traditional style.
BONUS: Feeling creative? Use this pattern as a jumping off point into your own custom colourwork adventure by using the bonus blank charts provided with this pattern!
West Coast Cardigan /// by Jane Richmond

West Coast Cardigan /// by Jane Richmond

West Coast Cardigan /// by Jane Richmond

I couldn't help getting a few shots of the collar flipped up so that you can see how wonderfully full it is.

As I mentioned above, the pattern includes some really fun bonus material—blank charts that you can print and colour to create your own unique colourwork motif. I'm pretty excited about this additional offering, there are so many great ways to customize a sweater like this, I hope it makes it easier to be creative and make the sweater you've been dreaming of.

I would sincerely love to see all of your sweaters as you cast-on and get knitting. There are already quite a few stunning versions from our testing group. You can view them and get inspired by using the hashtag westcoastcardigan.

West Coast Cardigan /// by Jane Richmond

I will have the sample with me at Knit City this weekend, if you'd like to see it in person come on over to booth #207 and have a look! I will have limited copies of the print pattern at the show or you can grab a copy online:


Happy Knitting and hope to see some of you this weekend!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Coming Soon /// Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul

I've been especially quiet over here, but I promise it's all been with good reason! We've been working away on a top secret project and the time has finally come to share it with you! We'll let you know the details of it's release and when you can expect to see it in stores! Here is our newest collection for fall titled Within, coming soon!


"Within is the newest collection by designers Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, featuring six signature patterns for wherever your heart takes you. Inside, you’ll find accessories, a shawl, and what may become your new favorite everyday garments. Together, the pieces in this accessible collection make a functional and beautiful addition to any knitter’s wardrobe.

More than just a pattern book, Within takes the knitter on a visual journey through a world of rustic coziness photographed on Vancouver Island, designed to stimulate the senses and kindle inspiration."


Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul will be available for purchase on October 5th! You'll be able to purchase a copy at your favourite LYS, bookstores and online on Oct 5th! Within retails for $21.95.

We've got lots of fun stuff coming your way that we can't wait to share! We'll be revealing more about each pattern in the collection and info about the book, as well as some exciting bonuses, giveaways, a knit along, blog tour and more! So get those needles and yarn ready!

Wholesale Inquiry? If you're a shop looking to carry Within you can pre-order direct from NNK Press.

A big thank you to all of you in advance for all of your love and continued support of our books! We couldn't do it without you!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

50% OFF — Happy Birthday Sale!!!

Birthdays always make me feel overwhelmingly thankful for all of the love and generosity sent in my direction. I'd love to send some of that love back in your direction. In honour of my birthday today, I'm hosting a 50% OFF sale to show my deep appreciation for the continued support I've received from this loving knitting community of ours ♥



June 4th — until midnight PST   


Simply use code BDAYLOVE at checkout when you purchase patterns from my 
Website or Ravelry Store.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Afterthought heels + Climb Socks

A few weeks ago I posted about the socks that I had on my needles and my new found obsession with the afterthought heel. Becky left a great comment on the post, asking for my recipe when installing an afterthought heel in my Climb Socks. I thought this was a great question that definitely deserved it's own post so that anyone wanting to modify their climbs would have the instructions to do so!

I finished my dark grey climb socks last night—and I've found the perfect combination of steps to make afterthought heels ideal for my foot.

Afterthought Heels
Knitting a sock with an afterthought heel is as easy as knitting a tube sock. I knit plain vanilla socks from the toe up and what I like most about this method, is once you've passed the toe, the rest is mindless knitting. Perfect for distracted, movie watching, knit night socializing, throwing in your purse kinda knitting!

You'll only have to pause to think about the placement of the waste yarn you are going to install to hold the stitches for the afterthought heel. The placement of the waste yarn for your afterthought heal depends on the direction of your knitting. Because the Climb socks are knit from the toe up, place your waste yarn where your heel begins—you can use your ankle bone as a reference—but I like to slip the sock on my foot and measure how much further I need to go to reach my heel (where my arch meets my heel). You'll then use the waste yarn to knit across half of the stitches of the sock, then carry on knitting your tube sock!

Once your tube sock is complete, you'll need to remove the waste yarn and knit your afterthought heel. Here are a few details that I use on my Climb afterthought heels to make them fit me just right:

  • Step 1 — Pick up 4 extra stitches
    I pick up 4 extra stitches (2 at each end to close the gaps), I leave these stitches to be decreased with the shaping, I like the extra room it creates for the heel.

  • Step 2 — Knit 10 rounds even
    After I've picked up the stitches around the heel, I work 10 rounds without shaping, again, I like the extra room that this creates for my high arch.
  • Step 3 — Decrease every other round
    Once you've worked your even rounds, it's time to decrease to shape the heel. I knit magic loop and this is the method that I use:
    Rnd 1 (decrease round): [K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts of needle, k2tog, k1] repeat once more.
    Rnd 2 (work even rnd): Knit
    Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until you are left with 12 stitches on each needle.
  • Step 4 — Finishing
    Once you have 12 stitches left on each needle (24 total), break the yarn leaving a 30 inch tail and use the Kitchener stitch to graft the stitches together. 

Becky and I both found this video by The Knit Girllls really useful. It includes every step and will guide you through the process of knitting an afterthought heel.

Remember, there are so many little adjustments you can make to suit your foot, so don't be afraid to play around with this recipe and find what works for you!

Monday, April 11, 2016

On My Needles /// Climb Socks and Afterthought Heels

Climb Socks ///

I always have a pair of socks on my needles...
That way if I'm stuck between projects, or need something portable, or want to read or watch a movie while I'm knitting—I can just grab my socks.

I'm knitting my 5th pair of Climb Socks—and my second pair using an afterthought heel. I knit my socks toe-up and I love that once I've finished the toe it's nothing but Stockinette, tube sock knitting! Perfect for distracted, mindless, take everywhere knitting!

Climb Socks ///

I'm using Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in a darker grey, Basalt Heather, rather than the Dove Heather used for the other 4 pairs, and I'm really pleased with how they turned out!

Climb Socks ///

Also on my needles...
These fun striped socks! I'm alternating between Knit Picks Felici Bare and the sock blank that I died up eons ago during Felicia Lo's Dying to Get Some Colour workshop! I'm using the Climb pattern for these socks as well, it's my go to sock pattern :)

Climb Socks ///

Climb Socks ///

How do you knit your socks? Cuff down or toe up? Short row or afterthought heel? Double points or magic loop? Do you have a favorite sock pattern?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SALE /// Buy 1—Get 1 FREE!!!

Happy Spring!!!

I adore this time of year. Victoria shifts into spring far earlier than many places I've lived. To me, spring is exciting from a gardeners perspective. It is a time when the dormant come back in dramatic vibrancy. I love how quickly my garden changes from day to day—there is always something new and surprising. 

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My favorite way to celebrate the coming of spring...
 is with a SALE!


pattern sale

Now until March 31st / Buy 1—Get 1 FREE!!!  


Use code BOGO at checkout when you purchase any pattern from my Ravelry Store or website.

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What's your favourite thing about spring time?

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ready. Set. Knit!

Tomorrow is the official cast-on for the TFA Arika Cowl KAL and I was having a really hard time deciding what colourway to chose. I've made 3 neutral versions of Arika and I love comparing the outcomes of substitute yarns against a neutral palate. The colourful side of this Gemini however, was dying to knit up a multicoloured version (have a look at the collage from my last post and you'll see what I mean!).

{ TFA Grey Label — in Sand }

On Friday I found at my doorstep a care package from Tanis herself that was suspiciously large. Faced with my colour dilemma you can imagine my excitement when I opened it to find not 2 but 4 beautiful skeins of TFA Grey Label! A perfect warm grey (above) and then there were these stunners (below), two skeins of Tartan!!! You'll notice in the photos that this yarn looks different from every angle—I can only imagine how exciting it will be to knit with!!

{ Tartan — copper, red, and rusty orange }

 { —greens }

{ ...and rich blue and red hues of purple }

Tonight I'll be swatching in preparation for tomorrows start date. If you'd like to join in, you can find all of the details in Tanis' group on Ravelry, the KAL thread is HERE. I hope to see you there!

And if you're considering casting on with us, don't forget that the Arika Cowl is 20% off from now until the end of the knit along to make it a little easier to join in! Just use coupon code TFAARIKAKAL during checkout on Ravelry. 

And don't forget to tag your projects #TFAARIKAKAL on Ravelry and social media to be eligible to win prizes from Tanis and myself!!!

...I'm absolutely smitten with the display from my Hellebore this winter, the flowers brighten up the garden during these colder months.