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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Within Knitalong

Since the release of Within just a few short weeks ago, we are already seeing projects being cast-on and completed. It's making my knitting fingers itch to cast-on a project of my own. And there is nothing more fun than knitting together – so why not make this official and knitalong together! 

Within Knitalong
Participating is easy and really there are no rules to joining in – if you're knitting something from Within simply tag it #withinknits to follow along on social media. If you're on Ravelry we've created a brand new Ravelry Group where you can chat and share your projects.

The knitalong will be casual and open ended – it should be stress-free and fun! We'll be featuring some of your finished projects and there may even be some prizes ;)

For my knitalong project, I've chosen to knit another Fireside Pullover in a lovely neutral shade of Cascade Ecological Wool called Latte (8063). It's this warm brownie-grey that I've fallen in love with, and I know it will go with everything in my wardrobe. I've wound my mega skeins and can't wait to cast on!

Are you knitting from Within? Care to join in and knit along? I'm so excited to see all of your projects!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WITHIN // eBook and Individual Patterns now available

I'm so overwhelmed by the positive response to our new book Within -- thank you all for your kindness and support, it's been a labour of love and it's so fulfilling knowing you love the end result.



If you've been patiently waiting for the day you could get your hands on just the eBook or one of the individual patterns on it's own, today is the day you've been waiting for. You can still purchase hard copies of the book (this includes the eBook and printable individual patterns) or if you prefer digital you can purchase the eBook on it's own! If you've been eyeing just one or two of the patterns from Within you can now buy each of them individually! There's an option for every budget -- have a look!


My designs from the book are the Fireside Pullover (top) featuring a shawl collar and ribbed yoke (I've knit myself a more relaxed brown version with arbutus buttons that I can't wait to share with you!), the super squishy Entwine Scarf that is a breeze to knit up in super bulky weight yarn, and the textured Woodstack Mittens knit using worsted weight yarn.

The unisex Lodge Toque that I designed to use up any leftovers that might be from the Fireside Pullover and Hudson Shawl was available exclusively as a bonus pattern for those who purchased the book within the first two weeks of it's release. It is now available for individual purchase. It's quick and easy and took less than 3 hours to whip up -- I definitely recommend it for stash busting or gift knitting!



We would love for you to leave a review of Within! Visit Amazon and/or GoodReads and let us know what you enjoyed about Within! We truly appreciate your review!

We are getting closer to Saturday's book launch at the Beehive Wool Shop, if you're local to Victoria we'd love to see you there Saturday October 22nd from 1-3pm!

Monday, October 17, 2016

EVENT /// Within Canadian Book Launch!

Join us for a trunk show and book signing to celebrate the launch of Within!
I feel incredibly honoured to be hosted by the iconic Beehive Woolshop to celebrate the release of our newest book Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul. This Saturday, October 22nd from 1–3, we will be in the shop with our trunk show, books, and samples for you to try on!

Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul

October 22nd, 2016
1pm – 3pm
1700 Douglas Street Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 2G7

Find out more about our new book Within HERE and also view the book and patterns and purchase on Ravelry HERE. We thank you for all of your support of Within!

I hope to see you at the Beehive this weekend!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

NEW BOOK /// Within: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul

Today is the day! Within is finally available and I am so excited to finally share it with you along with all of the exciting new designs. 

WITHIN: Knitting Patterns to Warm the Soul
$21.95 print book + eBook

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

Patterns from the book: 
ENTWINE Scarf by Jane Richmond
WOODSTACK Mitts by Jane Richmond
FIRESIDE Pullover by Jane Richmond
TREAD Hat by Shannon Cook
HUDSON Shawl by Shannon Cook
TIMBER Cardigan by Shannon Cook

My designs from the book...

Super bulky yarn and big knitting needles make this a fast, fun project for knitters of all skill levels. A fringe made of plump strands of luscious yarn gives the scarf a modern edge. Wind its generous length around once, twice, even three times – or just loop it once and then tie a casual knot. Either way, it’s just the thing for a walk in the woods.

This classic pullover is knit top down, in the round, in quick-to-work bulky yarn. Begin with the shapely shawl collar and then pick up stitches for the yoke; ribbing hugs the upper body for a flattering fit over the shoulders and upper arms. Subtle waist and hip shaping gives the garment a feminine silhouette; the deep ribbed cuffs and hem up the cozy factor. You’ll reach for this sweater again and again on late nights and lazy Sunday mornings.

Textured mittens stitched in plump worsted weight yarn create pillows of warmth for cold hands – just the thing for brisk fall nights and cold winter days. With an easy-to-memorize grid stitch pattern and basic shaping, these mittens knit up quickly, making them a weekend project when you need a new set of winter accessories. And since the pattern is available in three different sizes, they’re a great gift knit, too.


Special FREE Bonus Patterns

For a limited time get the
Lodge Toque and the Shoreline Cowl 
FREE when you purchase your copy of Within.

— Offer ends October 19th —


Take a sneak peek of Within with Gryffin and her beau, set amongst the rustic, cozy landscape of gorgeous Metchosin, BC on Vancouver Island.


We would love to see your projects from Within! 

Use the hashtag below to share your work on social media or follow the link to see what others are making from the book:


Thank you so much for all of your enthusiasm and support for Within — I really hope you love the book and patterns, as well as the photo journey of Gryffin wrapped in her cozy handknits. We had so much fun putting it all together and are so excited to finally share it with you.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Knit City 2016 + Toba Slippers

It's that time of year again! Knit City is here and we're so excited to be a part of this event for it's 5th year anniversary. We will be at booth #207 with all of our books (Within too!), patterns, and samples.
Come and say Hi! 

I've also designed a new slipper pattern, the Toba Slippers, as part of the Hinterland Straits collection launching at the show. Drop by the Hinterland booth and have a look at these cozy slippers (and the rest of the collection!). This yarn is so deliciously soft they are like warm hugs for the feet. If you aren't able to make it to Knit City you can find the pattern on Ravelry too!

Happy Knitting and I hope I see some of you at Knit City!!

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!