When Shannon asked me if I’d like to review Island, the new book that she’s put together with knitwear designer Jane Richmond, I think I “whooped!”. Of course I would!! This collection of five fabulous patterns first caught my eye when it was promoted with this video. (Watch that and tell me knitting isn’t cool. It is so cool. And isn’t the knitwear beautiful?) After seeing it, I wanted to knit every pattern.

Jane Richmond has been producing stylish hand-knitting patterns since 2009. Her latest collection, Island, inspired by Vancouver Island where she lives, is a fresh and exciting step in her design career. We’re used to seeing Jane modelling her own (mostly) self-published patterns against her trade mark white backdrop. This time, Jane has used a model, a great photographer (Nicholas Kupiak) and the gorgeous backdrop of Vancouver Island. Island is also her first collection and her first book. Exciting!

Five patterns make up this beautiful collection:

Grace is a gorgeous fingering/4ply raglan cardigan knit from the top down featuring a simple but super pretty lace panel on the front and back of the yoke. Knit at a slightly looser gauge it has great drape and would be a perfect layering piece all year round;
Rathtrevor are cute long DK fingerless mitts with a beaded rib pattern that ends just below the thumb gusset (I love these little touches). Designed for an average woman’s hand, they can be knit bigger or smaller by changing needle sizes;

Renfrew is a modern twist on a classic worsted weight hat designed to showcase hand-dyed yarn. It has the funkiest swirled crown and comes with instructions to knit it slouchy or as a shorter beanie, depending on what you prefer (don’t panic, it’s knit inside out and turned at the end to reveal the reverse stockinette);

Strathcona is a stunning, elongated V-shaped scarf knit with 100% linen. Isn’t it lovely? This one caught my eye straight away. The V shape is produced by alternating the order of the bias stitch pattern and the sloped garter ends are a nice touch, mirroring the directional stitch of the scarf. Strathcona is all season pattern and would be great handbag knitting;

Arbutus is clever. It’s a wonderful DK cowl knit in the round from the top down, shaped with short rows so that it looks like it’s looped over your head a couple of times, but actually it’s not. It is in fact three stacked rings, joined along a narrow spine which runs up the back. Knit at a loose gauge it’s got lots of bounce and uses just one skein of yarn. What’s not to love?

I can’t decide which is my favourite. So far I’ve got plans (and a swatch!!) for the cardigan, and yarn for the cowl. But, since they are all so very lovely, no doubt you’ll eventually see me making every pattern.

I love this book. The photos are divine, the designs are classics with fantastic details and the patterns are very clearly written. If you’d like a copy of your own you can purchase print copies through, and Digital copies of the book are available through Ravelry and you can buy each of the patterns individually there too.

But, guess what else? Jane has sent me a copy of her beautiful book to give away to one of you!

If you’d like to win Island, leave a comment telling me which pattern is your favourite, by midnight Sunday 10 February GMT. I’ll randomly draw a winner and let you know on Monday 11 February.

This giveaway has now closed! 
Thank you for all your comments. We have a winner :)

Fingers crossed!

By the way, if you’d like to follow Island on it’s tour, you can find it reviewed at the following blogs:

J A N U A R Y   
8th – Vancouver Yarn 
10th – KD Quilts 
14th – Canadian Living 
17th – Celtic Cast On
22nd – Canary Knits 
24th – Hey Jen Renee 
29th – The Yarniad 
31st – Knitted Bliss

F E B R U A R Y   
5th – French Press Knits   
7th – Truly Myrtle 
12th – Noodlehead 
14th – Miso Crafty 
19th – SweetGeorgia 
21st – A Playful Day

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