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California Revival Knits

I'm really excited to be a part of the blog tour for Stephannie's new book California Revival Knits Not only do I love everything Cooperative Press is doing these days, but Stephannie is one of the wonderful tech editors who helps make sure my indie patterns are error free by the time they land in knitters hands.

CRK cover

Knowing Stephannie's eye for detail I expected this book and pattern collection to be beautiful, and it is. It's full of the complex sorts of designs I love best- twisty cables, fancy colorwork, lace, and beads - every pattern has a little something to make it extra special.


But The book is written and laid out in such a way as to make these totally approachable. The charts are clean and easy to read, the directions are simple and to the point without being wordy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these patterns to someone who wants to try a new technique for the first time!

CRK design process

Stephannie also includes details about the inspiration she found in the California Revival architecture and the tile mosaics that are still being hand made in that area. These sources of inspiration are behind all her designs and give the collection a wonderfully cohesive feeling in spite of the variety of projects and colors involved. As a designer myself I love to get that peek into how others are inspired.

I'm happy to announce that Cooperative Press is letting me give away a copy of California Revival Knits on my blog! To simplify things for me (you don't want to make my head explode, I hope) to enter the drawing you'll need to leave a comment on my main blog. In your comment tell me which pattern from the book is your favorite! You can check them out here, or find them all on Ravelry. Make sure the e-mail address you leave is good, since that's how I'll contact the winner. You have until noon (EDT) May 9th to enter.

My favorite pattern, ever since the previews came out, are the Peacock Mitts They're GORGEOUS! Look at the details! They also involve 10 colors, quite a bit of intarsia, duplicate stitch, and beading... So when I needed a little something mindless to knit while I write up some designs I figured, maybe no peacocks. Instead I've cast on for a pair of Wrought socks. I desperately need more socks, and these have twisty cables! How could I go wrong?

wrought iron

Mine are knit out of some discontinued colorway of KPPPM from the deep stash. I wanted something fun which will hopefully still show off the cables (it's sort of working). And while my last pair of socks taught me that I don't really like 6" sock cuffs I thought these looked a touch short in the photos (hey, warm sock needs in CA are probably less than those in VT) So I doubled the length of the twisted stitch ribbing before I moved into the wrought iron cables themselves.

And I'll openly admit I'm knitting these on my US 1.5 needles because they match the yarn better than the bright green US 1's.

Check out the other stops on the book blog tour!

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