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Monday, November 28, 2016

OFF THE NEEDLES / Fireside Pullover with Button Closure

{ Fireside Pullover with button closure }

I've been meaning to share this version of the Fireside Pullover — which I knit almost 2 years ago, after the original sample was developed. I wanted for this version to be worn as more of an outer layer for camping. I decided the warm heathered brown would be more forgiving and added the optional button closure to keep the collar closer to my neck for cold nights around the campfire.

The pullover is also slightly looser fitting than the original sample which suits it's intended use well. Both sweaters are knit from the same size (34) but my tension was slightly looser on this one (16 stitches instead of 17) resulting in a garment that is 35 inches around instead of 33 inches. It's amazing how much .25 of a stitch (per inch) can affect the overall circumference of a sweater and how those two inches can make quite a difference in fit!

The result is a comfy, laid back pullover, perfect for the outdoors or cozying up inside. Elsie loved this version so much that she wore it for 2 weeks straight! In fact it's so well worn from her that the insides of the cuffs are slightly felted from her 8 year old shenanigans — I can only imagine what this sweater went through on the playground at school!

I've posted all of the details for this project on Ravelry: Fireside with Button Closure.

Here are photos of the original so that you can compare the fit and finishing (collar without buttons).

These may have been knit 2 years ago but my current project right now is a third Fireside Pullover for our #withinknits knit along (original post here)! I'm making great progress — I'm nearly halfway through the hip shaping! I'm excited to add this one to my wardrobe! ...and I promise not to take 2 years to share it with you!

This pattern is also part of the Indie Designers Gift-A-Long so don't forget to use code giftalong2016 to receive 25% off the pattern (sale ends Nov 30)!

I hope you've had a good weekend! What are you knitting? 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SALE / Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2016

Indie Designer Gift-A-Long 2016

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long knit-along of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a huge list of participating independent designers. I am really excited to participate this year! Join us from Nov 22 — Dec 31 for fun games, contests, and knit-alongs that will help you get your holiday knitting done among friends in this fun and enthusiastic group!

To kick off this fun and festive knit-along I will be offering a bundle of 20 of my most popular patterns at 25% off!! View the bundle here:


Use code giftalong2016 and receive 25% OFF select patterns from now until November 30th, 11:59 pm EST. 

Hop on over to the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry and get all of the details, join one of the fun KALs, browse the enourmous list of indie designers participating this year, and get inspired during this gift knitting season!

Happy Gift Knitting!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

TRUNK SHOW & SIGNING /// Vancouver Dates

Shannon and I are so excited to be visiting a few of our favourite Vancouver shops in a few weeks time! Come and see us as we tour Vancouver the weekend of December 2nd with our trunk show samples from Within and get your book signed! 

At each of our stops we'll have the Within samples for you to see and try on, books and more! We'll be stopping at Urban Yarns (Point Grey Location), 88 Stitches and Valley Yarn. For more info, maps, etc please visit

If you are in the area I do hope you can make it to one of these events!

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.