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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! 

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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!

Toba Slippers / by

Toba Slippers / by

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NEW Pattern /// West Coast Cardigan

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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.

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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.

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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

West Coast Cardigan / by

West Coast Cardigan / by

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.

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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!