9.14.2010

Never Not Knitting Patterns- A Closer Look



Like I previously mentioned, I'm ecstatic about my new pretty pattern line!

Here are a few photos that I would like to share with you because I love them.
I have been working on this redesign for a year and these patterns have become like my little paper children.
You must bear with me.

Patterns 3 framed

I am one proud Mama.

As you can see each pattern is different but follows the same beautiful theme. Scrapbook pages!

Yes, each pattern is designed to look like layered scrapbook paper complete with paper clips and photo corners, which give the pages dimension and interest.

I love seeing all the patterns together. It really does resemble scrapbook paper don't you think?

Patterns 2 framed

All of my patterns are now printed on glossy card stock in a brochure style format which really makes them look professional.

Pattern overlay framed

Additionally each pattern includes original illustrations and hand drawn sizing schematics.
I feel like this makes the patterns extra special and unique.

Below you will find a little collage of some of the illustrations you may come across.

Pattern Illustration collage

So.. bottom line. These are not your ordinary knitting patterns.
When you open one, you step into a themed little scrapbook paper world.
Each pattern is its own unique work of art.
I wanted the illustrations and backgrounds to make the designs come alive to the knitter.

I think that they are so much fun and I hope you will too!
(Remember that the printed patterns are only sold through yarn shops. Please check here for a stockist in your area.)

None of this would have been possible without the help of Tana,
my wonderful technical editor and 2 very talented graphic artists.
Thank you so much Michelle and Jill!

Aside from graphic design, you may already know Jill Zielinski from the Knitterella blog. She designs the cutest knitting themed tags and notecards, you must check her out! She was the designer behind my Molly, Chloe, Spring Garden Tee, and Amelie patterns and did a wonderful job!

Michelle is not yet a knitter (I am holding out hope), and for that I give her an unbelievable amount of credit! Figuring out how to layout knitting patterns while not being familiar with them is hard work. She was very patient and I appreciate that so much!
Michelle is responsible for my lovely scrapbook theme and was the artist behind the majority of my patterns. Thank you Michelle!

I will be posting up a drawing giveaway within the next few days for my complete new printed pattern line.
So be sure to check back soon so that you can enter!


44 comments:

NessaKnits said...

They are lovely. Like little pieces of collectable art! You are justifiably proud. And what sort of word is "gulsilic" for a word verification??

Tinkie said...

It has been such a pleasure to see you grow in your many talents! These beautifully published patterns are a tribute to that talent and tenacity my friend. I guess I'll have to sideline 'instant gratification' and not immediately download your wonderful designs...in exchange for a lovely keepsake. Keep 'em coming Kiddo! Stephanie

Drop Stitches Not Bombs said...

What perfectly lovely patterns! I adore the scrapbook look - it seems to strike just the right balance between being clean and professional, and being homey and charming. This seems like an exciting new development: you are quite right to be proud!

Siga said...

They are amazing!

Sara said...

The new patterns are lovely, just like the patterns themselves! Does that make sense??? :-)

Jessica said...

Your patterns were always lovely- now they are STUNNING!! I'm so happy for you- your excitement is infectious!!!
Jpeled on ravelry

Ruth said...

They are so beautiful! I hope you sell all of them immediately!

Julie said...

wow, the whole collection is so dazzling!!! absolutely amazing pattern design, you've really outdone yourself. Great job, Alana!!!

morewithles said...

Positively stunning. Great job.

rebekahsyarn said...

Congrats on your new line. You need a distributor in Illinois and Missouri (or just the St. Louis area) :-)

lilmamad said...

gorgeous!

Nicola said...

Of course they look professional. They ARE professional. Congratulations to you and all the team.
I think they look like fabric swatches too. Wouldn't they make a fantastic quilt?

ctexas said...

You are right they look like a scrapbook. What a beautiful way to show off your designs.

Always on the cutting edge.

Julie said...

You definitely should be proud, they are gorgeous! And very unique so they will certainly stand out amongst other patterns. I continue to be impressed and amazed at the things you bring forth. Wow!

MaryLou said...

Can a book be far behind?

Denise said...

Your patterns look gorgeous, (I love scrapbooking, so these are totally my style) you've done for knitting patterns what 'The Pioneer Woman' did for cookbooks:) I can't wait to get to the store near me to buy some.

Faith said...

Beautiful! I love all of the thought and care you put into them!

mlanezoo said...

I LOVE your pattern designs. They truly are works of art. As a graphic designer myself, I am envious that you beat me to this wonderful idea! ;)

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

These look fabulous! I wish I had a stockist by me, but I guess I will settle for the downloaded pdf's!

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

Those are great!

Julianne said...

They are just beautiful! Congrats!!

Nancy n Paul said...

Absolutely beautiful.... the care you have taken to make these so appealing to the eyes make me want to knit them all! I'll be watching for them at a store near me soon!

Michelle said...

Lovely!!!

Rene' Sharp said...

Congrats, from what we can see your patterns really are each a little work of art. So happy for you, you have worked really hard to get to this point :)

Every day adventures of the Hirschfeld-Salmons said...

These are beautiful. It's so much fun to see someone pay so much attention to the detail and create an amazing experience!

slj1807 said...

Oh Alana, those are soooo pretty! I love, love, love them.

marylove said...

congratulations!!! they look so pretty. you are so talented!

knitwish said...

I just bought the Shawl Collared Cowl pattern at Twisted in Portland - the printed pattern is really lovely - great photos and instructions, beautifully presented! I look forward to the knitting!

Anne Marthe said...

So many nice patterns:) Wish I could buy them in the shows aswell, but guess they probably wont find the way to norway;)
I`ve made shawl collarded cowl..making my 3. now..love em:)
Good luck with ur patterns!

Mare said...

beautiful pattern cards! I love to knit scarves in the round... fast, simple, easy.

lylandra said...

I love your patterns! They look so pretty. To think we get a work of are to make a work of art.

victoria said...

The new patterns are SO well done, YAY YOU!

I love to knit sweaters. Except on days I love to knit shawls/scarves/cowls.

Big help, eh?

Julie said...

These are just so pretty!

FiberValleyGirl said...

We have a great Barn Store at our alpaca ranch in VA and would love to carry your patterns! How can we become one of your stockists? They look fantastic!

rinebird said...

I love to knit baby & toddler tees & sweaters.I have your Garden Tee pattern.I can't wait to make it.I had to worry about patterns that only go to 24 months.if at all.Alana you have patterns that first many sizes, now the Garden Tee.I can make it for both of my grand girls.Have you ever been to Philadelphia?I got to loopyarn for my MadelineTosh.

Thank you!

Puddytat purr said...

I love to knit shawls - especially shawls with my own handspun! They're so versatile and can be worn with anything!

Ipu said...

Never not knitting patterns - they never will be not knitted:-)
As this has happened to me!
Sometimes it happens that I am so sure that I will do something and then I purchase the pattern, but even that, they just don't ever get done.
I am already now ready with the coming winter here in Finland, with the latest pattern of your cawl. And it did not remain unknitted...the patterns are so delicious that it is a joy to knit them. And not to mention that those cawl will appear this Christmas in many packets in my family:-)

Meriam said...

Pattern love! Fingers crossed that I win!

peepla said...

Hello this is peepla7 on twitter.

These are so pretty...I just adore the borders. I love scrapbooking but I'm lousy at it. Love knitting...good at it. I find a knitting pattern on a scrapbook format intriguing! That's just brilliant. I may have to give scrapbooking another try as well. My favorite things to knit is anything that catches my eye so while I have many w.i.p.'s I always make something small like earrings, socks, purses...just so I can see a start, middle and finish of stuff every now and again. Otherwise you burn out and put the needles down. I have 2 projects that I've worked on for more than a year...a wedding dress...no longer motivated as I've given the ring back. And a seed stitch shrug....can't seed st...didn't know it was seed until after I started and the person whom it's for does not want a variation....in that time, I've knitted 42 pairs of socks and even more than that on earrings, necklaces and 3 purses. Guess you could say my projects range from long and lasting to short and quick. Ha ha. Even though I'm a wishwash...hope that helps in some way, form, or fashion. Stay blessed.

desiree66 said...

Just found your site, VERY nice :)
Maybe it's a pleasure to read that there are people from allover the world reading your messages.
I am from Holland ( tulips, cheese and wooden shoes)--> according to tourists

Ruby said...

Alana, can we purchase the full complement of patterns as a complete set from your pattern store? Would love to see that option made available.

Alana said...

Hi Ruby!

Do you mean purchase all pdfs together in a set?

-Alana

Karen said...

I love knitting baby sweaters, shawls and scarves. I really want to do the shawl collared cowl and the sprin tee! The patterns are so pretty -- knitting art!

Silvania said...

Hi Alana,
I'm a brazilian knitter and I loved your printed patterns, they are very, very beautiful. I'll go to NY in november and hope still to find your patterns in the indicated yarnshops.
Thank you,
Silvania