8.17.2011

"Design Collection" BIG REVEAL




I've been alluding to a " design collection" on my blog and podcast 
in vague terms and photos for quite awhile now.
But now I am so excited to finally tell you what this "collection" is all about!
 It's a bit more than just a grouping of new patterns, its actually a self-published BOOK 
that I have put together with designer and friend, Hannah Fettig from Knitbot!

Hannah and I are friends living on opposite ends of the country but have come together to produce this book, Coastal Knits. It's a compilation of ten new designs inspired by specific locations on our respective East and West coastlines.






What a fun and exciting project this has been! I cant wait to share it with all of you!
Preorders for the book will start in September and we expect the book itself to be released in October.
Of course there will be much more information about Coastal Knits provided over the following weeks, but for now, here are some sneak previews of the patterns we've included!
(**Warning** This is the longest blogpost ever!)


First up! A look at my West Coast designs...


"Rustling Leaves" Beret.


"Gnarled Oak" Cardigan


"Sand and Sea" Shawlette



"Wildflower" Cardigan


"Cambrian" Cowl




And now for Hannah's East Coast inspired designs....

"Rocky Coast" Cardigan

"Branching Out" Mitts
"Water's Edge" Cardigan
"Panoramic" Stole

"Bayside" Pullover


For more pictures of Hannah's beautiful knits, please visit her blog at knitbot.com.


I am SO excited by how this collection has come together. I really hope that you will enjoy it too!

More updates to follow!

106 comments:

thewalshfam said...

Beautiful!!! Absolutely beautiful! I want to knit every single piece! Thank goodness preschool is starting soon :). That way I'll hopefully have more knitting time! Congrats to you both on an awesome job!

Catie said...

gorgeous knits - I'm super excited about the book!

Jocelyn said...

Congrats to you both. Beautiful job.

acornarts said...

Consider one sold! I can't wait. Not to sound like a suck-up, but you & Hannah are my favorite knitwear designers! Really, you can check my raverly page! I didn't see a project that I couldn't see myself knitting. Congratulations to you both!

Laura said...

They are fabulous!! I can't wait for the whole book!!!

Nuttygal said...

I want to knit them all!!!! When does this book come out.

Passionknitly said...

OMG. I love the cabled cardigan. I also love the model's hair. Want both!

Pinkylee said...

All I can say is AWESOME! Can't wait

Ellen said...

All of the designs are gorgeous! Congratulations to you and Hannah. I can't wait for the book to come out. A new baby, a new book - what a great time for you, Alana!

Erin said...

Lovely!

O~ said...

I can not wait for Coastal Knits to be available! ALL of the patterns are just beautiful! I can't wait to get started on several of these pieces and they will all be for ME ME ME! :)

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Congratulations! Awesome collection!

Suzanne said...

Oh my! You have outdone yourself. Wow. I absolutely love that beret.

Emily said...

Wow! Beautiful! There's not a single thing I don't like!

Lucy said...

All the designs are so beautiful! Looking forward to the book.

Silvia M. said...

Gorgeous designs, can't wait to get a copy! :)

Jenn said...

what a lovely idea! the projects are beautiful!

grandmastatus said...

Wow! Congratulations! I think I like the wildflower cardi best. Hannah's Bayside is also lovely. I can't wait to see this wonderful new addition in person :)

PixelatedMushroom said...

:D sounds like it will be a print book rather than an e-book? or perhaps both? can't wait ^_^

Kate said...

you two are amazing!!!! i cannot wait to see the book! beautiful, inspiring pieces, every one of them.

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

WOW & WOW! I really like those designs, especially the sweaters. I'm going to look for that book!

Kerstin said...

Just beautiful Alana. All your hard work shows in every stitch. This is only the beginning of a long successful design career for you. I wish you and Hannah lots of fun enjoying the fruits of your labor! I can't wait to see the book!

Malin said...

Oh wow! What a great collection! That first beret is gorgeous.

Mikaela said...

I´m definitely going to buy this beautiful book when it´s released! Beautiful patterns and dito pictures½

Kaitlin said...

All of them are so unique and beautiful. I think these patterns will appeal across generations! As a 19 yo knitter I am beyond excited for this book. Definitely buying it.

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Irisha said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!

Emily said...

AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO VERY VERY EXCITED to see this! You are both my favorite designers and this is going to be an amazing collaboration! So happy my birthday is right around the corner, I will most definitely be pre-ordering this book.

Now, what to make first? :)

Cinnamon said...

Oh my goodness Alana I am stunned. I think I want to knit every item! Can't wait for the book. Congratulations!

kate said...

Very femine collection, i absolutely loved rocky coast cardigan

Isabelle said...

Everything looks just wonderful! There is no doubt this book is going to be a huge success. Congratulations to you and Hannah!

Melissa said...

Wow! I have to say that I want to knit absolutely every single piece shown in this book. And that is never the case with me (i'm picky!). Gorgeous!!!!
Congratulations! I can't wait to order my book.

CU@5 said...

Absolutely beautiful and wearable collection, congrats!

Monica said...

beautiful designs from both of you! Congratulations!

Ninnu said...

Beautiful patterns, I'm so buying the book when it comes out!

penelope10 said...

What a beautiful collection! Can't wait to own it!

ashley_mann said...

So, I knew this new collection was going to rock the house. But, wow, this goes so far beyond that! Knitting world, take notice! Alana and Hannah have taken over.

MsStitcher said...

Oh My Goodness! What a wonderful selection of knits!

Kristen said...

i need to own this IMMEDIATELY! super impressive Alana, everything's gorgeous! (your curly-haired model is just darn adorable too . . . i've always wanted curly hair)

Lori said...

A book? You AND Hannah Fettig in the same book? OMG, you have outdone yourself! I seriously love both of your designs and would buy this book sight unseen, price unknown - but the designs ... they are SO gorgeous. As some others have said, I can see myself knitting each and every one of these. They are so beautiful. Eagerly awaiting the book. And thank you for giving us such beautiful things to knit. :)

Denise said...

OMG! What gorgeous knits, I love em all, especially the cardis for fall:-) can't wait!

Rach said...

Such lovely colors

meppybn said...

Wow, wow, wow - great staples with a twist - just love them all! Consider another one 'sold' :) btw, apologies if this is nitpicky but it should be 'allude' in your first sentence, - elude is to evade :) :)

Missy knits said...

Oh wow, I can't even decide which one to knit first!! I am a big fan of both you and Hannah, and this book is going to be the best of both worlds!! Fantastic collaboration--kuddos to both of you!!!

pea.knits. said...

There are absolutely NO WORDS for the beautiful creations. Gorgeous & beautiful don't even begin to describe it. I am so excited for you!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Love this collection!!! I'm a West coast gal and your designs look ideal for our "winter" ~

Jessica said...

Just beautiful!!
Jpeled on ravelry

millefeuilles said...

I feel happier still and more inspired today after seeing your stunningly graceful collection; leaves, leaves... Fall, here we come.

margaux said...

wow that is awesome! Beautiful job!! I am in love with so many of the designs.

Ana said...

Yeah...definitely 'alluding', not 'eluding'.
I love the classic look of this! The book will be great.........

Marta said...

What an exciting project! I love Hannah's designs, as well as yours. And the photos are amazing!

Julie said...

all these designs are so, so gorgeous!! what a great collaborative project, I cna't wait!!

Irene said...

OH MY GOODNESS! These are gorgeous! I think I'm just as excited as you about this! I can't wait!

Tante J said...

As a California native who's been transplanted to the East Coast I have to say that ALL the patterns absolutely appeal! I can't wait for the release date!! Wishing you both a HUGE success with this.

Lisa said...

Lovely!

I know I'm in trouble when I'm looking at the pictures going, "I want to knit that" and "I want to king that", "Ooo that's cute! I want to kint that!"

Super excited about the book!

Dee said...

Everything is just beautiful! Your designs are perfect with so much attention to detail! Can't wait for the book!

Clumsy Knitter said...

Wow. Everything is so gorgeous that I want to knit it all. Congrats!

AudKnits said...

How thrilling! Each design is fantastic. I love the "coastal" concept. I can hardly wait for the book to come out - I want to make so many your gorgeous patterns!

Sara said...

There isn't a design there that I wouldn't want to knit and wear myself. This will be a must buy book for me! Nice work, ladies!
Sara

Kristina Knits said...

Congratulations Alana! I am so happy for both of you and the collection looks just amazing. I can't wait for it to come out!

Overanalyzer: said...

Ok I MUST have this! I am so impressed with every piece. How beautiful they all are! Where can we buy??

Betsy said...

So amazingly beautiful. I see so many things I would love to make.

Mimosa said...

Congratulations ! Your designs are gorgeous !

craftyneedles said...

All the designs are fantastic. I especially love your sweaters, Alana! I can't wait for the book!

Knitterella said...

Lovely!!! So exciting. I want to pre-order!

gowyo said...

How exciting I can hardly wait till October!

ikkinlala said...

Congratulations!

Jayden said...

Absolutley beautiful!! Love everything about it... the patterns, the yarn choices, colors, the photography.

Kathy said...

I think rustling leaves is my favorite. The bayside pullover is magnificant. Your gnarled oak cardigan (I see what the pidgeon roof was used for) is luscious. Congratulations! So much excitement for you this year on the professional and personal level!

Completely Frogged said...

Beautiful knitwear! I love it. I've listened to your great podcast, but this is my first adventure to your blog. What a pleasant surprise!

Destash Now said...

WOW I love each design and would love to start knitting now. I hope I can obtain the yarns used because they are so pretty. Congratulations to you both. Self publishing is no easy matter. I am a fan of your podcast and you could read me stories that I could listen to all day - your voice has an amazing quality. I am so glad you can pursue your interest with such great passion.

Cami said...

I am in LOVE with these designs! So well done. Water's Edge cardigan is amazing. It's so beautiful! Congratulations, Alana!

Heidi said...

This is some of your best work! And the most excited I have been about new patterns in awhile. Can't wait for the book! Way to go! What a huge endeavor!
bigheidi on ravelry

Kelly said...

Stunning!! Great work. I am sold! I want to knit them all. I love both of your cardigans...and Hannah's designs too.

Phaye said...

I did not see one thing that would not make my must knit list.
I can not wait for all these patterns to be published. Thank you for sharing.

Jenny T. said...

Wow! I love ALL the patterns! I am so excited for you and for this book to come out!

millefeuilles said...

Dear Alana,
I just wanted to ask/let you know that I am offering to pay for two of your Fall patterns as a giveaway on my blog.

I hope that is ok?

Thank you.

Karen said...

They are all so gorgeous! I want to knit them all! =) You are so talented!

~hunnyb~ on ravelry

kristal135 said...

Congratulations on such a lovely collection! You and Hannah must be delighted with the result. Can't wait to place my order. Kristal135

Dawn said...

Beautiful...this would be great to review on my vidcast!

Michelle said...

Wow!! I love them! I cna't wait for the book to come out!!

Poethead said...

Congratulations on this collaboration! The designs look spectacular! I can't wait to see the book and buy the patterns.

D2 said...

The designs are lovely - i really think you both did a fabulous job!

Racedogmom said...

I don't buy collections. Never enough designs that I'd want to cast on. Not in this case. I WANT THIS BOOK!!! So many pieces that I'd love to knit! Wow. Just wow.

Denise/CT said...

Looking forward to this publication...two of my favorite designers in one book! WOW!!!

k2ntrish said...

Great designs. Congrats to you both.

Kristen said...

Beautiful! There are 4 that I must knit pronto so I hope this comes out soon! Very happy for you.

Timmie said...

A friend told me about your blog last night. Glad she did. I love the designs for the book and can't wait to order one. I'll be following from now on.

Geraldine said...

Oh I want that shawlette! These are just beautiful, all of them. COngrats on the new book, I remember the excitement of that feeling. Well done! Can't wait to see the book too.

Geraldine said...

PS: I posted about your new book over at my cooking and craft blog:

http://veggiesyarnsandtails.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/a-new-knitting-book-to-check-out/

Hope it's a great success. Beautiful work!

Cheers, G

stephigordon said...

Stunning, beautiful, lovely.... can't wait to see the book!!! Congratulations! Stephanie

KatieB said...

Great news about "Coastal Knits." I am in the midst of planning a short fall anniversary trip to the Cali Central Coast and hope to be lugging a copy of the book with me.

rinebird said...

What a beautiful collection & the yarn you chose.rinebird@gmail.com

tina said...

Ab Fab! I want to knit it all and it's been a long time since I've said that! Count me as waiting impatiently! Great job!

Flaming Starr said...

These designs are a delight! I want to knit all of them. What a beautiful job Congratulations to both of you.

L. P. said...

What a gorgeous set of patterns and work. You have a great eye for design and for the yarns that make them.

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Georgeous. Inspired and Inspiring. I lost track of how many I would love to have, knit and wear!
kim

Carol said...

MUST. HAVE. IT. ALL. Knitting lust is in full swing and incurable now. What have you done to me?

purltherapy said...

Absolutely fabulous! I can't wait to add this to my library, find some beautiful yarn and start my needles a clicking.

RachelUnraveled said...

Your collection is even more beautiful than I could have imagined! I love all of your's and Hannah's designs and I can't wait to get knitting (especially the Gnarled Oak cardi!) Congrats to you both!

marigold jam said...

I so want that book!

magrit said...

Aaah !
Every single piece is so beatutifull, whit nice detail and so feminine... The book will be super-successful, I'm sure !

zenmaria said...

Wow..!

jen said...

Stunning patterns. They are all 'something' that I want to make.

kamoul said...

These patterns are fabulous. I can't wait for the book to be released.

knitngreen said...

Delish!! Beautiful photos and designs.