2.16.2014

Botanical Knits 2 Pattern Preview!

I am so excited to finally share with you the design projects 
that I have been working on over the past year.
Introducing...



My new book!

This is a sequel to Botanical Knits published last year. The response to that book was so positive and I just wasn't quite ready to stop designing botanically inspired knits quite yet.

Here is a little peek at the 12 new designs.





This sweater was the first piece I designed for the collection and I think it might be my favorite.
I love the romantic over-sized hood that forms a beautiful shawl collar in the front when worn down. There is also a tree motif on the back. I call it a "secret" tree because it is only visible when the hood is up. This sweater also has A-line shaping, a pretty rounded back hemline and a few little gathers where the skirt meets the bodice.






This beret is a fun and fast project to knit. The lacy stitch pattern is a perfect one for beginning lace knitters because it isn't very complicated. I would consider this design to be the easiest hat in the collection to execute. Unlike the others, you won't have to get out your cable needle for this one! Thicket is worked from the brim up and can easily be finished in only a few evenings.





I love love love the way this shawl turned out. The body of the shawl is basic, but the edging is what makes it truly unique. My goal was to create a leafy edging that was barely holding onto the body of the shawl like spent leaves clinging to branches at the end of the season. With a lot of swatching, I felt like I was finally able to create in knitting what I had envisioned in my mind and I the finished shawl is unusual and whimsical. I'm very happy with this one.







For my Sunlit Autumn cardigan, I wanted to experiment with lace insets. I have often seen this design element used in ready to wear garments and I find it really pretty and feminine.
The lace inset on the back reminds me of a photo used in the first book of an autumn leaf held up to the light with sunshine glowing all around it. I wanted to capture that same idea in the stitch pattern and I think it turned out really nicely.









I really loved the stitch pattern that I designed for the Twigs and Willows cardigan from Botanical Knits and decided to create a smaller version for these cute cropped little mitts. These are a perfect choice for those of you who are interested in trying out this stitch pattern but are not quite ready to commit to an entire sweater project.







Forest Foliage is the first lace shawl I have ever designed and it will go down in history as the most difficult pattern to write up. Just ask my technical editor. She will fill you in. :)
The shawl itself, however, is so pretty. It is made up of solid knit autumn leaves floating in a sea of lace stitches. When I hold the shawl up to the light it reminds me of sunlight streaming in through the leaves of a tree. 






The Ivy Trellis Hat was originally released as a special pattern giveaway to everyone who pre-ordered Botanical Knits, and it is now appearing in my new book. This hat is designed to coordinate with the Ivy Trellis Socks and Mittens from Botanical Knits. Between you and me.. I cannot get enough of this stitch pattern. I think it is so beautiful and it translated so well into a hat. I love the embossed texture of the cables and leaves. 





On this cardigan, a textured, flourishing vine climbs up the left sweater front, much like a vine on a tree. It's a striking detail that is so fun to knit. I love designs like this with a single plant motif. They are so addicting and go so fast because you can watch the plant grow on your needles as you work. Waist shaping has been incorporated to the sides of this cardigan for a flattering fit.






With this design, I experimented with working a new leaf shape into the stitches. The result is a slouchy hat with subtle fern stitch motifs growing out from the crown as well as the brim. I think that this pattern could definitely be a unisex pattern and sized up for a man. 





Verdure was originally available for a limited time as part of the Twisted Yarn Shop Mad About Tosh Club 2013 and is now appearing again in Botanical Knits 2. These mitts feature a fun twisted stitch sprouting plant motif on the back of the hand and only take one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh dk. They work up very quickly!






You may remember my blog post about this design a few months back. The colorway this scarf is made from was especially created just for this project. The gradient colors represent the spring-to-autumn life cycle. The scarf is a long decorative string of leaves that can be wrapped around your neck several times for a cozy colorful scarf.






Now this sweater you have seen before. Sprig was released previously and has become quite popular due to it's unique details and construction. The special thing about this sweater is the asymmetrical neckline that once completed results in a symmetrical sweater. A leafy sprig of foliage wraps around the neckline and sleeve cuffs and I love the way that the little leaves drape over the shoulder when worn. It is a special sweater. Unlike any other sweater pattern, I've seen!




 I hope that you all really enjoy these new patterns as much as I did designing them! Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Botanical Knits 2; Twelve More Inspired Designs To Knit And Love will be available digitally and to pre-order in print from our website (botanicalknits.com) on March 3 at 10:00 am PST.

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For now all of the pattern pictures and information is up on Ravelry! Please check them out HERE. I have also added discussion/KAL threads for each design on the Botanical Knits Ravelry group forums. Please join us as we discuss yarn options and plans to begin the new projects. I will be checking it to answer any questions you may have about the new designs. Also please be sure to tune in to my next podcast episode where I will be sharing even more about each of these patterns.

Thank you so much for your patience, support and excitement for my new book!
I can't wait to release it! :)





29 comments:

Kristen said...

LOVELY!

britgirlknits said...

Forest foliage and ferns to cast on straight away, the lace is the prettiest design I've seen. Then bare branches! Congratulations on a wonderful second collection, I love all the designs.

cockney blonde said...

Absolutely love these designs. I think Life Cycle and Ferns are my favourite but I also love the hidden tree cardi. You are so talented, x

Devin said...

Wow... These are simply... amazing. I can't believe how much I love these designs. You're going to hate me, but I LOVE the lace shawl! I think that will be my first project. And the hats that don't involve cable needles. And the sweaters. LOVE.

Suzanne said...

Congrats on another beautiful collection and a smiling model.

Pamela said...

Congrats! These are all amazing!

Brenda said...

Beautiful work (as usual)! I'm so excited about this book...love the hats and mitts especially. Oh! And the shawl! Thanks for all the work that went into this book.

little olive said...

you blew me away with the first book, now this! I love love love love it all.. btw did I say I love it! with this much inspiration from leaves and nature, do have anything inspired by flowers?

ela said...

oh these projects are so beautiful! congratulation for these wonderful designs!

Kelly Ramstack said...

I really love the lace shawl and the fern hat. Congrats on another set of gorgeous patterns!

Creative Purple Veggies said...

Those are just so beautiful!

Gitte said...

I simply love "Bare Branches"

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Unknown said...

These designs are so inspired and artistic! Congratulations on yet another breathtaking and imaginative collection!

Arielle, alaPenelope on Ravelry

Julie Crawford said...

oh wow Alana- you`ve knocked it out of the park again! Such a gorgeous, amazing collection.

Michelle Nussey said...

I LOVE all your natural looking knits! I am getting married in October and the theme of our wedding is a whimsical forest, like something out of a fairy tale. Since my girls are wearing emerald green I want to knit myself some kind of shawl in that colour. I am definitely going to scour your book when it comes out!!

misun ♥ said...

Beautiful!! Love all the leaves and the details of them!!

kathy b said...

Each one so lovely and with a botanical edge that compliments the names

Isabelle said...

Congratulations on your new book! Once again I find myself loving everything in it. Bare Branches is also my favourite - love love love!

Hilary A said...

I am actually squealing over these pictures! I can't wait to cast on for the fern hat!

Joseph & Jennifer Compton said...

You have such beautiful designs. I'm not sure I'll ever be able able to knit like that. Maybe I'll stick to the tote bags and purses I like making. They're great for carrying around knitting and other craft projects.

www.fromjennifer.etsy.com

Ariane said...

The Forest foliage is definitively my favorite! Congrats on all that hard work!

Audry said...

All your designs look so lovely. Congrats on getting this one out. I know it takes quite a bit of work to cover all the details and design mishaps.

Anne Marie said...

So many beautiful patterns!

Catrina Z said...

I am wondering if it's possible to purchase the Hidden Tree Cardi on its own? I love it so much, but am not that great of a knitter, so would like to try my hand at knitting this before I tackle an entire book! Thanks so much. Catrina

M van Huet said...

My absolute favourite is Forest Foliage followed closely by Sprig and Bare Branches aka hidden tree.

Congratulations on your new book!
Mariek

Sp√łtis said...

The bare branches wlked right in on my knitting-list. Love the Hood and the hidden tree!

Anneli said...

What a wonderful collection. I really enjoyed looking at all these amazing patterns and projects.

Mary Buchan said...

Your designs are beautiful! Especially like Sprig - will have to add to my queue. How adorable is the zoo animal book and yarn -would love to win! Knittingmaryb on rav