Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Patterna Nova :: The Sweater Book

I am very excited today. Today is the release of my very first standalone collection, my first e-book, my first book. After lots of knitting and tons of math, I am so happy to be able to finally show you this labor of love. Introducing, The Sweater Book.

The Sweater

The Sweater Book is a collection of 4, you guessed it, sweater patterns: two vests, a cardigan, and a pullover. Each one is a great pattern on its own, but here’s the twist: these sweaters were designed with the same yarn, at the same gauge, and with interchangeable parts. Like the pullover, but want different waist shaping and longer sleeves? No problem! Like the shape of the simple vest, but want a lace pattern on it and a turtleneck? No biggie! I think of it as being a sort of “choose your adventure” style of pattern writing -- because each pattern starts off the same way, you start knitting and the pattern will guide you through the selection of neck shaping, stitch patterns, waist shaping, sleeve style, etc. Each pattern is knit from the top down (sleeves are set-in and shaped with short rows), so modifying for your specific size is simple, too.

So let’s meet the patterns…

The Yuri Pullover features empire waist shaping, long length in the body, a simple-yet-striking shadow cable running down the 3/4 length sleeves, and a turtleneck…


The Moab Vest is meant to be worn hanging open without fastenings (but looks very cool fastened with a pin as well!) and has no waist shaping, a low scoop neck, and is done in a super simple textured stitch pattern…


Napali is a versatile cardigan with lace panels running down the front, a high scoop neck, long sleeves, and subtle waist shaping…


And the Shasta Vest has a more emphasized waist and a v-neck.


And remember, any of the design elements mentioned above can be swapped out with others from another pattern in the collection!

All of the patterns in The Sweater Book can be purchased either individually or together as an e-book on the Knit Picks website, and it will be available in hard copy in a few days as well. You can see more information on The Sweater Book's Ravelry page as well.

8 comments:

Katinka said...

That's a cool and clever premise! The designs are great. :D

Julie Crawford said...

Purchased this e book this afternoon! Love the concept, can't wait to try some out. And worsted weight, I bet these all just fly off the needles in no time!

beckyinvt said...

This is a brilliant concept AND gorgeous designs. It's a winning combination that you have every right to be proud of! I like it :-)

Susan said...

Congratulations! That's an amazing accomplishment.

Audry said...

Congrats on getting this collection out. It looks like a lot of careful thought was put into each piece.

Philigry said...

Amazing!! So happy for you!

Jan Moorehouse said...

Bought this book--eager to make the pullover or the cardigan. I appear to need to use #8 needles for my Spud and Chloe yarn. Do you foresee any concerns?

Hilary said...

Hi Jan! (I did get your 3 comments -- I have comment moderation turned on for posts older than a month, so they don't get published until I approve them.) The answer to your question really depends on your gauge. If you can get gauge in that yarn with size 8 needles, then that's fine. If your gauge is drastically different, then your sweater will turn out a different size. But you should be able to make adjustments if that's the case.