Rich, earthy, inspiring are just a few words that come to mind as I begin flipping the pages of my beautiful new knitting book, Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting. The photography is simply captivating. I’m quickly reminded of why Fall, with sweater knits, textures, and moody colors is the best time of year for fashion.
Botanical Knits: Nature-Inspired Knitting Patterns
You can’t help but be impressed by the beauty in all the details. For example, a cascading cable and leaf design starts over the shoulder and continues seamlessly down the length of the sleeve in the Entangled Vines pattern. Then there’s the flattering contours of the stockinette stitched panels along the sides of Autumn’s End. Or even the delicate budding vine stalk stitching that climbs up the center back of Buds and Blooms.
As an occasional knitter, this is the time of year that I start rummaging through my favourite knitting patterns. I’m constantly looking for ones to occupy my nights over the cold, wintry months. Botanical Knits is packed full of 12 well thought-out patterns creating a complete collection of gorgeous nature-inspired sweaters, cardigans, toques, scarves, mittens and socks. Each timeless pattern cleverly references a design from nature’s own trees and foliage. The recommended yarns are all from natural fibers such as merino wool, silk and alpaca wool. We recently wrote about the wonderful benefits of using wool yarn versus a synthetic or man-made fiber and have been using natural fibers for our knitting and crochet projects ever since.
The candle’s been lit, I’m ready to jump right in and get my knitting-on. But now comes the tough part: deciding which pattern to do first! I think I’ll start with the delicate leaf and cable adorned Ivy Trellis socks (I’ve always wanted to knit a pair of socks after all). And then there’s the matching Ivy Trellis mittens. Not to mention the Spring Foliage fingerless mitts! Decisions, decisions … (this is a good problem to have!).
A Thoughtful Gift Idea for Knitters
With it’s helpful tips and lovely detailed patterns, Botanical Knits is one charming book. I’ll be gladly referencing it over and over again. Honestly, this would make such a thoughtful and appreciated gift for any knitter in your life. Not only are the designs in the book gorgeous, but the book itself is just a treat for the eyes. With everything digital these days, it’s easy to forget the feel of a smooth, heavy book in your hands. This knitting pattern book would be great as a stocking stuffer. Or combine it with some yummy wool yarn to create a fantastic birthday, Christmas or mother’s day gift!
What was the last piece you knitted?