Book review + giveaway: ISLAND by Jane Richmond

I first met Jane Richmond last year, when I was setting up the KAL with her Classic Raglan pattern. She pairs classic style with a modern sensibility, and I’ve been delighted to see her work appear in publications such as Knitty and November Knits. Today I’m excited to be a stop on the blog tour for her new book, ISLAND.

Jane kindly sent me a copy of the book to review (as well as one to give away – read on for details), and one of the highlights of my weekend was sitting down with a cup of tea and the brand-new book for a quiet half hour of reading – well, looking. Each of the five knitting patterns is photographed in one of Vancouver Island’s scenic settings, and I couldn’t have asked for a better mini-getaway than to imagine myself in the towering forests and misty meadows captured by photographer Nicholas Kupiak.

The book contains one sweater pattern, featuring Jane’s great fill-in-the-blanks instructions (perfect for customizing fit), as well as four patterns for accessories – a hat, fingerless mitts, a scarf and a cowl.

The sweater, a cardigan, features a basic body enlivened by lace panels – it’s nice enough to wear to the office (I’ve already had one request from a co-worker!) but casual enough for weekend wear, too.

There are three one-skein, quick-to-knit projects in the mix – perfect if you’re like me and do a lot of single-skein impulse-buying, or are often in the market for a quick gift knit that needs to be off the needles sometime between Saturday brunch and Sunday dinner.

To that end, on Sunday morning I found myself with a brand new skein of Sweet Georgia superwash in hand and the Renfrew pattern on my mind.

I cast on before breakfast, and by the time the muffins were ready, I was well on my way. This pattern features reverse stockinette stitch, with a twist – you knit it inside out so that most of your work is knitting (rather than endless rounds of purling). I love little tricks like that!

By this morning, I had half a hat. I love projects like this – quick to make, satisfying, and it looks just like the photo in the book.

Next up is Arbutus – I’m intrigued by the unique shape and unique construction of the cowl, and I think I know exactly who I’ll give it to.

Would you like your own copy of ISLAND? Here’s how to enter to win.

  1. Visit the ISLAND page on Ravelry to check out the patterns from the book.
  2. Leave ONE comment below answering the question: Which of the patterns would you make for yourself?
  3. Post your comment before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2013.
  4. Make sure to provide your name and email address when prompted so that we can contact you if you win! This contest is open only to residents of Canada.

I’ll post a winner next Monday, January 21. Good luck! Can’t wait to get your hands on your own copy? You can order a hard copy via or a digital copy on Ravelry.

To find out more about the book (and for more chances to win!), be sure to check out the other stops along the blog tour, which continues into February.


   8th – Vancouver Yarn
 10th – KD Quilts
 14th – Canadian Living
 17th – Celtic Cast On
22nd – Canary Knits
 24th – Hey Jen Renee
 29th – The Yarniad
 31st – Knitted Bliss
   5th – French Press Knits
   7th – Truly Myrtle
 12th – Noodlehead
 14th – Miso Crafty Knits
 19th – SweetGeorgia
 21st – A Playful Day