ISLAND collection: Arbutus (far left), Strathcona (center), Renfrew (top right), Rathtrevor (middle right), Grace (bottom right).
I've been a fan of Jane Richmond's designs for a while- her knits have a clean, minimal aesthetic that is very modern and very timeless at the same time, traits that I really admire. When Jane first starting talking about doing a collection on her blog, I was excited to see it- I knew ISLAND would be gorgeous.
The photographs from the book are all beautifully done, and the layout is really inviting. The book feels very thorough and is consistent in the experience of the book, which truly evokes a west coast vibe, true to Jane's Vancouver Island roots. I have a really tough time picking a favourite:
Arbutus is fascinating in it's construction and looks very wearable, and Grace looks like a perfect raglan cardigan that would go with absolutely everything. I was especially interested to see a table of information for all the sizing measurements and stitch counts for Grace, the sweater. I've never seen a more thorough outline of the specifications for a sweater, which makes is perfect for altering to customize a perfect fit, and if you are beginning to think about sweater design, shows just how much work goes into crafting a well fitting garment.
You should check out all the amazing FOs from these patterns on Ravelry. When you
see all the beautiful FOs from this collection it is clear that the
knits speak for themselves.
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