Reclaiming the Fall – and a giveaway

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Fall has always been my favorite time of year – even when I was young, I was always excited when September rolled around: the weather starts getting cooler, the leaves begin to turn, and hot apple cider and various pumpkin flavored items begin to appear in shops. (How much do I love fall?  Well this guy pretty much sums up my excitement)

So way back when we started discussing doing an Autumn collection as a follow up to First Light, I had a feeling this would be an incredible collection.  Then when I saw the submissions we received from the designers, I knew this would become an all time favorite.  Even better, as the designer coordinator, I got to work with all 13 of these incredible designers and got a first look at everything!

And now we are excited to share with you Reclaimed - the  Knit Picks Fall 2014 Collection! I could talk about each design & designer in this collection but rather than make this longest post ever,  I decided to just share a couple of favorites.

I’m not normally one for knit dresses, but seeing Thayer Preece’s Addison Dress has completely changed my mind.  It just looks so warm & comfy and I’m always immediately attracted to any pattern with stripes!  I’ve got the yarn picked out (our new Wool of the Andes Superwash!) and now I’m trying to decide what colors I want to make – either keep it more neutral or go a bit brighter.


I want to say Lisa Kereliuk’s Swarm of Bees sweater was the first submission to go in the yes pile – all of us absolutely loved Lisa’s idea, with the different textures all over the sweater – including a mock belt at the waist with a bee cable pattern.  Be sure to check out all the photos on the pattern page to see the full effect!


Hilary Smith Callis is one of my favorite designers – all of her designs are instantly wearable for everyone and so well written (and she’s honestly one of the nicest people I’ve ever met).  Atmos is no exception – such a great shape and beautiful cables – I like big cables and I cannot lie (sorry for that earwarm).  Knit up quickly in Swish Bulky, I can see making this for a holiday gift this year.

There’s so many great patterns in here – for instance, I didn’t even include the accessories!  We’re so excited to share this with you, we’ve decided to have a giveaway -  to enter, check out all the Reclaimed patterns here, then come back and leave a comment on this blog, letting us know which pattern is your favorite and why.  That’s it!  I’ll randomly draw 3 names on Monday August 19 and each one will win a copy of the book!

Rules: One entry per person. Must have a US or Canada mailing address. No purchase necessary. All comments must be posted on THIS blog post. Comments on other blog posts or on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, G+, Ravelry, etc.) will not be valid for this contest. We will close the comments at 7am PST August 19th and randomly select the winners then!

As a note, don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away – because of not-very-nice spammers that slip through our filters, we need to approve each comment.  So there might be delay, especially over the weekend – but don’t worry, we’ll get your entry!

1,380 thoughts on “Reclaiming the Fall – and a giveaway

  1. Hmm… hard to decide, but I think the Belt Cardi would be the first thing I would knit, because it looks elegant, and comfy, at the same time. :-)

  2. I love the Calistoga Tunic best- but the Addison Dress is a close second – I can see myself wearing both of them all fall!

  3. I love Swarm of Bees. It might just be my first ever sweater knit! With the short sleeves, I could wear it all year, and I’d love to try Capra as the recommended yarn. The mock belt especially caught my eye.

  4. It’s a close call for me. I too generally dislike dresses (particularly with horizontal stripes) but the Addison is whispering in my ear that it will be different from all the rest. On the other hand, the Cable Embrace Cardigan looks like a fun and flattering knit without endless rounds of stockinette so I’d have to say that it’s my top pick.

  5. I love several of the patterns: the entire design of the Belt Cardi, the collar on the Jayashri, the unusual pattern on the Cable Embrace cardigan. Hard to pick a favorite! I think maybe the Belt Cardi would be the most useful addition to my wardrobe so that’s the one I’d want to try first.

  6. Wow! Lovely projects to challenge and stretch my knitting abilities. The Swarm of Bees sweater definitely caught my eye! Oh – what colour to knit it in?!

  7. My daughter would definitely want me to knit her one of those sweaters – I guess it would be the swarm of bees.

  8. Swarm of Bees is my favorite because it is so up to date & fashionable. I love the hip flare and the detailing of the faux belt. The finishing along the neck and sleeves is so classic.

  9. Hard to choose a favorite as I found several I really liked. However, I think a Swarm of Bees is my favorite. I love the different stitches used to create different textures. The overall effect is a sophisticated, complicated looking design that I believe to be not nearly as complicated as it appears. In other words, more bang for the buck.

  10. I love the Atmos cardigan – it looks comfy and I love the design! I also like to layer clothes – how perfect that would be…

  11. Love the fall look and comfy cozy sweaters!! This book sounds great and winning it would be fantastic!!

  12. I love, love, LOVE the Cable Embrace cardigan. I love the cables, love the V-neck, and LOVE the beautiful tweed yarn in the sample. =)

  13. I had a very hard time choosing, but I finally settled on the Calistoga tunic as my favorite. I like the unique design.

  14. The Calistoga Tunic is fabulous! It looks so comfy! I love the welt sleeve pattern, too.

  15. Swarm of bees sweater is my favorite of what I see. I’d love to try this pattern and peruse the rest of the book. Swarm of bees looks fun and I love all the texture! Hoping to win a book next week and buy yarn to get started :)

  16. The Bellflower Coat caught my eye. I have been looking for a pattern like this for years. All of the patterns in this book are classic.

  17. Many of the patterns look intriguing and I am anxious to get started on several, like the belted cardigan!

  18. I love the Belt Cardi. It has everything I would want in a cardigan. It’s not to clingy, it has 3/4 sleeves, and just enough beautiful details to accent and keep the knitting fun.

  19. I like challenges and new ideas in knitting. I have been knitting for 40 years. yes I would like to try the coat it is gorgeous and would make a nice gift for my granddaughter

  20. My favorite is the Cable Embrace Cardigan…it looks like it would be fun to knit and comfortable to wear.

  21. I’m a knitaholic and love to peruse through any new book. These are intriguing patterns and would love to try the Swarm of Bees pattern!

  22. The Kyoko Toque and Mitts are my favorite, hands down! (Pun only sort of intended.) I have a real weakness for fingerless gloves, and these have cables a stunning hat to match! I love them.

  23. My favorite is the Savitri Coat–So unique, and looks like it would be a fairly quick knit. Second favorite is the Swarm of Bees.

  24. I love the Savitri Coat. It has many excellent textures, something I love, and it has an interesting button band(or button flap, seeing as it is bigger than a band). It would be nice come Winter because then I’d be warm and look cute.

  25. I like the Cable embrace cardigan because it looks like one of those sweaters I would want to wear every single day :)

  26. Great patterns ! I knit all the time, 4 girls to knit for on birthdays and christmas. Always need new patterns but very picky about them being current and stylish. this book fits the bill.

  27. Love the Belt Cardi and the Swarm of Bees. I think they would both be very flattering.

  28. What a great set of patterns that look so accessible and wearable! I love the big cables too!

  29. My favorite project from Reclaimed is definitely the straight A dress! I imagine it in many colors dressed casual, dressed up, an extra layering piece in cooler weather…. endless possibilities!!!!!

  30. I like four of the sweaters in this collection. The Swarm of bees is great in that warm honey color, but the belt cardi would be great to keep at work and throw on when my classroom gets a little chilly, but I could still move around helping students and not worry about it staying on and closed.