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. I love the Kyoko toque & mitts, The Jayashri pullover, The Calistoga Tunic and the Bellflower coat. I agree with Stacey, a lot of the patterns could work with more than one style/outfit. The variety and detail in the patterns is what I particularly like and would love to knit them.

  2. I love the Straight A Dress and the Swarm of Bees sweater, but my favorite is the belted cardi. I think it would go with everything and I love the cut!

  3. I would like to attempt Atmos for my daughter :) Love Hillary Smith Callis designs…the large cables are nice!

  4. I’m having a hard time choosing! I think that Atmos is the one that really caugh my eye first. Love all the cables & the layering potential it has. But I have to confess that after seeing some different shots of Calistoga, I’m really digging that pattern too!

  5. I love the Belt Cardi – it looks like a great go-to sweater for fall and winter days. It’s stylish and practical!

  6. I love Straight A because with some skinny jeans, it looks like a 21st century Audrey Hepburn. Classic, clean, universally flattering lines. Something I can see my mom, myself, or my daughter wearing, with different accessories.

  7. I’d like to knit “Swarm of Bees” as a beautiful sweater, but also as a symbol of our dependence on bees for our gardening success! :)

  8. I absolutely love the unique lines and sophisticated styling in the Landslide Cowl. The Cowl is a fashion accessory that l would make for myself and make as a gift. I love the design.

  9. Jayashri pullover is my favorite because it is casual yet elegant-and tat brown yar is soooooo yummy!

  10. I love Swarm of Bees! I love the different textures, and I’m sure knit in Capra it is super soft and wonderful to wear!

  11. I loved many of the patterns in the Reclaimed book, but the one my eye kept going back to was the Savitri Coat Pattern. It is so unique and interesting. I would love to try my hand at making it!

  12. I love the Addison Dress. It just a simple and very modern twist to a sweater dress. It will go great with cowboy boots.

  13. The Luxe Sweater would be awesome in the cashmere yarn you have on sale right now-so cuddly.

  14. I just love that Atmos pattern, I’m a big fan of cables and have been looking for the *perfect* short sleeve cardigan. Thanks for helping me find it!

  15. The Calistoga tunic caught my eye from first glance! The modern take on the sweater form is intriguing.

  16. The Belt Cardi is definitely my favorite. I would buy it off the rack, if I couldn’t make it for myself.

  17. This is a really nice collection. I’m looking forward
    to knitting the A-line dress!

  18. Love the Addison Dress. Was looking for a fitted dress w/o too low cut last winter but didn’t find one–finally!

  19. I? Love this collection! Summer is a rough time in this house (3 Autistic people and a puppy this year to boot! …what was I thinking, lol…) that I look forward to fall with longing! Recently the days have been getting cooler especially in the morning. I’ve wanted to wrap myself in warmth, go apple picking and indulge in all those wonderful fall foods. The Belt Cardi along with the Kyoko set… This screams all of these comfort things to me. In fact? I’m indulging early and going to go decide on yarns. I want to be wearing these in a month when the apples are finally ready! :)

  20. Love all of the patterns. But I think the swarm of bees will be my first project

  21. I love the Belt Cardi because of the interesting belt detail. It would be very versatile in the wardrobe.

  22. The JAYASHRI for sure. It caught my eye the moment I opened the catalog!! I’ve been working on a cardi & would live to try a full pull-over type of sweater next!

  23. I LOVE making sweaters all year around. With the variety of options and affordable yarns, I love checking out the new things y’all have!

  24. I loved the Addison Dress, so chic and elegant, I never knitted a dress before but this one is a must knit.

  25. Gosh, it’s hard to pick a favorite. If I had to choose just one, I would say the Belt Cardi, because it has lines that are flattering for my shape. It has waist shaping, vertical lines that lengthen the body, a belt that emphasizes or creates a waist, and a great sleeve length. Of course, I could say similar things about the Jayashri Pullover, though I would alter the sleeve length to be better looking on me.

  26. Definitely the Calistoga tunic. It would be perfect in cotton/bamboo for early fall and in wool for late fall, adorable with jeans or leggings, and would make the perfect fall outfit topped off with a nice handknit hat.

  27. Landslide Cowl caught my attention right away–a small piece to work on texture and love the leather buckle…especially if it is reclaimed from something and worn

  28. Not sure if I can wait for the draw – should I just buy the book now. love several but choose Jayashri because of the collar – very flattering!

  29. I make and buy “bee” stuff, as my daughter’ s nickname is Little B! So I knew immediately that I wanted to make Swam of Bees — even just looking at it on my phone. So that’s my favorite — but I’m also planning to cast on the Straight A Dress because it is SO beautiful. I keep shuffling colors around in my cart, trying to decide what color to make the dress. :)

  30. I am a fan of the Jayashri pullover. It looks so comfortable, something I would want to wear.

  31. The Kyoko toque and mitts would have me fitting in with my students on campus while still dressing age appropriate.

  32. I really like the Kyoto Toque and Mitts pattern. The stitches add a chic design element, and the practicality of matching hat & mitts appeals to my sensibilities!

  33. Oh my goodness, love these! Can’t decided between Calistoga or the hood. I’d totally knit and wear both!