Today I have the honor of introducing you to The Wild West: Patterns Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, Geology & History of Arizona, a new collection of designs by Stephannie Tallent.
This collection truly transports you to the desert southwest. With designs echoing the gorgeous Arizona desert in beautiful detailed lace stitches and clean lines, along with a color palette of soft peaches, creams, turquoise and browns, Stephannie has captured the very essence and beauty of our desert in each beautifully detailed pattern.
Inside this 52 page eBook, knitters will find five lace designs that are ultra feminine, perfect for spring to summer wear, and also perfect for layering. The first chapter talks about Stephannie’s inspiration and why she was drawn to the desert southwest, followed by design techniques, themes and more. The pattern for Bisbee offers line-by-line written instructions but all the other lace patterns offer very detailed chart instructions. You will also find detailed schematics, and a wide range of sizes for the garments, a huge plus in my book!
So let’s have a look at what’s inside ….
Bisbee, a lovely cardigan with lace inserts and frilly edges. This design is worked in pieces, bottom up and then seamed prior to working the sleeves. Sizes range from extra small to size 3X, with finished bust size from 30″ to 54″ (76 to 137 cm).
Cholla Socks is a delightful cuff down cable and lace sock pattern that is customizable to fit your size. For this design you will need approximately 390 to 485 yards (357 – 443m) of fingering weight yarn and a set of size US 1 (2.25mm) DPNs. These socks have “cactus” written all over them!
Cactus Wren is my favorite design in this eBook. This lacy camisole can be worn alone or layered with a favorite blouse. The crocheted lace trim and the tiny buttons give this design a very vintage feel, as well as the lovely lace panels. This pattern features sizes that range from extra small to 3x, with finished bust sizes ranging from 32 1/4″ to 58 1/4″ (81.5 – 147.5 cm).
Diamonback is a beautiful lace cowl that features beading and a tiny bit of cabling at each edge. I love how the bottom lace edge mimics the rattles of the Diamonback. This lovely piece would make a great gift and it only requires approximately 320 yards of fingering weight yarn.
Pinyon Jay is another lovely cowl that is offered in three weights, and with or without beads. Even though this feathery lace cowl has suggested yarns of lace, fingering and dk, I would love to make it in handspun!
I have to say the location for photos was perfect to show off these lovely creations as well. For those of you who are interested, photos were taken at the SOUTH COAST BOTANIC GARDEN( www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org ). If you visit the southern part of Arizona, be sure to visit the ARIZONA–SONORA DESERT MUSEUM ( www.desertmuseum.org ) and the DURANGO SILVER COMPANY ( www.durangosilver.com ).
This eBook is currently available for pre-order, click here, with a release date of March 25, 2014. Be sure to use code LACE1 at check out to receive $3 off during this preorder period.
Did you notice this was Volume 1, Lace 1 ? Yes, I do believe there is another collection in the works, which I am very excited about!
About the Designer: Stephannie Tallent is the author of California Revival Knits and Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock. She lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her husband Dave, dog Rigel, and cats Meggie and Cali. You can find Stephannie online at SunSet Cats, Ravelry as StephCat and be sure to join her Ravelry Group, Sunset Cat Designs. Her designs can be found online at Ravelry, Knit Picks, or on Patternfish.