I was introduced to fabulous knitwear designer Hunter Hammersen by the lovely Jesse, the writer behing a great knitting blog called Knotty Knickers. Jesse was the inspiration for my long-term work in progress, the sock yarn scrap blanket. You can see some old posts about the blanket here: Sock Yarn Blanket.
Hunter is the brains behind Rabble Rousers, a fab knitting pattern book that I reviewed recently (by the way, you can win a copy this month by leaving a comment on this blog post: Rabble Rousers Giveaway). Rabble Rousers is a brilliant book, so when I heard that Hunter was publishing a 2nd book around the same time, I was really keen to review it. I actually squealed with joy when my review copy arrived in the post!
The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet features patterns drawn from vintage botanical prints. There are 2 patterns for each print, one for a pair of socks and one for an accessory. The book includes patterns for 10 pairs of socks, 3 cowls, 3 cuffs, 2 hats and 2 shawls. The patterns focus on intricate texture with lots of lace, ribbing and edging. As well as 20 gorgeous patterns, the book includes tips and tricks to help your knitting go smoothly and information about the history of curiosity cabinets.
So what did I think? Quite simply this: Hunter’s designs are stunning. I have included lots of photos in this review because I think that the photos say it all. I love knitting accessories as I really don’t have the attention span for larger projects. A lace shawl is really about as big as I go. So this book is perfect for me.
The pattern photographs featured in this post are the ones that really caught my eye. You can find links to these patterns on Ravelry below so you can check out more photos and other people’s projects:
- Linaria Bipartita Shawl
- Rosa Rubiginosa Mitts
- Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus Sock
- Chrysanthemum Frutescens Hat
- Chrysanthemum Frutescens Sock
I am struggling to find anything that I didn’t like about this book. I would knit the vast majority of the patterns, with the exception of the cuffs (only because I have never worn cuffs before – perhaps I should try). The instructions and charts look clear and well written and the photographs are beautiful and really help you understand each accessory’s contstruction and pattern. I would like to see Hunter design more shawls – her sock patterns would look lovely in a shawl.
The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet is available to purchase electronically for US$18.95 or you can treat yourself to a hard copy and electronic copy bundle for US$26.95. You can purchase the book on The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet website, Amazon or through Ravelry (links below):
- Book website: The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet website
- Amazon: The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet: 20 Patterns Inspired by Vintage Botanical Illustrations
- Ravelry: The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet
Right, I am off to queue some patterns…
Image credits: copyright Hunter Hammersen, used with permission.