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Hitch! Behind the scenes: the beginning

2_03Where does the story begin?


When I’d only been designing a year or two, I decided I wanted to do a few small collections, of maybe 5 patterns each, each designed around a theme that intrigued or interested me.  (Yes, ‘small’ went out the window.)

The first was what grew into California Revival Knits.

The second is the set of patterns I’m currently working on.

And the third was Hitch.

I realized, after getting CRK published, that I wanted Hitch out sooner than when it would be if I just did it myself, especially since it was going to be after the second collection.

I’d watched Heather Ordover a bit, with her Defarge series. I’d helped out with tech editing and giving feedback to Jaala on submissions at Knitcircus.

I thought…why not do Hitch as a multi-designer collection? As editor, I would get to choose the designs that fit my idea of the aesthetic for the book. I could limit the palette to creams, greys, black and red. I could still do a few designs myself, but I wasn’t saddling myself with doing 18 or 20, and the time required to do that many patterns. And Hitch would be published in a timely manner.

And so it was. I’m thrilled by the designs in the book — I think the designers did an incredible job. I hope you are too!

Leave a comment on this thread, with what you’d like to knit up first from Hitch, by midnight PST October 2nd, for a chance to win your very own PDF copy of Hitch.

Make sure to visit the other blog stops, and check back — there may be more added!

9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs (you’re here!)
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja
New! 10/05/13: Knit One, Heart Too Podcast
10/7/2013: Herrlichkeiten
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/16/2013: Rewolluzza
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/5/2013: Catchloops
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/07/2013: Ramblings
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/13/2013: Knitcircus
11/19/2013: indigodragonfly
11/9/2013: Fyberspates
11/22/2013: A B-ewe-tiful Design
11/25/2013: knittingkirigami



30 comments… add one
  • Lilie September 28, 2013, 12:51 pm

    I would knit Ambrose Chapel Capelet.

  • Rachelle - Warming Crafts September 28, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I’d knit up the Alicia Tam; simple but very effective.

  • Sheila September 28, 2013, 7:27 pm

    I’d make the Thornhill cowl first.

  • KathyN September 30, 2013, 7:22 am

    The first must knit for me would be Luise’s Ambrose Chapel Capelet! Congrats on a wonderful compilation of designs and designers 🙂

  • An September 30, 2013, 8:01 am

    Melanie shawl first !

  • Linda B September 30, 2013, 8:01 am

    I’d start with the Thornhill cowl, then move on to gloves, all the glove patterns are so feminine. A fabulous collection of patterns !

  • NanaMamah September 30, 2013, 8:16 am

    Oh my goodness! Fantastic, every one. Well done!
    I’d like to start with the Stolen Jewels and continue to make most of your collection. Gorgeous.

  • Anne Marie September 30, 2013, 8:26 am

    Tippi Toes is my favorite. Marnie is my favorite Hitchcock movie.

  • mckath September 30, 2013, 8:44 am

    I’d knit the Greenwich Village Cardigan — I even have enough yarn in my stash. 🙂 Congratulations on the publication!

  • Rachel McKinney September 30, 2013, 11:12 am

    I would have to say Exakta Hat. In this hat thing lately. Love the cowl too!

  • KateW September 30, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Not You Gal Friday, although I think most of the patterns made their way into my Ravelry faves as they were added to the database.

  • Rebecca W September 30, 2013, 12:38 pm

    Ooh, I’d totally knit up the Melanie shawl first!

  • knittingdancer on Ravelry September 30, 2013, 12:49 pm

    My favorite patten in the Melanie Shawl.

  • Dahlia September 30, 2013, 1:03 pm

    I like so many of these, but I would probably start with Tippi Toes. =D

  • Alexis September 30, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Thornhill. And I should watch more Hitchcock movies.

    tktl on Ravelry

  • Zabbers September 30, 2013, 2:21 pm

    I’ve favorited just about everything that has been coming up as previews/teasers for Hitch! Choosing one _is_ hard, so I’m going to say the Stolen Jewels gloves because I’m more likely to knit something small first, and I’ve been wanting to make beaded hand accessories for a while now.

  • Margie September 30, 2013, 4:35 pm

    For me, my first knit would be a toss-up between Francie Scarf and Greenwich Village, although I think all the patterns, as well as the photography, are fabulous!

  • Carmen September 30, 2013, 6:05 pm

    I love the Thornhill cowl

  • Beth Rudo September 30, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I knit the Greenwich Village Cardigan first — and there are at least eight more I’d like to cast on right after. What a great collection!

  • Andrea B October 1, 2013, 9:05 am

    Thornhill Cowl would be my first knit quickly followed by Madeleine Gloves.

  • Vasiliki October 1, 2013, 9:51 am

    I like the Thornhill Cowl. Very cute!

  • Debbie H October 1, 2013, 11:19 am

    I adore the Souvenir of a Killing Beret. I’m obsessed with chevrons right now and this hat is beautiful!

  • lotsofhermies on Rav October 1, 2013, 2:02 pm

    I love several of the patterns but I think I would wear the Cypress Point Cardigan so I would have to knit that right away!

  • Nanette October 1, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I love all the gloves and I’d really like to knit Madeleine gloves. I’m nanetteb on Ravelry.

  • Meredith October 1, 2013, 5:42 pm

    Wow! There are so many patterns in this book. I like a lot of them, but I think I’d definitely knit the Souvenir of a Killing Beret and the Three Second Kiss sweater. Congrats on a great collection!

  • deena October 2, 2013, 7:41 am

    I’d knit Exakta Hat, I love cables….and hats

  • Monique G October 2, 2013, 8:26 am

    Only one??? hmmmmm I pick the Lina Vest Coat. I could definitely see me wearing that.

    Dutchgirl63 on Ravelry

  • ikkinlala October 2, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I’m not sure… maybe the Stella gloves?

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