California Revival Knits is primarily inspired by the Malibu and Catalina tileworks of the 1920s and 30s and the gorgeous wrought iron work typical of that time period.
The book is pulled together by the vibrant colors of the tiles (turquoise, cobalt blue, jade green, red, coral, cream, and rich brown) as well as the motifs in the tiles and ironwork.
The collection includes intermediate patterns using techniques ranging from twisted stitches, stranded knitting, and intarsia, all showing off a variety of yarns from small companies and indie dyers, inspired by the vibrant colors and artistic motifs of California in the 1920s and 30s.
Many of the patterns are suitable for a knitter new to the chosen technique. For example, the Quatrefoil mitts, which are stranded, have no floats longer than 7 stitches (at a gauge of 8 stitches per inch) and feature a logical geometric pattern, making them suitable for a beginner to stranded knitting.
It’s a visit to Catalina Island, Santa Barbara or Hearst Castle from your favorite spot to knit.
Learn more about the tiles at these websites:
- RBHS Malibu Tiles
- City of Malibu
- LA Places blog
- Cultural Resouces paper (has some background info on Catalina)
Learn about the California Revival Style here:
- Wikipedia Spanish Colonial Style
- Wikipedia Mission Revival Style
- About.com Architecture inspired by Spain (esp 2, 6 & 10)
- Antique Home Style here & here
ERRATA to the 1st edition
Chart, Row 67, base left mitt, stitch count (charted as 49) should be 52 after separation of thumb gusset. Directions as written will result in the correct stitch count.
Tiles Sweater: Yarn is 370yds/113gm.
2X RF shoulder chart, row 6: stitch 14 should be worked RS purl, WS knit; stitch 13 should be worked RS ktbl, WS ptbl.
XL RF shoulder chart, row 3: K8, k1 tbl, p1, k1 tbl, p2, 1/1 LPC, k1 tbl, p2, work remainder of sts in pattern as charted.
Sleeve border chart chart numbering indicates flat; it’s in the round.
The keys for certain charts are misprinted (S, XL, 2X, 3X); however, you can find the stitch & description on other pages.
Chart C, Row 2, stitch 13 should be a k2tog, not just a knit stitch.
Row & column numbers are misprinted. Ignore them; the chart (other than the stitch noted above) correctly shows the repeats.
Stairsteps Mitts: S/M right chart numbering indicates flat; it’s in the round
Stairsteps Tam: Incr round after ribbing is (k3, m1) to end.
M-dot missing m1p; m1p is lift the strand btwn & purl into it to create a purl stitch.
5 is said to be m1p, it’s not. The 5 refers to the sts that block represents after separating for the thumb gusset: 1 st from the original count & 4 sts picked up.
Row 6, sts 11 & 12 should be a 1/1 LPC.
Row 7, st 25 should be ktbl.
Row 94, sts 41-42 should both be purls.
If you want a white braid as shown — simply add on a new strand of white and use that at the CC strand per the stitch definition. If you like to alternate the colors in your braid, keep to the MC/CC designations.