You all know how big a fan I am of designer, Knitcircus tech-editor, and now author Stephannie Tallent, so am thrilled to be a part of the California Revival Knits blog tour!

California Revival Knits showcases Stephannie’s fascination with local architecture style Spanish Revival, known for tilework and wrought-iron fencing. She translates this inspiration into colorwork, lace and twisted-stitch patterns using small and independent yarns which show off her stitches beautifully.

Peacock Shawl

While Stephannie has made a name for herself with beautifully complex cable and other patterns, this book provides several projects that would make great stepping-stones for knitters looking for a first  try at some exciting techniques.

The Peacock Shawl looks very impressive, but would make a wonderful entree into lace. Each of the different motifs is very achievable, with no side shaping to worry about.

Peacock Shawl modeled

The wonderful Quatrefoil Mittens and Mitts, especially the wristwarmer version, would make a great first foray into stranded knitting; the geometric pattern moves in an intuitive diamond, and you’re carrying your yarn only a few stitches at a time.

Quatrefoil Mittens

Quatrefoil Mitts

Stephannie taught an Introduction to Beading class at the Spring Knitcircus retreat, and it was so much fun to see her students succeeding at this complicated-looking, but easy-to-work technique! The Tiles Sweater is a wonderful chance to give this technique a try if you’ve knitted sweaters before and would like a little challenge! You only have to place beads on a few rows for this dramatic and flattering effect.

Tiles Sweater

Tiles Sweater detail

And one lucky reader will have a chance to try any or all of these techniques, because Stephannie has generously provided a copy of the California Revival Knits e-book to give away!

Just leave a comment here about California Revival Knits or a design from the Sunset Cat site you’d love to cast on, and the Random Number Generator will pick a winner Monday, June 11th.

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