ISLAND// Review and Giveaway

I am so delighted today to bring you a review and giveaway of Jane Richmond’s first published book, ISLAND.

The book contains 5 designs, a pair of fingerless mitts, a cowl, a hat, a scarf and a cardigan all in Jane’s modern simplistic style.

 Photography in the book is done by Jane’s brother, Nicholas Kupiak. His partner Kylee Shaw modelled all of the pieces. All photographs in this post are © Nicholas Kupiak.

Jane also worked with Shannon of Luvinthemommyhood to create an aesthetically appealing coffee table book. The first half of the book features Kupiak’s stunning pictures of Jane’s designs in the beautiful nature the Island has to offer, while the remainder of the book contains the written patterns.

Lets have a look at the patterns you will find on the pages of Island.


A simple pair of fingerless mitts with detailed cuffs perfect for everyday wear.


A uniquely constructed cowl that uses short rows to create what looks like stacked columns.


A reverse stockinette beanie/slouchy toque with a cabled panel running up the side.

A great unisex hat to have in your library.


A fingering weight scarf that really appealed to me.

I’m not usually one for scarves but I love the construction of this one and think it would be a perfect Spring accessory.

Any of these accessories are a great way to use those single skeins of yarn that have been in your stash just waiting for the perfect project.


My favourite piece in the collection, Grace, is a raglan cardigan featuring a simple lace motif on the front and back that really turns this cardigan into a gem. Jane’s pattern writing style for garments is probably my favourite to work through. She sets the pattern up as a fill in the blank. You simply choose your size from the table and fill in the correct numbers and you have a pattern written for your exact size. Genius!

If you would like to get your hands on a copy of Island , it is available for purchase through Amazon and digitally through Ravlery as an ebook or individual patterns. When you purchase the hard copy of the book a code is attached to the back cover so you can add the digital pdf’s to your Ravelry library as well.
Jane generously sent me 2 copies of Island, one to review and one to giveaway to one lucky reader. If you would like to try your luck at winning a copy of this beautiful book please leave a comment on this post telling me which design you like the best. I’ll draw a name one week from today Jan 24th 2013.
The Pagan Knitter interviewed Jane in December about the book and some of the places where the pictures were taken.
I was completely taken by one of the last pictures in the book of Kinsol Trestle in Shawnigan. Jane talks a bit about it in the interview and it is definitely somewhere I would love to visit if I ever have the chance to visit the Island.
Thank you so much to Jane and Shannon for letting me be part of the blog tour and being able to share this little gem with all of you.
If luck is not on your side this time check out the remaining stops on the blog tour below for another chance to win.
   8th – Vancouver Yarn
 10th – KD Quilts
 14th – Canadian Living
 17th – Celtic Cast On
22nd – Canary Knits
 24th – Hey Jen Renee
 29th – The Yarniad
 31st – Knitted Bliss
   5th – French Press Knits
   7th – Truly Myrtle
 12th – Noodlehead
 14th – Miso Crafty
 19th – SweetGeorgia
 21st – A Playful Day

97 thoughts on “ISLAND// Review and Giveaway

  1. I love Grace of course :-) But honestly I think I would knit up eery single pattern in this book — and I don’t feel that way about many pattern books :-)

  2. I’m a cardigan junkie so Grace is absolutely my favorite pattern. I like everything about it.

  3. I am a scarf junkie, so I would knit up the beautiful Strathcona then Arbutus scarves followed by Renfrew…I just love all the patterns and think I would knit them all one after the other….thank you….

  4. I was thrilled to meet Jane at Knit City and grab a copy of Island. I love her pattern writing style and enjoyed knitting the Rathtrevor mitts. I think I want to knit Grace next or maybe Renfrew for a quick fix.

  5. I like every pattern of that book and I’d like to knit them all, but my favourite is Rathtrevor, :) I LOVE fingerless mitts!

  6. My favourite definitely is Grace, what a lovely cardigan! Thank you so much for a chance to win a copy of the book =)

    Kind regards,

  7. Love the simple, casual style. The whole collection is very well thought out and cohesive but if I am to pick a favourite, it will be Grace.

  8. I love Grace! I’ve been wanting to make my first cardigan for a while, and this pattern would be perfect!

  9. I like Renfrew and Arbutus but being a cardigan girl, I just can’t take my eyes off Grace:)

  10. I really like Renfrew: it’s just beautiful! and I’d like to learn how to make it.
    It woud be so nice to knit these beauties while looking at these enchanted photos.
    I love knitting and Islanda: two of my passions on the same book <3

  11. What a beautiful book. All of these patterns look great, but I think I would start with Rathtrevor and Arbutus

  12. My knitting is mostly accessories, and this book has several that I like. I think that I would knit both the cowl (Arbutus) and the scarf (Strathcona). But if I win the book, I’d be tempted to try the mitts and hat as well.

  13. Ooh! That Grace sweater has my name written all over it! Love the Moonrise Kingdom nod in the first photo though :) Thanks for the chance!

  14. I absolutely love Rathtrevor – I have discovered fingerless mitts this season and cannot live without them. But I especially like these because of the photos, I love the way they have been photographed, like they’re not the main thing in the picture but still stealing all the attention.

    My other favourite is Grace – I love simple patterns with a detail to make them special.

  15. It was not an easy task to pick my favourite pattern from this collection as they all took my fancy! In the end, though, Arbutus came through with a slight edge over the others, simply because I rather like wearing cowls – and the colour is gorgeous!

  16. I love all of the beautiful designs — but I’m definitely excited to knit up a Renfrew (or two)!

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