Win a Copy of Rowan’s Pioneer or Autumn Knits: Winter Hand Knit Designs

PioneerCoverIt has suddenly got very cold here today in Boulder, Colorado and snow may well be on the way soon. So I wrapped up in one of my favourite winter cardigans knitted with Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran to keep me warm while I flicked through two of Rowan’s latest winter pattern books in search of another cosy hand knit. Amongst the seven Autumn/Winter new publications, Rowan have two pattern booklets featuring similar designs: Autumn Knits and Pioneer and I will be giving one of them away …….read on to see if you would like a chance to win a copy.

AutumnKnitsCoverAutumn Knits is, “A collection of 14 knits for men and women which epitomizes the trend for chunky textured and graphic style knits. Using the wonderful yarns cocoon, lima and lima colour, this stunning collection ranges from plain, draped and easy to wear designs to cables and textured sweaters and wraps”.

From the Autumn Knits collection I really do like these designs…………..

HopeHope (above) designed by Marie Wallin using the luxurious yarn Lima.

ILAM & WYEIlam (above left) and Wye (above right), both designed by Marie Walling and knitted in the yarn Cocoon.

YoulgraveYoulgrave (above) designed by Marie Wallin using the yarn Lima.

The yarns used for these designs, Lima, Lima Colour and Cocoon, may well become my first choice for cosy knits in the future.

Lima is a beautifully soft and lightweight yarnn which is not surprising to me as it is a blend of “the finest baby alpaca and merino wool in a chain construction”. I am such a fan of all yarns containing alpaca! Lima is great for colour work and stitch definition alike. Lima Colour has the same fibre content and construction as Lima but with a subtle colour effect.

Cocoon is a soft roving British yarn made from a blend of merino wool and kid mohair. It creates beautiful textured and cable stitches and lovely striping and pattern effects. I have just ordered some Cocoon in the shade Saturn……….

CocoonSaturnWhen it arrives I will be knitting a lovely design (below) which I saw in the Holiday 2013 issue of Vogue Knitting by Sarah Hatton, one of my favourite Rowan designers.

SarahHattonSweaterCocoonPicture above taken from the Vogue Knitting website.

Anyway, back to the Rowan patterns and Pioneer.

Pioneer is “a collection of 15 hand knits for both men and women inspired by the pioneer look of the Midwest and hand crafted lifestyle.” The collection, designed by Martin Storey, features rustic cables, intarsia star jackets and also simple to knit minimal designs in a palette of dark neutrals with rose and lime highlights. They are all designed by Martin Storey using Creative Focus Worsted, Pure Wool Aran and Big Wool.

From Pioneer I really do like these designs…………..

CrocketQuiltQuilt (cardigan) and Crockett (cabled grid sweater) shown above, both knitted in the yarn Creative Focus Worsted and both are available in women’s or men’s versions.

frontiersmanFrontiersman (above) knitted using the beautiful yarn Big Wool.

SchoonerSchooner (above) knitted using the beautiful super wash wool yarn Pure Wool Aran.

Creative Focus Worsted is a “lovely wool and alpaca blended aran weight yarn. This is the perfect ‘all round’ yarn for stitch, pattern and colour work”. It comes in 24 shades including reds and pinks, blues and greens, five different greys, a yellowy-orange and a black. So, you don’t have to stick to the designs dark neutrals, you can go bright if you like. Recommended knitting needle size: 4½ mm (US 7).

Pure Wool Aran is a hard wearing 100% wool yarn yet quite soft. It is machine washable which makes it a great choice for all. It comes in 18 colourful shades including ivory and black, four blues, a yellow, an orange and a bight pink. Recommended knitting needle size: 4½-5 mm ( US 7-8).

Big Wool is a one of Rowan’s popular yarns. It is made from 100% merino wool making it feel lovely and soft next to the skin. Having used this yarn many times I know how easy it is to knit with and produces fantastic cabling and stitch structure effects. It comes in 24 shades from darks to brights so you’re bound to find several you will like. Being a chunky yarn it knits up quick on large sized knitting needles 10 to 15 mm (19 to 10 US).

Here’s what you have to do if you would like to win a copy of Autumn Knits or Pioneer:

  1. Subscribe to my blog.
  2. Let me know either by a comment below or contacting me here which design you would like to knit and which shade(s) of yarn you would use to knit it up.

One of the entries will be chosen at random on Wednesday November 27, 2013. Anyone can enter, wherever you live in the world! Have fun deciding and good luck. To view all the patterns and yarn choices click on the links below.

This competition is now closed and the winners are Imogene and Melissa……..Congratulations to both!

95 thoughts on “Win a Copy of Rowan’s Pioneer or Autumn Knits: Winter Hand Knit Designs

  1. I would totally love to knit up Wye in a plum Cocoon. Just as shown! So cozy for our freezing Canadian winters. <3 Rowan and your blog.

  2. Very hard to choose just one pattern, I really like them all! For a jumper for me I’d go for Wye in cocoon in bilberry. Knowing me, I’d also want to play with some different colours and might introduce a bit of Saturn and / or some misty blue…(nothing major, just for interest).

    • I agree, it is very difficult to choose just one pattern Sue but I Wye in Bilberry will look great! I think your suggestion of adding another colour is a creative idea and the other purple colour Saturn would make a nice mix!

  3. I was looking something for my hubby. I love cables!!! And I thinking to knit Ilam for him in Cocoon amber or venus or tundra. Have to see yarn for the final decision though 🙂

    • Hi Linautena, Ilam is a great choice and isn’t your husband so lucky that you can knit it for him! One of those brown shades will be perfect and you are right, it’s always best to make the final colour choice if you can get to see the yarn ‘in real life’ as the computer screen can change the shades slightly.

  4. I would love to knit Monyash from the autumn knits collection. I love knitting colourwork! For once my preference actually goes to the colours the sample is knitted up with; Lima, La Paz and Aztec. Though I think it would be pretty in blue as well. Perhaps with amazon as a base colour…hm…

    • Hi Nisse, it is actually knitted in Brazil, Lima and La Paz, but then I do have the pattern in front of me! It would look great in blues also…maybe Amazon, Guatemala and Andes……what do you think?

  5. What a wonderful collection… hard to pick just one….I love cables so will go with Frontiersman —would be nice to make matching his and hers sweaters…..a pretty heather green comes to mind, but then the grays’ oh so hard to choose. thanks for the opportunity to win this.

  6. I love the patterns in Pioneer. I think my favorite is Frontiersman. I’d use the color Lichen and for me. Or maybe Shelter in Vert…or maybe Homeland in Champion….or maybe…you see where this is going.

    • Yes……I have the same trouble Melissa! Which design, then which shade? Then you need another pair of hands to get through all the knitting! Isn’t it great when you see a pattern book that has so many designs that you would like to knit rather than just one….it makes it worth buying…….(if you don’t win, that is!)

    • Schooner is great choice, Teresa……it’s a popular choice too and so is the shade Tundra…….I’m sure you’ll get many compliments if you get to knit it up!

    • Yes……there are many great patterns in Autumn Knits, Nicci, and Wye will look great in Tundra…especially as it is knitted using Cocoon…..I just love that yarn!

  7. I’d definitely pick Youlgrave. I’ve already put it on my Pinterest board for sweaters! With something this complicated I would use the yarn and the colors this designer recommended. However, I’d modify the pattern a bit. I especially love the way waist ribbing is tipped by the arrows at the beginning. I’d like the sleeves to mirror that. I think I’d also start the neck a little higher. Hope modifying the design is OK!

    • Hi Burton, I love Youlgrave too and it is also knitted using one of my favourite yarns…Lima….baby aplaca and merino wool is great a combination. If you do decide to alter the pattern as you suggested, and it is perfectly OK to do this by the way, keep in mind that the designer was matching the fair-isle pattern across the body and the sleeves. If you are happy with the pattern being ‘off’ by starting the sleeves fair-isle pattern at a different point then that’s all that matters! Great comment by the way!

  8. I would love Youlgrave. I really like fair-isle, and would love a hand-knitted one. Perhaps a slightly redder shade as the main colour, La Paz?

    • Hi Anastasios, I love fair-isle too and would love to knit Youlgrave for myself. Using La Paz as the main colour would look great, of course it would make the fair-isle pattern less noticable and you would have to find another colour for the little red diamonds, etc, which are knitted in La Paz….maybe use the shade Lima….the main colour in the photo.

  9. I think I would start with Quilt, in the same colours. Second, because I’m not very good with colour compositions and first, because it looks like platinum and gold! Then I would ask my husband whether he would wear Youlgrave (he surely would) and then I would be knitting it for the entire next year! lol

    • Hi Christine, Not a bad idea to go with the shades the designer has chosen, especially if you are not very confident with a choice of your own. If you did decide to knit Quilt in a different colour combination you can always ask for my opinion……always happy to help. So many lucky husbands around the world…..I’m sure any man would love Youlgrave!

  10. We just had our first snow of the season, so the quilt pattern looks especially cozy right now. I love the cedar shade, that would be my pick!

  11. Rowan patterns and Rowan yarn the magic match to a stunning garment .
    So yes if I would win a copy I will knit with a lot of pleasure the quilt cardigan!!
    I keep my fingers crossed!!

  12. Hi Shelley, I would like to make Hearth too in a heathered shade but probably the Blue Moor Heather…..don’t you just love those little ribbed sleeves as well!

  13. I am having a romance with huge cowl sweaters so Hearth in Pioneer grabbed me right away. I need a good basic heathered grey so I think I’d go for the Creative Focus Worsted in Charcoal Heather.

  14. I would like to knit Schooner and as I adore lavender I would choose ‘amethyst, a lovely purple. The front-page is also very lovely, but in xmas colors, brown, red and a little bit green…. I keep my fingers crossed.
    Thanks to the donor, it could be a lovely xmas gift.

    • Hi Fabienne, Schooner is becoming very popular and I love that purple colour too. Yes, Quilt on the front cover of Pioneer would make a joyful Christmas cardi in those colours!

  15. I like to knit Matlock with cocoon yarn duckdown from Autumn Knits
    The soft wool, the texture and shape of the design are a beautiful combination.

  16. I just love Hartington in Autums Knits. Usually I don´t fall for loose fitting sweaters but Hartington seems to be the perfect cosy sweater for autumn/winter. Probably in Venus, or maybe Kiwi or Quarry Tile to add colors to dark winterdays in Scandinavia.

    • Hi Bryndis, I’m the same….I prefer something more fitted…..but when it’s cold and dark you need something warm and cuddly and Cocoon is just that! Kiwi is the brightest of your colour choices if you want to brighten up the dark winter day of Scandinavia!

  17. I love Schooner and I’d knit it in Amethyst and maybe in Marine and/or Noir too because I’d probably want more than one to go with different items in my wardrobe.

  18. Hmm… tough choice! I love the look of the Big Wool. It would be between the Schooner in Wild Berry for me and the Frontiersman for hubby, perhaps in Smoky!

    • Hi Maureen, Smoky is a really great color…a very dark gray. But Schooner is knitted using Pure Wool Aran and the nearest to Big Wool’s Wild Berry would be Amethyst…….I love these deep purple colors!

  19. I love quilt in the Pioneer collection – fun to see the pattern emerge in intarsia. Thinking Native American colors – Golden Heath, Syrah, Teal, Espresso…

  20. I have 3 loves from Pioneer – Quilt as shown, Hearth in Blue Smoke and Shelter in Cedar. I guess Hearth in Blue Smoke is number one by a stitch. Thank you.

    • Hi Alyn, oh yes….I’ve quite overlooked Hearth for some reason. Now that i’ve studied it up close I really like it, especially the little ribbed sleeves. Love your colour choice, Blue Smoke, which would probably be mine also!

  21. So many are beautiful….I like the Autumn Knits – Buxton. It looks comfortable and light weight. Great for layering. Color neutral so I can wear it with so many items.

  22. I love the Quilt cardigan and I think the colors that it is shown in are great! I think it is Nickel and Golden Heather and Expresso

    • Hi Ada, Wye is one of my favourites also. I’m pretty sure the one the model is wearing is knitted using the colour Saturn. As I mentioned in my post I have this colour in Cocoon and am about to start using it. You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to choose a colour…….I just loved too many!

  23. I already have my eye on the Dwell cardigan from Pioneer. Hopefully I’ll get enough of the yarn in Friar (a gorgeous chocolatey brown) for Christmas!

  24. I need to challenge my knitting skills! Youlgrave’s fair isle pattern looks just the design I have been looking for! Beautiful autumnal shades would finish it beautifully

    • Hi Alison, as Youlgrave is for the experienced knitter this would be a great challenge indeed! Looking at the pattern it is not too difficult and once you get into the rhythm of each colour pattern you’ll start remembering what to do. I would actually like to knit this for myself as I love the yarn Lima….it is so light and soft but knits up to a warm dense fabric.

  25. I would treat my husband to Frontiersman from Pioneer and in a colour i like,Smoky!!
    Quite a few i’d like to knit for myself too!

  26. What lovely books.
    I would use Autumn Knits and make Ilam in Mountain or Crag (I love cables in dark yarns) and Youlgrave in colours very similar to the pattern ones (such a lovely thick fairisle look).
    Both are fab and it is lovely to have 2 designs jump out so quickly from just a quick look.

    • Hi Heather, Ilam is a great knit for a man (or a woman if you like that oversized look). They are both great colour choices; Crag is like dark chocolate….I could almost eat it! I love Youlgrave too; I’ve always been a fan of the fairisle look!

  27. So hard to decide. There are several designs in Pioneer that I really like, but if I have to pick one I guess it would be Shelter. I think it would be pretty in Cedar. Or Charcoal. Or Tough.

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