Knitters find inspiration is myriad places, but I’ve never seen a collection quite so vividly inspired as Hunter Hammersen‘s Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet Series.
These books (The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, published in 2012 and The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II, published in 2013) are inspired by vintage illustrations. The first volume is all botanical prints (flowers and trees) and Volume II is inspired by butterfly illustrations. The thing that struck me about these illustrations though, is that they’re a really interesting melange of science and art. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re meticulous in their detail. One illustration (the Pinus Silvestris on page 47 of Volume 1), has not only a drawing of the tree branch, but all the different stages of the pine cone development as well as a cross section of the inside! These prints really are quite amazing.
And in keeping with the dual nature of these vintage illustrations, each one has inspired more than one pattern! For each print, there is a sock pattern and a second accessory pattern, ranging from fingerless mitts, to cowls, to hats. Each pattern takes its inspiration from a different aspect of the botanical (or butterfly) print. So each of the patterns simultaneously fits and stands out. It’s truly an astounding collection of patterns. You can see all the patterns (and the prints for which they are named) on Ravelry for Volume I & Volume II.
But the thing I love most about these books is the socks. So often sock patterns are a single stitch pattern slapped into a sock template, but Hunter’s socks are intricate and interesting. They all have unique heel and toe details that you can tell were chosen to organically compliment the stitch pattern but not compromise heel structure. I love them so! Everything is beautifully photographed and you can tell the socks actually FIT well too. They aren’t just staged for photography.
Hunter has also generously offered to gift digital copies of both books to one my readers. So if you would like to be entered into the drawing, post a comment answering the question:
“What is your favorite accessory to knit?”
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ETA: I’ll be closing the drawing on Friday at 5 pm, and I’ll pick a winner then.