California Revival Knits, and a giveaway!!

Stephannie Tallent‘s new book, California Revival Knits, was released by Cooperative Press last week. Hooray!  It features fourteen different patterns. Each item is based on the architecture and design of the California Revival period in the 1920s.


Handmade mosaic tiles


The book itself is just gorgeous. It begins with a wonderful walk-through of Stephannie’s obsession with the period and the craftsmanship of the California Revival period, with beautiful photography detailing the mosaics still being made by hand in south central Los Angeles.


Mosaic tiles, being made by hand in south central LA


From there, the books moves into Stephannie’s design process. I love when a designer takes the time to talk about their process; learning how an artist works is always fascinating, and I’ve been a huge fan of Stephannie’s work ever since I first saw her designs. When I first met Stephannie in real life, I completely embarrassed myself by having a total fangirl moment. I think there was even some jumping up and down involved, and I’m pretty sure I just kept saying, “I am such a fan of your work,” over and over again, but honestly, it’s sort of a shameful blur for me. Ever since I saw Zylphia, I’ve been a lost cause.

Stephannie writes wonderfully about her process here- it’s engaging and down- to- earth. It’s a great essay on how she came to select her colors, patterns and materials in order to reflect her passion for the California Revival style.

After this, we come to the patterns. And oh, the patterns! They’re fantastic. I was lucky enough to see some of them in the flesh (or should that be, “in the wool”?) at Rhinebeck last year, and they are just amazing.


Tiles Sweater


Stephannie’s patterns have always excelled in the fine details. There is lavish beading in the Tiles sweater, the Peacock Cowl, and the Peacock Mitts. There’s architectural lace work in the Peacock Shawl (which is going on my needles next week!) and the UnderSea Garden Cowl. Of course, there is intriguing color work in the Stair Steps Tam and the Stairsteps Mitts set, as well as the ridiculously clever Fringe Socks (which come in three sizes, hooray!). The Peacock Mitts and the Peacock Cowl also incorporate color via intarsia and duplicate stitch! There is a quick home project in the Catalina Star Pillow, worked in worsted weight yarn, but my favorite pattern must be the Wrought Iron Cardi.

Wrought Iron Cardi

I’ve always been a sucker for a cardigan, but this one has it all: twisted stitches add depth and dimension, a shawl collar to snuggle down into on chilly evenings, and a pattern with seven different sizes and a full schematic. Absolutely perfect!

The entire Wrought Iron collection grabs my heart, though. The Wrought Mitts are more of the same in the best way- twisted, traveling stitches on the small scale, perfect for last- minute gifts, if I can stand to part with them. The Wrought Iron Beret is stunning, and then there is also a pair of Wrought Socks, too- perfect in their simplicity.

Wrought Iron Socks


The Quatrefoil Mitts (which are followed by a full mitten version, for those of you in colder climates) are another of my favorites from this book. I love a good, simple colorwork project, and the picot hem sold me on this pattern; again, here is one of those perfect little details that Stephannie does so well.


Daaaaaaw! Bonus kitty!

Daaaaaaw! Bonus kitty! Also, the Quatrefoil Mitts.


I’m thrilled to see this book come out; I’ve been waiting for it with baited breath ever since Stephannie told me it was coming.

To celebrate the arrival of this awesome book, I’d like to give away one free digital copy! Just leave me a comment below, telling me which pattern you’d knit first if you won this book- and why- to be entered to win a digital copy of the book! I’ll pick a winner using the Random Number Generator at 12 pm Eastern,  on Wednesday, the 2nd of May.

Good luck, everyone!

  One thought on “California Revival Knits, and a giveaway!!

  1. April 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Oh my. I really want this book. It’s so gorgeous I’ve been drooling over it since I saw some previews online and at TNNA.

  2. April 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I’m torn between the Catalina Star Pillow and the Tiles Sweater… probably the pillow since it’s too hot at the moment to even think about sweaters. All of the patterns are gorgeous – first book in a while where I honestly want to make every pattern.

    PprmntMochaMama on Ravelry

  3. April 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t know what I’m getting myself into here but I would HAVE to make one of those Peacock items. They are just so beautiful!

  4. April 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Those Quatrefoil mitts are gorgeous! I’m into blue right now, so I’d probably knit those as a holiday gift.

  5. Gwynne
    April 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I have been waiting for this book to be released! I would most definitely make the Wrought Socks first and then the matching Beret. I am in the midst of losing weight and don’t want to have to frog a garment because it’s too big once it’s finished.

    Thanks for having this giveaway, Sarah


  6. Lise
    April 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I’d knit the mitts! While all the designs are gorgeous, I’m a sucker for kitties.

    Lovely book!

  7. April 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Wrought Iron mitts or the Tiles sweater… So many delicious choices! It reminds me of home. (I grew up in central california, with family down in southern california). Anyway, it looks like a fantastic book, and it is sweet of you to share it with all of us. Happy Monday!

    • May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Sarah, you’ve won a free digital copy of Stephannie’s book! Send me an email at onmytiptoes(at) and I’ll get you squared away!

  8. Kristen
    April 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Wrought mitts in a heartbeat. I would say socks, but I have yet to attack socks. Mitts are much more in my comfort zone and they are LOVELY!

  9. Gail Rector
    April 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Wrought Socks while i decide what next. A fifth gen San Franciscan, I miss my California.

  10. Mya
    April 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Those are all so beautiful it’s hard to pick but I think I’d probably do the wrought iron socks!

  11. April 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I’d definitely do the Peacock Stole – it’s gorgeous!

  12. April 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I have been drooling over these patterns as they were released 🙂 The Peacock Cowl is in my queue and I would certainly work that one up right away. I would then work Quatrefoil Mitts and one of the Wrought patterns. That you for the chance to enter!

  13. Elisabeth
    April 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Definitely the Wrought Iron Cardi! So beautiful and snuggly!

  14. Deanna Zinn
    April 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    The Tiles Sweater….I love beads!

  15. Analiese
    April 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Ever since seeing Stephanie wearing the Wrought Iron Cardigan at Rhinebeck,I have been obsessed about making one of my own.All the patterns in the book are gorgeous though

  16. Sharon M2
    April 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    My favorite is the Wrought Iron Cardi, but that Peacock Cowl is only a few steps behind-very lovely!

  17. nina
    April 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Love love love the Wrought Mitts – they’ve been on my radar for a while. Will definitely knit them some day, when I decide what pattern format to buy. Amazing detail!

  18. Doreen
    April 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I’d make the Wrought Iron socks in order to have a FO quickly and at the same time a guage swatch for the cardigan.

  19. April 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    If I put on my “dreams never hurt anyone” hat, I’d say that I’ll start with the Wrought Iron Cardigan. Immediately.

    If I put on my, “calm down, girl, and get real” hat, I’d say that I’ll start with the Wrought Iron Mitts. Someday soon.

  20. April 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I would LOVE to make the Peacock Mitts. It was great meeting Stephanie at Rhinbeck too!!

  21. Lindsay
    April 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I’d have a really hard time choosing between the Wrought Mitts and the Undersea Garden Cowl. Chances are I’d just cast on both at the same time.

  22. marieange
    April 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    The Wrought Mitts, for sure! Those are precious! 🙂
    The Wrought Iron Cardi is also on the list, as are many of the other projects! Gorgeous book.

  23. Amanda
    April 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I need to knit some mittens for a friend and I think the Quatrefoil would be perfect for a June birthday. 🙂

  24. pat shaw
    April 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Wrought socks and Tiles sweater are tied.

  25. Jennifer
    April 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Wrought Iron Socks … and I have a skein of Blue Ringed Octopus somewhere in transit which would be PERFECT for them…

  26. Sarah R.
    April 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, I’d make the Wrought socks first. When I scrolled down to them, I literally gasped.

  27. April 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    The Peacock Cowl is such an amazing pattern! The beads catch the light & add a dimension of depth to an already beautifully detailed motif. I’m in love!

  28. Donnell
    April 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Definitely the wrought iron cardigan. I might even do it in the sample color. It is beautiful.

  29. April 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Diggin’ the Wrought Iron Cardi. I’ll be starting there, methinks-

  30. Kathleen Champlain
    May 1, 2012 at 5:12 am

    No wonder you are such a fan. I think I would start with one of the wrought iron projects–such elegant simplicity!

    Thanks for the opportunity! kkkkate on Ravelry

  31. Jennifer
    May 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

    The wrought iron cardi, though the mitts might actually come first…

  32. Karen
    May 1, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I have a serious crush on the Quatrefoil Mitts. They would be lovely knit in skinny bugga.

  33. Jaylyn
    May 1, 2012 at 8:07 am

    What a beautiful, thoughtful book – the inspiration just shines through! The Wrought Iron Cardigan is a must have!

  34. Knit1Pug2
    May 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I want to say Wrought Iron Cardi, but let’s face it, I wont have the attention span, so I’ll go for the socks! 🙂 Love the collection.

  35. danadoodle
    May 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Definitely the Wrought Iron Socks!

  36. oncofreak
    May 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I love love love the handwarmers.

  37. Jody
    May 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I am seriously jonesin for the wrought iron cardi – I have to have one!

  38. Terri (JaneSezKnit on Rav)
    May 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I would knit the Wrought Iron Cardi…cables and cardi are an unbeatable combo imho. That is one gorgeous cardi. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  39. Sarah
    May 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I would definitely knit the Wrought Iron socks first as I’m currently on a big sock kick!

  40. andrea
    May 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Wrought iron all the way, love cables!

  41. Linda
    May 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    oooh, I’m torn between the Wrought Iron Cardigan and the Tiles sweater,….. think I’d knit cardigan first then I’d have to knit the sweater too !!

  42. robin
    May 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I would probably knit the wrought iron cardigan first. I’m in desperate need of more layering options!

  43. Eileen
    May 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I’d love to try the wrought iron socks. I like using traveling stitches/cables and have never used them in a sock design so this is right up my alley!

  44. kate5412
    May 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I was aiming to knit the Peacock Mitts for my moher, but I really want the Tiles Sweater now, too! So many choices!

  45. duni
    May 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I was aiming to knit the Peacock Mitts for my moher, but I really want the Tiles Sweater now, too! So many choices!

  46. May 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, those are all so lovely! I would definitely knit the Wrought Mitts first – because I can never get enough beautiful fingerless mitts, and also as practice with the feel of the Wrought Iron collection before attempting the Wrought Socks as my very first pair of socks!

  47. harpo716
    May 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I love this book! It would be hard to pick one to start with but the Wrought Iron Cardi would be very high on my list!

    and I have to admit to a fangirl squee when I saw you are following my blog 🙂

  48. Roberta
    May 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    For sure I would begin making Quatrefoil Mitts, both fingerless and mittens. My 8 grandkids love mittens I have made .. I also make mittens and hats for the homeless in Duluth.

  49. Gwenht
    May 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Everything looks amazing! I hope some of the patterns are easy, though . . .

  50. Nancye
    May 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I think I’m with you in the wrought iron cardi. I’m really into cables right now and if I got the pattern and bought yarn at sheep and wool this weekend I might get it finished in time for fall. (yes, I’m a slow knitter). But…. That tiles sweater is pretty nice too. Hmmmm.

  51. Sharon M2
    May 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I would love to have a copy of this book-there are lots of beautiful items.

  52. May 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Wow~ all items look absolutely amazing! I especially like colors of yarns you used. Very inspirational!! I’d like to knit ’tiles sweater’. I am sure my bf would really enjoy it and he is a Californian who moved to Korea a while ago. I cannot imagine how happy he will be once he knew it is inspired by Califonian Revial. 🙂

  53. Kay
    May 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Ohhh… such temptations! Definitely something from the Wrought Iron collection. The socks would be quick gratification, but I’m leaning towards the cardigan. I’m envisioning a hand dyed black with dark green undertones and just a bit of rust in it, just like a piece of weathered metal.

  54. Susan
    May 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Sarah, Thanks for highlighting this book. I’m with you about liking the Wrought Iron collection. However my first project will have to be the Quatrefoil Mittens because I have a relative heading into a cold climate this fall. She is off to architecture school so the combo of the style source with a useful product is perfect. A double layer of yarn from the colorwork is a bonus for her soon to be much colder fingers.

  55. Elizabeth
    May 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Oh, I’d have to say either the Wrought Iron Cardi would be first (if I’m feeling ambitious), otherwise the Wrought Iron Socks. Guess I like the wrought thing! P.S. Can I have the kitty too? 😉

  56. Linda A Roller
    May 2, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I like the Undesea Garden Cowl. I love the beautiful tiles seen all over California. Stephanie has written a lovely book I would love to have. rinebird on Rav

  57. May 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Everything looks gorgeous but I love the understated simplicity of Quatrefoil Mitts. I think it’d be perfect for perfecting my fairisle technique!
    I’d love to win this giveaway. Thanks Sarah!

  58. May 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Wrought Socks! Without question. I have a little stash of very crisp fingering-weight wool that’s perfect for narrow twisted stitch cables like those.

  59. May 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    The Wrought Iron Cardi, for sure!

    Ursa aka ThePaganKnitter on Ravelry

  60. May 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I’d make the Wrought Mitts or Wrought Socks first, I can’t decide which. I’ve loved these patterns since I saw them on her project page last year:)

  61. Marianne J
    May 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Oh, such beautiful patterns! I’ve been admiring them since they first appeared on rav!!

    My first knit? Definitely I’d go for instant gratification–Wrought Mitts, then either the Quatrefoil Mitts (I do love wristwarmers!), or get serious and knit the Wrought Cardi. It’s just a matter of determining the order of who gets knit first…

  62. msesqct
    May 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Love the Quatrefoil Mitts !!

  63. msesqct
    May 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Love the Quatrefoil Mitts!!!

  64. rabeckie78
    May 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Love the quatrefoil mitts and the wrought mitts, it would be a toss up between those two!

  65. rabeckie78
    May 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Either the Quatrefoil mitts or the wrought mitts, it would be a tough decision between the two!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: