|Image courtesy of Marie Wallin|
Each book in the collection has a different theme and this sixth, as its name suggests, contains pretty springtime flower patterns for sunny but cool days.
Wallin kindly sent me a copy for review and the my first impression was how beautiful and feminine the designs are. There are eight designs: six jumpers and two cardigans. All bar two use the intarsia technique for patterns and the two that don't create detail with cables.
This is not a collection for beginner knitters. I would rank myself as an intermediate knitter and certainly would find these patterns a challenge but that's the great fun of knitting - practicing existing skills and learning new ones to create a garment you thought may be beyond your level.
Here are the designs, all of which are knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed. All images are courtesy of Marie Wallin:
This is the design featured on the book's cover.
I adore the rose pattern on the yoke.
A short-sleeved jumper for warmer days.
The vintage-style sleeve and shoulder construction here grabs my attention.
Three-quarter length sleeves and lots of pattern!
An intricately-cabled jumper.
Cabled cropped cardigan.
The rose at the centre of the jumper is complemented by a rose on the sleeves and roses at the bottom.
All in all this is a beautiful collection. Rowan's influence on Wallin is still apparent by the yarn she has chosen and the model whom I recognise from previous Rowan pattern books. It is beautifully-photographed and lovely to look at even if the patterns may be slightly too challenging. Don't forget that less-experienced knitters can forgo the intarsia and knit the jumpers instead all in one colour.
Springtime Collection Six costs £12.99 plus P&P and can be bought directly from Marie Wallin's shop.