Knitting outside the Box

Knitting Outside the Box is a fabulous new book by the renowned designer, Bristol Ivy. Drawing on what inspires her most, Bristol Ivy, shares the possibilities that she finds inherent in knit fabric. Utilising the exercises she uses in her life as a designer, she encourages knitters to make their own rules and push their creativity by asking ‘What If?’


With 15 patterns for garments and accessories, the book is essential reading for all adventurous knitters. The hardcover book contains beautiful photos that will inspire you to pick up your needles and push your knitting boundaries. The book also features a stitch dictionary and techniques section to help you on your way.

I would like to knit everything in this book and keep changing my mind about which patterns to include in my ‘could knit in 2018’ short list. At the moment the front runners are:

ARBUS I love the clean lines of this sweater which is cleverly constructed with garter stitch stripes, short row shaping and ‘compensated’ and ‘uncompensated’ wedges. I think this will be fun to knit but also fabulous to wear. The design in the book is knitted in Solstice DK yarn from Magpie Fibers but I intend to make mine in Lana Gatto Super Soft Merino DK.

CARR is a fascinating variation on a standard top-down shawl. The traditional shaping veers off in two directions using increases and decreases at different rates to compensate for opposing angles whilst touches of lace add delicacy and softness. Carr is knitted in 4ply sock wool so this will be gorgeously soft in Hot Socks Pearl  with its hint of cashmere,


JEMISON is a folded loop cowl that uses brioche stitch and reverse stocking stitch to create a cosy, tailored accessory with graphic interest. The pattern calls for sport weight yarn and I’m tempted to use Stylecraft Batik for a faded, vintage look.

These are only three of the fifteen patterns in the book and the others are just as interesting. The book would make a perfect gift for your favourite knitting friend or as a treat to yourself – prepare to expand your knitting horizons in 2018.

Happy knitting!