The 2013 spring/summer Louisa Harding books and yarns are now making their debut. Louisa says: "This season I am embracing the idea of recapturing 'Zest' and 'Joie de vivre'."
As a designer, Louisa found inspiration for her latest collection from her travels last summer to Barcelona, Spain. In describing Barcelona, Louisa says: "Look up and you stumble upon some of the 20th century's most exciting architecture and decorative arts. Buildings created with zest, passion, enthusiasm and craftsmanship."
Filled with inspiration from her Barcelona travels, Louisa created her 2013 spring/summer collection of yarns and designs using bright "zesty" colors. Her vision is clearly visible in her Colline pattern book which features 14 fashionable designs. I particularly like her color-blocking styles where you pair high-contrast shades of color together...perfectly achieved with her new Colline yarn color palette.
Colline is a soft blend of 80% cotton and 20% alpaca and comes in 12 vibrant colors. According to Louisa: "Colline is beautifully soft to the touch and produces great stitch definition when knitted".
Well now that you know a bit about the Colline collection,
let's have a peak inside the book...
Va, va, va voom...
Bertie just might be my favorite design in the book! I think it's perfect for a night out "on the town" enjoying tapas or making an entrance at a special summer event. Bertie is also available in a two-color version.
Louisa is famous for her cardigans and Jamie is a perfect short sleeve cardigan for summer. For those who like color-blocking, Louisa also designed Jamie as a contrast edge cardigan. I love how Louisa designed this cardi with a lace-up ribbon closure in lieu of buttons!
I love the retro look of the Marni top.
Marni can be knit as a solid color top (as shown above) or in a two-colored, striped version.
I love Louisa's capelets. Pete is a two-color (color blocked) capelet and can also be knit as a one-color caplet with sleeves.
Stan is the perfect accessory to brighten up your summer wardrobe! Louisa designed Stan so you can knit a scarf version in two hanks of Colline or a shawl version in 3 hanks.
All these gorgeous photographs from the book are by Louisa's husband, photographer Stephen Jessup. You can view the entire Colline collection at Knitting Fever.com.
Colline Book Giveaway!
Now for the fun part! After you view Louisa's new Colline collection, leave a comment here on my post and tell me your favorite design from the book and you'll be entered into the Colline book giveaway. Three of my "lucky" blog readers can win Louisa's new Colline book thanks to Knitting Fever.
So leave a comment on this post before Saturday, April 27, 2013. Three randomly selected people will each receive a copy of the Colline book. Book prizes will be mailed out by Knitting Fever. US residents only. Void where prohibited.
(A special "thank you" to Vincent at ImagiKnit in San Francisco, CA for assisting me in taking my Colline photographs at ImagiKnit. All Colline book images are by Stephen Jessup and used with permission.)