When I saw Stephannie Tallent’s call for submissions to a Hitchcock themed collection, Hitch, I knew I wanted to submit, even with the limited time I had at my disposal. First of all, I love Stephannie’s aesthetic. I have her California Revival Knits book, which I keep on hand as inspiration. The collection is so well coordinated and considered, and I knew Stephannie would be bringing the same focused attention to a curated collection.

Secondly, how cool is a Hitchcock themed knitwear collection? I grew up watching Hitchcock movies, and with a father who’d originally studied film in college, I was constantly made cognizant of the visual language of those films. Stephannie had said in her call that she was going to use a minimalist palette of primarily greyscale with the occasional splash of bright red. This carefully considered choice in itself said a great deal about how the collection would be managed. I wanted in!

Souvenir of a Killing

I knew I wanted to make an accessory, and I knew I wanted it to be inspired by the Saul Bass titles of the movie Vertigo. I wasn’t alone in looking at the stark graphics of Vertigo as inspiration. Elizabeth Green Musselman also looked at the Bass designs to create a gorgeous shawl based on one of the Lissajous spirals Bass made such dizzying use of in both the poster and the titles themselves.

San Juan Bautista Shawl by Elizabeth Green Musselman

There are so many gorgeous patterns in this book, and it really has a very uniform look when it comes to the design despite the huge cast of designers. I am so glad I got to be a part of such a great project! There are too many lovely patterns for me to show you all of them, but I thought I’d show a few more of my favorites below.


Melanie Shawl by Nina Machlin Dayton

Stella Gloves by Katherine Vaughan

Three Second Kiss by Becky Herrick

Tippi Toes by Jill Bigelow-Suttell

If you’d like to win a digital copy of Hitch for your very own, leave a comment on this post talking about your favorite Hitch patterns! Entries will be accepted through midnight on Friday, October 11. I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Saturday!

Hitch is currently available through Cooperative Press as an ebook, and as a preorder for the print and PDF combined package.

The blog tour continues!

9/28/2013: Sunset Cat Designs
10/5/2013: Knitting Kninja (Hello! You’re here now!)
10/5/2013: Knit One, Heart Too Podcast
10/7/2013: Herrlichkeiten
10/8/2013: Knit and Travel
10/9/2013: Knit & Knag Designs
10/10/2013: Wooly Wonka Fibers
10/11/2013: Verdant Gryphon
10/15/2013: Impeccable Knits: Shifting Stitches
10/16/2013: Rewolluzza
10/21/2013: Knitwear Designs by Carolyn Noyes
10/22/2013: Peacefully Knitting
10/23/2013: Dark Matter Knits
10/24/2013: Turnknit: Dani Berg Designs
10/25/2013: SweetGeorgia Yarns
10/28/2013: doviejay knits
10/29/2013: Triona Designs
10/30/2013: Tactile Fiber Arts
11/4/2013: A Knitter’s Life
11/5/2013: Catchloops
11/6/2013: Yarn On The House
11/07/2013: Ramblings
11/12/2013: Hazel Knits
11/13/2013: Knitcircus
11/19/2013: indigodragonfly
11/9/2013: Fyberspates
11/22/2013: A B-ewe-tiful Design
11/25/2013: knittingkirigami





  1. Kate

    I really love Not Your Gal Friday, but since my daughter just stole my barely finished new beret, Souvenir of a Killing or Alicia might rocket to the top of my queue.

    knitschmidt on ravelry

  2. Love your beret design! My other favorite patterns include the Rio gloves and the Stolen Jewels gloves. Hmmm…. I seem to be attracted to gloves today.

  3. wendy

    Oh, my! Such a lovely set of patterns! I’d like a closer look at Our Gal Midge… seems like a sweater I might wear… also am fond of the Exacta hat, and the Three-second Kiss sweater. Well, pretty much all of them, actually.

  4. KathyN

    I love the Ambrose Chapel Cape designed by Luise O’Neill, and the colorwork in the Three Second Kiss really appeals to me as well!

  5. Sara

    I love the Constance Shawl, Kently Socks, & Melanie Shawl. I used to work in the town where The Birds was filmed, & it’s still a big deal after all these years!

  6. Lynne Phelps

    Three second kiss is my favorite, and I want to make your beret with solid and gradient yarn, add to that vertigo effect! Love Hitchcock films, this collection is a delight!

  7. Jody H

    I have to say Bodega Bay Stole is my favorite. But the choosing was hard as they are all so interesting. What’s not to love when it comes to Alfred Hitchcock.

  8. Elizabeth’s shawl is my very favorite. I actually submitted a proposal for a shawl inspired by those very opening credits, and I’m glad it wasn’t accepted because hers is so much better! I love it and intend to somehow create time to knit one for myself.

  9. Kate

    Oh my goodness, I was scrolling down through the pics and thought, “I need that hat! And those mitts! Ooooo, pretty shawl!” and so on down the line. Beautiful patterns, all of them!

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