JEWELS is the third book in our European Nature book series which we created to share our passion for natural, local, breed-specific, European yarns, beautiful knitwear designs and the stories of the amazing makers who enable and inspire us to create magic with our own hands.

JEWELS includes 12 modern knitwear designs for the colder seasons on this planet. From luscious colourwork yokes to drapey everyday sweaters, from a shawl as cosy as a hug to mittens designed to keep your hands toasty warm, all the pieces in this book are designed to be both enjoyable to knit and wearable for years to come.

JEWELS wouldn’t be a Making Stories publication though without the stories that inspire us to do our work: We’ve included profiles for every single maker involved in this book, be it designer or yarn company, as well as two fantastic articles on yarn (by Katie Green) and colour substitution (by Dianna Walla) and a conversation on colour between Melody Hoffmann, a favourite designer, and yarn dyer Paula Goosen of Moel View Yarn. 

JEWELS is now available through our webshop as well as our shipping pod program. It might soon land at your LYS, too - check out our stockist list here.

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Alexandrite Cardigan

Design by Amy Gunderson

Yarn by Blacker Yarns

Citrine Pullover by Emily Greene for JEWELS by Making Stories

Citrine Pullover

Design by Emily Greene

Yarn by De Rerum Natura

Paraiba Cardigan

Design by Nadya Stallings

Yarn by Rosy Green Wool

Heliotrope Shawl

Design by Sabine Engel

Yarn by Whistlebare

Morganite Hat by Imke von Nathusius for JEWELS by Making Stories

Morganite Hat

Design by Imke von Nathusius

Yarn by Moel View Yarn

Topaz Pullover by Katrine Birkenwasser for JEWELS by Making Stories

Topaz Pullover

Design by Katrine Birkenwasser

Yarn by Tukuwool

Spinel Mittens

Design by Becky Sorensen

Yarn by Tulliver Yarn

Diopside Pullover

Design by Vanessa Ewing

Yarn by Triskelion Yarn

Tanzanite Cowl by Sarah Shepherd for JEWELS by Making Stories

Tanzanite Cowl

Design by Sarah Shepherd

Yarn by Retrosaria

Garnet Socks by Hanna Lisa Haferkamp for JEWELS by Making Stories

Garnet Socks

Design by Hanna Lisa Haferkamp

Yarn by Triskelion Yarn

Tourmaline Pullover

Design by Heike Campbell

Yarn by L’Échappée Laine

Rubellite Hat

Design by Simone Bechtold

Yarn by De Rerum Natura


On Yarn Substitution

Article by Katie Green

Excerpt: With the incredible diversity or yarns we have available to us, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to make a choice between one or another.

Of course, a pattern might recommend the perfect yarn to use, but what if that yarn doesn’t come in your favourite colour? Many special and unique yarns are limited editions and so they aren’t available all the time. And of course, some- times you purchase a yarn just because you fell in love, and have to look for a pattern to go with it.

So how can we make informed choices, if we want to use a yarn different from the one a pattern recommends?

Substituting Colours in Stranded Colourwork

Article by Dianna Walla

Excerpt: Playing with colour combinations is one of the reasons I love stranded colourwork so very much, but for knitters who are new to stranded colourwork, or who tend to stick to the colour choices made by a designer for a given pattern, substituting colours can seem like an intimidating prospect.

Colour substitution is an area of knitting that can be deceptively tricky when a project involves more than one colour, but like all aspects of stranded colourwork, it becomes easier with experience.

Colour choice is ultimately a very personal decision, but there are several things to consider that can help you make colour decisions that will work well for your project.

A Conversation in Colour

Between Melody Hoffmann and Paula Goosen

Excerpt: P: […] I think palettes is a big one really. Also people know what to expect from you. They can take a look and they know yes, this is calming or soothing or... And that will motivate them to want the pattern.

You have to be comfortable with something that you're putting out there, whether it's the colour or the design. If it doesn't speak to you and resonate with you then you don't expect other people to feel the same. I think the colours that I really try and tame, in terms of my bold colours are the yellows. So yellows are not necessarily something I wear a lot of myself, but I can see why they're useful. I've seen some designs or knit up garments in yellow that are just incredible. And you may know with natural dyeing, the most common colour to get is

Both: Yellow.

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