It follows the trends seen on the catwalks which are heavily influenced by nature, its shapes and forms, textures and colours. Bio-fresh greens are balanced with earthy neutrals and delicate floral accents. Texture is the key word for inspiration and the trend is characterised by casual easy-to-wear shapes to give an understated artisan feel. Our two new shades, Bluebell and Fennel, really come to life in these designs.
Amanda Crawford tells us this may well be her favourite collection yet: “I really love the different textures in Botanics. Our designs feature mock cables and stitch deflection – the pattern for Satin Ash is a good example. I think these are great pieces to knit because the most important thing about all of them, is that they are incredibly wearable and deceptively easy to knit.”
We thought we would take a close look at the first four designs for you.
Aubretia features a slouchy one-piece t-shirt and two-way shawl and is inspired by the Aubretia plant that cloaks our gardens with bursts of vibrant colour.
This delicate lace panel and moss stitch cardigan is reminiscent of the fruit from the Cherimoya tree and looks equally lovely with or without the ribbon trim.
Satin Ash is a riot of twisted ribs and mock cables which are surprisingly easy to knit and conjure up the fruit and fronded flowers of the Satin Ash tree.
Honeycomb textures are made with a simple cluster stitch taken from the shape and texture of the leaves of the Mesquite tree.
As you can see from the images we had a truly lovely location to shoot in – the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire. If you ever get a chance to visit this amazing and historic botanic garden, we are sure you will be as captivated by it as we were, but choosing the location took a bit of research. Amanda had a definite idea of what she wanted in order to really capture the spirit of the collection: “We were looking for a location inside just in case the weather wasn’t good. So, with somewhere like Kew in mind I went online to look at the options. We even went to look at a butterfly house with a resident Iguana that lived in the overhead rafters and regularly fell off on unsuspecting visitors but we didn’t want to unnerve our model!”