Interweave Knits: Fall 2009 Preview!

A note from Kathleen: When I worked at my LYS, we'd get a heavy box four times a year and the return address was Interweave Press. We'd rip that box open practically before the UPS guy could hand it over; we knew what was in it–the new issue of Interweave Knits! Here I am an Interweave employee, and I'm just as excited to hand you the proverbial box and introduce the fall 2009 issue of Knits. When you see the offerings in this issue you'll think "instant classic"  just like I did. Do you love working on textured sweaters with interesting lines? If so, many of the sweaters in this issue will be right up your alley. And those Bandelier Socks? Brilliant and amazing –I will make them and keep them for myself!

With this new issue comes a new blog, Inside Knits. Eunny and the Interweave Knits gang will be expanding on projects and articles in the magazine and sharing even more tips and techniques. Plus you'll get a peek behind the scenes at just what it takes to produce Knits. Check KnittingDaily.com tomorrow afternoon for our first Inside Knits blog post.

And now, here's editor Eunny Jang to tell you more about what's in store for you with this issue of Interweave Knits, available at your LYS or newsstand on August 11th.

The dog days of summer may still be ahead, but fall is just around the corner–and with that, fall knitting! It's a great time to cast on a new big project, work with new-to-you fibers, or tackle a technique you've always wanted to try.

For me, the first cool breeze (sweater season!) always ushers in a renewed interest in knitting: The craft is both deep and broad, with endless avenues for exploration.

Take a subject like stranded color work (one of my personal favorites): If you'd like to give it a try for the first time, the Freya Hat would be a great place to begin: It's small and knitted entirely in the round. The Bandelier Socks would be a great project to branch out with. And if you're an old hand looking for something new, you could play with the Felicity Hat: It takes traditional motifs and combines them with decidedly untraditional short-rows for a completely different effect.

If you love texture, a one-piece sweater like the French Braid Pullover might satisfy the urge for big, simple texture that showcases the beauty of knitted cables. Angelica's Coat plays different textures against each other and frames them all within the rustic texture of the project yarn. The Clasica Coat puts cables and lace together for a deeply chiseled, wonderfully tactile effect.

For something to really sink your teeth into, there's a whole group of patterns that feature reversible cables in ways that make adornment functional: Rosamund's Cardigan uses a slinky reversible cable to pattern a collar that looks great standing up or turned down into lapels, while the Rivulet Scarf simply looks fantastic from both sides.

Deconstructing these patterns and learning what makes them tick is half the reward of making them–even in a craft as old as knitting is, there are still things that make you look twice, look closer.

What catches your eye in the Interweave Knits Fall 2009 preview?

–Eunny

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