Accessorize it with Knitscene Accessories

The Beacon Shawl by Megi Burcl

The Beacon Shawl by Megi Burcl

A note from Kathleen: Knitscene Accessories is here, just in time to cast on a portable project for summer travel. I need to cast on a smaller project ASAP, because it’s too hot for my bottom up sweater to rest in my lap as I’m finishing it up. I’m nuts about the Beacon Shawl by Megi Burcl (at right). It’s so cute, and I love the size and the colors.

There’s lots more to choose from in Knitscene Accessories—here’s editor Amy Palmer to tell you all about it.

You probably do not ever want to come to my house for dinner—at least not if I’m saying, “I’ll cook something!” Cooking, to me, is not an exact science. I love experimenting with different things, or trying to cook different cuisines, and I view cooking as a wonderful place to make an experience my own. This generally means that unless otherwise convinced, I’ll always leave onions out of a meal. Don’t worry, I always have a back-up plan, and that plan is pizza.

This philosophy also extends to my knitting, especially to accessories. Accessories are the perfect place for experimentation: you can try a new technique, or modify a stitch pattern, or play with gauge and yarn weight, or try pretty much anything! And that’s kind of what we did with this issue of Knitscene Accessories. This is our first time having a dedicated home décor section, in our Home Sweet Home story. I want to keep all of the projects for myself—these great little touches of function and craft to add to any knitter’s home.

Zagtarsia Blanket, left; Knit a Bit wall hanging, right

Zagtarsia Blanket, left; Knit a Bit wall hanging, right

We also tried getting gussied up a bit with our Little Black Dress story. Knitting can feel (and, I think, mostly should be) about comfort and casual wear, but little knitted touches can add elegance to fancier outfits, too. And if you’re looking for new techniques, try putting some sparkle in your knitting, thanks to Daniela Nii’s article on adding beads to your handknits.

Wallis Shawl, left; Grace Clutch, right

Wallis Shawl, left; Grace Clutch, right

Our featured designer thrives on experimentation. Megi Burcl has designed wonderful shawls for past issues of Knitscene, and her fearlessness in the face of incorporating variegated yarns into knitwear led her to create five amazing pieces for her collection as well as inspire us all to experiment with crazy-colored yarn.

Sarcasm Shawl, left; Ship that Shawl, right

Sarcasm Shawl, left; Ship that Shawl, right

Finally, I asked designers to experiment within the constructs of basic accessory shapes to create incredible pieces inspired by Suzanne Collins’s beloved book series, The Hunger Games, published by Scholastic, and they delivered with ten incredible pieces. Be sure to read Sarah Wilson’s article on finding inspiration from popular media, where she explores the creation of her incredible Lady Sybil Pantsuit.

Remiges Hat and Mittens, left; Catalyst Cowl, right

Remiges Hat and Mittens, left; Catalyst Cowl, right

Get your copy of Knitscene Accessories 2015 today, and start experimenting with knitted accessories for your home and wardrobe.

Happy knitting,

AmyPalmer

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