Editor’s Choice from Knitscene Winter You Can’t Miss!
Editor’s Choice from knitscene Winter 2016 is here! We are really excited about this issue, as it’s jam-packed with adorable projects and lively photography. The photo shoot was so much fun and didn’t remotely feel like work. The first day, we threw a huge New Year’s-style party in the photo studio for the Have a Ball (winter lace) story, and the next day we staged a cozy snow day (in May) in a carriage house loft that our editor, Hannah, found through Airbnb. There was much glitter to be had, folks. We were very happy about this. Read on to see what editors are casting on first!
Editor Hannah’s Choice:
There are so many striking projects in this issue, and I love that the lace projects are on the fancier side. I generally dress very casually, even at work (much to the chagrin of my coworkers, I’m sure), but the fancy sweaters in this story make me want to dress up! I totally fell for the Banquet Sweater by Kiri FitzGerald-Hillier, with its off-the-shoulder yoke and simple yet elegant style. It’s an overall simple knit with a few unusual and fun aspects—my favorite kind of project to knit! It’s worked in one piece from the top down, and the asymmetrical yoke is created using short-rows and is followed by a “diamond and eyelet” lace band. The body and sleeves are simple stockinette, there is a bit of waist-shaping, and the bottom is ribbed.
This week, I cast on for the Banquet sweater with Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the Dirty Panther colorway. It’s a muddy charcoal gray (nearly black) that I think suits my wardrobe and the shedding-black-Lab needs of my household. The ultimate dream is to find a dress much like the one in the issue (in silver) to wear to whatever event I’m attending this coming New Year’s Eve. If all goes according to plan, it will be my “fancy sweater”!
Assistant Editor Sara’s Choice:
I always have the hardest time picking a project to cast on first. We truly have the best job in the world, communicating with incredible yarn companies and designers, seeing (and feeling) the projects when they first come in, watching them come to life with an incredible photo shoot team, and then seeing all the amazing things our readers make. We really fall in love with each of these projects and picking only one to start is just so gosh darn hard!
I love all of the ski projects created by Jesie Ostermiller for this issue, the super soft yarns from our Snow Day projects make me long for a blizzard already, and the party-ready winter lace projects take lace knitting to a whole new level. AH! Picking is so tricky! But since I have to choose, the first project for me to cast on is the Soiree Cowl by Tanis Gray. This cowl combines both cables AND lace making it absolutely gorgeous for winter. It is worked in the round, bottom up, in the super-soft O-Wool Chunky Merino. It also utilizes shifting rounds to keep you on your toes! I have some yarn from my stash set for this in an orangy-brown metallic color that I think will go with everything. I can’t wait to get this on my needles! Hannah and I will be ready for some awesome winter parties!
What projects do you plan to cast on from knitscene Winter 2016? Are you knitting a fancy sweater or a cozy fluffy accessory? We can’t wait to see what everyone is knitting from this issue!
Happy winter knitting,