Fall Comes to Knitscene

It's that time of year—the fall knitting magazines are starting to roll in! I'm having so much fun looking at all of the new designs.

Steampunk Pullover
The Stout Scarf

One of my favorite patterns is the Steampunk Pullover by Julia Farwell-Clay, from Knitscene Fall 2014. The three-quarter-length sleeves, contrasting colorwork gadgets on the yoke, the gray and purple contrasting yarn; it's really eye-catching.

There's a bunch of good stuff in this issue, including a story about tweed yarn, which showcases six yarns. There's also a tweed collection that includes six perfectly tweedy projects.

Editor Amy Palmer has put together yet another hit, and here she is to tell you a little more about it.

Cozy Up: Fall Is Coming!

I've just finished reading Gordon Reid's excellent words for the Blogspotting department in Knitscene, in which he describes his love of ganseys and how their inherent beauty inspired him to knit ganseys (and only ganseys). His words struck a chord.

Kittery Hat
Callanish Cardigan

As knitters, we are ever looking to the past to help construct our future projects, be it the recent past and patterns that have lived in our queues for untold lengths of time, or perhaps finding inspiration on a trip to a textile museum.

For this issue, we asked designers to reinterpret ganseys—sweaters knit for fishermen using various patterns of knit and purl stitches—in our Campfire Knits story, and Kristen Orme wrote about her experiences with the traditional gansey form in modern Scotland.

Tweed has long been a fabric of knitters, so we paid homage to the yarn in All Things Tweed. And Julia Farwell-Clay combined her classic style with a nod to steampunk fashion in her designer collection.

Every knitter, and every stitch we knit, becomes part of a longstanding tradition of crafters and yarn-lovers, and the history inspires us at Knitscene to bring you these modern works of art.

Happy knitting!

—Amy Palmer, Editor, Knitscene

Although I do have a favorite in the Steampunk Pullover, there are several runners-up.

In the Stout Scarf by Felecia O'Connell, an easy slip-stitch pattern creates a striking, menswear-inspired effect. Choose your favorite colors in this blend of silk, merino, and cashmere for your own twist on a classic look.

Amy Palmer's Kittery Hat is a traditional gansey stitch pattern modified and coded into colorwork stitches in this easy hat.

Callanish Cardigan by Marianne Hobart ia a classic jacket silhouette—pockets, double-breasted fastening, and turned up cuffs—that gets a lift from a textural stitch pattern worked on each front and the cuffs.

Get your copy of the new issue of Knitscene and cast on something beautiful for fall!


P.S. Are you knitting anything for fall yet? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

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