Fibers Abound in Interweave Knits Spring 2020
How many sheep breeds are there? If a person types this question into a Google search, they would quickly find that there is no definite number. The general answer is “a whole heck of a lot.” Which plants are used to make yarn? This is also a realm where the possibilities start to open up when you begin to look into them. There are the obvious cotton and linen yarns we’ve come to know, but there are also bamboo, soy, and wood yarns, and so many more.
Aside from sheep, what other animals provide wool of their own? What the heck is a musk ox or, for that matter, the qiviut that supposedly comes off its body? (If you ever get a chance to touch this stuff, do it.) What does yak down look and feel like?
This is a small sample of questions you can ask to open up the world of fiber possibilities to incorporate in your knitting. The final outcome of a knitted garment or accessory is heavily influenced by the fiber content of a yarn, not just the weight or “softness” factor.
In this Spring 2020 issue of Interweave Knits, we’ve matched a range of wool, plant, and luxury fiber yarns (and blends) with appropriate patterns to showcase the depth and variety that yarns in this market have to offer. It is by no means comprehensive—if it were, this issue might need to be 500 pages long! It’s more of a jumping-off point to inspire you to explore all the different types of fibers out there and to find what really speaks to you and your knitting style.
Whether you like hardworking, cozy sweaters, lightweight tops, or luxury accessories, you’ll find something in these pages you’ll get the itch to cast on this spring.