Interweave Knits: A Wintry Mix

Shiloh Sweater knitting pattern

Shiloh Sweater

I’m lucky to see so many knitting patterns. My queue is full to bursting, yet I keep adding to it and rearranging it as if I’m going to knit everything on the list! I just can’t resist.

The latest to make the cut is the Shiloh Sweater by Cassie Castillo, from Interweave Knits Winter 2016. I love the collar and the cables, not to mention the beautiful winter white—goes with everything! The loose fit is casual, but the allover cable pattern dresses it up a bit. I can imagine wearing this sweater quite a lot throughout late fall and winter. I hope I get to it in the next year or so!

This issue of Knits is the first for new editor Meghan Babin, and she’s done a fantastic job! Here she is to tell you about her experience.

A Wintry Mix

For me, winter has always been a time for reflection and new beginnings. I love the quiet of winter—the stillness, the peace and beauty of a frozen landscape. None more so than this winter in my new home, Colorado, where the snow-capped Rockies loom majestically over the Front Range. In their shadow, I have picked up the pages of a new life and job as editor of Interweave Knits.

It is my honor to take over the stewardship of this great publication, which represents the best of heritage knitting, education, design, and technical excellence. In this time of reflection, I want to thank those who have come before me—all the women who have pioneered this magazine to new and progressive heights. Most of all, I thank Lisa Shroyer, my predecessor, my mentor, and my steadfast supporter. Without her encouragement over the years and the weird mindmeld we seem to share, I don’t know if I would be a few offices over from her today.

For those of you who are not familiar with my background, I worked for the past eight years at the Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall, New York. There, owner Gail Parrinello and I built a community founded on heritage knitting. We searched for, found, and occasionally had to import traditional wool and fibers for the true stuff of knitting. In weekend workshops, we featured designers who continue to build on the collective knitting traditions of our community.

Winter knitting patternsWinter knitting patterns! Clockwise from right: Hawkhurst Sweater, Rivers Stole, Tulle Mittens, MacGowan Pullover, Warwick Hat

It was through the pages of Knits and my love of heritage knitting that I discovered myself as a knitter. I am a modern heritage knitter, reveling in the twisted stitches, colorwork, motifs, cables, techniques, and philosophies of the past, while experimenting with the old silhouettes for a new look and feel.

Hoxey Knit Cowl
Hoxey Cowl

I’ve joked around the Interweave office that Knits Winter has been my “training-wheels” issue. I took over the publishing process at a halfway point and dove into photography, articles, and fibers for what I love the most—heritage knits.

There is no better time than against the starkness of winter for a knitter to reflect on the past by finding pleasure in cabled Arans, the tight textures of ganseys, and the intricate patterning of traditional Fair Isle.

In this issue, we’ve taken a closer look at where our fibers originate, how colors come together, and who deserves our recognition and celebration for contributing so much to the fiber community over the years.

I have said that it is an honor to take over Knits, but even more important is my hope to in some way inspire every knitter to read these pages. Knits has always been “my” magazine—it was the first magazine I picked up as novice knitter and is the magazine I’ve turned to ever since for inspiration.

Coldfield Pullover knitting pattern

Coldfield Pullover

As editor (and a reader), I hope to offer that experience to all of you, while reflecting what you want to see and will find exciting to knit. I am thrilled to be on this journey with you. Let’s get started . . .

—Meghan Babin, Editor, Interweave Knits

I totally agree with Meghan about heritage knitting. I love walking in the footsteps of the knitters who have come before me, knitting cables, Fair Isle, cozy sweaters, and mittens.

As always here at Interweave, we keep tradition alive with a combination of classic and modern designs, all beautiful, all wearable.

This collection of winter knitting patterns is just fab. Get your issue of Interweave Knits Winter (in print or digital download) and jump into the mix with us!


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