It’s here! Fall knit.purl is here!
I so look forward to getting each issue of knit.purl. The classic, modern designs never disappoint; there are always one or two patterns that immediately go to the top of my queue.
In this new fall issue, it’s got to be the Quick Wind Pullover by Corinna Ferguson. The drop-stitch and cable pattern is so pretty, and I like the juxtaposition of that with the simple shape and the rolled cuffs, hem, and neckline. I don’t always knit projects in the color shown, but in this case, I think I would. I love the blues I’m seeing in the fall magazines this year.
There’s an article in this issue about the H&H show, which is a huge trade show for the yarn industry. The writer, Amy Gunderson, said one of the color trends she saw was icy barely-blue, which intrigues me; I think I would really love that non-color color. Amy also saw very little black; gray is the new black, apparently. Yay!
It’s time to think about fall knitting patterns, so here’s editor Lisa Shroyer to tell you more about this issue of knit.purl.
Fall knitting awaits you in knit.purl
Most mornings, I wake up early and brew a pot of coffee. When it’s done, steaming and beeping on the kitchen counter, I pour a cup, move to the couch, and I knit. I watch the angle of the sun through the curtain change as the stitches move from one needle to the other, as the rows grow in my hands. It’s a morning meditation practice that grounds my day and feels very private, very much my own.
But as I move through the work day, I am reminded just how big our knitting world is, and how many fascinating people populate it. As I worked on this issue of knit.purl, that sense came back to me again and again—from the streets of Japan, where Olga Buraya-Kefelian found stitch inspiration; to the H+H show floor in Cologne, Germany, where Amy Gunderson was overwhelmed with worldly wool; to New Mexico, where author Anne Podlesak found inspiration for her gorgeous new book; to all the towns and cities and countries our designers hail from, each sending in a unique creation for this issue. And to all the farms and mills and ports and yarn shops our yarns travel from and through to get into your knitting hands, as you meditate on your couch, with the magazine opened to the pattern of your dreams. We are so many, distant and yet connected.
And we are diverse. But what connects us is a love of stitch and design, and knit.purl’s mission always is to celebrate the best intersection of these elements. We look to fashion and ready-to-wear styles as we curate the pattern collection, and that approach is reflected in the studio photography. But how do you reinvent things from one issue to the next? Well, I like to identify strong central themes that individual designers can interpret in different ways.
Take the Desert Modern theme. I wanted to riff on the southwestern trend we’ve been seeing for some seasons, but elevate it a bit—to go for simple, sophisticated silhouettes and textures that play on “southwestern” via handpainted yarns, palettes, and rustic touches. You can see how our designers interpreted that prompt—in ways elegant and earthy at the same time.
Likewise, with Twill & Bone, I wanted to veer away from über-feminine knits and look at menswear fabrics and shapes, but tailor them for women. Let’s face it—when you throw on a cardigan with a pair of slacks to run to work or school, you’re not always going for a girly look. If you like structure, sportswear, tweedy and neutral separates, this story is for you.
It’s a lot of fun bringing together these ideas, these talented contributors, these glorious yarns and products, and making one neat magazine that demonstrates both our collectiveness and our diversity in one. I hope that you enjoy this issue of knit.purl, and that you’ll find a project here to fill your meditative moments.
—Lisa Shroyer, editor, knit.purl fall 2015
I’m getting really excited for fall knitting. I have a couple of projects that I need to finish up from last fall, but I have a feeling that won’t be stopping me from casting on something new.
P.S. Which of the fall knitting patterns in knit.purl is your favorite? Check out the preview and let me know!