Knit it, wear it

The new issue of knit.wear is here, and it's full of sleek, modern, and ultimately wearable designs, perfect if you're knitting for women.

In her editor's letter, Eunny Jang talks about how knitting can have a couple of goals: production and process—"making stuff, as opposed to making stuff." I love this concept, and I find myself switching from production (I want to wear that now so I have to hurry and knit it) to process (I want to try that stitch pattern, so I think I'll use it in a scarf) a lot, and it really rounds out my knitting life.

A Venn diagram showing where knitting meets wearing

Eunny also talks about where process and product intersect: "If knitting's a Venn diagram, what lies where those two sets meet? The intersection excludes both the too-simple (boring to make) and the too-intricate (hard to wear). So what's left? Ultimately, knit.wear is all about knitted products that look simple enough to wear every day, but have subtle, interesting details that make the knitting process rich or treat knitted fabric in a way that surprises and intrigues. The garments in that sweet spot are naturally sophisticated, with an austere, clean-lined look that feels modern and fresh."

Here are four projects that I think embody those characteristics.

Expanding Ripples Scarf by Carol Feller: A ruffle grows in concentric circles around a narrow center strip to create a gathered, undulating fabric that twists and floats. Cortex Cardigan by Norah Gaughan: Front and bottom bands begin as one piece and grow into perpendicular sleeves in an abbreviated little cardigan. A slinky, slubby yarn adds drapey swing to the cardigan's dangling fronts.
Twist Pullover by Cecily Glowik MacDonald: An extra-wide panel turns into a richly gathered, body-hugging pullover with one simple twist. A soft, slinky fabric creates gathers without bulk.      Crimped Cardigan Sarah Wilson: Subtle A-line shaping and a plush welted edge give a simple top-down cardigan quiet, surprising interest. Full facings under the welting provide structure and stability.

If you love the process as much as the product, this issue of knit.wear is for you. You'll find a project that is as rewarding to knit as it is to wear, and soon you'll be living the dream of knitting: knit it, wear it.

Get your issue of knit.wear today and dig in!


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