knit.wear: It’s what we do!

The Lark Cardigan by Pam Allen, from the premier issue of knit.wear

The new special issue of knit.wear is here! Here's what editor Eunny Jang has to say about is very special publication:

"When I first started planning this special knitting issue, I thought a lot about the idea of authentic luxury—that something made by hand, with intention and care, has at least as much intrinsic value as any mass produced luxury good. And authentic luxury abounds in our craft, even in the simplest, purest knit.

When intricate patterning and complex surface design have been stripped away, you're left to focus on the inherent beauty of loops that interlock to form a flexible, fluid fabric. In essence, knitting is a kind of marvelous alchemy that turns string into stitches, stitches into clothes. It's all the easier to appreciate when presented in a clean, uncluttered frame.

In this first issue of knit.wear, we're exploring just that kind of knitting—sleek, visually simple pieces built with the simplest stitches. At the same time, we're drawing on every trick in the thoughtful knitter's toolkit: Unusual constructions, fabric manipulations, and gauge experiments all take a turn."

—from knit.wear

The Lark Cardigan, pictured at left, is just the sort of knitting I love, and it's what Eunny calls "authentic luxury." This knitted cardigan is both cozy yet sophisticated, simple yet elegant. The Lark Cardigan is a sweater you can wear to your child's soccer game or your friend's luncheon.

It's the perfect sweater and something I'd wear all season long. And the color? Fab.

Getting Closure

There's an article in knit.wear that really caught my eye; it's all about how to change the look of a simple garment just by how you choose the closure. Go beyond the shawl pin (or not—there are some really fabulous pins out there) and use hook-and-eye strips, toggles, or button loops!

Buttons & Button Loops Hooks & Eyes Toggles
The Look: Round delicate buttons bring a hint of Victoriana. Larger buttons and loops can add industrial funk.

The Application: Shank buttons and loops can be used on applied bands or garment selvedges that do not curl. Edges should overlap slightly. Pin buttons on first; then lay the overlapping edge as desired and mark locations and lengths of button loops. Try crochet chain loops for small buttons or I-cord for larger ones. Sew firmly to the wrong side of the fabric at the marked locations.

The Look: Small versions have lingerie-inspired appeal. Chunkier hardware gives an outerwear look.

The Application: Use on noncurling edges or with applied bands that abut, overlap, or do not meet completely. Sew hardware firmly to wrong side of fabric with sewing thread, checking alignment to ensure edges will lie where you want them.

The Look: Outerwear-, historical costume-, or ethnic-inspired, depending on design (simple, ornate, or knotted) and material (chrome or wood, pewter, or cording).

The Application: Use on noncurling selvedges (i.e., double-knitted or ribbed selvedges) or applied bands that abut. Place each toggle half so the interlocking portion just barely extends over edge of fabric to prevent gaping. Sew firmly to right side of fabric.

There's so much more in knit.wear! Get your copy on newsstands now, or order it from the Knitting Daily Store! I promise you'll love it as much as I do. (And it's also available as a digital download!)


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