Knitscene Fall 2011 preview

Our Fall issue of Knitscene is available one week from today, and you can pre-order a physical copy or get the digital edition from the Interweave store.

Working on Knitscene issues is always fun, from the conception of the submission calls to getting feedback from our readers. Lisa's original themes called for designs that fell into broad categories: laceweight, plackets, edgings, military, earflap hats, and what she called "outpost," a "Brooklyn lumberjack"-inspired section. Since Lisa works remotely, a few of us in Loveland poured through all of the submissions we received, making notes about each one, and then sent them on to Lisa for her review.

Usually with submission calls, we'll get some designs that stick very closely to the proposed themes and others that take the themes as starting points and evolve into something different. Sometimes a theme will stay true through the end, and you'll see a story in the magazine that's based on a submission theme; other times, the themes will morph into new collections based on the accepted submissions.

For instance, our laceweight theme talked about volume and drape and softness, inspired by "the flamenco dancer at home." In the magazine, you'll see classic silhouettes without a lot of volume but with oodles of lacy fabric, and softness was a given. The Lepidoptera Cardigan by Anne Kuo Lukito graces the cover of this issue, and the Mariposa Mitts by Melissa Wehrle and Hawkmoth Pullover by Debbie O'Neill round out this story.

The "outpost" story also stayed intact, becoming the Queen City story, and is one of our largest stories ever, with ten projects filling out this section. A few months ago I shared some behind-the-scenes photos from this photoshoot—all of the projects for this section were shot at the junkyard! The original post hints at Alexis Winslow's East Hale Cardigan, a zipper cardigan for men, and Avril Lang's Lowry Pullover, a fitted henley that's super stretchy.

Also from that first blog post was the discussion of the Great Wallpaper Debacle of 2011. You can see a bit of our duct tape handiwork in the online photos for Rosemary Hill's Live Oak Shawlette and the Bernhardt Cardigan by Erica Schlueter. Don't worry, the duct tape does not show up in the actual magazine. These projects and two others evolved from the "edgings" theme, and became known as our Art Nouveau story. Many times we get questions about the titles of the projects, and most of the time Lisa develops the titles all on her own, and this time, I contributed a couple of names based on the Art Nouveau movement of the early twentieth century.

Our featured designer this issue is the exceptional Amy Herzog, who applied her focus on designing knits that fit different body shapes to three original patterns: the Cornsilk Pullover, Cooke Cardigan, and Pinstripe Pullover. Amy also contributed an article about knitting to fit, and in a few short pages, she taught me so much about knitting for my body type.

Knitscene Fall 2011 is scheduled to hit stores July 12, just next Tuesday! Keep a look out, some stores may have them early. You can also sign up for the auto-ship program and receive a copy in the mail, or wait until the release date and buy an electronic copy via Zinio. However you read Knitscene, we hope you enjoy each issue. Be sure to let us know what you think about the Fall issue in the comments!

Until next time, happy knitting.


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