knitscene Fall 2017: Behind the Project Titles

Knitscene publishes around 100 knitting patterns per year, and at that pace it can become difficult to continue to come up with good, original project titles. The Interweave Knitting team does our best not to duplicate names of already published patterns, which makes it very easy to get creatively stuck during that step of our editorial process. Each knitting editor has her own way of coming up with different naming conventions for each project story. It has become an art form of sorts.

For me, naming projects generally starts with choosing whether to stick with the already established project theme or to play off of that theme in some way that’s not super obvious. Then, I usually spend an hour or two going down Internet and Wikipedia rabbit holes, following trails and looking for crumbs. These crumbs will hopefully lead to the monster cookie that is a complete set of project names that all fit into the theme I’ve picked. It takes a lot of thought and tweaking to make sure I give the projects titles that are cohesive, aren’t duplicates, and that aren’t blatantly ridiculous (though it’s often tempting to make them super silly for the fun of it).

For knitscene Fall 2017, I approached naming each story a little differently. One approach was very straightforward, and the other is full of quirky twists and turns (you can tell me later if it actually makes sense). Keep reading to find out how I came up with the names for the sixteen projects in this issue.

About Town

We shot the About Town project story in the River North Arts District (or RiNo) in downtown Denver. As is evident in the photography, this part of Denver is packed with murals by local artists, right on the sides of buildings. Instead of making this super difficult for myself, I just named each project after one of the streets in the RiNo district.

A Perfect Cardigan

The naming convention for this story is a little . . . different. It’s not totally random—there was a method to my madness. What I ended up doing was somehow connecting the color of each project to a band name. Some of them are painfully obvious, and others not as much (the information is in the metadata of the thought processes of Hannah Baker).

For instance:

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Fleet Cardigan

Fleet Cardigan

This cardigan is navy in color, which connects to Navy Fleet, which connects to The Fleet Foxes. Yes, it’s a stretch, but that’s how I came up with it!

Can you figure out the others?

Happy puzzling!

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