knitscene Fall 2017: Get Your Cardigans!
Never underestimate the power of having a backup plan—or changing directions if something’s not working. That is the biggest lesson I learned while photographing the A Perfect Cardigan story for knitscene Fall 2017. On the day of the photo shoot, we attempted to set up in various outdoor locations in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado. Naturally, it was the windiest day of the year—that is an exaggeration, but it was really windy—and the wind kept ruining our “temporary studio” concept (which was a deep metaphor for the brevity of life, folks). Fortunately, we had the studio where we were staging as a backup, and we reluctantly moved the entire operation inside. In the end, it was a great day and the cardigans looked delicious!
You probably know where I am going with this. Flexibility and openness to a new plan are also necessary in knitting, especially when you are beginning a new project. So many factors are involved—yarn, size, needles, etc.—and then you make your gauge swatch and your world could turn upside down. You can proceed without achieving gauge, but you aren’t going to like the final product because chances are it won’t fit the body it’s intended for. Or, you can step back, reevaluate, breathe, and attempt again to achieve gauge. Following your instinct when something isn’t working out is key to getting that final product you really want, one that fits you perfectly.
In this issue you’ll find some tips from technical editor Karen Frisa on how to use gauge in order to get perfectly fitting garments. Apply what you’ve learned from Karen to knit your perfect fall cardigan, and get it into your wardrobe rotation this season. Check out the About Town project story for creative accessories to enhance your outfits for the fall. If you are loving Melissa Leapman’s Arkin’s Poncho, see her Color Play article on how you can use slip-stitch knitting to get some wicked-cool colorful knitting. For some fun, Krista Ann of KnitsyKnits sits down with Krysten Ritter of Marvel’s Jessica Jones fame to chat about the actress’s knitting life, and we get some insight from Gaye Glasspie about her knitting blog, GGMadeIt.
To get the brand-new fall issue of knitscene, order a physical copy here, or get the digital download right now! Go forth, learn some stuff, be flexible in your knitting, and—most importantly—have fun!
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