Knitscene Handmade | Your Must-Have Volume of Sass and Creativity

I started at Interweave in early 2016, and the first thing I noticed was knitscene Handmade. It was in production, and it was one of those “one and done” special editions that occasionally surfaces, never to be seen again. I was able to witness some of the process of what it takes to get an issue to publication here at Interweave, and I was transfixed.

The projects in this special issue range in difficulty from Easy to Complex, and there are a whopping twenty-five of them – four of them for baby. And once you have seen a baby dressed as a sock monkey, your life will never be the same again. The remainder of the patterns include many thoughtful accessories, and a handful of solid garment choices for men and women. The stand-outs here for me are the Reservoir Ridge Cowl and the Nederland Vest, both of which are approachable for a beginner knitter.

The Reservoir Ridge Cowl is pictured far left; Cheyenne Mountain Monkey Sleep Sack is pictured in the center, and on the far right, the Nederland Vest.

My work is to facilitate content into blog feeds that focus on knitting and crochet, and I do neither of those things (okay, I am sort of hand-crocheting a home accessory right now). It is all very novel to me, and the way in which Interweave’s pages are conceived of, designed, and presented still has me completely rapt. Knitscene Handmade basically tipped the scales for my having more than just a passing interest in yarncraft and the multitudes of diverse crafters that take part.

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Designer Christina Fagan has her sh*t figured out. Photo Credit: Galen Mooney

This issue taught me about the culture that surrounds the craft. There are profiles on six yarn shops around the country, six indie dyers that are chasing their color-filled passions, and five prolific, trendsetting makers. One of these is Christina Fagan, and her brand – Sh*t That I Knit – has taken social media and the knitting world by storm. Knitscene chases relevant trends in knitting, and keeps its audience informed.

For you knitters out there that appreciate learning or perfecting your knitting techniques, there is a feature on the four methods of short-rows, and a deep look at the ins and outs of grafting by our in-house expert, Joni Coniglio (or, the “Great Graftsby” as we like to call her around the office). Knit designer Sheryl Thies walks you through the importance of blocking, and covers all four approaches.

From tip to tail, this is the special issue that you never knew you needed. And if you are not as familiar with knitscene as you should be, this is an excellent representation of the vibe that it conveys: fresh, fun, surprising, and relevant.

Knit on, knitters,

—Jenn


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