Knitscene: Ten Years of Style


Oddity Scarf by Annie Watts

A note from Kathleen: I just got the chance to see the Fall issue of Knitscene, and it’s amazing. There’s a collection of style icon-inspired knitting patterns that is really fun, as well as some super cool brioche projects, plus much more.

Check out the Oddity Scarf at right. It’s an homage to the Space Oddity era of David Bowie. Being an 80s girl, I loved me some Bowie (80s Bowie, but still), and I love this scarf. The scarf caught my eye before I knew its story, and after I read about it, I really wanted it NOW.

I love it when knitwear evokes memories, and I’m steeped in 80s goodness right now because I’m on my 30th high school reunion committee. How is it possible that I’ve been out of high school for 30 years! That’s an eternity, but it flew by. The Oddity Scarf is the perfect thing to cast on to commemorate my reunion; it’s an 80s tribute that’s stylish and current. Although with some crimped hair and a scrunchy, it would really look great! (Just kidding.)

Here’s editor Amy Palmer to tell you more about this anniversary issue of Knitscene.

Knitscene Turns Ten!

“Now wake up and get clicking!” Ten-ish years ago, Pam Allen used that phrase to sign off the first ever editor’s note for Knitscene. In the last ten years, Knitscene has grown and evolved in so many ways, and it’s humbling and terrifying and daunting to try to write an editor’s note for this, our tenth anniversary issue—more so than every other editor’s note I’ve had to write.


Clockwise from upper right: Bayeux Cowl by Jennifer Mattesky, Bessin Scarf by Sharon Fuller, Orne Cardigan by Meijyu K-P

Knitscene has always strived to provide fun knitting projects that can be completed relatively quickly, trying to blend projects a new knitter could tackle while also providing a little challenge to more experienced knitters. In this issue, we’re running our first brioche story, Brioche Building Blocks. Brioche knitting is one of those things that generally appears more difficult than it is—if you can work in knit one, purl one rib and create yarnovers, you can knit brioche. Plus, we have an excerpt from Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s Brioche Chic to help you get started. Already proficient with this technique? There are a couple of projects for you, too.


From left to right: Hyannis Port Pullover by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Brigitte Headband by Avril Lang, Couturier Jacket by Nadya Stallings Canted


Canted Pullover by Mari Chiba

We turn the pages back to the 1960s and ’70s for our Style Icon story; six projects inspired by fashion icons such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Brigitte Bardot, and even David Bowie! A Good Yarn pairs delightful yarns with beautiful projects.

Finally, designer Mari Chiba delivers four fun and seamless cardigans and sweaters in her design collection.

The digital issue of Knitscene Fall 2014 is available now, or you can pre-order the print issue and it’ll be send to you on July 14.

Thank you for knitting with us these last ten years, and here’s to many more!

Happy knitting,


P.S. Take a look at the Knitscene Fall 2015 Preview and let us know which project you’ll knit first!

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