Looking Forward to Fall Knitting

Pluie Cardigan by Alex Capshaw-Taylor

A note from Kathleen: I got a breath of crisp fall air yesterday—the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Knits, full of knitting patterns for women! I'm intrigued by many of the designs, but one of my favorites is the Pluie Cardigan by Alex Capshaw-Taylor, which is a whimsical cardigan dotted with intarsia umbrellas. I love it!

Petite Four Pullover by Heather Zoppetti
Big Tile Pullover by Margaux Hufnagel
Aspen Satchel by Erica Schlueter

One thing that really spoke to me in this issue is in Eunny's editor's letter. She talks about getting out of a knitting rut by just diving in and trying something new. This is such good advice; many of us are stuck in knitting ruts in the summer, simply because it's too hot to knit or we finished up projects and we don't know what to start next, or we're tired of knitting socks or shawls during the hot weather (not me, but you never know!).

Eunny's message is basically, "just do it," so appropriate as the Olympics draw near!

Here's Eunny's inspiring editor's letter:

Get Enthused and Go to It!

I'll say something right now: I don't believe in knitting being hard or easy.

Some projects require more concentration to make them come out right than others do, but I'm a firm advocate for the idea that anyone who can knit a stitch and purl a stitch can make pretty much anything he or she wants to. The first try at a new technique might look a bit wonky (that's what swatches are for!), but if you have good instructions—in person, on paper, or on-screen—and take it one step at a time, looking at your work and really thinking about what you're doing, you'll be able to do it, and do it well. I promise.

"Easy for her to say," you're thinking. But it's absolutely true. All knitting is just knits and purls and variations on them—maybe you need to knit two stitches at once instead of one, or insert the needle a little differently, or use two different colors of yarn, or rearrange the stitches before you knit them or purl them. Maybe you need to bring the yarn over the right needle before you knit the next stitch. A lot of things can influence how a stitch behaves and what it looks like, but the core is always the same: wrap the yarn around the needle (or scoop it up) and pull it through.

If you can do that, the really heavy lifting of building a coherent fabric, you can change and vary the movement however you want. All it takes is enthusiasm and a willingness to make mistakes. Luckily, our materials are mostly renewable: you can ravel your work and try again. This is a luxury—I learned that not all crafts are as forgiving of trial and error and experimentation last summer, when I tried my hand at building some simple furniture. Mistakes in woodworking are expensive and wasteful. Not so with knitting—so take advantage of it. Get enthused and go to it.

Interweave Knits is all about celebrating the enthusiastic knitter. We want to give you knowledge and ideas, new techniques and refinements to old ones, and projects that stretch your knitting skills. We want to give you the tools to really think about your knitting and to make your own discoveries. You just need to bring yarn, needles, and gusto—we'll do the rest.

This Fall issue of Interweave Knits is packed to the gills with fresh projects to bust any knitting rut: pretty fall-ready openwork to deep, luscious cables; fun low-relief textures to delicious knits that show off what old-school wool can do; and finally, simple-to-intricate colorwork patterns that will delight color lovers.

The projects in this issue cover a wide range of knitting techniques. Pick something you've never done before—intarsia, maybe, or slip-stitch knitting, or Aran-style cables, or controlling colors in a long-stripe yarn-and dive in. I'm rooting for you.

And be sure and subscribe to Interweave Knits today so you don't miss out on anything!

Happy knitting,

P.S. To see more of this issue check out the preview!

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