Never Enough Accessories!

Vaudeville Shawl by Grace Akhrem
Amodda Socks by Rachel Coopey

Knitted accessories are the icing on a knitter's cake.

We might enjoy knitting sweaters in the cooler months of the year, but most of us have little goodies on our needles all year round. I know I do! In fact, I just finished a pair of Turkish Bed Socks, which are little footies that are perfect for wearing with Danskos, my favorite footwear. The instep starts lower on the top of the foot in this pattern, so the socks don't poke out of the shoes very much, if at all.

I decided I'm going to knit several pairs of these this summer so I have a footie wardrobe when shoe-weather starts next fall.

Are you ready to start on some summer knitting? As luck would have it, the new issue of Knitscene Accessories is here, so you can fill your queue with fun, fab accessory knitting for the summer, too!

So Faux Cowl by Amy Keeler
Riga Bonnet by Allyson Dykhuizen
Bow and Arrow Hat by Andrea Babb

Here are editors Lisa Shroyer and Amy Palmer to introduce the issue.

In this, the second issue of Knitscene Accessories, designer Caitlin ffrench asks the question: How many knitted things is too many to wear at once? I'd like to expand on that question with this one: How many knitted things is too many?

This is a not a question any knitter should try to answer.

As functional as hats and mitts and scarves are, we don't make them because we need them. We make them because we love making them. We love the yarn, the process, the cable charts, the pastime thrown in the bottom of a reusable grocery bag as we move from A to B on the subway.

Someone asked me recently, how can you keep putting out more patterns? Hasn't everything been done? And the answer, in a sense, is yes. Everything has been done.

As editors of a knitting magazine, though, it is our job to find the people who are doing old things in new ways, or old things in old ways that are newly exciting. 

Take Allyson Dykhuizen's bonnet-styled earflap hat with its Latvian braids. Is this a traditional knit? Is it contemporary? Is it childish or funky or hip or beautiful? You decide. One thing's sure—it's interesting. It looks great with locks of hair waving out from under it. And it's really fun to knit.

Or take Amy Keefer's leopard-print cowl. It uses stranded colorwork, an old technique, and a kitschy faux animal pattern to make something fetching and coyly modern. 

That's our job here. We find the designers, we choose the projects, we plan the photography that presents those projects at their best and adds stylistic context to them.

You take it from here. You can knit all thirty-three projects, and guess what? That still wouldn't be too many! Knit your heart out.

—Lisa and Amy, from Knitscene Accessories, 2013

Order your copy of Knitscene Accessories today, or download it right now! And get knittin'!


P.S. Are you an avid accessory-knitter? Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite little knit is!

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