Ready for Winter Knitting?

Maybe it's just me, but as a knitter, I crave the colder months of the year. Not to say that knitting can't be done during the warmer days, but let's be honest—there's nothing quite like slipping on a pair of hand-knit socks or curling up in a cozy sweater fresh off the needles on a chilly winter day.

Just in time for the cooler weather comes Knitscene Winter 2012. Twenty-two brand new, cozy projects to knit from some of today's most wonderful designers. We've got three patterns from our featured designer, Leah B. Thibault, including the lovely Toulouse Pullover, with it's cushy wool-alpaca blend and sweet bow-tie neckline.

We get technical this issue with an exploration of short-rows and the different ways they can shape your knitting. Five stylish accessories patterns to knit include Carina Spencer's Lucy Hat and two crescent shawl patterns from Kyoko Nakayoshi. Kyoko also contributed an article on how to knit short-rows, including step-by-step photography that will have you wrapping and turning in no time.

Single ply yarns get their day in the sun in our Single Life story. Three cardigans to knit and three accessories worked in lofty, lightly spun yarns. Gretchen Ronnevik's Camille Cardigan, Laura Coccarelli's Chandra Shawl, and Amy Christoffer's Maryse Cowl show off beautiful lace patterns.

Maryse Cowl

Our final collection in Knitscene Winter 2012 takes a look at knitted counterpanes—lacy pieces that form the centerpiece or detailed sections of sweaters, cardigans, and shawls to knit. Cassie Castillo's Erte Cardigan utilizes this technique in a more classic construction, with the large back panel being knit first. Josie Mercier's Imbolc Pullover features a modern twist on the counterpane idea, inserting lace panels into the sides of a comfy, oversized sweater.

There's something for everyone to knit in this issue, and it's officially on sale next week, just in time for the grey days of winter in the Northern Hemisphere (or for you to get a jump start on next winter, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere!). Grab your favorite needles, choose your favorite yarns, get a pot of tea or coffee going, and download the newest issue of Knitscene today. Or pre-order the physical edition if you love the sound of pages turning as much as the sound of wood crackling in a fire place.

Happy knitting,

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