Southwest Style: Harness the Sun with Interweave Knits Summer 2018

Welcome to Interweave Knits Summer 2018: The Southwest Issue. This issue of Knits celebrates the cultures, hues, and history of the American Southwest and features both lacey knits for blazing days and all-season knits for cooler climates.

Whitehorn Shawl by Courtney Spainhower


Tucson Pullover by Jesie Ostermiller


Salida Cardigan by Lars Reins


Mojave Top by Meghan Jones

Generally, summer not a season that evokes a desire to knit, but we knitters persevere in the face of adversity. We find cool plant fibers, irresistible designs, and the nearest air conditioning vent by which to perch ourselves. Nothing deters us, not even sweltering heat. So let’s take a look at a few of our favorite designs and features in this gorgeous issue of Interweave Knits.

Hitch Up Your Knits

In our Trading Post Trail story, you’ll find an all-season knitwear collection ranging from fingering to chunky weight garments and accessories. Each design draws from the rich textiles, architecture, and vibrant to earthy colors of the American Southwest. Explore color work, slip-stitch motifs, cables, and a bit of fringe in this trendy collection that marries traditional techniques and modern appeal.

Four Corners Cardigan by Andrea Cull


Arkansas River Pullover by Irina Anikeeva


Desert Night Cardigan by Jennifer Owens


Candencia Poncho by Emily Wood


Indigo Trader Cardigan by Vanessa Ewing

Boho Desert Lace

Wander over to our High Desert Lace story, where a collection of chic, boho-inspired knits beckon for your needles. Here you’ll discover Southwest desert motifs in openwork stoles, poncho, and lightweight tops.

Winona Poncho by Mone Drager


Taos Tee by Paula Pereira


Moab Stole by Sandhya Shandangi

One of our favorites is the Buena Vista Stole, which perfectly captures the spirit of this story. Made in Manos del Uruguay Milo, it showcases graphic crosses, simple lace, and garter stitch, creating a stylish wrap that works as a summer stole or a cozy scarf. Get the kit today to make your own.

Navajo Weavers and the Brown Sheep Company

Read about how Navajo weavers helped build an iconic American yarn company. If it weren’t for the symbiotic relationship established between Navajo textile artisans and the fledgling Brown Sheep Company we might not have the affordable, quality yarns like Nature Spun, Lamb’s Pride, and the new Prairie Spun DK of today.

Photos by Leslie Petrovski

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of Interweave Knits Summer 2018 and cast on projects fit for a desert summer and beyond!

With love,
Meghan Babin

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