Welcome the Freshness of Spring Knitting Patterns
We’ve been having some warm weather here in Spokane, and the crocuses are pointing their little leaves out of the dirt to say hello to the deer that will eat them. “Wa, waa” (said in a Debbie Downer voice).
The spring magazines are coming out, too, and Knits Spring 2016 is so great that I want to eat it up! There are some really beautiful patterns and sweet photography locations in Meghan Babin’s first issue.
I absolutely love the Caldecott Jacket by Quenna Lee, at right. The cabled lapels and sleeve cuffs are beautiful, and pockets—there are pockets! With that two-button closure, this makes a perfect spring jacket.
I feel like Meghan is the best person to introduce us to the spring knitting patterns this issue, so here she is.
Breath in the Freshness of Spring Knits
My favorite flower of early spring is the tiny but hardy snowdrop. Throughout my childhood, my mother planted snowdrops by every home we lived in, and they signaled the imminent arrival of spring. Their little white blooms pushing up through the melting snow let me know it was time to throw open windows, breathe in fresh air, and bask in sunshine.
It’s in these days of waiting impatiently for the warmth of spring that we revisit sweater weather by tossing bulky coats aside and striding outside in our handknits. We brighten up our days with fresh colors and lighter fibers, and wake up our gardens with a shawl wrapped around our shoulders.
On a chilly day in early November, the first snow arrived in northern Colorado. Naturally, we had our Interweave Knits Spring 2016 photo shoot scheduled the following day at the delightful Lyons Farmette. The first snows being much like the last snows, we took advantage of this spring-like situation.
As the snow melted around us that day, we fed and played with the curious alpacas, goats, and chickens, who were probably wondering what the pretty ladies in shawls and sweaters were doing in their pens. They were very interested in our photographer, Nate, who endured constant sniffing while snapping photos. It was adorable. Our gracious hosts, Betsy and Mike, let us have full run of their beautiful farmette and had a woodstove burning in their reception area for us to warm our chilled bones. In the golden light of that day we captured Spring Thaw, full of homespun, locally grown yarns.
For this issue, we’ve collected fibers from small farms and mills across the country and brought them to the pages of Interweave Knits. Knitters make up a dedicated community of people united by a passion for fiber and the preservation of an ancient art. We often celebrate the companies that bring us yarns, but it’s also good to return to the roots of our craft by revisiting how these special yarns are created and exploring the lives of the devoted people who still raise and make yarn the old way.
We chose Lyons Farmette for our location because the owners grow and manufacture their own fiber and yarn. What better place to shoot a “farm-to-fingers” story? The Farmette holds an annual Wool Day in October that lets participants explore fibers across several crafts—including spinning, knitting, and dyeing—while enjoying wholesome farm fun. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day.
May the snowdrops of spring bloom outside your window as you leaf through this new issue. I hope you find inspiration and beauty in it, as I have.
—Meghan Babin, Editor, Interweave Knits
There are so many knitting patterns in this issue that I want to make. Those Hobnail Coasters are absolutely darling, and I’ve been wanting to knit a pouf forever. I need a footstool in my living room, and how fun to knit one myself! I can choose the perfect colors, which I haven’t been able to find in ready-made footstools.
Get your copy of Interweave Knits Spring 2016 now and cast on something fresh to welcome springtime into your home.
P.S. Have you seen the new issue of Knits yet? What will you knit first? Leave a comment below and let me know!