Throwback Thursday: Interweave Knits Spring 2007

Ten years ago, the Interweave Knits Spring issue premiered a new magazine design. The brand logo was tweaked, and the way we present the projects in our pages got a makeover. The magazine hasn’t deviated much from the “new” layout that was unveiled in 2007.

What has changed is how we present ourselves to you on the web. Within the editor’s letter of this 2007 issue is an announcement regarding the Knitting Daily website roll-out. Characterized as an “online community that shares your passion for knitting,” Knitting Daily carried our branding from printed page to blog post, and offered tips and techniques, blogs, patterns and more.

Today, all of our craft communities fall under the online umbrella of Our presentation is more streamlined, and both our social media and web presence have grown in order to bring you more of what you love. Your passion is ours, and our mission is ongoing: to inspire and educate crafters of all levels.

But let’s get down to the brass tax of this Throwback Thursday post: what were we knitting in 2007?

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Bonsai Tunic

The lines of this look are classic, coupled with a stitch variety that shows a lot of style. Two different lace patterns—one organic and curving, the other tailored and rib-like—embellish Norah Gaughan’s deep V-neck tunic. A bamboo/rayon yarn adds drape and sheen. Stitch it up in a color that will allow the contrast of the bottom layer to pop. Charcoal gray? Black? Which color would you choose?

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Cocktail Capelet

Rosy Tucker used bobble-studded cables and a bobble trim to dress up this simple capelet. This pattern distinguishes itself as a special occasion piece. We are deep into wedding season, and this is just the accessory to bring your guest ensemble to the next level. If you want to go sleeveless, but hang into the evening in an air-conditioned ballroom – or outdoors on a slightly chilly summer evening – how can you go wrong with this unique capelet?

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Eyelet Rib Bandeau

I think this Katy Ryan designed project jumped out at me due to summer’s propensity toward Renaissance Festivals. Interweave’s home state of Colorado has its own medieval throw-down going, and the accessories are fabulous. I see this bandeau and think that there should be a bit of a flowy look layered beneath it. Think of it as a “soft corset,” and see where your fashion imagination will take you.

An eyelet-stitch pattern, edged with a picot hem at top and bottom, makes a pretty bandeau. It’s worked in one piece and shaped slightly by changing needle sizes at the waist. Gathers made by decreases fall just above the bust on each front.

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Tea Rose Halter Top

A lace pattern worked on large needles make this piece both airy and versatile for layering. Wenlan Chia, designer of the fashion line Twinkle, uses handknits in every collection. For this breezy top, designed to be worn over anything from a silk tank to a sporty tee, she used wide lace panels separated by a ribbed waistband. We dare you to take it into winter with a long sleeved layer beneath.

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Angela’s Apron

For her apron top, Carrie Bostick Hoge uses two colors of a soft cotton ribbon—one variegated and one subtly shaded. Garter-stitch borders keep the edges from rolling in. This apron top is worked in one piece from the lower hem to the top of the bib with garter stitch edges and ties.

So here’s the thing: I don’t knit. My motivation to try has a lot to do with my first project – a pattern that has remained unselected. I have waffled back forth, thinking, “it has to be the right, non-intimidating project.” And here it is.

Angela’s Apron has appeal all over the place for a beginner like me. It is supposed to work up fast, and I am hoping that my slow novice hands won’t feel too hurried or anxious. I’ve already roped in editor Hannah Baker to assist me with yarn selection. It appears this unique knitted accessory will come to life sometime within the next few weeks.

The fun, fresh vibe of Interweave Knits Spring 2007 still resonates – and there is far more to dig into beyond these five distinctive projects. To explore every pattern featured here and more, order up your own copy of this back issue of Interweave Knits. And check out the freshest issue – a summer celebration of Shakespeare.

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