Welcome Back, Classics! (Plus, Knitted Shoelaces)

I just got my copy of the 2004 Interweave Knits CD Collection, and  I realized that the only paper 2004 issue I have is the Winter issue, so I quickly loaded up the CD and began browsing. The first thing I noticed is that so many of the sweaters are just as current today as they were in 2004—which is such a testament to the quality of designers Interweave Knits attracts.

Here are two sweaters that really appeal to me (so much so that they might appear in the next knit-along voting!):

The Classic Slant Cardigan by Deborah Newton (Fall 2004) Simply Marilyn by Debbie Bliss (Spring 2004)

Deborah Newton's Classic Slant Cardigan is a masterpiece of simple ribs and a cable panel, placed on an unexpected slant that adds so much interest. Funny story about this pattern: When I first started working at Interweave, I got a call from the gals at my local yarn shop. They told me that a customer came in wearing a beautiful sweater with a cable running up the front, but on an angle. They loved it so much they wanted to make a sample for the store, but the customer couldn't remember which Interweave Knits issue the cardigan was in. Lo and behold—it was the Classic Slant Cardigan. It's on several people's needles now!

I've had Simply Marilyn by Debbie Bliss on my various knitting to-do lists for years. For six years, to be exact, ever since the Spring 2004 Interweave Knits hit the newsstands! I think it's time to actually knit it, don't you? I might change the neck a bit so it's not so off the shoulder; stay tuned.

But what was that bit about shoelaces?

I-cord shoelacesYou'll find lots of yarny tidbits on the 2004 Interweave Knits CD Collection. Check out this fab idea for using up bits of leftover sock yarn!

Knitted Shoelaces
by Deborah Bergman

Since I had an abundance of partial balls of sock yarn, I decided to make I-cord shoelaces.

Here’s how: Using two size-one (2.25-mm) double-pointed needles, cast on 4 stitches and leave a 12" (30.5-cm) tail. Rather than turning the work, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle, bring the yarn from the back, and knit across the stitches. Keeping the right side facing, continue to work in this manner until the shoelace measures 44" (112 cm)—for sneakers—or the desired length. Bind off and leave another 12" (30.5-cm) tail. To reinforce the ends and make it easier to thread the laces through shoe eyelets, wrap the tails tightly around the last 1⁄2" (1.3 cm) or so of the knitted cord and then secure the tails underneath the wrapping.

Since making my first pair of shoelaces, I’ve found that I prefer to work with a cotton/nylon sock yarn. (Okay, I’ve added to my stash.) The nylon gives the lace strength and the cotton doesn’t stretch as much as wool. One ball of yarn should give you many pairs of shoelaces.

If you knit some of these shoelaces, be sure to post a photo in our Reader Gallery! I'd love to see them.


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