Both Sides of the Story

One of the things I love most about working with my colleagues at Interweave is the shared excitement and passion for our crafts and our craft community. I know that the majority of you weavers also knit, and so I welcome Lisa Shroyer, the new editor of Interweave Knits to tell you what has her excited these days. ––Anita

Hi weavers! I wanted to take this chance to talk to you about something I’m working on that particularly excited me. I’m busy working on the photo shoot plans for an upcoming issue—the Winter issue of Interweave Knits.

Dreamcatcher Jacket  
The Dreamcatcher jacket
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Next week, my team will spend two days styling sweaters and shooting them against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. I’m excited about this shoot, since it will be my first issue as editor, from beginning to end. And because the knitted sweaters and knitted accessories in this issue are just plain gorgeous.

Take this jacket by designer Annie Modesitt. Worked in six colors of an Aran weight wool, it’s worked as a large circle with sleeves. The back is emblazoned with a large colorwork motif that’s reminiscent of a Dreamcatcher. You’ll have to wait until the Winter issue is published to see it—this is just a sneak peek, shot in our offices!  

  Wrong Side of Sweater
  The wrong side
  The right side
  The right side

Notice the unusual colorwork pattern on the front bands of this jacket; at first glance, it doesn’t really look knitted. This is because the designer has chosen to make what would usually be the wrong side of the fabric the right side in this garment.

By using simple stranded colorwork techniques, she creates strands or floats of one color across the other. Usually in knitting, these floats are hidden on the wrong side. By flipping the fabric inside out, those floats can make a cool pattern of their own.

Compare the wrong side of this Fair Isle sweater to the right side. On the wrong side, the floats create a very different look to the pattern.

Swatch Right Side  
Swatch right side  
Swatch Wrong Side  
Swatch wrong side  

I swatched the pattern used in the Dreamcatcher jacket; see how the right side shows the purl stitches and colorwork floats, while the wrong side is smooth and more “normal” looking?

Little tricks like this are what make knitting so versatile. With the same techniques, we can constantly create new outcomes. Consider subscribing to Interweave Knits to see more of the Dreamcatcher jacket, the rest of the projects in the Winter issue, and more intriguing patterns and tips like these. 


Lisa Shroyer


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