knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018

Dear Reader,

What does comfort mean to you? For me, there is nothing better than curling up in bed on the weekend with coffee, a good book, and a simple knitting project to work on as I read. Preferably, I’ll crack the spine of a paperback to lay flat, but my Kindle is the easiest to read while knitting—it’s just more efficient. Reading and knitting in tandem is a skill I’ve developed over the years, first as a student and later as a young professional. Knitting has always helped quiet the little voice inside me saying, “be productive,” even when I’m in need of rest. Somehow, reading or knitting alone doesn’t silence that annoying voice, but since I’ve married the two activities I’ve found comfort for myself in my relaxation time.

The need for comfort and simplification was the inspiration for knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018. As the years have passed, my desire for simple knitting has surpassed my desire for complicated projects. Lately, I’ve gravitated toward miles of stockinette—in the form of tunics, long cardigans, oversized pullovers, and basic accessories—paired with my favorite luxury fibers, sustainable yarns, and American-based brands. To make sure I wasn’t using this issue as an exercise in narcissism, I did thorough research online and at The National Needlework Association (TNNA) summer trade show and found that I’m not alone. Simplified, enjoyable knits paired with gorgeous yarns are big trends this year (and hopefully in years to come). The demand for comfort and ease has trickled down from ready-to-wear fashion to ready-to-knit projects.

Meghan Babin, Editor Interweave Knits & knit.wearIn this beautiful issue, we’ve explored three different aspects of simplified knitwear. Explore colorwork knitting in our Modern Fair Isle story, featuring five stranded pullovers with pared-down colors and striking motifs. Curl up with our Comforting Cables story, which celebrates knitters’ favorite techniques without overcomplicating things. Find knits that feature a prominent cable but keep the rest of the garment minimalist. Get Back to Basics with designs made for movie nights, reading, podcasts, commutes, and traveling. These designs feature a bit of texture, a bit of ribbing, and occasionally a wee cable. Take a break from life and venture with us to the Faroe Islands to learn about Navia, a yarn company thousands of years in the making. Explore an alternative method of working the three-needle bind-off with Roxanne Richardson that leaves a flat chain stitch on one side and a purl ridge on the other. Work the chain on the right side for a gorgeous visible seam or work the purl ridge on the right side to blend perfectly with garter stitch. Finally, read an essay about a new knitter’s journey to body- and self-acceptance through knitting her first garments.

On behalf of the knit.wear team, we hope you find peace, comfort, and inspiration in these pages. The challenge of blending rich knitting traditions with restrained design is not always easy, but in this issue we’ve showcased the best of both worlds.

With love,
Meghan Babin

Stitch up some comfort with knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018