knitscene Winter 2018 Lookbook

The best knitting patterns are the ones that catch you off guard. There is nothing I love more than being surprised by a design element or technique that teaches or shows me something I didn’t expect. Even simple designs can feature elements that make you look a little closer, and that’s what knitscene Winter 2018 is all about.

To be honest with you, the themes in this issue were inspired by frustration. Let’s not focus on that part, though, because what came out of it is a beautiful collection that took on a life of its own. I initially dubbed it the “Not Black & White Issue” and set out to explore the idea of using knitting to look beneath the surface and explore layers and complexities. The result is a collection of 20 gorgeous and oh-so-knittable patterns that make you do a double take.

We kick off this winter issue with the Curiosities collection, with projects that each have their own delightful little prize (our team had a fantastic time incorporating some mirror play in the photography). We shift perspective in the Chunky project story, which is about bulky-gauge knitting projects set inside an Alice in Wonderland–type world. Our third collection is the Neck & Shoulders project story, featuring cold-weather sweaters with elements that highlight those parts of the body. There are turtlenecks, cold-shoulder sweaters, and one sweater that features both (check out Allison Jane’s Celadon Raglan).

With sweater weather on its way, the featured technical article in this issue is about how to make the different types of arm-holes work for your body type (by Lisa Shroyer). For departments, Interweave knitting Assistant Editor Sarah Rothberg guides us through a list of books perfect for curling up with in a winter reading nook (Gear Guide); designer Krista Ann speaks with Helena from Oink Pigments about the indie dyer’s American-focused practices; and we get a sneak peek at Christina Campbell’s Project Peace initiative for 2018.

Knitting aside, I want to challenge you to look deeper and to press those around you to do the same. When you are confronted with something that makes you feel uncomfortable or is unexpected, take some moments to truly consider it. If you’re presented with a completely different perspective from one you hold, don’t immediately dismiss it. Let it simmer for a little while and turn it over in your head. And in the meantime, cast on for a project that caught you off guard.

Happy winter knitting,

knitscene Winter 2018: Escape to Cozy Comfort