Knitscene Winter 2018

In each issue, we feature up-and-coming designers, popular yarns, fun and concise tutorials, and fresh photography that invites the reader into a yarn-filled daydream. The projects are simple but intriguing, stylish but wearable, and designed for knitters of all ages and sizes.

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editor’s note

Connect with the knitscene team and our other knitting titles at 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 this Winter 2018 issue of knitscene 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…

2 min.
winter bookshelf

1. THE CURSE OF THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is an important read celebrating our mutual love for craft. Alanna Okun is hilarious (we’ve never been so excited to read footnotes) and relatable. Her writing is so open and personal that reading these essays feels like reading letters from a dear friend. This is a perfect bedside or knitting-nook-adjacent book for those much-needed inspiration breaks. 2. HOW TO BE A CRAFTIVIST: The Art of Gentle Protest by Sarah Corbett Sometimes, quiet action and speech can be just as powerful as the loudest voice. Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, gives us a book to inspire critical thinking and gives crafters tools to speak out in a beautiful and loving way. How…

2 min.
oink pigments

Pigs and puns—those are the two words that triggered the branding of an American-made yarn-dyeing business. Helena, Alexa, and Julie of Oink Pigments came together as friends and fiber lovers and became business partners who have a love for pigs and puns. When the trio started their business, they established that it was important to keep their product made in America—from sheep to shelf—as much as possible. Most of the fiber farms and all of the mills they work with are in the United States. There are a few fibers that they have to source from other countries. “Silk has been cultivated in China for thousands and thousands of years, and they’ve really perfected the art of breeding those little magic worms. U.S.-grown silk is nearly impossible to find, very expensive,…

10 min.
six armholes and how to make them work for your body

The basic concept here is this: The bigger the difference between your bust and your shoulders, the more tailoring you need in the body along the armhole edges. If your bust is busty, you need a pyramid or a cone sweater type (see the infographic below) because you need a sweater that narrows from bust to shoulder. Have you ever worn a button-up shirt that fit you oh-so-cute in the arms and back but gaped at the buttons on your chest? That’s because you’re wearing a rectangle that is small enough for your shoulders but too small for your bust. Convert that to a sweater and your only solution is to work heavy bust modification into the garment. As nice as that sounds on paper, it just doesn’t work for…

12 min.
millcroft shawl

Yarn Weight 3 Finished Size 63" wide along upper edge and 27" tall at point. Yarn Indigodragonfly DK Matter (100% superwash Merino wool; 280 yd [256 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): ashen orward (medium gray; A), you sunk my battleship!! (dark gray; B), goth milk? (light gray; C), against the grain (yellow; D), and Celeste we forget (turquoise; E), 1 skein each. Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 32" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Notions Tapestry needle. Gauge 19 sts and 30 rows = 4" in St st. For techniques you don’t know, please visit our online knitting glossary at Notes • This shawl is worked back and forth in rows from a side point to the opposite side edge. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. •…

3 min.
empire bluff cowl

Yarn Weight 3 Finished Size 24" circumference and 12" tall. Yarn Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca (100% baby alpaca; 110 yd [101 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #807 dijon (yellow; MC) and #508 natural medium gray (CC), 2 skeins each (see Notes). Needles Size 10 (6 mm): 16" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Notions Marker (m); tapestry needle. Gauge 12 sts and 32 rnds = 4" in brioche st with 2 strands of yarn held tog. For techniques you don’t know, please visit our online knitting glossary at Notes • This cowl is worked in the round and is reversible. • Work with 2 strands of yarn held together throughout. • In brioche stitch, when counting stitches, each slipped stitch with its companion yarnover counts as one stitch. When counting rounds, one visible…