knit.wear Spring 2018

Introducing the new special issue from the editors of Interweave Knits: knit.wear, simple handknits for the thoughtful knitter! knit.wear focuses on conceptual, wearable knits with clean, modern aesthetic—built in unusual ways with interesting techniques. Explore design elements such as drape, ruffles, and pleats; knit the perfect sweater; and more.

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in this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

Dear reader, What does “sustainability” mean? Specifically, what does it mean in the context of the fashion industry, and, in our case, the yarn and fiber industry? Currently, there is a lack of scholarly research on the fashion industry’s environmental impact; nevertheless, it is clear that the industry is affecting the environment negatively and contributing to global climate change. Knitters are taking notice and selecting their yarns and fibers with more care than ever before. It’s no surprise that knitters are leading the charge for sustainable yarn and fibers; after all, we choose our materials with care for garments intended to last for decades, if not generations. Seeking out conscientiously manufactured yarns is our natural evolution. Sustainable yarns are emerging as the next big trend, and I personally hope—and we…

2 min.
naturally dyed luxury fibers

1 Nutmeg Fibers Cottage CONTENT: 100% U.S. merino COLOR: Indigo & Cochineal PUT-UP: 180 yd [165 m]/ 3. oz [100 g] RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZE: Size 7 (4.5 mm) CARE: Handwash PRICE: $22 STITCH PATTERN: Zigzag Chart (Weddell Top, page 57) Indigo is one of the oldest dyes known to humankind; it has been used to color textiles for more than 6,000 years. Most commonly associated with blue jeans, indigo’s rich color and subtle tonal variations make for a classic fabric. This smooth, almost cottony yarn is ideal for sweaters and hats. 2 Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering CONTENT: 100% Cormo wool COLOR: Cumulus PUT-UP: 500 yd [457 m]/4 oz [113 g] RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZE: Size 1–4 (2.25–3.5 mm) CARE: Handwash PRICE: $34 STITCH PATTERN: Butterfly Lace Chart (Ionian Top, page 68) Cormo sheep are descended from…

5 min.
american-grown alpaca

Lynn Edens, owner of Imperial Yarn and Little Creek Farm, has transformed a passion for spinning alpaca fiber into a thriving business and is on a mission to help other small alpaca growers in the United States find success. Lynn was running a horse farm when she became interested in spinning. The first time she spun with alpaca, she was hooked. Alpaca f leece is available in grades as fine and uniform as cashmere yet offers distinct advantages over that other luxury fiber. “I loved the buttery handle and the brightness of the best-quality alpaca,” she says. “It was as soft as cashmere with comparable loft, but it also had great strength and longer fiber length, which makes for easier spinning and more consistent yarn.” She also discovered that this premier…

8 min.
moonflower dolman

• Worked sideways • Sleeves, neckband, and lower rib worked in the round • Lace • Tubular bind-off YARN Swans Island All American Collection Worsted DIFFICULTY FINISHED SIZE 37 (41, 45, 47½, 51½)" bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 37"; modeled with 3½" of positive ease. YARN Swans Island All American Collection Worsted (75% Rambouillet wool, 25% alpaca; 210 yd [192 m]/2¾ oz [80 g]): lichen, 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins. YARN WEIGHT 4 NEEDLES Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16" and 32" circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 8 (5 mm): straight and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle. GAUGE 15 sts and 23 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles. ! For techniques you don’t know, please visit our online knitting glossary at…

9 min.
hyacinth pullover

• Top down • Lower body worked in the round • Lace • Provisional cast-on • German short-rows YARN Schoppel-Wolle Bio Merinos, distributed by Skacel DIFFICULTY FINISHED SIZE 47¾ (50½, 53¼, 56, 58¾)" bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 50½"; modeled with 16½" of positive ease. YARN Schoppel-Wolle Bio Merinos (95% virgin merino wool, 5% linen; 164 yd [150 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #9899 natural, 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) balls. Yarn distributed by Skacel. YARN WEIGHT 2 NEEDLES Sizes 2½ (3 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm): 32" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; waste yarn for provisional CO; size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle. GAUGE 23 sts and 26 rnds = 4" in St st on larger needle; Lace chart (with sts unraveled) = 18½" wide. ! For techniques you…

2 min.
spanish moss wrap

• One piece • Worked back and forth • Lace • Picot cast-on • I-cord bind-off YARN Shibui Knits Reed DIFFICULTY FINISHED SIZE 79½" wide and 14" tall. YARN Shibui Knits Reed (100% linen; 246 yd [225 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #2032 field, 4 skeins (see Notes). YARN WEIGHT 1 NEEDLES Size 2 (2.75 mm): 40" circular (cir) and two double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. NOTIONS Tapestry needle. GAUGE 27 sts and 38 rows = 4" in body patt. ! For techniques you don₥t know, please visit our online knitting glossary at www.interweave.com/ interweave-knitting-glossary. Notes This wrap is worked back and forth from long edge to long edge. The sample used all of 4 skeins of yarn. Consider purchasing an extra skein as insurance. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. Stitch Guide KOK: (K1, yo, k1)…