knit.wear Fall - Winter 2015

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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SEE THE FINAL SHAWL page 8 Most mornings, I wake up early and brew a pot of co_ ee. When it’s done, steaming and beeping on the kitchen counter, I pour a cup, then move to the couch, and I knit. I watch the angle of the sun through the curtain change as the stitches move from one needle to the other, as the rows grow in my hands. It’s a morning meditation practice that grounds my day and feels very private, very much my own. But as I move through the work day, I am reminded just how big our knitting world is, and how many fascinating people populate it. As I worked on this issue of knit.purl, that sense came back to me again and again—from the streets of Japan,…

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industry insider: report from the h+h show in germany

Amy Gunderson serves as Creative Lead for Universal Yarn. As part of her work, she directs design collections, researches trends, and works with the mills to develop new products. She attends yarn industry trade shows around the world, including the large annual H+H show (commonly called Handarbeit) in Cologne, Germany. Here, she gives us a peek into this international event and the trends she spotted on the floor. Located just across the picturesque Rhine River from the imposing Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, is the annual H+H show. This annual event is held in the giant Koelnmesse (translation: Cologne Fair), which houses eleven enormous halls. The 2015 H+H show was located in just two of these halls, but was still vast enough that I managed to get turned around almost every…

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ombrés & gradients, oh my!

The gradient color effect in yarns and designs continues to be a hot trend in the knitting world. With two new videos and patterns coming out from master dyer Tina Whitmore this fall (see page 14 for more), we’ve got our eye on this trend. Here, we’ve compiled a list of companies who are packaging gradient yarn sets— several separate colors that shift gradually from one hue to the next—and some patterns that utilize this effect. Companies with Gradient Color Sets: • Pigeon Roof Studios “Mini-Skein Sets” www.pigeonroofstudios.com • Neighborhood Fiber Co. “Gradients” www.neighborhood-fiber-co.myshopify.com • Miss Babs “Gradient Sets” www.missbabs.com • Kismet Fiber Works “Yarn Gradient Sets” www.kismetfiberworks.com • Mountain Colors “Perspectives” www.mountaincolors.com • Fiber Optic “Paintbox Gradients” www.kimberbaldwindesigns.com CHECK IT OUT Beacon Shawl and Ship that Knitted Shawl, designs by Megi Burcl from knitscene accessories 2015. @ bit.ly/KnitsceneAccessories…

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video star tina whitmore

Tina’s yarns & designs, as featured in her upcoming videos. This fall, master handdyer Tina Whitmore brings us two new video workshops on working with special types of variegated yarn: ombré and self-striping. Tina knows a lot about these yarns, as she dyes ombré and self-striping yarns for her own company and knits and designs with them constantly. Here she tells us how her company came to be; and we bring you a sneak preview of the designs that will accompany the videos. “As a photography student at the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1980s, I spent hours in the darkroom color-correcting my photographic prints. Intensifying reds, taking greens out of blue to make it true, turning a pink into purple. When I learned fiber dyeing, I was amazed to see…

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get hip / get handsome

1 Schoppel Wolle ALB Lino CONTENT: 85% lambswool, 15% linen PUT-UP: 437 yd [399 m]/3½ oz [100 g] CONSTRUCTION: 4-ply RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 30 sts = 4" (10 cm) on size 2–6 (2.75–4 mm) Distributed by Skacel.www.skacelknitting.com 2 Schachenmayr Fashion Leana CONTENT: 50% wool, 50% acrylic PUT-UP: 115 yd [105 m] /1¾ oz [50 g] CONSTRUCTION: Singles CARE: Machine wash; dry flat in shade RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 15 sts and 22 rows = 4" (10 cm) on size 9 (5.5 mm) needles Distributed by Westminster Fibers. www.westminsterfibers.com 3 Lopi Álafosslopi CONTENT: 100% wool PUT-UP: 109 yd [100 m]/3½ oz [100 g] CONSTRUCTION: Singles CARE: Handwash; dry flat RECOMMENDED GAUGE: 13 sts = 4" (10 cm) on size 10–10½ (6–6.5 mm) needles Distributed by Westminster Fibers. www.westminsterfibers.com 4 Plymouth Stained Glazz CONTENT: 51% wool, 49% acrylic PUT-UP: 99 yd [90 m] /1¾ oz…

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kringla hat

One ball of undyed wool makes a quirky-cool hat. Pom-pom required! JEN HAGAN. INSTRUCTIONS page 30. YARN Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky Undyed, distributed by Westminster Fibers FINISHED SIZE 19¾" brim circumference and 8½" tall. YARN Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky Undyed (100% British wool; 120 yd [110 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): shetland moorit, 1 skein. Yarn distributed by Westminster Fibers. NEEDLES Size 10½ (6.5 mm): 16" circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. NOTIONS Marker (m); two cable needles (cn); tapestry needle. GAUGE 13 sts and 18 rnds = 4" in charted patt See the Glossary on page 124 for terms you don’t know. For our master glossary, visit KnittingDaily.com/glossary. NOTES This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. Hat With cir needle, CO…