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knit.wear

knit.wear Fall-Winter 2016

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Interweave Press, LLC - Magazine
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

2 min.
letter from the editor

Several years ago, on a cold winter afternoon, my friend Rebecca and I decided to drive to Edgewater, New Jersey, to the Mitsuwa Marketplace. After we partook of bowls of delicious steaming ramen, we walked over to the Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya. Rebecca steered me to the craft section of the store, where we spent more than an hour looking through the knitting and crochet books. I was enchanted by the striking but simple styling, the appeal of the garments, and the unexpected accessibility of the patterns. Since that day, any time I see a Japanese bookstore, I make a beeline for it. I inevitably leave the store with an overloaded bag, which is remarkably easy to do. I had the pleasure of going to a Japanese bookstore in Portland, Oregon, with…

1 min.
precision tools

1 Grids & Guides: A Notebook for Visual Thinkers (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) divorces the visual mind from convention. Use this practical and imaginative notebook to plan your next design, keep track of your projects, and more. Available in red and black. | 16 | www.handeyesupply.com 2 The Tulip Company’s Knina Swivel Circular Needles break the mold of bamboo needles. Smooth and snag-free, they have a seamless swivel join that lets your knitting flow off your needles without the slippage of metal needles. Available in 16" (40.5 cm), 24" (61 cm), 32" (81.5 cm), 40" (101.5 cm) lengths. Shown in 16" and 24". | 12 – 13 | www.en.tulip-japan.co.jp. 3 The Tulip Company’s Compact Interchangeable Bamboo Knitting Needle Set is one of the few interchangeable sets on the market whose…

1 min.
books

Many online sites offer Japanese knitting books, but the best site for English-speaking customers is Lacis. The Berkeley-based retailer and wholesaler (www.lacis.com) distributes a wide variety of books, gadgets, and curiosities from around the world and has assembled a collection of Japanese knitting favorites. Fluency in Japanese is not required to replicate the patterns in these books; follow the universal charts and numbered directions to create these beautiful knits. 1 1000 Knitting Patterns Book by Nihon Vogue-Sha — This quintessential and coveted Japanese stitch book is full of accessible charts and photos. This book covers everything from texture, cables, lace, and colorwork to a bit of crochet. | 110 2 Hand Knit Gloves by Toshiyuki Shimada — Colorwork, elegant cables, entrelac, and textures are all woven together in this exquisite collection of…

4 min.
from japan: modern blends / swatching with the editor

1 Masaki Accessory Yarn Konpeito, distributed by ITO Yarn Of all the Masaki yarns I’ve swatched, this one is by far my favorite because of its unique tactile qualities. Konpeito is 100% wool but feels like it’s been blended with plant fibers; it has the enhanced softness of such a blend. The tweedlike blend of colors creates subtle variations in the fabric, which I find very pleasing (I’ve always been a sucker for tweed). I worked this swatch on The Tulip Company Knina Swivel size 8 (5.00 mm) bamboo needles, which I must note are a dream to knit with. I don’t usually knit with bamboo needles, but when I do, I use these. I strongly encourage bamboo and non-bamboo knitters to give them a try. Back to the swatch: I…

5 min.
on habu textiles: takako ueki

Walk by the Habu Textiles booth at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) trade show and your eye will be magnetically pulled to the Habu display of modern, captivating knitwear garments. Underneath these gently swaying works of knitted art is a table covered with cones, balls, and bags of yarn made up of delicate and unexpected fibers. Takako Ueki, the founder of Habu Textiles, stands unassuming and graceful at the outer edge of her booth with a laptop and order sheets at the ready. A stream of old and new retailers trickles to her booth, restocking favorites, ordering her newest fiber creations, and caressing the garments adorning the curtained walls. Within the handknitting industry, Takako has carved out a niche defined by her passion, artistry, and knowledge of fibers and textiles.…

4 min.
mason street scarf

• Brioche stitch • Tubular cast-on • Tubular bind-off • Worsted weight held double INSTRUCTIONS page 32 YARN Woolfolk Får DIFFICULTY FINISHED SIZE 9" wide and 119" long. YARN Woolfolk Får (100% ultimate merino; 142 yd [130 m]/13⁄4 oz [50 g]): #01 white (A), #02 light gray (B), #03 medium gray (C), and #04 dark gray (D), 2 balls each; #05 charcoal (E), 1 ball. YARN WEIGHT 4 NEEDLES Size 11 (8 mm): straight and two double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. NOTIONS Size L/11 (8 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle. GAUGE 12 sts and 24 rows = 4" in Brioche stitch using two strands held tog. |For terms, abbreviations, and techniques you don’t know, please visit our Knitting Glossary at www.knittingdaily.com/glossary. Notes Work with two strands of yarn held together throughout, as directed. Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in…