Knitty Friday

Issue Design: Maryjane

In a post on her blog, designer Merri Fromm tells us about her Maryjane pullover design, from the current issue of Knitty.

The designer, in her own creation.

It’s a terrific summer knit: suitable for warm-weather wear, and warm-weather knitting. This would also make an excellent first top-down seamless sweater project – quick and easy to knit, and an excellent demonstration of the virtues of this sort of garment construction. Seamless knitting isn’t suitable for all garments, but it’s perfect for this type of relaxed t-shirt.

She provides a ton of great tips for working the project, and some extra detailed photos to entice you!

Subtly clever stripes!

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2016: Well, that was something, eh?

Challenging in ways many of us didn’t expect, 2016 has been a hell of a year. We’re starting to lose our cultural heroes, often unexpectedly, and we’re a bit raw with the changing political climate in the US, and crazy people with weapons worldwide. Yeah, 2016 has sucked.

But it’s also been joyous, surprising and a wonderful year for knitting and knitters.

Here are some things that happened:

    • Knitty didn’t close in Spring 2016. We would have had to without the financial support of our Patrons. We launched this new funding model in September 2015, and by March of 2016, Knitty Patrons had stepped up and were carrying 2/3 of the cost of producing the magazine. We are grateful on a daily basis for their support. Thanks to them and our fiercely loyal Advertisers, we…
    • Rewrote our website code, making our pages responsive, so that they’re much easier to view on mobile devices of all sizes. This was a big project and we completed it on time so that the First Fall 2016 issue launched when it was supposed to, and the cool auto-resizable pages worked from the get go.
    • Published four great issues, full of patterns like these:
Laurel, by Amy Christoffers, from the Deep Fall 2016 issue

Laurel, by Amy Christoffers, from the DF16

 

Anyadell by Senja Jarva from our DF16 issue

Anyadell by Senja Jarva from the DF16 issue

 

Pincha by Pinpilan Wangsai from our First Fall 2016 Issue

Pincha by Pinpilan Wangsai from the FF16 issue

 

Gocce by Paola Albergamo from the SS16 issue

Gocce by Paola Albergamo from the SS16 issue

 

Ennui by Justyna Lorkowska from our FF16 issue

Ennui by Justyna Lorkowska from our FF16 issue

And my favorite meta-meta crazypants pattern of the year:

Toilet Paper Toilet Paper Cozy by Christine Olea from the W16 issue

Toilet Paper Toilet Paper Cozy by Christine Olea from the W16 issue

On the personal side:

O Canada!

O Canada!

I became a Canadian (after living in Canada since I was 8), and took a train across the country to celebrate! I welcomed a new rabbit, Tully, into my family, got rid of my misbehaving uterus, and had both my Carpal Tunnelly hands surgically fixed. I stepped back from teaching and concentrated on healing and taking care of myself. Rather lovely.

 

Jillian and Gwen Steege from Storey Publishing, celebrating Yarnitecture!

Jillian continued her crazy busy and successful year of travelling and teaching at legendary venues, while (at the same time, mind you) finishing her brilliant book about spinning the yarns you want to knit: Yarnitecture. And continued to raise her kids, along with her hubby, with love and compassion. She’s on the road in 2017, too…will you be lucky enough to be able to catch a class with her?

 

Kate and her groundbreaking book!

Kate was on the move too! She taught all over the US and Canada, and popped over to her homeland, hitting Bath, Manchester and Oxford in the UK in spring, as well as taping several new online classes. She’s added video columnist to her resume, as Knitty’s newest columnist on the subject of techniques. She wrote the book all knitwear designers need to read. And just for fun, she and her darling husband and nutso dog Dexter moved house, too. She’s already got a busy schedule lined up for 2017. Go Kate, go!

 

So that’s a lot of good stuff that happened in 2016. I’m glad to be able to celebrate it with you, and I’m honored to work with such great people as Jillian, Kate, Chris (Sysadmin gift from above), Ashley and Rachel (our gloriously wonderful Tech Editors). Thank you for being here, too.

Here’s to a happier, more joyous 2017!

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Early Winter Issue WIPs: The Frantic Gift Knitting Edition

It’s always fun to check in on an issue’s patterns, particularly so soon after launch. It tells me which patterns are catching on – and indeed, at this time of year, which ones are gifting-appropriate.

Love this Werewolf of Westport Hat, by EmmaE.

This photo shows off the construction brilliantly!

This photo shows off the construction brilliantly!

And ChaoticK’s is equally amazing, in a totally different way! This would be ideal for the dreariest days of winter!

Fantastically and ridiculously vibrant, in the best possible way.

Fantastically and ridiculously vibrant, in the best possible way.

PelicanGoddess’s Snowberry scarf is a winner. A statement in coziness!

Perfect.

Perfect.

HilaryO’s Obliqua cowl is coming along very nicely.

Beautiful colour choice: reminds me of roses.

And Zsazsazsu is making excellent progress on her Duvet mittens.

Are you doing any gift knitting this year?

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Deep Fall Surprise: The Tuplet Shawl

Our SURPRISE for this most recent issue had two VERY different patterns. Very. The Anyadell thigh-high cabled socks are a once-in-a-lifetime jaw-dropping statement-making eye-popping sort of design. The Boss of Sock Knitting, as someone dubbed them. They’re amazing, no doubt.

But I have to say I am enormously fond of other pattern, the Tuplet Shawl, too. It’s gentle. It’s understated. It’s subtle. And it absolutely shouldn’t be missed.

Tuplet is an excellent way to use a gradient set, or use up partial skeins of yarn. Rather than resort to leftovers-socks (don’t get me wrong, I love leftovers socks) why not show them off in this shawl?

Imagine the color combos… let your stash fly!

The designer, Heather, has provided some background and supporting info – including a “cheat sheet” to help you keep track of the rows as you work.

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Deep Fall WIPs and FOs

We’ve been project-peeping on Ravelry again!

Sellakka‘s Wings for Nightbird shawl is simply beautiful.

 

EternalKnitter’s Uberib slippers are fab! And such a quick knit, clearly!

 

KnitbritchesViatori vest is looking great… an excellent color choice.

Dublin16’s Rain Rain Go Away hat, made for a baby in rainy Seattle, is just perfect.

Artohline‘s Crystalline scarf looks very promising indeed.

And we love it when Knitty designers knit other patterns from the issue… Julia Farwell Clay, the designer of Viatori, is making her own http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf16/PATTlaurel/PATTlaurel.php.


And although not strictly worked to the pattern, we love Loopysue‘s version of my In Gord We Trust scarf.

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Talking to a friend makes work feel like not-work!

unnamedI’m lucky enough to have made many friends in the knitting world since starting this magazine almost 15 years ago. One of the first people I met was the delightful Vickie Howell. She is one of the most skilled interviewers I’ve had the pleasure of talking to over the years, whether on podcasts or on her legendary TV show, Knitty Gritty.

Vickie and I sat down together (so to speak) over Skype earlier this week, and you can hear the result in her latest Craft•ish Podcast. Some of the topics we discussed might surprise you…but then again, if you know me, you won’t be surprised at all.

 

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In Gord We Trust: The costumes, the hat and the color inspiration

I hope by now you’ve read the story about the In Gord We Trust Sock Scarf.

I wanted to share some background on Gord’s stage costumes, the clothes that inspired our color choice, and the precious hat that we were able to borrow for the photoshoot from designer Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats.

The suits, in bright metallic leather, were created by Izzy Camilleri, who has designed for other performers and musicians over the years.

From The Globe and Mail. Does that blue look familiar?

A slideshow of all the outfits, on the Fashion Magazine website. (In most of these shots, you can see his sock scarves. He clearly has a whole wardrobe of them, which may or may not match the outfit he’s wearing.)

A great piece about them on the Globe and Mail website.

And a piece on the CBC site with more fab pictures, including the pink suit we nodded to with the scarf.

The outfits are memorable not because of how great they are — and because they are a part of Canadian rock and roll history — but because for previous tours, Gord’s on-stage look was more traditional singer-songwriter gear: jeans with a collared shirt and a vest, lots of black and white. And he’s worn a hat when performing many times before, but it’s been a much simpler number – often straw. These fantastic wool felt hats with ribbon and feather decorations were made by hand, to Gord’s specifications.

I loved the detail that Gord kept these outfits as a surprise for his bandmates!


I was pleased to hear about the KnitForGord project: Telma is making hats and other knitterly goodies to sell, with all proceeds going to the Downie fund at Sunnybrook.

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First Fall Issue WIPs and FOs

I know that many of us seem to be living in a heatwave at the moment – at least those of us in the Northern Hemisphere – but it hasn’t stopped the knitting.

Battie is thinking about fall, having turned the Prettified Thrash socks in a pair of very cool fingerless mitts:

 

The original Pyropa was worked in a gradient yarn, and it’s an excellent use of these fun yarns, but NotKnittingKnots took the project another way, and used two solids. It’s just as effective, in a totally different way.

I must also confess that I love a good blocking-in-progress shot!

The Ennui shawl is also inspiring some terrific color combinations:

Heno’s red-hot one

And Lorinne’s excellent use of a variegated yarn make it gorgeous in a very different way.

 

And definitely thinking about cold weather, TheBlueSquare has hot a lot of fun with Toketee gloves. Love the colour detail at the cuff.

 

 

 

 

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Knitty Friday: A refreshing design!

Or, rather, refreshing our design!

One of our first stated goals with our Patreon campaign was to pay our staff and contributors better. Thanks to our Patrons’ enthusiasm, we were able to do that almost immediately. And so we moved on to the second goal: bringing our website up to date.

We launched our first ever responsive issue last week. What’s responsive? That means the site is coded to automatically resize to fit every screen from cellphones to huge monitors. It’s about as fresh from the code monkey as is possible…and we’re releasing it in Beta. That means there might be bugs to fix, and things might change in appearance from day to day as we fine tune how the site looks and works. We beg your indulgence during this time. Wanna report a bug? Write to me with the subject heading “BUG REPORT”. Thank you!

simulation...the best way to see how this issue works is to view it on your different devices!

simulation…the best way to see how this issue works is to view it on your different devices!

The back issues in our Library will be getting a facelift as well, though a much more subtle one. We want our whole Library to be updated so that the back patterns are still useful to you, and so we’ll be continuing to responsive-ize issues until they’re all done. It’s going to take a while. We’re talking about 55 back issues. But now we know where we’re headed and it’s exciting!

Also long overdue is the addition of metric measurements to patterns. This is now standard operating procedure going forward.

This redesign project has been a huge undertaking in partnership with Philip Chatterton of Marblehead. We’re thrilled with what he’s done for us. (Need something like this done for your website? Drop him a line.)

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TNNA: the knitting industry’s trade show…UPDATE!

Jillian and I have just returned from our annual trek to TNNA’s trade show, this time in Washington, DC. Jillian used to live there a very long time ago, and I’ve never been, so it was an interesting venue for us to explore.

Every year, we gauge what’s out, what’s in and what’s growing in popularity. This time, without question, the most popular trend was gradients. Gradients in every form, from sets of single-color skeins that make up the gradient to super-long-color-change skeins (first popularized, I believe, by Tina Whitmore of Freia Fibers).

Here’s a sampling of the new products released this year:

Indigo-dyed yarns at Ancient Arts

Indigo-dyed yarns at Ancient Arts

 

Adorable sheepies from Kraemer Yarns

Adorable sheepies showing off the color range at Kraemer Yarns

Really cool laser-cut tapestry looms at Purl & Loop

Really cool laser-cut tapestry looms at Purl & Loop

Delicious colors of Manos Alegria

Delicious colors of Manos Alegria

A soft rainbow (timely!) of Gems, from Louet North America

A soft rainbow (timely!) of Gems, from Louet North America and Fresh Stitches

Another delicious rainbow from the folks at Wonderland Yarns

Another delicious rainbow from the folks at Wonderland Yarns

And finally, the new speckled yarns, Splatter Shot, from our friends at Lorna's Laces

And finally, the new speckled yarns, Splatter Shot, from our friends at Lorna’s Laces

There was also a lot of this going on…which helps you understand that, although it’s a work event, we also love seeing our fiber friends. There is a lot of hugging at TNNA.

Jillian, Stefanie Japel and Liz Gipson

Jillian, Stefanie Japel and Liz Gipson

Clara Parkes, Jill Draper, Miss Jillian again and Laura Nelkin

Clara Parkes, Jill Draper, Miss Jillian again and Laura Nelkin

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