Monday, March 1, 2010

Spring 2010 Interweave Knits.

The latest issue of Interweave Knits (IK) officially hits the newstands tomorrow, but it arrived in the shop last week. And even though spring seems far away - what!! a rain/snow mix forecasted for tomorrow? yikes!! - flipping through these pages... I feel a bit of warm sunshine. And a lot of knitting inspiration to use the beautiful cottons, cotton blends, and even sugar cane (that's right, sugar cane!) that we've been stocking in the shop these past few weeks. Here are a few of our favorite patterns with plenty of yarn p*rn!

First up, the New Lace, "Arty, heritage-steeped, and fresh all over again".

I love the lacy Handkerchief Tee. We have the recommended Debbie Bliss Prima (a bamboo/merino blend) in all the colors.

And the Double V Cardigan would be lovely in the Prima, or maybe the new Debbie Bliss Amalfi (a cotton/viscose/linen/silk blend).

Last in the lace category, the Rose Window Beret. Knit in Prima or Amalfi, or even Sublime DK (a merino/silk/cashmere blend), it would be perfect for those barely-warm spring days.

My favorite section of the magazine is Texture Goes Green with plenty of cables and interesting construction techniques.

Like the Aran Necklace Camisole. It starts with a beautiful cable that sits at the neck and the body is picked up from that and knit down so it's seamless (my favorite construction technique!). We have the recommended Berocco Naturlin (linen/rayon) in all the colors. And it's beautiful. This one is next up in my queue.

Or the Braided Hood Tunic.  Knit in a worsted weight yarn, those cables are going to pop. Think cotton, like Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton, or the super soft Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton - again, there are dozens of colors.

The Ringlet Tank designed by Connie Chang Chinchio is also in my queue. I plan to use Prima. But another customer chose the new Araucania Ruca Multy - that's the sugarcane - hers is going to be gorgeous!

Last up in this section is Betty's Tee. Taking advantage of entrelac techniques (knitting on the diagonal), the sweater shaping is And it's knit in my new-favorite Rowan Summer Tweed (silk/cotton). [as I was typing this post, today's issue of Knitting Daily arrived in my inbox - and the feature article is about Betty's Tee - check it out here.]

Finally, from the Side by Side section, the Transverse Cardigan - knit side to side in one piece.  This would be fabulous in the summer cottons, or the Summer Tweed. or even the Alpaca with a Twist Temptation (we have all seven colors).  We also have an extensive collection of one-of-a-kind buttons that would be perfect for finishing.

...and now the promised yarn p*rn - a small sampling of the yarns mentioned above.
blue sky dyed cotton. 100% cotton. worsted weight. lots of colors. very soft.
rowan summer tweed. silk/cotton. worsted weight. gorgeous texture.
araucania ruca multy. sugarcane! DK weight. soft and shiny.
alpaca with a twist temptation. alpaca :-). worsted weight. soft colors. soft hand. lovely drape.
...and last but certainly not least, debbie bliss. too many colors to count!

prima. bamboo/merino. DK weight. lovely sheen.

amalfi. cotton/viscose/linen/silk. DK weight. nice texture.

pure cotton. 100% cotton. worsted weight. easy to knit with. really soft.


  1. excellent review of the newest IK. would love to see the transverse cardigan done as a KAL or class.

  2. Thanks for posting all of these yarns! I want to knit a lot of the projects in this issue:)