Lisa Loves: Knitscene!
The magazine Knitscene from Interweave sets itself apart from other US based knitting magazines because of its no-nonsense designs and patterns – making the magazine accessible to knitters of all skill levels. When I decided I wanted to showcase some magazines, I didn't really know where to start. I find that a lot of knitting magazines from the US don't cater to my personal style, and truthfully I reach for the UK based Simply Crochet or Crochet Now, due to the fact they are catered to younger people (and also come with cute gifts!) Specifically though, I had trouble finding a knitting magazine that had more than just one pattern in it that I liked - until I was shown Knitscene. Lisa showed me the Spring 2020 issue and I have to say, some of it was so grunge! Knitscene really broadens the horizons of style when it comes to affordable US based knitting magazines.
The newest edition, “Summer 2020,” contains 12 different warm weather centered patterns in fibers such as silk, linen, hemp, and cotton. Never working with Knitscene before, but hearing such good things about it from Lisa, I decided I needed to see for myself what the hype was all about. Looking through the magazine I noticed that at the back where the patterns were, I was provided with large and helpful images of the garments that guided me in my construction. Often times, I will see knitting magazines put the patterns in the back with little tiny photos and that never does anything for me.
In the Summer 2020 issue, I decided I would take on the “Gorge Tank Top” by designer Jennifer Owens, which is a ribbed tank top knit in two pieces from the bottom up and grafted at the shoulder straps. This is my first time doing a sweater in two pieces as I never would've thought I had the attention span for anything other than in the round. I will say that I do prefer in the round, but this pattern is simple enough that I don’t think it will take me too long to finish it in the way the pattern specifies. I also don't often knit my sweaters or tops with negative ease because I am all about those loose DK/Worsted knits, so it will be interesting to see how I feel about the fit. I am using some Kraemer Perfection Sport Weight from the shop, and I highly recommend it for this project. The ply twist is so pretty and the yarn is super strong. The bottom stripes were done in Wonderland Yarns.
Currently, Interweave has a dedicated page for crafting during the world’s current pandemic and new normal. On their website, they have a new craft for everyday of the week to provide inspiration if you may be feeling down. While they are posted in the order of the days of the week, they write, “there are no rules, just inspiration to help each of us make the best of today’s situation” (Interweave).
Link to the page: https://www.interweave.com/crafting-together-during-covid-19/