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Galleries! We have Fall Knits Galleries!

Aug 11, 2008

Are you ready to see how our Interweave Gallery Gals look in the sweaters from the new Fall 2008 issue of Interweave Knits? Good, because it's Gallery time once again on Knitting Daily!

This time, I thought it would be fun to have the Galleries be "Editor's Choice"--in other words, to see which garments the editor of Interweave Knits herself would choose to feature in the Galleries. So I asked Eunny Jang to choose six garments for us to try on--and then we headed down to our basement photo studio for another afternoon of fun! Eunny also wrote additional comments on three of the six sweaters to share with you, so we have lots of goodies for you this week on Knitting Daily.

What's a Gallery? It's where members of the Interweave office staff (a.k.a. "The Gallery Gals") try on the sample garments used in the actual magazine photoshoot so you can see how the sweaters fit on women of varying sizes and shapes. It's tons of fun--and to make it even more valuable for you, I write little individualized commentaries for each woman and each sweater, to give you ideas of how to customize your own knitting.

So now I present to you the first two Editor's Choice Galleries for Fall 2008:

Backstage Tweed Jacket

Little Blue Sweater

View a list of all past Interweave Knits and Knitscene Galleries!

Here's what Eunny has to say about the lovely Backstage Tweed Jacket:

This is such an excellent example of good knitting design. The shape is elegant, and the yarn--with a firm wooly hand, but knitted at just the right gauge, giving it drape--sets it off perfectly. The yoke, which grows seamlessly out of front bands, hides decreases in a highly articulated cable pattern. The tone-on-tone effect is subtle, but highlights the contrast between the tweed and refined silk blend yarns.

The A-line shape and body-skimming fabric of this cardigan are very flattering. Yoked sweaters, particulary cardigans, can be a little tricky to fit, since they lack the stabilizing structure of seams at the shoulders and armholes. Luckily, it's easy to mix and match if your proportions or preferences call for it--you can knit the body in a smaller or larger size for less or more volume, and knit the yoke at just the right size for your shoulders. The garment looks great whether the shoulders are filled out completely or not; take a look at the schematic and how it looks on other bodies, and choose the right yoke size for you.

I'm going to make this one myself, leaving the front closures out for an elegant, comfortable go-to cardigan/jacket for the fall.



We have four more garments from Interweave Knits Fall 2008 to show you in our Knitting Daily Galleries later this week, so stay tuned!

Knitting Daily factoid from Sandi: I was a subscriber to FOUR, count 'em, FOUR Interweave magazines before I ever came to work here: Interweave Knits, Beadwork, Handwoven, and Spin-Off. (I was getting ready to sign up for Piecework as well, but then they gave me the job.) If you're a knitter, and you're not a subscriber to Interweave Knits, you can sign up to subscribe online and we'll send four issues a year straight to your doorstep. (If you can't subscribe, please give your local yarn shop some love and buy your magazines there!)

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily. Packing trumps knitting right now, unfortunately, but I'm valiantly trying to have the Camisa, worked in String of Pearls yarn from Muench (prettypretty not to mention sparklysparkly!) done before I leave for Canada. (Canada countdown? 21 days till we get there!)

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SandiL wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 11:51 AM

Hi..I've also noticed a trend in these galleries toward the same sort of sweaters..and that seems to be the trend right now-form fitting, unflattering to anyone who doesn't have a ballerina body.The proportions are weird..A lot of the sweaters right now look like they're not finished-I think of it almost like an attention up on the sweater before it's done...maybe it started with some of the shrugs...So, I think I'm glad that I have a cache' of patterns from past issues waiting to be knit-call it my stash...I spend a lot of time and money making knit garments so I think it's a better investment in making things that are going to be in style for more than one fashion season.

MargaretN wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 7:23 AM

I hope that Eunny will post a picture and explanation about her version of this sweater when she finishes it.  Maybe she could address some of the commenters' problems with the gaping, etc.

JuliaH wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 7:02 AM

This piece would be a nice fall jacket if it had a zipper front and pockets.  I love the different knitting style at the collar, top, and front, and it looks so warm!  With the amount of work that obviously went into it, it's too bad that the front gapes.  Possibly the sleeves could have a cuff to keep out the cold.  

JulieN wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 6:46 AM

Yay, galleries already!  It's such an important part in figuring how to knit a piece of the issue for me.  I'm really hoping that you'll have the Estes Vest in an upcoming gallery.

BrendaC wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 6:04 AM

Any chance that you'll have the "Whisper Stripe Pullover" in the Gallery?  That's the sweater I'm getting this issue for & would love your insight.

TammyR wrote
on Aug 11, 2008 10:27 PM

The patterns are absolutely beautiful in this issue!  Most give me the warm fuzzies (Christmas-time kind:-) just looking at them.  Great job!!!  

noahbdrcalle wrote
on Aug 11, 2008 5:15 PM

So great to have the galleries with normal people.  I'm beginning to think I can finally knit something for my big busted self.  I'm learning a lot with all the negative/positive ease.

MarieD wrote
on Aug 11, 2008 5:14 PM

I love the color and the cable pattern but this garment looks sloppy and unfinished.