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Welcome Back, Classics! (Plus, Knitted Shoelaces)

Feb 22, 2010

I just got my copy of the 2004 Interweave Knits CD Collection, and  I realized that the only paper 2004 issue I have is the Winter issue, so I quickly loaded up the CD and began browsing. The first thing I noticed is that so many of the sweaters are just as current today as they were in 2004—which is such a testament to the quality of designers Interweave Knits attracts.

Here are two sweaters that really appeal to me (so much so that they might appear in the next knit-along voting!):

The Classic Slant Cardigan by Deborah Newton (Fall 2004) Simply Marilyn by Debbie Bliss (Spring 2004)

Deborah Newton's Classic Slant Cardigan is a masterpiece of simple ribs and a cable panel, placed on an unexpected slant that adds so much interest. Funny story about this pattern: When I first started working at Interweave, I got a call from the gals at my local yarn shop. They told me that a customer came in wearing a beautiful sweater with a cable running up the front, but on an angle. They loved it so much they wanted to make a sample for the store, but the customer couldn't remember which Interweave Knits issue the cardigan was in. Lo and behold—it was the Classic Slant Cardigan. It's on several people's needles now!

I've had Simply Marilyn by Debbie Bliss on my various knitting to-do lists for years. For six years, to be exact, ever since the Spring 2004 Interweave Knits hit the newsstands! I think it's time to actually knit it, don't you? I might change the neck a bit so it's not so off the shoulder; stay tuned.

But what was that bit about shoelaces?

I-cord shoelacesYou'll find lots of yarny tidbits on the 2004 Interweave Knits CD Collection. Check out this fab idea for using up bits of leftover sock yarn!

Knitted Shoelaces
by Deborah Bergman

Since I had an abundance of partial balls of sock yarn, I decided to make I-cord shoelaces.

Here’s how: Using two size-one (2.25-mm) double-pointed needles, cast on 4 stitches and leave a 12" (30.5-cm) tail. Rather than turning the work, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle, bring the yarn from the back, and knit across the stitches. Keeping the right side facing, continue to work in this manner until the shoelace measures 44" (112 cm)—for sneakers—or the desired length. Bind off and leave another 12" (30.5-cm) tail. To reinforce the ends and make it easier to thread the laces through shoe eyelets, wrap the tails tightly around the last 1⁄2" (1.3 cm) or so of the knitted cord and then secure the tails underneath the wrapping.

Since making my first pair of shoelaces, I’ve found that I prefer to work with a cotton/nylon sock yarn. (Okay, I’ve added to my stash.) The nylon gives the lace strength and the cotton doesn’t stretch as much as wool. One ball of yarn should give you many pairs of shoelaces.

If you knit some of these shoelaces, be sure to post a photo in our Reader Gallery! I'd love to see them.


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Elizabeth wrote
on Mar 1, 2010 5:46 PM

I just looked for the yarn in the Classic Slant Cardigan.  It, too , is discontinued.  Any suggestions for another yarn?

Elizabeth wrote
on Mar 1, 2010 5:40 PM

I love both these patterns, especially the classic slant cardigan!  I bought this issue because of the Marilyn Pullover, but never made it because I never liked how off the shoulder the neckline was.  I would love to know how to adjust the neckline so it is higher or maybe a turtleneck?  How is that done.  Thanks for the yarn substitution suggestion.  I feel extremely uncomfortable substituting yarns, because the wrong choice can ruin the look of the garment (happened to a yarn shop owner here once!)  Thanks

on Mar 1, 2010 9:45 AM

Some answers:

For shoelace yarn, I recommend some of the KnitPicks sock yarns. They have a good selection of nylon blends.

You can get both the slant cardigan and the Simply Marilyn in the Interweave Pattern Store and in the 2004 Interweave Knits CD Collection.

For yarn substitution for Simply Marilyn, I suggest something bulky like Malabrigo Chunky. It's soft like the original yarn was. Check the Ravelry pages for this pattern to see what other yarns people have used, too.

Neesh wrote
on Feb 24, 2010 6:05 AM

Question regarding the knitted shoelaces?  My yarn shop does not carry the cotton nylon yarn you mentioned worked best and as I have checked my stash I find they are all wool.  What brands did you "add" to your stash that meet the fiber content of cotton and nylon.  My grandchildren think this is an awsome project.

Thank You!


on Feb 23, 2010 6:40 AM

how/where can I get the "simply marilyn" sweater pattern?  My daughter is dying for me to knit it for her!  Thanks so much, katherine

the7gerbers wrote
on Feb 23, 2010 5:28 AM

Am I reading this right? Do the CD collections cost the same amount as a year's subscription?

jsdjs2 wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 5:09 PM

I just knitted Simply Marilyn with some of the cashmerino chunky, and the gauge was fairly similar to what was listed in the pattern, although I almost ran out of yarn (that collar was 2 inches shorter), and I generally knit with a looser gauge anyway.  I knitted everything I could in the round (bottom of sleeves, collar, and bottom half of the sweater).    I would just get extra yarn if I were doing it again.

JocelynG wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 3:32 PM

It would be so helpful if there was an index of all of the patterns (with categories) that are included on each CD.  I don't recognize them all, and there's no option to embiggen.

Corinna1224 wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 3:12 PM

I made Simply Marilyn as soon as I was able to special order the fortune of yarn required for it.  Being a pinkaholic, I used the gorgeous color featured on the cover.  Since then I have changed body structure enough that I am not able to wear it.  I would love to find a great substitute yarn for this beauty, as the Super Chunky was d/c in spring '09.  Perhaps you could add that suggestino when discussing it??  :)

FrankieV wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 11:22 AM

I loved the Classic Slant Cardigan when I first saw it in 2004.  However, I am very short - 5'2" and feared it would make me look even shorter so didn't start it.  What do you think?  I weigh 123+/- and look a little taller when I wear black slacks and heels.  

BeverlyL@10 wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 10:06 AM

I love Deborah Newton's Classic Slant Cardigan.  Are we able to purchase just the pattern and if so where?  BeverlyL

LisaF@3 wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 7:38 AM

Thanks so much for the idea of knitted shoelaces!  I love to knit and finding different things is so cool.  Plus I promised my husband I would use my stash this year, now we both win!