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Nov 21, 2011
Two Ribs Infinity Scarf, from Interweave Knits Accessories 2011

A note from Kathleen: It's time to accessorize! The new issue of Interweave Knits Accessories is here, and it's full of lovely little projects to knit for yourself or for the people on your holiday gift list. I'm really taken with the Two Ribs Infinity Scarf by Susan Pierce Lawrence (pictured at left). It can be worn as a long loop or twisted into a cowl. Very clever, Susan.

Here's editor Lisa Shroyer to tell you more!

Elegance is described as the attribute of being unusually effective and simple at the same time. In other words, to make the biggest impact with the least material, to remove all excess, to hone. To make a statement without babbling.

A key part of being "effective" is the use of parts to make a whole, to transition artfully between one element and the next. This is the kind of elegance that a knitted sock, a lace beret require. Shaping and pattern have to coexist in a small, precisely sized and constructed object. I think in a lot of ways, it's easier to design a sweater than a sock.

When a design is successful, it's also really fun to knit. Working in the round, trying out stitch patterns, playing with shapes, and getting a finished object in short order make accessories so fulfilling. And they can add so much to your wardrobe and your style-throw on a red scarf one day, a slouchy gray hat the next. Plus, of course, there's the utilitarian aspect-mittens keep your hands warm when it's freezing.

For this issue of Interweave Knits Accessories, we looked for simply striking and effective knits that make the most of yarn, stitch, and style. Knits have the power to affect the everyday and the extraordinary—from a favorite hat to an exquisite bridal shawl. I think about the battered, threadbare Calorimetry (from I knitted years ago—a wedge-shaped accessory that ties at the back of the head, somewhere between a headband and a do-rag.

The design is simple, almost unremarkable, especially in the charcoal merino I used. But I wear the thing all the time! At some point, it became part of my look and part of my approach to getting dressed-don't want to do my hair today, so I'll wear Calorimetry, which looks great with my torn jeans and waffle Henley and leather necklace and . . . you get my point.

A small knit isn't necessarily a quick one. Nor is a simple-looking knit always easy to execute. But at this scale, with small stitches, streamlined details, and pretty patterning, a knitted accessory can be a work of art. And at the same time, it can be the most-loved item in your wardrobe.

Get your copy of Accessories now and knit for your everyday and every other day, too.


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Verconia wrote
on Dec 2, 2011 8:37 AM

Are there any knitted wall hanging projects    They are hard to find,

BethP wrote
on Nov 27, 2011 9:36 AM

Are Interweave e-mags and downloads available on Ravelry?  I prefer storing immediately to the Ravelry cloud rather than to my aging laptop.  

Also, if these patterns have not been published before, it would help to know that.  

Thank you for creating fine patterns and instructive material.

liisant wrote
on Nov 26, 2011 3:10 PM

I can NEVER find any of the special issues in bookstores or on newsstands.  I can't find Piecework there either.  And by the time I get to a yarn shop, they're all sold out of the few issues they get sent.  I can't bring myself to order from Interweave because the shipping rates to Canada are ridiculous.

A second subscription rate to get all Knits and Special Issues would be very nice.  

I don't like digital magazines, because I would have to print it out anyway for myself .  I prefer print.

Wkara wrote
on Nov 26, 2011 9:52 AM

I was wondering, have Interweave Knit Accessories 2009 and 2011 in digital format but what happened to 2010?  Did you not publish an Accessories magazine for that year?

sandcola wrote
on Nov 21, 2011 10:01 PM

I agree with Lola; I am not renewing my subscription only because I feel that for the price I paid the special issues should be included.  Other knitting magazines offer more value for my money.

on Nov 21, 2011 4:23 PM

I'll agree a small accessory isn't necessarily quick...I've spent weeks on a hat...but I like that's portable...and still a heck of a lot quicker than a sweater.

on Nov 21, 2011 8:07 AM

Is there any plans to include the special issues in the yearly subscription?  It is kind of disheartening to know that you only get half of a magazine for the yearly fee.  Also it seems like all the best patterns are included in the special issues.  Could there be a second subscription price to get all the yearly issues?  I do find some special issues hard to obtain in stores.