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Knitting in a new season

Jan 17, 2014

The snow is deep on the ground and the temps are far below freezing, but the world of publishing rolls on, with spring issues making their appearances.

Balas Ruby Raglan by Vera Sanon

The thought of wearing a short-sleeved top, or God forbid—a tank top, makes me shiver. But thinking about knitting those pieces is a different story altogether.

I've been working on a slog-along sweater. It's a long-sleeved tunic pullover on size 5s. I know. It's taking forever. It's knit in the round, too, which has its pros, but the cons include each round taking an eternity. There's no finishing gratification like you get when you knit a sweater in pieces; hooray—the back (front, sleeves, etc.) is done! On to the next piece. I know that when the knitting is done, the sweater will be done, but will it really ever be done?!? Can you feel my pain?

So the thought of knitting a smaller spring piece is tantalizing, especially something from the new spring issue of Knitscene, which just hit the stands. Check out the preview to see all of the fabulous designs in this issue!

Here's Knitscene Editor Amy Palmer to tell you all about it.

Baskerville Tank by Courtney Kelley
The Breezy Knits of Spring

Spring has always been a somewhat bittersweet time of year for me.

On the one hand, I adore winter—I moved from Florida to Colorado in large part for the promise of seasons and the squishy woolly wardrobe that I associate with cold weather. On the other hand, spring is always an abundantly creative time for me, full of promise and inspiration as the first shoots of grass and newly unfurled leaves start to appear. It's a tricky time of year.

It's also a beautifully dichotomous time of year, where the evenings are still somewhat dark but the days are filled with warmth and light.

Corrina Ferguson's designer collection showcases her attention to detail and delicate lacework that evokes freshly budding blooms. Shimmering jewel tones play up feminine touches incorporated around the collars and elsewhere in the Bejeweled story.

Reitveld Sweater by Mari Chiba
The styling for the projects in Primary Values takes its inspiration directly from the De Stijl movement of the early to mid-twentieth century, and combines contrast-colored knitwear with vibrant colors.

If black and gray isn't your thing, Julia Farwell-Clay walks you through the first lesson in color theory, so you can create your own works of art.

Welcome the new year with the Spring issue of Knitscene!

Happy knitting,

P.S. Take a look at the preview and tell us which project is your favorite!

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toshamer wrote
on Jan 22, 2014 7:44 AM

My favorite is the Clayton Mill Cardigan.  The additional photos under the Supply List are very useful.  I'd like to see one of the back, too.

NinaT wrote
on Jan 19, 2014 11:54 AM

Probably the Balas Ruby Raglan, if I had to choose only one.

on Jan 18, 2014 4:41 PM

I like all 3, but I think Balas Ruby is my favorite.

But Baskerville must be so comfy! And, I love the look of the Rietveld sweater - thanks AnneStaring for intorducing me to a very interesting Dutch architect!

mandyangela wrote
on Jan 18, 2014 3:35 PM

Do I have to choose only one??? :)

AnneStaring wrote
on Jan 17, 2014 4:11 PM

Hi, I like the Reitveld Sweater, but I think the name is wrong: it should be called the RIEtveld sweater, Gerrit Rietveld is a famous Dutch architect and furniture designer.