Interweave Knits Fall 2013

The Fall issue of Interweave Knits is deeply focused on texture and craft for new heirloom knits. Colorwork, dropped stitches, and diagonal graphics drive the pattern collection, while rustic and rich are the focus in yarn and product reviews. Kristin Omdahl walks us through working joined motifs, and we learn about the life and times of the yarn seer, Clara Parkes. On sale August 20, 2013. 

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Inside Knits wrote
on Aug 6, 2013 11:52 AM

The preview for the brand new Fall issue of Interweave Knits just went live and, so far, Carol Feller's

AnnC@48 wrote
on Aug 7, 2013 11:42 AM

Thank you! The new format is wonderful! And, for the first time in years, I want to knit almost every pattern in this issue!

I've have had a subscription to Knits for almost 10 years but had decided that this time I wasn't going to renew. Every new issue brought more changes that I thought were for the worse. I liked fewer & fewer patterns and was no longer excited to see the magazine in the mailbox. Now -- I don't know how I couldn't renew, if this is what Lisa Shroyer as editor is going to be like.

TammyT wrote
on Aug 10, 2013 10:31 PM

This new issue seemed "off" to me. That was a very odd choice for the cover pattern. Of all the patterns in the issue that would not have been my first, second or even fifth choice. The issue is beautifully photographed except for the fact that the projects done in dark yarn are just impossible to photograph. Surface patterns done in dark yarn are a waste of time. They get completely lost. I know tastes vary but I will be SO SO glad when dropped stitch patterns go out of style! One is too many for my taste, this issue has 6 that either use dropped stitches or look like they do. And ponchos... are we really not past ponchos?? I hope others like it but it's not one of my favorites.

shiphrah wrote
on Aug 12, 2013 8:58 PM

Dear Lisa,

Sooooo, as you requested in your "strands" column in the Fall 2013 issue, I attempted to email you at ""  - and just received a Mailer Daemon. Fail!   Instead, you get it here.




I don't care about having lots of photos, especially if they don't give me different views and/or information about a particular project. Do I really need a humongously redundant picture of the tab & button detail on the Plowman Cardigan when it was already in view in three (3!) other shots? No, but I do need the back view. (Actually, I'd have featured the back view and supplemented with only one smaller picture of the front, which is much less interesting/attractive to me.) Do I need two same-size shots plus a close-up of the front of the Epeiric Vest, as well as a back view when they all give me the same information? No, but having a page reference to the photo spread placed at the top of the directions would be nice.

The tiny captions to the photo spreads might as well be invisible and make finding the directions difficult, especially when it isn't clear which caption goes with which picture. Take a cue from Vogue Knitting with their big fat bold self-referencing numbers for each project, its caption, and its directions.

I *loathe* having the patterns interspersed with the pictures and always have loathed it from Day One. It is incredibly cluttered visually and makes finding the directions for a particular project unnecessarily difficult. (Are you sensing a theme here?) I don't care at all about presenting the various themes together as photo spreads. I don't even care about the themes. I can't begin to express how very much I would like to go back to directions and pictures on facing pages. If placing the directions with each project's photos really can't be done, then I'd rather have all the directions in the back of the magazine and all the photos in the front - a distant second choice, to be sure, but way better than the current system. Have I mentioned that I loathe the current system? <snark>

I'd trade extra photos for larger lace charts. The size of color work charts, most cable charts, and schematics is generally okay; it's just lace that seems problematic.

And, really, seven+ full-page ads for house publications? That reeks of desperation. Decrease their size and lose a few photos and we readers get two more projects. Or you could even bring back the glossary, index, sources, and the yarn photos. (That last is particularly useful - not all of us have a good LYS, nor can we always afford the yarn specified, so we have to substitute. Even with online shopping, if I have to go from to, to to ... ... I'm likely to give up in frustration. Thank heavens for Ravelry's help finding yarn!) While I personally don't often need this information, I know a lot of knitters who do. If I have to hunt for information, I'm much less likely to make a project - and that means I'm much less likely to buy your advertisers' products to make said project.\

But other than that....

Suzan Wachs Katzir

(oh, and I ditto Tammy T's comments about the disappointing selection of projects this time.)

TammyT wrote
on Aug 13, 2013 1:31 PM

Hate to comment twice but I also tried to email and got it returned. You asked for input and gave us an email address that doesn't work. sigh.

What I said in the email is very important to me so I'll repeat it here. There were two things that got taken out that really need to go back in: The picture of the yarn strands and the photo index. I keep my magazines FOREVER and I go back, often several years later, and knit things from old issues. Trying to find that "pink pullover with the heart buttons" that I am envisioning is a huge undertaking when you have 10+ years of magazines. I have a great memory for what projects look like but zero ability to remember design names. If I can flip open each issue to the photo index I can easily find what I want. If not, I have go through every issue, page by page, until I find it. Knits has not always had a photo index and those that do not are a pain to find anything in.

I am a person, like many knitters, who stashes yarn and then knits from my stash. Therefore I almost never use the suggested yarn. I have to have the YARN STRAND pictures in order to properly substitute. Often the yarn that was used looks very different in the strand than it does knitted up but I need the yarn to look similar if I want a similar effect. It needs to be in a magazine so that 10 years from now when I decide to knit something I won't have to depend on that picture (or the photo index) still being on the website or elsewhere on the internet. Especially since 10 years from now (or in some cases, six months) the suggested yarn will be discontinued.


LisaShroyer wrote
on Aug 14, 2013 12:25 PM

Thank you for the feedback, folks. We identified the problem with the email address (knits at interweave dot com) and have fixed the situation. I'm sorry about that; we really do want the input. We're definitely bringing back the photo index in future issues; that seems to be the most important piece to the majority of readers. The Glossary is an ongoing discussion; I will keep you posted. Advertising pages are a fixed part of our business model and can't be swapped for editorial content, but I understand the points made there. Thank you and please keep your thoughts coming!

on Aug 15, 2013 3:58 PM

Hi Everyone!

The yarn page and other resources for the fall issue are available now. Just click on the link near the top of the page, right above the "Buy Now" button.


885447329 wrote
on Aug 16, 2013 10:00 AM

I really like this issue. The extra photos are great, it's nice to see the backs of the sweaters too! There are loads of patterns that I want to make and the few that aren't to my taste can be expected since a magazine tries to offer something for everyone. Personally I don't miss the photo index, I use Ravelry to find which magazine a particular pattern is in, and I put sticky notes in the magazine on the patterns I do plan on making. Overall I'm very happy with this issue and renewed my subscription.

Inside Knits wrote
on Aug 20, 2013 12:58 PM

The Fall issue of Interweave Knits debuts some editorial changes that have been hotly discussed amongst

Inside Knits wrote
on Sep 10, 2013 5:22 PM

Oh, hello! I’m Hannah, the new assistant editor for Interweave Knits and knit.wear . It’s

anthro wrote
on Sep 13, 2013 4:10 PM

I love this issue--the patterns anyway and agree totally with Ann C. I quit subscribing under the previous editor as I was barely flipping through them anymore. This issue is full of things I want to make and I've already completed the first one and bought yarn for two more!

I don't like the format and would much prefer the old one with the directions facing the pattern, but I think that's gone forever. I was very sorry to see Interweave, something that was unique, move to being a copycat Vogue with the format.

I have reluctantly accepted that things change at my age, so it was a happy day to explore this issue with such relish. I don't mind some things being moved online if that's necessary, but I'd rather go back to fewer models, less repetitive photos and more articles on people, technique, and the things that used to make Interweave different.

I did notice that many projects used VERY expensive yarn and I would like to see more of a mix on that. Handpaints are lovely, but we can't all do every project with them, especially sweaters. I also didn't see a single thing for kids; there always used to be a nice mix of adults, mens, kids, and maybe something for the home.  

Note: I also use stickies to mark patterns and I've got issues from the 90's still waiting to be pulled out again! The strand photos are nice, but I go by gauge and decide if the texture and drape are right from the swatch.

In short, while I miss many aspects of the "old" Interweave Knits, this issue is the best (for patterns) in a long time.

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on Nov 20, 2013 3:19 PM

All of your projcts are just beautiful, I can't download just now as my computter is not fuctioning as it should and I heard by the grapevine that Santa has one on his list to be delivered you know when in December, so with patience I will wait until that day and open it first. I will soon be knitting some of my favorites that you have shown me.

Thank you for the preview.Dorothy.

on Nov 20, 2013 3:19 PM

All of your projcts are just beautiful, I can't download just now as my computter is not fuctioning as it should and I heard by the grapevine that Santa has one on his list to be delivered you know when in December, so with patience I will wait until that day and open it first. I will soon be knitting some of my favorites that you have shown me.

Thank you for the preview.Dorothy.

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