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Forever Knits: 9 Patterns to Knit for Fall

Jul 31, 2012

Something (hopefully autumn) is coming. Maybe it's the slight chill to the mornings that greets me when I walk out my front door; maybe it's the sinus pressure–inducing shift in the barometric pressure. But I know that sooner or later, summer will transition into autumn and I'll need to break out the layers.

Knitting trends go through transitions as well. Not quite as quickly, usually, but with that inevitable come and go of time. But some knitting trends remain the same; some trends provide a sense of stability.

The Forever Knits collection in Knitscene Fall 2012 celebrates those traditional knitting trends and updates them for the modern knitter. Cables, texture, and slipped stitch colorwork are incorporated into hip, wearable pieces for cooler Fall evenings, or that tricky transition to winter. Traditional cable motifs are just slightly set off in Anniken Allis's Kennedy Sweater. A simple honeycomb stitch is placed on the front of Ruth Garcia-Alcantud's Agnes Pullover, while the back is plain stockinette. In her stunning knit pullover, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark turns the traditional gansey on its side with Margot. And Silka Burgoyne beautifully blends cables into ribbing in the Kelsey Gloves and Mitts.

Kennedy Sweater Anniken Allis KnitsceneAgnes Pullover Ruth Garcia-Alcantud KnitsceneMargot Pullover Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark KnitsceneKelsey Gloves and Mitts Silka Burgoyne Knitscene

Slipped-stitch colorwork knitting requires no stranded, no twisting of yarns, no pesky floats, and yields spectacular results. Brenda K. B. Anderson adds a bill to a familiar beanie-style hat and a star slipped-stitch pattern in the Rhonda Cap. The Amherst Scarf from Marjorie Dussaud works three colors together in a slipped-stitch pattern bordered by an i-cord edge. Amy Polcyn works slipped-stitch motifs at the bottom band and shoulders of the Frances Cardigan.

Rhonda Cap Brenda K. B. Anderson KnitsceneAmherst Kerchief Marjorie Dussaud KnitsceneFrances Cardigan Amy Polcyn Knitscene

Lace gets its day in the sun too, with Carol Feller's Prudence Pullover, an easy to knit sweater pattern with a lace panel and cabled funnel neck. And Odessa Reichel lines a simple lace pattern with miniature cables in the form-fitting Sandra Sweater (and a tiny bit of puffed sleeves never hurts!).

Prudence Pullover Carol Feller KnitsceneSandra Sweater Odessa Reichel Knitscene

The weather changes, our preference for light summer-y plant fibers may shift to lofty, cozy wools, but there are some things about knitting that never, ever change.

Happy knitting,

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on Aug 20, 2012 4:42 PM

Amy you have an a-line skirt on your patterns,but I cannot come up with the pattern It has cables on each side and a seed stitch in the middle I would really like to have the pattern. I have seen very few skirt patterns that are knit that I like. If you could just send it to my e-maIL ADDRESS I would appreciate it. and no downloads or zips as my computer will not do it right now. I love your patterns. They are not ugly at all.

AmyPalmer wrote
on Aug 15, 2012 4:42 PM

Hi Marla2053! If you click the link for the Agnes Pullover in the post, you'll see a wide angle of the front, as well as a detailed shot! I was trying to use photos that are different from the main photos used in the preview, sorry for the confusion!

MaryP@31 wrote
on Aug 13, 2012 10:19 AM

One of the many great attributes of knitting, sewing or crocheting is the ability to customize the pattern for fit and color.  I look forward to the challenge to get gauge and fit with each pattern.  The houndstooth cap is adorable, the web photo is more definitive than the print photo, as is the Margot sweater, thanks for offering additional versions here.  Keep up the good work.

Marla2053 wrote
on Aug 12, 2012 9:41 PM

I liked the designs and didn't think the models looked too thin at all. My only complaint is the red sweater, where the model's back is turned and there is evidently a design element on the front. I'd have liked to see it.

Fliss wrote
on Aug 12, 2012 3:48 AM

My particular favourites are the design on the back of Frances cardi and the sideways gansey on Margot, although I'd like a few more views of each.

The comment that these models are anorexic is so ludicrous that it's laughable. These are normal healthy looking young women, albeit a bit taller than most of us and well done to the publishers for NOT using overly thin models.

I think the people complaining about the length of the sleeves in the first sweater need to look in the shops a bit more - it's highly fashionable. And surely people adjust sleeve lengths - we all have different length arms.

It's actually the most interesting and promising collection that I've seen for a long time - well done.

jackie noel wrote
on Aug 12, 2012 1:40 AM

Yes fire the commenters! Like mama always said -"if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all"! I just wish I could knit well enough to make one of these sweaters! Thank you Amy, for all your time and work.    Jackie

10pushkin wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 6:03 PM

great designs - thanks.  colours are gorgeous, love the unique designs.

LindaM@9 wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 5:15 PM

Nice collection of sweaters and accessories.  Except for the too-long sleeves on the first sweater--which do look silly--I have no problem with any of the items.  And I'm a totally non-trendy old thing.

(Have we turned into a society of naysayers who exaggerate and gripe about everything.  Keep the stylists and the photographers.  Fire the commenters!)

Machar wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 4:39 PM

I agree that the styling and photography are poor, but I disagree with the rest of the complaints; the models are hardly anorexic (!!?) -- just slender.  Maybe so many of us are obese now, that any slimness looks like anorexia!  I am 5'7" and size 6-8, about the size of those women, and I'm not scrawny, just slender.  No, the first sweater doesn't fit well, but she is pulling her arms up inside the sleeves to warm her hands as many of us do in winter. I like the lavender one knit on the side, and I'd like to see a GOOD photo of the purple one, with the collar smoothed out.  (Really?  You couldn't even arrange that correctly for the photo??)  So don't throw the baby out with the bath water; these two sweaters look promising.  Meanwhile, hire new stylists and photographers!!

Kathy4dogs wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 1:49 PM

Were any of the sweaters blocked??? They all look like they have been in a wip pile for years. I also agree with all the other comments. The models are way too thin, altering a pattern a little is one thing, but most of these would have to be totally remade. I also wonder what they are trying to hide with the strange poses. Sorry, Interweave, you totally missed the boat on all of these.

pgrudy wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 11:55 AM

Anorexic models, poor photography and layout; KnitScene has done an excellent job of "turning  silk purses into sows ears".  This issue will not come home with me.

JackieW@26 wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 11:28 AM

I agree with a couple of the commenters about the first sweater.  I've learned to analyze these photos now to look for what they're hiding!  And more and more it seems like the offerings of knitting magazines are not wearable items, however many interesting skill challenges they might pose.  I love the process of knitting, but one 20 lb. mosaic sweater taught me to value the product more.  

Is anyone going to wear that knitted jockey cap??

LyndaC wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 11:09 AM

I keep seeing the Kennedy sweater, and every time I see it, I find a new thing to dislike about it. I love the natural color and multiple cables, which is why I keep  getting suckered in to look at it.


The overlength sleeves are just plain silly, and the sweater as shown on the model in this post Does. Not. Fit. Her. Look at that big wad of fabric running upward diagonally from the underarm area across the bust. And the photos I've seen all obscure the neckline finish.

Come on, guys. If even a stylist, with all their tricks to make a garment look as good as possible, can't make this one look like it was well-made, well-constructed, and properly fitted . . . well, there are several hundred sweater patterns in my library that beat this one out.

on Aug 11, 2012 10:37 AM

Maybe this is just my pet-peeve, but the first sweater would require the wearer to have gorilla arms to look good.  Come on, I would never wear a sweater knit like this, that means I would have to alter the pattern.  I don't like to spend my time to knit a pattern that requires alteration just to make it wearable right off the bat.  Get with it!!!   Some of us would actually like to wear our handiwork not hang it on the wall as an art project.

Jenaay wrote
on Aug 11, 2012 10:21 AM

You must have knocked yourself out choosing the ugliest patterns!