Interweave Crochet & Crochet Accessories.

Looking for crochet inspiration? Check out the teacart at the shop, where we show the latest publications, and you’ll find two magazines on the subject.

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Crochet Accessories is an annual special issue from Interweave packed with patterns for hats, mitts, cowls, scarves, shawls, wraps, and other accessories. The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet has a nice selection of accessories as well, along with vests, jackets, and sweaters for adults and children alike.

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I was particularly intrigued by these two colorful shawls. The striped one is worked in Tunisian crochet, and calls for lace weight yarn–wouldn’t it be lovely in Isager Alpaca 1, Fibre Company Meadow, or Shibui Cima?

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Come by the shop to pick up a magazine, and be inspired to pick up a hook and start stitching. See you there!

Interweave Knits.

The Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Knits is here, full of cozy garments and accessories for cold weather wear.

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I’ve been on the lookout for textured pullovers lately, and there’s no shortage in this issue. From simple knit/purl texture patterns to loopy, intertwining cables, these promise to be as pleasing to knit as they are to wear.

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For some knitters, cold weather means starting big projects, wooly sweaters and warm blankets; for others, it means that friends and family are suddenly asking for hats and scarves, and perhaps one’s own ears are chilly, as well. Small projects like those work up quickly, and it’s quite satisfying to bind off and immediately don whatever has just left your needles. Here are two hats that are knit with just one skein of incredibly tempting yarn, the first in Swans Island Organic Merino Worsted and the second in Fibre Company Canopy Worsted.

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Come by the shop to pick up a copy of Interweave Knits and plan your next project, whether large or small!

Downton Abbey and Jane Austen Knits.

Two new special issues of Interweave Knits arrived in the past week or so: The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits and Jane Austen Knits.

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The first is full of knitting patterns inspired by the television series Downton Abbey, which is, for those who have somehow escaped seeing it, a period drama taking place in a British country estate during the early 20th century. Anne and I will confess that we have both watched the show from beginning to end, gobbling up episode after episode, and we know a lot of others who have done the same. The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits looks at that favorite tv series through the lens of knitting, and that means not only Downton Abbey-inspired patterns, but also articles on knitting for the troops during World War I.

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This issue of Jane Austen Knits is the fourth such collection of knitting patterns inspired by the novels of Jane Austen.

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I was pleased to see many familiar yarns put to good use in this issue: a cardigan in String Theory Merino DK, a handsome scarf in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, and a shawl in Fibre Company Canopy Worsted.

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Come by the shop to pick up a copy of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits and Jane Austen Knits!

Three new books.

Three new books arrived from Interweave this week: Knitting Outside the Swatch, by Kirstin Omdahl, Op-Art Socks, by Stephanie van der Linden, and Cozy Knits: 50 Fast & Easy Projects from Top Designers.

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Kristin Omdahl’s Knitting Outside the Swatch presents 40 knitted motifs with ideas for how to join them together in various ways to various ends.

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These motifs could become garments, blankets, embellishments, or edgings–knitter’s choice.

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Stephanie van der Linden’s Op-Art Socks: Creative Effects in Sock Knitting is a collection of sock patterns featuring knitted optical illusions. Adventurous sock-knitters, take note!

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Cozy Knits is all about knitted accessories like hats, scarves, mittens, which use a wide variety of techniques.

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As varied as the patterns are, the yarns called for are all worsted or bulky weight, making for quick knitting and, as the title suggests, warm and cozy results.

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Come by the shop to take a peek at these newest publications and get started on your next project! Remember, our Anniversary Sale is on through this Sunday, October 20th–everything in the shop is 15% off!

 

(A reminder: all sales are final on sale items; there can be no exchanges, no returns, nor will we special order. Discount applies only to in-store purchases. Thanks!) 

The newest books.

Right as you walk into the shop, the first surface that’s likely to catch your eye is covered in books and magazines.

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It’s an antique teacart, which also holds our swift and ball-winder. When we refer to “the teacart,” that’s what we’re talking about–the place for the newest knitting and crochet publications. Every week, if not every day, some new book arrives and we make room on the teacart, rearranging things, shelving what’s been out for a few weeks. Lately, we’ve been inundated with new publications, faster than this blog can keep up! Here are some of the latest publications:

  • Extreme Double Knitting, by Alasdair Post-Quinn
  • Fair Isle Style: 20 Fresh Designs for a Classic Technique, by Mary Jane Mucklestone
  • 50 Yards of Fun: Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn, by Rebecca Danger
  • Knitting in Circles, by Nicky Epstein

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  • Mollie Makes Crochet: 20+ Cute Projects for the Home, Plus Tips and Tricks
  • Beastly Crochet: 23 Critters to Wear and Love, by Brenda K.B. Anderson

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  • Scarf Style 2: Innovative to Traditional, Fresh Designs to Knit, by Ann Budd
  • Knitting Architecture: 20 Patterns Exploring Form, Function, and Detail, by Tanis Gray

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Come by the shop to peruse these newest books, and our not-so-new books, too! There’s a lot to choose from, and we hope you find inspiration there. See you at the shop!

Interweave Crochet.

The Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet is here!

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Inside, you’ll find plenty of crochet patterns, from smaller accessories to adult-sized garments.

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I also spotted this helpful article on crochet hooks, which details the many varieties of hooks and the differences between them. Just like knitting needles, crochet hooks made of different materials and in slightly differing shapes are good for different kinds of fibers and techniques. Pick up a copy of Interweave Crochet Fall 2013 to learn all about it.

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Look for Interweave Crochet on the teacart, surrounded by all the latest knitting and crochet magazines and books. See you at the shop!

Interweave Knits: Holiday Gifts, 2013.

The latest magazine to arrive at the shop is Interweave Knits’ annual Holiday Gifts issue.

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The Holiday Gifts issues are always bigger than the typical Interweave Knits, with more projects and greater variety. I spotted a lot of familiar yarns in use as I looked through the patterns, from knitted accessories and home goods to garments for adults and children. This textured pullover appealed to me even before I knew it was made in the luxurious Swans Island Organic Merino Worsted.

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This little vest calls for Malabrigo Rios, a favorite superwash, worsted weight merino wool around here. It would also look great in Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted if more solid colors were desired.

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This delicate lace scarf was made with just one skein of Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb, a soft lambswool yarn that boasts 825 yards per ball.

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This colorful afghan makes the most of the many yards on each skein of Cascade Eco+.

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Plymouth Galway is our most basic worsted weight wool, smooth, sturdy and reliable, and coming in a huge palette of colors. This slouchy hat is made with only one or two skeins.

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Look for the Holiday Gifts issue on the teacart, amongst the newest magazines and books. See you at the shop!

Interweave Knits.

In the midst of  a muggy summer week, the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Knits has arrived, just in time for cool-weather daydreaming. What garments and accessories will we knit in anticipation of the seemingly-distant sweater weather?

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This issue features garments and accessories in lacy drop-stitch patterns, cables, and texture patterns. I noticed one sweater made in a familiar yarn: Kauni Effektgarn, a self-striping yarn with long color repeats that this dolman-sleeved sweater shows off well.

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There’s also plenty of stranded colorwork patterning in this issue. Though some of these patterns use many colors, only two are in use on any given row, making this classic technique much less complicated than it first appears. If you’re eager to try stranded colorwork for the first time, consider signing up for our Inspira Cowl class for some guidance along the way.

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The Rheinfels Mittens call for Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, a fingering weight shetland wool that is perfectly suited to colorwork. It’s not merino-soft, but neither is merino wool shetland-sturdy; shetland wool yarns typically have little fibers sticking out that want to grab onto one another, helpful for keeping tension in stranded colorwork, and keeping cut edges stable when steeking. I used Shetland Spindrift in my Stasis Pullover last winter, and it has stayed in great condition through many wearings. I picked a few high-contrast color combinations in the Shetland Spindrift that I thought would make nice mittens, though there are plenty of other yarns that could be substituted, like Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight, Isager Highland, or Cascade 220 Fingering.

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We were also delighted to spot this profile of Clara Parkes, a hero of ours that we were lucky enough to meet in person at TNNA.

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We have all of her published books on our shelves here at the shop, and her yet-to-be-published book, The Yarn Whisperer, is on order. Let us know if you’d like us to save a copy for you! 

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Come by the shop to browse the yarns, books, and magazines, and pick up a copy of Interweave Knits. See you there!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits.

A special issue of Interweave Knits has arrived at the shop: the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits.

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Lovers of the Harry Potter books or movies will find plenty of references to familiar characters in this issue, along with patterns for sweaters, socks, hats, mitts, and scarves inspired by those characters.

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Look for it on the teacart, among the latest books and magazines. See you at the shop!

Interweave Crochet.

The Summer issue of Interweave Crochet is here.

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Inside, you’ll find all manner of intriguing things to crochet in hot weather, from shawls, wraps, and tunics to jewelry.

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Come by the shop to page through this latest issue of Interweave Crochet and many other spring and summer magazines. See you there!