Knitscene Winter/Spring 2011

Not to sound like a broken record, but we like working with Lisa Shroyer at Knitscene.  A lot.  Every new issue that features one of our designs brings the same excitement, anticipation, (and yes, a little bit of nervousness) as the first! (The Tempest Beret (rav link) published in Winter/Spring 2009 - you can read more about the issue and the article that was in it here!).

Both Kate and Courtney have designs in the current Winter/Spring 2011 issue, the Setesdal Love Hat (web link) + (rav link) and Bahía Shawl (web link) + (rav link).

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Image by Joe Coca + © Interweave Knits

For the Setesdal Love Hat, Kate used the graphic and geometric motifs of Setesdal Knitting as a starting point, and used 3 "modern" colors of Canopy Fingering, in lieu of the more traditional black and white or grey and white combination.  The MC is Aloe (a beautiful pale mint green), with contrast colors Quetzal (a dark peacock green-blue) and Plum (a, well...plum).  The hat is worked in alternating stripe and graphic Fair Isle patterns, so you get the fun of Fair Isle with breaks of easy peasy stripes inbetween.

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The hat lends itself well to color experimentation - Kate really wants to knit one for herself and has been playing with color combinations over the last few days.  She has narrowed it down to a few choices:

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(What do you think?....) In the meantime, Ravel it and we can't wait to see what colors you come up with!

For the Bahía Shawl, Courtney used Savannah in Seafoam, a really beautiful green blue reminiscent of a tropical ocean.  Knowing the pattern was going to be published in the height of winter, she was inspired by the color of the shawl and designed a wrap perfect for wearing while walking on the beach on a summer evening, and named it after Bahía, a state in Brazil on the Atlantic ocean. (Take a moment to imagine yourself there. Now don't you feel a little bit warmer?)

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Image by Joe Coca + © Interweave Knits

The shawl is knit in one piece from the neck down in 4 sections, so when laid out it resembles a square with a diagonal opening and space for your head/neck.

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This construction allows for multiple wearing options - around the neck like a scarf, draped over your shoulders, or worn as a wrap.

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Ravel It!

We hope you enjoy our contributions to Knitscene (and an added congratulations to Lisa for the magazine moving into a quarterly publication. We can't wait to see what the next issue brings!)