I'm a big fan of Interweave Knits, but I'll admit I haven't been a faithful subscriber for the full 10 years the magazine has been in existence.
That's OK, because now the best patterns and "Beyond the Basics" knitting instruction columns from the first 10 years have been complied into The Best of Interweave Knits: Our Favorite Designs from the First Ten Years, edited by Ann Budd.
This beautiful book makes much loved patterns easier to find, and lets people who aren't devotees of the magazine see what they've been missing.
A Wealth of Instruction
Not only does The Best of Interweave Knits include a lovely collection of 25 classic patterns from the magazine (which we'll get to in a minute), it also includes wonderful articles on knitting techniques developed from the magazine's "Beyond the Basics" column.
Eleven articles help knitters with their cast on, bind offs, blocking, increasing and decreasing, reading charts, making lace, short rows, seams and more.
Clear instructions are combined with drawings to help you see what the technique is all about. Knitters will find themselves pulling this book from the shelf when they need their memory refreshed or when they want to find a different way to accomplish a common knitting task.
Basic tips on each of these knitting skills will improve your craft and give your knitting a more professional look.
The book includes 25 patterns from the first 10 years of Interweave Knits, offering a wide variety of projects from some well-known designers such as Debbie Bliss, Ann Budd, Norah Gaughan, Melissa Leapman and many others.
The projects include jackets, vets, stoles and shawls, tank tops and cardigans, pullovers and even a scarf and two bags. Most of the patterns lean toward more advanced techniques.
There is a lot of lace in this book, as well as cables, colorwork and shaping techniques that aren't suitable to new knitters. But if you are a less experienced knitter, this book will show you projects that you will aspire to be able to accomplish one day.
Knitters who are more comfortable with the techniques required will find many projects to fall for in this book. Odds are good you'll want to knit several of these projects, for yourself or to give to your very best friends.
There are also several good patterns for men in this book--a jacket, a vest and two pullovers--so if you're a man who knits or a woman who knits for a man, you'll find projects you will want to knit as well.
These patterns are eye candy that you can make at home. Some of the yarns used in the patterns have been discontinued since they were first published, so you will get to do a bit of exploration to find the perfect substitute.
A knitalong blog allows readers to share pictures and learn what yarns other knitters have used for the projects.
Publication Date: October 2007.