New Favorites: from Interweave Knits’ 20th extravaganza

New Favorites: from Interweave Knits' 20th extravaganza

The Fall issue of Interweave Knits is a 20th anniversary extravaganza, that looks to be chock full of very wearable, cozy knits. I’m particularly loving these three sweaters:

TOP: Rawah Pullover by Kate Gagnon Osborn is a great interpretation of a classic LL Bean-style favorite

MIDDLE: Harvey Pullover by Hannah Baker looks like your slouchy Saturday best friend

BOTTOM: Neota Cardigan by Kathy Zimmerman is just the sort of wear-everywhere cable cardigan every closet would benefit from

IN UNRELATED SHOP NEWS, thank you for the absolutely overwhelming response to the new blue Field Bag. Between the unprecedented wholesale orders and your enthusiasm upon the launch, we are currently out of blue as well as grey and toffee, but we do have the original natural bag and the chicest of them all, black! And we’ll have more of the others just as soon as the sewers can catch us up. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a color we don’t have, check with the Field Bag store nearest you!

Have an amazing weekend, everyone, and thank you for being you. I’m especially loving all the sneak peeks on the #fringeandfriendsKAL2016 feed as we head toward the big Top-Down Knitalong — don’t miss it! See you back here next week—

p.s. If Jess has piqued your interest in a dyeing adventure in Oaxaca, Hanahlie tells me there are a couple of spots open for this trip.

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Swans Island’s S/M/L cable scarves

8 thoughts on “New Favorites: from Interweave Knits’ 20th extravaganza

  1. Karen you have to stop! I have so many things in process, on the list and now these. I love every one of them – they are so classic. More to the list! Thank you – this weekend will be great in Michigan, going to cool down to the mid 70’s. Have a great one.

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  2. Lovely! Cracked me up when I saw Rawah posted. I have the LL Bean version! I bought it in 1979? Still have it. Recognized it immediately. Love this blog…great stuff!

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  3. The minute I saw Rawah, I thought “LL Bean.” My Bean sweater has been a staple in my closet since 1982 (yes, the same one). I’d love to make one, but for some reason, it makes me cringe, just a bit. Hand knit designers (rightly) get upset when their patterns are modified into RTW sweaters; are corporate giants allowed the same intellectual property? I’m guilty as the next knitter for mimic/knitting a RTW pattern, but then again, I’ve not ever published the pattern.

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    • It’s a fair question, and one I have written in a draft post I’ve been kicking around for quite awhile, as yet unpublished, about when is it ok to copy — where is the line between inspiration and knockoff, and does it matter which is David and which is Goliath in a given situation. I think this is actually a great example of something done right, and I believe I’d be saying that even if Kate weren’t a close friend of mine and I hadn’t been privy to the creative process on this one. I feel like Kate’s design is a clear homage to the LL Bean sweater while also being a different sweater. The diagonal lice stitch predates Bean by a long shot, but I don’t think you could use it in blue-and-white (or blue-and-grey, as I actually think this is) without evoking the Bean sweater, but then those beautifully shaped raglans give it a new look, sportier than the Bean sweater. So to me it’s a modern sweater using a classic motif that also gives a big wave to a famous predecessor while being something wholly new for the handknitter. That’s my two cents.

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      • I agree–the raglan updates the silhouette nicely, and it is more of an homage than a copy. I’d love to see this in a cranberry red with white (or gray) lice, or even a mustard…

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