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Knitter’s Summer 2014 issue features heart-racing knits—combining yarn and technique for rewarding experiences and lovely results.

Winning strategies 

Multicolor yarns entice! We fall in love with them, take them home, and often meet with frustration as we try to manipulate them into something special. Without a master plan they can stack and pool uncontrollably, with both pleasant and unpleasant results. We offer primers and projects to get you thinking about how to make the most of these alluring yarns.

Colors sweep Upstairs & down in a pair of entrelac scarves. The slow-changing colors in long-repeat yarns flow across their width, and because they’re worked in rib, the scarves are reversible. Ridgeline cowls use hand-dyed yarns. Each knit round uses the exact number of stitches found in a dye repeat (or two) for tubes of knitting with stacked colors. In a 2-color brioche rib worked in the round, the resulting cowl and turtleneck are completely reversible. Each side is different: one has multicolor ridges and semi-solid grooves, the other has multicolor grooves and semi-solid ridges. 

Intentional ikat is about finding the magic number and working garter stitch for a perfectly reversible stole. The color blocks fade in and out along the length of the piece. 

Loops and laps

Lace can be elegant for everyday wear. Relax with the Tranquil tunic & cowl. The lace pattern is clean and crisp, thanks to the inspired yarn choice. Create the stockinette cowl for an alternate look with minimal effort. The Catalina crew is shapely and sleek, worked in the round with a hemline full of pattern, then flowing into columns as you proceed to the top. The Sandy circle offers increases, cables, and lace—all in a simple little poncho!

Lanes 

Stripes are never out of style. Network takes the ever-popular high-contrast combo and mixes it up with narrower stripes in the sleeves and an all-over lace pattern throughout. Lanes & lines follows suit with two different sets of wide and narrow stripes within the body panels and sleeves. The front is broken into thirds to jumble the stripes a bit more—the back could certainly be worked likewise. 

Diagonals add a slimming effect. A band of stockinette slashes across the front of a ribbed sweater in Indigo incline, while City girl is all wrapped up in elastic applique bands that polish off the intarsia boundaries and forge additional pathways around the pullover. 

In the driver’s seat

Impress your friends and express your talents with Entrelac blue. This luxurious peplum jacket plays host to a blend of entrelac, shaping, and built-in hems. The use of a lifeline to guide the hem join is both clever and sanity saving at this fine gauge. For cable knitters, Mulberry lanes gives you different cables separated by dropped stitches, sensibly arranged so the pattern is evident after a couple of repeats. 

Classy chassis 

The Sand dollar shift from the cover is the perfect play of medallion knitting, short rows, and clever construction. Our step-by-step drawings show you how simple the process can be. We’ll also help you challenge yourself with Dangerous curves, chock full of short rows, slipped stitches, and “slide” techniques. 

The Shirttails tank begins with a curved lace hem and ends with front lace
accents and I-cord straps. Two slightly different colors of the same yarn are held together for a cool blue marled fabric. Work alternate pairs of rows in two hand-dyed colors for Trails & tracks, a striped tunic/dress with lace skirt and sleeves. The mix of a multicolor and a solid of the same yarn lets the accent colors fade in and out of the lace pattern and the stockinette bodice. 

This issue may shift the way you approach your knitting, using
techniques with little twists and turns. Learn by doing, and unique garments will be your well-deserved reward. 

Rick Mondragon,
Editor