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Tip the houndstooth scales in the other direction with Puppy teeth. A fine-gauge yarn and a simple 4-stitch check result in a colorful pattern. Five colors — split into 2 groups — are placed into a stripe pattern for the back and stranded colorwork for the front. Two selvedge stitches at each edge of the front lock both colors of the row into place for a neat and worthy seam.  

Or small?
A small swatch of gingham fabric — 6 squares — inspired the body of Laced Check. Placing the pattern asymmetrically creates modern charm. Add eyelets and shoelaces for mock whipstitch seams, and finish the ribbed armbands in intarsia for a crisp silhouette.  

Speaking of eyelets and lace…
You might be excited by Hello, doily! Based on a lace doily with 16 petal repeats, we remove the center and a pair of petals to create a perfectly shaped round-yoke pullover. Knit from the neck down, you’ll find this an interesting way to play with lace. 

Keep the lace needles clicking with a scallop-edged shawl. Mermaid tails features fishtail motifs along the cast-on and bound-off edges, and features a reversible lace pattern in between.

Stranded but not alone!
Steeked sweaters offer the opportunity to mix colors within each row, and to create motifs as you progress. Fire diamonds appear in a field of black, with the motifs mirroring to right and left of center. The self-patterning yarn makes it easy to place color into the pattern, while Cowboy stars is an assemblage of 6 colors of tweed yarn. The interlocking kilim pattern was influenced by Southwestern blankets from the 30s and 40s. 

Colorful connections
The dyer designates color placement in hand-dyed yarns; how you choose to work them can result in vastly different outcomes. Color control takes a little swatching to guarantee color stacking within the blocks — you’ll find the Magic Number that works with your gauge, then follow the construction sequence to create an interesting overall pattern. 

Combine three hand-dyed yarns and an unusual bird’s-eye stitch. The Embers waistcoat silhouette is totally seamless — built from upper back to shoulders, through the collar, across the fronts, and finishing with the lower torso and hem. Slight alterations in color patterning create different fabrics within the piece.

Strata skirt plays with a multicolor yarn in panels and connecting wedges. These varied widths and panels come together in blocks and stripes of color. 

Each of the Crazy cap begins with a simple, basic pattern. Their differences are a study in yarn play and embellishment. With or without the earflaps, corners, or tassels, you’ll find a style to please, and because each cap uses fewer than 150 yards of yarn, you can splurge on handspun, mix multiple strands together, or try knitting with roving. 

Quiet elegance
The beauty of knits is in their versatility; you can create something elegant for dress-up or something sportier for everyday. The outcome is often defined by the choice of yarn or stitch. In fashion, nothing is more classic than a little black dress. We fill that slot with a classic silhouette from Candace Eisner Strick’s new book Knit my skirt. The Classic little black skirt flirts with a sheer, colorful band of color at the hem. Knit from the top down, you have the opportunity to work your skirt to the EXACT length you desire — another benefit of custom knitting!

A hard day’s work is made even better with an evening of celebration. Worn with a jacket or cardigan, Deep blue can accompany you from 9 to 5. On its own, the shoulder-baring silhouette is ready for after-hours play. This fine knit is elegant and luxurious thanks to the quiviut-blend yarn and stunning stitch work. 

For texture lovers, the Santa Fe shrug is a relaxed approach to a wrap. Although it feels more like a poncho, the shape is easy to wear and is filled with lovely Aran patterns and embroidery. A long vest combines tweed and texture in a simple stitch pattern. Fire ball is practical and lovely with its single-button front and flap pockets. 

Creating a knit that keeps us warm and feeling attractive isn’t difficult. Big or little, quiet or bold, elegant or simple — knitting is a rewarding experience. The technique details can teach a lesson, simplify an approach, or awaken a once-forgotten thought or idea.   

Knitting for winter and beyond is a great way to make use of your talents. Layers work well in the freezing cold and can continue to perform on chilly or air-conditioned evenings as the temperature warms. 

The knits in this issue play with scale, silhouette, stranding, and stitchwork. Take a look at the offerings — sleek techniques and details help you hone your skills and enhance your wardrobe.  

Think big!
Motifs placed within a fabric can be delightful and interesting. The scale can define the look — we add little knit tricks that offer BIG drama. 

Mom and daughter can dress alike in Big & little teeth — each with their own scale of houndstooth. The choice to place the accent color asymmetrically and reverse the main and contrast colors between the two vests is both deliberate and modern.