Welcome to Knitter’s Issue 100! It has been a pleasure to immerse myself in the creation of this double issue. Arriving at triple digits is its own milestone, but K100 also represents more than 25 years of publishing
Alexis’ Knitting Universe reflects on our past, answering to two of your most asked questions ‘How did the magazine begin?’ and ‘Why are you in South Dakota?’ You’ll gain insight to the passion that drives this publication we call Knitter’s. Let’s not forget the present. This issue carries our regular feature from Perri Klass, and one from Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns. We have Knitter’s School and plenty of inspiration with over 50 patterns.
We have made a special effort to highlight some of Knitter’s regular advertisers and biggest supporters. Accompanying each “company bio” is a pattern in one of their classic yarns. These yarns have become part of the knitter’s vocabulary. Who hasn’t heard of Cascade 220, Donegal Tweed, Lamb’s Pride, Encore, Merino Cotton, Felted Tweed, Ultra Alpaca, or Red Heart? Many of you are passionate for Manos, Dune, Stuff, La Boheme, Touch Me, and1824.
With the popularity of knitting, the industry has grown immensely in the past few years — with established companies expanding on what they do best and new companies carving their place in the yarn world. Your local shop stocks yarns from long-standing companies as well as some of the newbies — Kollage, Knit One Crochet Too, Kraemer, Universal, Malabrigo, AslanTrends, and Claudia Hand Painted Yarns.
You’ll find some pretty irresistable patterns in this issue, with work from designers that regularly appear in our publication—Deborah Newton (first appeared in K2), Kathy Zimmerman (K40), Katharine Hunt (K54), Lois Young (K42), and Diane Zangl (K14).
Also included in this issue are XRX authors — Jean Frost, Gwen Bortner, and Elise Duvekot — giving you a sampling of their signature work.
You’ll recognize familiar names like Nicki Epstein, Laura Bryant, Barry Klein, Vivian Hoxbro, Joy Slaton, Julie Gaddy, Penny Ollman, and Angela Juergens. Other talented designers — Kate Lemmers, Cindy Craig, Lisa Jacobs, Carol Wessinger, Brooke Nico, Wilhelmine Peers, Kirsten Muench, Amy Polcyn, Susan Borovsky, Kenny Chua and Bobbi Anderson — are on board for K100. We are thrilled to have their designs join in this celebration.
You know why you buy the magazine. Within these pages you are in for a real knitting treat. We feature designs to suit many tastes, skill levels, and interests — from cables and textures, to colorful intarsia and ways to work with variegated yarns. Classic silhouettes and some with more unique approaches to construction and fit will entertain you.
We have you covered with entrelac, mitered squares, or slip-stitch patterns. How about chain plying or multi-stranding fine-weight variegated yarns to bulk them up for large-needle knitting and better color mixes? Color lovers will flip for gansey textures and cables worked in color, Bohus inspiration, simple panels for a yoke or following the contours of the front shaping. Work stripes enhanced with dip stitches, or garter and stockinette combinations. There is no need to fear color with all these great options. Sometimes a classic silhouette needs just a little detail to make it shine. Openwork scallops at a hem, decorative tabs, and shoulder buttons on a toddler’s dress come to mind. Who wouldn’t love a charcoal suit where the cables create great waist shaping in the sheath, a Chanel jacket in graphic basket weave, or a delicate lace coat that brings out your inner diva.
More unusual construction like a pieced sweater or cardigan, a Miyake inspired pullover, or one-sleeve wrap will get you thinking. Make a vest with long sleek front tails, or go for a criss-cross pullover where the two halves are woven together.
What is in store for the future? Join our publisher, Alexis Xenakis on page 6 to see that we will add a virtual publication to the offering. It is a big deal for us and will be for you, our readers, as well. Although I hope that we can always produce a paper issue, we realize that an online Knitter’s will offer added advantages for you — possibilities we are only beginning to imagine.
Speaking of possibilities. Little did I know that assisting on a photo shoot in Taos, New Mexico back in 1998, would translate itself into a new career. In just a few weeks, I will celebrate my 10th anniversary at a job I love — behind the editor’s desk…here at Knitter’s.
From the Editor
Rick Mondragon, Editor