REVIEW: INKNITTERS FALL ’04

I’m a sucker for an interesting knitting article. Sadly all too few magazines are providing them.Vogue used to have them. Knitters,too. Of late both have skewed to intro-level stuff, or mindlessrah-rah pieces. Interweave Knits started out hosting articles, but has changed to more of a pattern focus of late. Threads used tohave fabulous articles, but they abandoned handwork in all its forms, including knitting. Piecework has an occasional interesting bit, but not at the depth or breadth of what Threads used to do.Family Circle/Easy Knitting is deady dull and aimed at someone else. Who I’m not quite sure because it’s too dowdy foryounger beginning knitters, yet too simplein style and execution for other age groups. Even the patterns in most knitting pubs of late have left me yawning. So it was with extreme skepticism that I picked up the Fall ’04 edition of Inknitters. Oh boy. Another mag to leaf through and not buy.

What a surprise! I will say that I didn’t much care for the adult sweaterpatterns in the issue. There are lots of them and most are o.k. but none grabbed me with that gotta-knit urge.But that’sfinebecause what sucked me in and kept me flipping pages were the articles. Articles for thinking knitters! Lots of articles!

To start off, there’s Lucy Neatby on her special magic buttonhole for double thick button bands. This stellartechniqueis pretzel clever and makes me want to design up a cardigan just so I can try it out. Lucy’s Tradewind Knitwear even published this trick as a separate broadside pattern sheet. And here it is in this issue, elaborated upon at length and described in depth far beyond even what the pattern sheet offers. This one technique alone is worth the price of the entire magazine.

Then there’s an in-depth article by Joan Schrouder (aka the KnitList’s St. Joan) on steeking, especially for curved and angled areas. Again, just one article that justifies the entire purchase cost of this issue. Going on, there’s an excellent article on finishing tecniques by Jaya Srikrishnan, detailing various no-sew techniques that can be used in various forms of finishing (i.e., picking up stitches, three-needle bind off).

More! There’s an article on cross-pollination among needle arts – using knitted fabrics as a basis for further sewing and embellishment. I may not like all the things that are presented as examples, but the thought of combining skills/crafts is a headyconcept ignored by every other single-focus publication. There’s an article on adapting standard computer spreadsheet programs to track pattern progress, calculate rates of increase/decrease, and to produce knitting pattern charts.

Wait! More!! There are articles on short rows, and their use in directional knitting; ontroubleshooting common mistakes and how to fix them; on designing collars of various types; on inserted seam pockets; and something about knitting machines which I admit I didn’t read through.

I don’t gush, and I don’t do endorsements. But I’m filled with enthusiasm by this rag. I’ll be subscribing and (probably) picking up all the back issues as well. What a happy find.

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