Since Eunny Jang left the helm of editor-in-chief of Interweave Knits and Knit.Wear (now Knit.Purl. and, judging by the first issue, not nearly as strong after the title change to meet a different audience), I’ve been really critical of new issues. It seems that every issue since then has featured a more muted color palette (stitcking to neutrals, heathers and the sorts) and has been filmed by the same stream/woods/barn setup that one might wonder if there was some fiscal relationship there. However, the Spring 2015 issue of Interweave Knits is different, and it’s really, really good.
Firstly, no complaints about where the photo shoots are taking place. There’s some kind of potters studio in the first series (reminds me of a feature in Vogue Knitting a few years back) and there is also my favorite that appears to be shot in a train station. I love this use of scenery. I’m not one to take issue with the arrangement and setup of photo shoots but I love realism in my knitwear pictures. I won’t ever find myself wearing a sweater while dressed as a clown at a parade so don’t show me that. Show me its features – up close and from a far – in more neutral settings. I’m also not likely to wear most knits by a stream or in a barn so that’s always missed the mark for me after the first few hundred…
There are so many knits in this issue I can’t wait to get my grubby hands knitting on ASAP. The Union Station Cardigan by Beatrice Perron Dahlen uses one of my favorite yarns – Quince and Co’s Chickadee – and is so simple in design but oh so stunning. The eyelets lay across the yoke and more, keeping the garment on your shoulders. I’m thinking of knitting this up in marsala, the color of the year, to make a bold statement.
The Eastbound Sweater by Courtney Kelley seems to be everyone’s favorite from this issue. An augmented gurney style with dolman sleeves and truly interesting construction, I’m a bit concerned about the overall sizing here but am excited to make my own. Think of how versatile this sweater would be over jeans or legging; as a date outfit or something casual for the office; etc. The applications are endless!
In the end, this is definitely my favorite IK issue in a long time. Hopefully we’ll continue to see many more creative and colorful knits and photographed in such interesting settings as we’ve seen here. It’s definitely worth checking out, regardless!