Friday Reads: Knitting Magazines

 

Did you know the library has over 250 magazine titles for adults?  We have additional collections for young adults and children too.  Adult magazines range widely across topics, from literary reviews to cooking.  You can feed your mind, feed your body and so much more.   If you like music, poetry, cycling, sailing, quilting, coin collecting, traveling, fashion or learning about medical topics, politics, religion, foreign affairs, science, social issues and celebrities, we’ve got you covered.  I’m sure I’ve left out several things, but you get the point.

Fall is here and with trying to keep the heat off at home as long as possible, my passion for knitting has kicked into high gear.  One way I feed my passion is by devouring knitting books and magazines during my lunch hour.   We have four magazines for knitters and today’s blog will give you a taste of each one.

Interweave Knits  The current issue, Fall 2016, is their 20th anniversary edition.  With notes from almost all of the editors over the years, reading this issue describes the magazine’s history and how their mission has changed as knitters have changed their approach to the craft over the past 20 years.  Interweave Knits is popular in knitting circles for its focus on a large number of appealing projects, from small to large, and for all members of the family.  It also includes interesting articles about yarns and designers, as well as clearly written and illustrated descriptions of techniques.  The numerous advertisements serve to inspire as well!

Creative Knitting  At 37 years old, Creative Knitting bills itself as “the first all-knitting magazine”. With the tagline, “Knits with a timeless twist,” you can expect that the projects are tried and true classics blended with current styles.  They pride themselves on clear instructions for projects for casual home knitters, including clothing, accessories and home décor.   The winter, 2016 issue focuses on cables, with several articles on techniques and uses for cables and, of course, patterns featuring cables.  The patterns range from having only simple cable panels to being completely covered with cables.  Knitters of all levels of cabling abilities should find something of interest in this issue.

Vogue Knitting  If you are looking for patterns that are more avant-garde than the magazines described above, then flip through the selections here.  The clearly written patterns are mainly geared toward fashion-conscious women, but they do include a few for men and a little home décor.   The fall, 2016 issue features “Modern Fair Isle” knitting, “No Wool, No Vikings, the fleece that launched 1,000 ships,” and “The Iconic Baby Surprise Jacket.”   There are also articles on the colors and stitches of the season, and designers.  The photos of yarns and models wearing projects are eye-catching.

Piecework “The purpose of this magazine is to promote historical and ethnic handwork by providing articles on history, techniques, and individual items and people, and then offering a few projects based on the article using techniques such as needlework, knitting, quilting, crocheting, beading, drawn thread and other crafts.  Entire issues may be devoted to a single theme. ( … )  The projects all have clear instructions and are well designed, although none are for the novice or timid crafters.  This is not a magazine that will teach a technique in simple terms; if readers are at all shy about picking up new techniques, then some of the projects may be beyond them.  (…)  The magazine is beautiful and inspiring and is devoted to the history and current state of common and ethnic handicraft arts.”  (Magazines for Libraries, 2014)

If you are looking for a little inspiration for your knitting this fall, why don’t you curl up in one of our easy chairs by a sunny window and flip through these knitting magazines.  I challenge you not to add a few projects to your “to knit” list.

Faith Lee

A reference librarian who is currently getting her Irish sweater in a twist.

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