The newest installment from Interweave Knits arrived in the shop this weekend, and it is glorious. In the interest of full disclosure, spring and summer collections make me a little nervous. The patterns often walk a fine line between pretty and precious. To each their own (seriously, enjoy your light fingering weight lace cardigan!), but as a non-precious person, it can be tough to find a collection of warmer weather knits that has me wanting to make multiple items. The Spring 2015 Interweave Knits does just that.
The magazine is organized into three smaller collections: En Route (“everyday knits feature movement in stitch and silhouette”), Perpendicular (“Knitted-on edgings adorn otherwise simple spring knits”), and Tailored (all about customizing sweater fir through set-in sleeves).
En Route offers up a mix of six sweaters and three accessories, which are all pleasantly wearable. The Eastbound Sweater by Courtney Kelley, Second Story Tee by Debbie O’Neill, and Timetable Pullover by Andrea Sanchez each have design elements that would make for an interesting knit while the Five Points Shawl by Norah Gaughan serves up an interesting take on modular knitting and Endless Rose Cowl by Jeffrey Wall keeps colorwork lovers engaged with traditional motifs interpreted anew.
Perpendicular contains four truly simple knits that are elevated by the knitted-on edging. Equally worthwhile, the collection comes with a featurette about knitted-on edges. Are you comfortable picking up stitches for a button band or armhole, but maybe a little intimidated by the idea of knitting lace onto a wrap? Check out the tutorial inside. Below left to right: Ribbon Tool Shawl by Carol Feller, Potter’s Shawl by Jen Lucas, and Beech Leaf Shawl by Jean Forgione
Tailored brings us five sweaters all with set-in sleeves and interesting textures. The cover page for the collection points readers to the exhaustive tutorial that was published in the Winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits (available online at interweavestore.com). The Honey Pullover by Angela Hahn, Miranda Cardigan by Amy Gunderson, and Rheya Cardigan by Maria Leigh all deliver on well-tailored pieces that would great wardrobe additions.
While you can browse individual patterns on Ravelry, the magazine (with really useful tutorials) is available in the shop for a limited time.