The second issue of the new-this-year Stranded Magazine launched last week, featuring mild weather knits that are ideal for early fall or for chilly summers that are typical of the pacific northwest.
If this is your first time hearing of Stranded Magazine, it’s a new digital knitting magazine that is very designer-friendly. Each issue is available for one year, after which the pattern rights revert back to the designer, who can individually sell and promote the patterns as they wish. Designers are paid for their pattern contributions as well as receive a portion of the magazine sales, so adding that to their ability to also be able to sell the pattern again after one year maximizes a designer’s ability to profit from their designs. The patterns aren’t for sale individually during that year- you need to buy the issue to get them.
There are 7 knitting patterns: two pullovers, one cardigan, a hat, a snood/cowl, a pair of socks and a pair of legwarmers. I’m reviewing my favourite 3 from the collection, below. If you have questions about any of other others, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll be sure to reply! You can review the whole collection at a glance on Ravelry, here.
In addition to the patterns, there is an interview with Spincycle Yarns, a techniques section with tutorials on a 3 needle bind off two different ways, as well as how to work a pleat. There is also a piece by Caitlin Ffrench on harvesting plants from the wild for natural dying, and a great tutorial and chart for cross stitch with a quote from Elizabeth Zimmermann: “Knit on with confidence and hope through all crises.” How perfect is that? And there is a recipe for a very delicious-looking blackberry cake, too.
On to my favourites!
Featuring bands of cables and reverse stockinette, this cleverly executed snood is knit flat and then joined with a three needle bind off technique and pleats (which has a full photo tutorial in the issue, so you are covered if this is your first time doing either or both of those techniques!). Pattern is both charted and fully written, uses sportweight yarn.
You Should Totally Knit This If: Your ears get cold really easily, and you are always forgetting to bring a hat (gasp! A knitter without a hat!). And of course, if you love cables and cowls.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t enjoy knitting cables. It’s not a fast enough knit that you can squeak by if you really hate knitting cables.
This is worsted weight raglan pullover knit in the round from the bottom up. The design of the sweater is very classic yet the cables and use of negative space look modern. Cables are both written and fully charted.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables, don’t mind bottom up knitting, and are looking for something with classic styling that is perfect for weekends.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You need waist shaping on order for a sweater to look good on you. of course, you could add in your own waist shaping, if you wanted. If crew necks are not for you, you could adjust your stitch count to make a wider neckline and have a boatneck, perhaps?
Tupshin, by Erin Birnel
These fingering weight socks are prefect for using up a favourite sock yarn remnants for the toes, heel, and cuffs; and the delicate eyelet on the sock gives great visual interest without being lacy or impractical. Construction is cuff to toe, with a slipped stitch heel flap. Both the stranded border at the cuff and the eyelet design are fully charted as well as written.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You adore knitting socks and are looking for something interesting, but still easy to memorize. And if you like to wear your handmade socks with shoes (let’s face it, some sock designs are not meant to actually be worn with shoes).
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: Socks aren’t your thing, or if you don’t like heel-to-toe construction on your socks.
I recommend checking out the whole collection- lots of trans-seasonal choices that would be great for late summer, early fall, and regions where you just don’t get a lot of really cold wintery weather.