Interweave Knits Summer 2001 Issue

The latest issue of Interweave Knits has arrived. Labeled the First Annual Special Collector's Issue, its unique "collector" qualities weren't immediately obvious to me. (Then again, I collect every issue regardless of its content!)

Special Occasions

The theme is special occasions either in your life or the lives of friends and family. Editor Melanie D. Falick also encourages us to remember people who may not have a reason to celebrate.

She provides an extensive list of organizations that collect and distribute knitted items for charity. She also announces a new campaign in which Interweave Knits will donate a portion of all full-priced subscriptions to breast cancer research.

The Designs

The patterns are appropriate for summer to mid-fall, with a focus on comfortable, loose-fitting garments.

You'll find festive, lacey, and heirloom-quality patterns including an exquisite linen lace curtain panel by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. Jill Wolcott also created a versatile bridesmade sweater that can be customized to each bridesmaid's body type.

Quick Gifts

In addition to a good number of garment patterns, there's also a brief Quick Gifts area with nine patterns that include felted pears in a basket, miniature dolls, knit-crochet sun hats, and cotton kerchiefs for teens.

And for the Rest of Us

More conventional garment patterns include a cable pullover with embroidery embellishment, a front-back reversible tank top, a floral summer shawl, and a textured back-to-school cotton pullover.

The issue also includes a well-written overview of cashmere, a Back to Basics column about blocking finished garments, and the tale of a special wedding gown made by fiber artist Katherine Cobey.

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