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Knitscene - a hipper, younger, prettier version of Interweave Knits
on 13 December 2011
Knitscene is the younger, hipper, prettier, and more fashion forward sister of Interweave Knitting. Being sisters from the same family, they have similar features: good pattern writing, an eye to making the best use of yarn and pattern, and nifty new techniques, but Knitscene just feels a lot younger, simple and stylish, in comparison to the stodgier, older IK.
The book is a solid mix of garments and accessories (although I do prefer garments to accessories). They have the most popular patterns ever in here! Central Park Hoodie! Full disclosure: I loved that pattern so much, I ordered the back issue from Interweave Knits and paid a pretty penny in shipping fees (cost more than the magazine itself, damn it, IK) and now it's here! Included in this handsome book. In addition, there's the Riding to Avalon (the pullover on the cover), and the awesomeness with Heather Hoodie Vest! I do raise my eyebrows at the inclusion of Molly Ringwald though- really? I call shenanigans.
Like all patterns from the Interweave Knits stable, they are pretty straight forward, in that you don't find yourself going, "What does that turn of phrase mean?" All the yarns are American (I know, I know)but they can be easily subbed (e.g., for the Heather Hoodie Vest, I used Rowan cocoon as a direct sub to Brown Sheep Lamb Bulky) and the patterns are mostly dk and aran weight.
My only reason for not giving it five stars is the inclusion of Molly Ringwald- I think the yarn and the pattern aren't a good match at all.
So to sum up; a solid mix of garments and accessories, simple, but very stylish.