Friday, February 12, 2010

Give it up for Knitscene

I want to give credit where credit is due - and today it's due to Knitscene.

Published by Interweave Press twice (thrice?) a year, Knitscene proffers trendy, hip patterns to younger knitters. Admittedly, I'm not Knitscene's market. I'll be 51 in two weeks, but like most baby boomers, I don't think I'll ever consider myself old (except in the morning when I get up and creak myself all the way to the bathroom).

The newest Knitscene offers the ample among us much to cheer about:  multiple patterns in finished bust sizes larger than 52 inches! Perhaps Interweave is listening to the constant call for larger sizes. Or maybe they're positioning themselves against the despicable Vogue Knitting whose latest issue includes an editorial that basically says "we only like 'fashionable' (read: young, tall, skinny chicks) and therefore won't be offering patterns for fatsos." Go to hell, Vogue Knitting. Many amples are boycotting VK - and I am among them. I hope you will join the fight, too.

Anyway, back to the good news. Check out these ample Knitscene designs:

Helleborus Yoke
Mathew Gnagy
Largest finished bust size: 65.5 inches! And cute, too!

Tudor Henley
Connie Chang Chinchio
Largest finished bust size: 54 inches

Ithaca Jacket
Connie Chang Chinchio
Largest finished bust size: 54.5 inches

There are other larger sizes in the magazine, too, including the Geodesic Cardigan (but it doesn't cover the belly which is against my religion) and the Surf Stripes Raglan (which has horizontal stripes  - also against my religion). Knitscene also offers patterns for a variety of accessories, if you're in to socks, scarves, shawls, and mitts.

As I always tell you, vote with your pocketbook. If you like these patterns, buy the magazine. Let's show Interweave that we're worth its investment.

One of these days, the yarn companies will figure out that ample women buy twice as much yarn for their sweaters. Seems like a no-brainer, don't you think? Yarn companies could make a fortune on us! Maybe that's why Classic Elite publishes the great Curvy Knits line and Paton's now routinely offers patterns in size 5x. Whatever it is, let's encourage them to keep it up.


  1. Only 2 words:

    OOOO! Aaaaahhh!

  2. Happy birthday in advance, I too have a birthday this month, I will be 53 in 4 days!

    Hooray for Knitscene, it's about time!

  3. Thanks for pointing these patterns out, Julie. I always assumed the patterns in this magazine would be in smaller sizes, so I never really looked at it. Love the green sweater and I also like several of the other patterns. I'm working on my first sweater (for me) and feeling very inspired to make many more sweaters right now!