Our Weekly Wednesday Review continues this week with “Garter Stitch Revival” from Interweave. Including 20 stunning patterns that incorporate the garter stitch you might be amazed at how you can use garter stitch in your next project.
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Garter Stitch Revival:
Garter stitch can sometimes get a bad name in knitting. For those of you that are new to the craft, garter stitch is the tell tale ridge stitch pattern in knitting. To accomplish garter stitch you will knit each row of a project worked flat. When worked in the round you will switch between knit rounds and purl rounds.
Included in the book are 20 beautiful patterns that all incorporate garter stitch. The use of garter stitch ranges from the main focus of a pattern to a small detail of the pattern. Paging through the book you will see how beautiful garter stitch really when used as a feature and a detail.
After reading through the book I had the opportunity to talk to Kerry from Interweave about the book. Since this is a compilation of designers there wasn’t just one who make the book. Kerry was the lead on this project in selecting what went into the book and what the feel was going to be.
Q & A with Interweave:
How was the title of the book selected?
Kerry: The title for Garter Stitch Revival was a team effort. We wanted a word that was a heavy lifter, one that could speak to the content as well as the visual feel we were going for. We felt the word “revival” worked on a few different levels. To me a revival is a throw back, a reminder of another time. Reminding experienced knitters (and showing newbies possibilities beyond the basic gather stitch scarf) was one of the main goals of this book and I think revival was the perfect term to us. It says, “Welcome back friend, it’s good to see you.” We wanted the same tone to the photography for the book. We weren’t going for straight out retro, but something that felt classic and timeless, like the word revival. I hope people agree, I don’t think there’s a better word for the collection.
Why do you think garter stitch gets a bad name?
Kerry: I really don’t know! It can’t only be because knitters don’t like purling in the round, right? With this collection, we really wanted to show what a wonderful stitch it is and how perfect it can be in the right situations. We share how it works as a subtle detail, how it combines with other stitches like lace and cables, even how it looks in a beautiful garter stitch and mosaic colorwork yoke, and how it can really shine in an allover garter stitch design.
How were the designers selected for the book?
Kerry: I did a call for submissions on Ravelry and we had one of the biggest responses to a call ever for our book department. I reviewed all the submissions personally, selected what I thought was a the cream of the crop (it was seriously difficult to choose), and then our content editor and I narrowed it down to the final selections.
Which is your favorite project in the book?
Kerry: Yep. I know I probably shouldn’t have favorites, but I do! There’s always a project take works its way into my heart in every book I work on. In Garter Stitch Revival it’s Annie Rowden’s Venice Beach Wrap. Oh how I love that project.
The pattern that I was most intrigued by was the Asymmetrical Cropped Jacket. Is the shaping accomplished through the garter stitch panel?
Kerry: Yes! It’s clever, isn’t it? Toby Roxane Barna did a fantastic job with this project. I think it’s incredibly unique.
Purchase your Copy of Garter Stitch Revival:
You can purchase your own copy of Garter Stitch Revival through the link below on Amazon.
Prudence Niedzwiecki says
I think they all look beautiful
Chris Lopez says
Looks like a great book.
I really like the fingerless mitts. They look like a nice easy giftable project.
Lynne E Baltzer says
Garter stitch intrigues me because I like it so much but most ITEMS favor stockinette. These projects all seem interesting
I like the look of the hat. Always looking for simple but unique hat ideas as we knit hundreds per year for the Library tree (donated to the goodfellows)
Favorite pattern is the Santa Monica cardigan.
Many nice designs shown that use garter stitch.
Very hard choice! I’m really loving the idea of the Pixie Hooded Scarf though 🙂
Rachel McKinney says
Love the Santa Monica cardigan
Patricia Reilly says
Love the look of the mauve hat – what fun to change things up so simply!
Michelle Anderson says
My favorite is the Pixie Hooded Scarf. I am obsessed with hooded scarves and capes!
Carla C says
I like the seaglass lace scarf the most because it has a beautiful and airy pattern.
Vondell McKnight says
I am new and I don’t gave a favorite pattern yet
I love the Flapper Cloche pattern
Nancy Duff says
I like Flapper Cloche Pattern. I like the way it is shaped and the use of the garter stitch makes it even more look.
I am a newbie to knitting and seeing these beautiful items makes me want to create them all!
JODI KELLY says
All of it is beautiful how could I possibly choose only one?
Missy Schmidt says
Lately I’ve been obsessed with fingerless mitts and I adore these!!!!! (And literally every other pattern)
Carol Rodewald Anderson says
Would love to knit a cardigan someday. Knit sweaters are one of my favorite things in the whole world. 🙂
I love the Santa Monica cardigan. It’s so beautiful!
Lori Stewart says
I like the peach colored sweater in the picture above. And the long purple sweater is pretty too.
Nadine S says
I like the hat as I’ve never seen one like that.
I love the fingerless mitts my hands are always cold
kelly woods says
Love the Cardigan- thank you
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Cool glove patterns.
Amazing tablecloth patterns.
Marvelous hat patterns.
Wonderful beanie patterns.
Fabulous butterfly patterns.
Awesome scarf patterns.
Lynnette Cantrell says
I’d love a book about knitting. I have Just learned to knit! In the middle of a project now, but, would love to have new Project Ideas!!!