Knitscene Summer 2018

The new Knitscene is out and there are a lot of tank tops and pool cover-ups -- pretty typical summer-issue stuff.  Some of them are really pretty, like the Seashell Tank by Heather Zoppetti, but I’m not a person who has a lot of use for a knitted tank top.  The Sandy Cardigan by Kiri FitzGerald (left below) really stands out to me, though.

There’s also a collection of colour-blocked patterns, including the Cube Socks by Mone Dräger (right above).  Colour-blocking is very trendy but the patterns in this collection somehow all come out looking very ‘90s -- not bad though, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Check out the whole issue and the lookbook here.

Images by Knitscene

Pom Pom Quarterly, Spring 2018

This is the 24th issue of Pom Pom Quarterly, and the designs featured within all used a postage stamp as inspiration.  I don't know how obvious the connection is between the inspiration and finished garment, but they are all very pretty. Two sweaters in particular caught my eye, Durumi by Isabell Kraemer and Vita de Vie by Amy Christoffers.

All images by Amy Gwatkin

Interweave Knits, Spring 2018

This is the first spring issue that's made an impression on me, guys!  I know that doesn't sound like much, but I usually don't pay much attention to spring and summer issues of knitting magazines because they just include a lot of projects that aren't that useful to me (cotton knits, sleeveless shell, openwork tops, knitted skirts).   This one, though -- so many beautiful, wearable knits in both collections (Moto Knits and Evergreen Retreat).  There's some recognition that spring can be on the cool side, and that you may be wearing a sweater as your outer layer. 

Above (left to right):  Saddleback Mountain Cardigan, Elk Meadow Pullover, Bergen Peak Pullover, Clear Creek Cardigan

Above (left to right):  Throttle Moto Jacket, Dual Sport Pullover, Straightaway Cardigan, Evergreen Mountain Pullover

There are also a couple of hat patterns, also very cute, and an article about the difference in gauge when stranded colourwork and plain stockinette are combined.  It's pretty useful stuff to know, actually, because I have experienced that same problem and I now know to go up a needle size for the colourwork part, to avoid it.

Check out the whole issue here.

All images by Interweave Knits

See and Knit: Vogue Knitting Winter 2017/18

I apologize for a) the missing post last Friday (silly me, I set it to come out on March, not February, 2nd, by mistake; it will be coming out this Friday instead) and b) the lateness of this post.  I won't bore you with the details, but LIFE, you know.

I am not the biggest fan of Vogue Knitting magazine (just not my style, I guess) but I am loving the yoke patterns in the Winter 2017/2018 issue.  Maybe not that cold-shoulder one, but nearly all the rest of them.  Sweaters with colourwork yokes aren't new, of course, but I like what Vogue has done with the colours (bright colours in a knitting magazine, finally!) and the patterns are so eye-catching.  Plus there's a little bit of wrong-side-of colourwork pattern in the rightmost sweater in the top row.

All images by Vogue Knitting

Check out pictures of all the patterns in the issue here.


Knitscene, Spring 2018

How is it time for spring issues already?  Eeep, January's just started and I feel like I'm behind already.

Knitscene always tries to be really fun, and I think that's what they're going for with their '90s throwback theme in this issue.  To me, the issue does succeed in being fun -- the styling is perfectly Clueless -- but not necessarily giving you a lot of must-knit pieces.  I was in elementary school and then high school during the '90s, and I cannot remember wearing so many crop tops.  Do you?  And if I wasn't wearing crop tops when I was 16, it doesn't really feel like I'm going to start now, when I'm two decades older.  There are a few really cute pieces, though:

The really exciting part of this issue is that it has designs from six designers who are publishing with Knitscene and/or Interweave for the first time, and three of them are Canadian!  This is so exciting; there are already a few designers putting Canada on the knitting map, but seeing Canadians featured in a major knitting magazine is still a thrill.

You can read more about the issue here.

All photos from Interweave

Interweave Knits, Winter 2018

Cables and colourwork:  they're pretty predictable themes for a winter issue, though beautifully executed here.  The devil really is in the details.  Cabled hats are nothing new, but cables only on the brim of the Clinton Creek Hat (top row, left) are nicely thought out.  And on the Mount Lorne Pullover (top row, middle), a colourwork yoke where the pattern is pulled a little bit down onto the body and sleeves:  yes, please!  Another pattern for men (actually, there's quite a nice balance of men's and women's sweaters in this issue), the Eagle Island Cardigan (top row, right), updates the traditional Salish sweater and looks both light and warm.  There are also enough classic patterns to keep you busy, in the Iditarod Pullover, Ibex Valley Mittens, and Rohn Pullover (middle row, left to right).

And does my eye spy, at long last, a little bit of colour?  Huzzah!  Not that this issue doesn't have its share of winter white and stone grey, but red (!) and green (!) in the Grand Forks Pullover, Anchorage Cardigan, and White Mountain Ruana (bottom row, left to right).

I do think I'm going to be picking up this one, though I've got quite a backlog so I don't when I'll get around to knitting from it.  There just aren't enough hours in the day for everything I want to knit!

All images by Interweave Knits