Monday, 6 July 2015
Knit Simple Fall 2015: A Review
Knit Simple has released their Fall 2015 issue. Let's have a look at the simple knits therein.
Pumpkin and leaf cardigan. This is... okay. It's not great design, but it is the kind of thing that little kids relate to and look cute in. However, those leaf and pumpkin stems bear a most unfortunate resemblance to green worms and I'd go with instarsia stems.
Pumpkin and leaf scarf. Not a bad scarf for a kid. Again, though... green worms.
Pumpkin pocket pullover. The pumpkin pocket is really badly shaped and again... a green worm, this time with a really... ill-advised... placement. If you don't feel up to the task of designing a better pumpkin pocket, just leave it off entirely as this would be a perfectly nice striped pullover without it.
Pumpkin purse. This looks slapped together and the colours don't work.
Pumpkin bag. This is a bit better than the previous design, but not by terribly much. The pumpkin appliqué needs work. I'd be inclined to leave it off altogether and embellish the bag some other way.
Owl sweater with matching scarf. This is kind of cute but it does look a little on the roughly constructed side.
Owl toy. There must be better designed owl toys than this one.
Pumpkin hat. Cute and wearable.
Pumpkin.. cushion?... hassock? I don't know which. I suppose it's big enough for a small child to sit on. I don't think I'd care to have something like this sitting around my house all year, and it seems like an odd thing to make for Halloween decorations when it's neither especially attractive nor of much practical use.
Jack o' Lantern Scarf and Mitts. Basic, but cute and wearable.
Afghan. Basic, but it looks attractive enough and very cozy.
Sport pillows. Not a bad decorating touch for the sports obsessed. One could customize them to display a favourite player's or team's number or logo.
I... don't even know what this is. It looks like a knitted representation of Professor Kitzel's time machine. Are we supposed to make this thing, put it on a hassock, and watch entranced as we imagine it telling us all about Charlemagne and the elephant, or the California Gold Rush?
Afghan. Not a bad-looking piece, and it's reversible. This would be a nice one to do in a variety of colourways, or in a hand-painted yarn.
Orange and white cowl. Not bad. A more interesting and higher end yarn and button choice would do a lot for it.
Orange and white cowl with cables. I liked the previous one better. Those cables give it the look of a foundation garment that has wandered away from where it was supposed to be.
Triangle afghan. This is a little too grandma's parlour for me, but a better colourway could do a lot for it.
Tasseled afghan. Again... not a bad design, but a very uninspired colourway.
The granny square goes big and goes home. Not bad.
Simple striped cap. This is rather a nice basic piece, though I bet most male wearers would prefer it sans pom pom.
Basic striped hat and scarf set. It'll do.
They've done something a bit different with the stripes here, to good effect.
Dead basic shaker knit cap. Which many men would prefer to wear because it'll keep his ears warm and doesn't make him feel like an idiot and that's all he asks of a hat.
Interesting texture on this one. I'd go with a better integrated colourway and omit the pom pom.
Rather a nice-looking hat with a bit of visual interest.
Simple ribs in two colours. Nice, though again the pom pom seems like a bit much.
Basic hat in two greens that don't quite work together.
Simple striped sweater. This is wearable, and a more interesting colourway would really elevate it.
Classic cabled pullover. I'd fix the slightly dropped shoulders and add waist shaping to give it a little more style.
What I can see of this looks promising.
I like the chevron texture, but this needs waist shaping and the dropped shoulders should be fixed.
Cute, wearable, nicely textured hat for either gender.