Monday, 9 May 2016

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2016: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released their Spring/Summer issue for 2016. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Pattern #1, Lace Turtleneck. This is quite gorgeous. Though I for one would live in terror of snagging it on something.

Pattern #2, Leaf Lace Tank. Pretty, but I would go for a contrast colour camisole underneath, for, as we all know, "nude tone underwear" is practically never a match to anyone's skin tone and simply looks drearily utilitarian.

Pattern #3, Leaf Motif Wrap. I'm not usually a big fan of openwork designs, but I like this one. The holes are well-shaped and look like a pattern rather than just holes.

Pattern #4, Lace Jacket. Some beautiful lacework in this, and good shaping.

Pattern #5, Open Front Cardigan. This one would be a good way to dress up a simple, monochrome outfit.

Pattern #6, Sampler Jacket. The play of colour in this jacket is impressively artistic and painterly.

Pattern #7, Cocoon Cardigan. The shape of this one is a bit different -- it's a longer version of a shrug. I think it works, though I might reserve it for wear over relatively fitted outfits.

Pattern #8, Ribbed Arm Warmers. I quite like these, though the thought of wearing such things in summer makes me want to curl up and die.

Pattern #9, Cropped Lace Poncho. The real benefit of this one is that if you find you didn't bring enough enviro bags to the grocery store, you can just take this piece off and put your produce in it.

Pattern #10, Lace Wrap. This is quite lovely, though the psychedelic yarn choice, while a cool effect in itself, is making my eyes go out of focus.

Pattern #11, Graystone Harbor Shawl. Love the lacework in this one.

Pattern #12, Two-Colour Triangle Shawl. This one is actually quite cool, an artful mix of traditional lace and contemporary style. I think I'd want to go with a more interesting colour choice, though.

Pattern #13, A-Line Tunic. Not bad. I'd want to buy a few tops in complementary colours and patterns for wear underneath it in order to make the most of the front openwork panel.

Pattern #14, Knotted Cowl. The stitchwork is really good, and I can see this piece looking stylish on the right person and on the right outfit, but those knotted fringes would make me feel like I was wearing a macramé plant holder.

Pattern #15, Banded Lace Pullover. Can't say I care for the solid chest-level band on this. It looks too obviously like a bra. I'd go all the way with this one and make the whole thing in a lace pattern.

Pattern #16, Cross Stitch Vest. I don't think I've ever seen an effect quite like the "cross stitch" openwork stitch in this vest. I like the look, which gives the vest some interest and makes it summery.

Pattern #17, Lace Tunic. Some nice stitchwork in this, but I'd want to neaten up the fit and shorten those sleeves.

Pattern #18, Eyelet Pullover. Pretty lace summer sweater.

Pattern #19, Lace Tank. Love both the delicate lacework and the subtly coloured yarn used here.

Pattern #20, Lacy Poncho. The real benefit of this one is that if the wearer ever gets tired of it, she can hang it up over her kitchen window.

Pattern #21, Cap-Sleeve Top. Pretty, and the lacework is nice, but I don't think I could resist adding some ribbing or a crocheted edging at the neckline, armholes, and hemline to make it look a little more finished.

Pattern #22, Retro Intimates. These are a lovely nod to lingerie of the past, and the model does look fetching, but they're not terribly practical, as the bra would offer little support to women who need support, and knitted underwear would be too thick to be wearable under very many outfits. But then perhaps it's intended to be worn on, er, special occasions, and for a maximum of five minutes.

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