Monday, 20 June 2016
Creative Knitting Autumn 2016: A Review
The Autumn 2016 issue of Creative Knitting is out! Let's have a look at it.
Ingot pullover. Simple but very effective, and it would be fun to play with the colourway.
Inverted V top. This is an innovative, contemporary look (and this piece also can be worn with the simple buttoned back at the front), but also one that is hard to wear. Cropped-length pieces always add several extra visual lines to a woman's body, and it's not flattering. If you love this piece, I'd suggest wearing it over a dress with no front seamlines, or at most an empire waistline that will be hidden under the knitted piece.
Morecambe Bay Cardi. A "garter stitch hooded jacket with random blocks of colour" sounds like one of those half-assed design concepts that Bergère de France is constantly serving up half-baked, but this designer took that simple idea and turned it into a polished and wearable piece of contemporary design.
Ready for the Weekend pullover. This colour blocking doesn't quite work. It has a certain unfortunate "half a pinafore" look, and I keep wondering where the skirt went.
Ulverston Color-Block Scarf, Hat & Mitts. I rather like the hat and the mitts, but the garter stitch scarf has an undesirable "beginner project" effect.
Undulating Waves wrap. A more interesting colour choice would do a lot for this piece.
Cables & Cords pullover. The shaping is good, and the laced effect is rather eye-catching. I'd be inclined to replace the I-cord in this one with a length of ribbon, which would lighten up the look.
Intertwined Elegance cardigan. This one has potential, but it needed a little more work. The gaps between the buttons aren't a happy effect, and the bottom hem look unfinished.
Origami Wrap. This isn't bad. It has a certain flair and could have a nice effect when worn over a simple outfit.
Woodland Slouch. This has a cute shape and nice texture.
Coronado Cardi. This reasonably well-shaped classic jacket deserved a more attractive yarn.
Gaines Poncho. Love the painterly colours used here, but the shape and finishing details aren't quite there.
Hint of the Highlands. This is attractive enough, but I find myself thinking how much better it would look in a more interesting palette.
Kaleidoscope Pullover. This is the sort of innovative art piece that would work better as an afghan. On an actual human being, it's both unflattering and gives one the look of a poorly adjusted TV set.
Stranded & Striped Cardigan. The design is really quite lovely... and I'm imagining it in pretty much every other colourway than this one.
Terranova pullover. This looks like mésalliance of components that were originally created for at least three different sweaters.
Twisted-Float Cowl. I could see this working as a cute little accessory, though again it needs a different colourway.