Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 65: Review Part One

Rowan has released Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 65. Let's have a look at the first half of it, shall we? (There are 42 patterns in this issue, so I have divided the patterns into two reviews, the second of which is here.)

Aester. This is an interesting combination of graphic and floral-like elements. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

Simple. Attractive and wearable.

Paloma. Delicately pretty, but I would neaten up the fit a little.

Bismar. Classic eyelet cardigan.

Vital. The combination of a cropped cardigan over a tunic length top is... unfortunate.

Rivera. This poncho would look so much better on a couch.

Cuggle. Very nice! I love the curving cable detail on both the front and the back -- very distinctive.

Dali. Nice, useful wrap.

Rothko. Nice use of a gradient colour effect.

Genner. This is a particularly attractive fair isle piece.

Berenice. Lovely and eye-catching design.

Torey. Love the pattern through the, uh, "body" of this, but this looks like an afghan that mutated and sprouted sleeves.

Kirkan. Quite like this one, which as you can see has enough visual interest and style that it has turned a basic outfit of t-shirt and jeans into a look. My compliments to the designer of this colour palette, who somehow managed to integrate gold, ivory, cream, green, sand, and gray, and make it work.

Fontana. Quite a lovely wrap.

Sheeler. Dust ruffles have gone out even for bedskirts, and when I say they've "gone out", I don't mean that they've gone on public view by migrating to sweater design.

Mareel. Love the Art Deco look of this design.

Cornelia. Another lovely wrap.

Yoko. This is another mutant afghan, except that instead of sprouting half-sleeves, this one has grown half-doilies. I'm starting to get a little anxious -- is this the beginning of some sort of Day of the Triffids-like uprising, only with vengeful afghans instead of triffids?

Witter. Classic gansey.

Dada. Wearable striped tank.

Reclaim. Not a bad knitted coat, but I would fix those dropped shoulders.

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