Friday, 2 August 2019

Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2019: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released its Early Fall 2019 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Pattern #01, V-Neck Tunic. This oversized Shaker knit vest is taking me back to circa 1986, when items like this were very in style. Except back then it would have been made in some bright colour: aqua, hot pink, or electric blue.

Pattern #02, Geometric Pullover. Nice shaping and design. It would be fun to pick out a colourway for this one.

Pattern #03, Yoked Pullover. Love this one, which has great shaping and a striking and attractive yoke design.

Pattern #04, V-Neck Vest. Nice shaping and stitchwork in this one, but I'm not sure I'm on board with the yarn choice, or with the pairing of this vest with the rest of the model's look, great as that dress and jewelry would be on its own.

Pattern #05, V-Neck Cardigan. I like the lines of v-shaped contrast stitches on this one. To a casual glance, it has the look of single large stitches, which is rather meta.

Pattern #06, Cropped Cardigan. A cute cropped cardigan for those who can pull off a cropped length. If you (or the intended wearer) can't, well, it can always be lengthened.

Pattern #07, Gradient Cardigan. This one, which is knit of two strands of laceweight, turns three colours of yarn into a perfect gradient colourway by combining two strands of the adjoining colours to create a bridging colour. It's a great technique to use if you can't find a satisfactory gradient colourway -- they can be hard to put together.

Pattern #08, Multipatterned Cardigan. I'm not crazy about this one, but I think the problem is mostly the "sunburned taco" colourway. I have a bit of a weakness for these "sampler" type designs, which are such a great chance to flex one's knitting muscles.

Pattern #09, Chevron Cardigan. Classic, wearable cardigan with some nice stitchwork.

Pattern #10, Cropped Cardigan. The only thing I don't like about this one is the cropped shaped (admittedly, I'm biased, as I cannot wear cropped tops of any sort). Otherwise it's lovely, with such a polished, crisp look, and the stitchwork is fantastic.

Pattern #11, Fair Isle Yoke Pullover. I like the concept of embroidering designs from the yoke on the body of a sweater, but I'm not convinced that the particular yoke and embroidered devices employed here work well together.

Pattern #12, Lace Scarf. What a lovely piece of work.

Pattern #13, Textured Wrap. Great texture and a very handsome look overall.

Pattern #14, Gradient Wrap. Another beautiful wrap. This one was done with a single variegated yarn.

Pattern #15, Lace Wrap. Simple and pretty.

Pattern #16, Brioche Cowl. This one's so striking you could build an entire outfit around it.

Pattern #17, Two-Tone Pullover. This is a Kaffe Fassett design, and as hesitant as I am to critique a Fassett design (I mean, who do I think I am, really?), I can't sign off on those choppy-looking sleeves. I'd cast on extra stitches when I got to the armholes and knit the sleeves of a piece with the body, eliminating both the dropped shoulder seam and the checkerboard pattern.

Pattern #18, Amber Leafy Coat. Wow, this is simply a fabulous piece of design. I can't help feeling I'd like to change the shape since the A-line silhouette is not my friend, but there are those rare designs that shouldn't be altered, and this is one of them.

Pattern #19, Cliffs of Moher Sweater. My goodness, you couldn't not notice this one if you saw it on anyone. The combination of Celtic designs and texture and a rainbow yoke is fun and fresh and lovely. And wonder of wonders, this pattern is available for free!

Pattern #20, Celtic Flame Coat. This is another amazing piece of design. The Ravelry pattern page for this pattern describes it as "show stopping" and I don't disagree. But I think if I were making it I might be inclined to skip the stripes and the gradient colours and make the coat in a solid colour with a contrast Celtic device colour. Just the stitchwork and the Celtic designs are enough to carry this piece. And this pattern is available for free!

Pattern #21, Colorwork Vest. This is one from the archives, a Kaffe Fassett design from the Vogue Knitting Holiday 1986 issue. Even with all the fashion fluctuations of the last 33 years, I don't believe there's been a year since this was published that it wouldn't have been wearable just as it is.


  1. I have loved that Fassett best since it was first published, but if I remember correctly it is available in a very small size range.

  2. Wow! A lot of really nice pieces in here...but I must say, the Colorwork Vest looks a little court jesterish to me. Maybe different colors would help?