Showing posts with label Cast On. Show all posts
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Friday, 8 February 2019

Cast On Spring 2019: A Review

Cast On has released their Spring 2019 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Accordion Cowl. I'd like to see this cowl and set of decorative cinches in a more sophisticated palette, and modelled on a person. Looking at them as they are leaves me feeling like I'm looking at some sort of strange bathroom cozies, and trying to imagine exactly what sort of personal care implements they would be for.

Buttoned Cup Cozy. These look a little rough and ready. Not that I've ever been one to care to use a cup cozy. They'd get stained with tea or coffee so quickly.

Crochet-Knit Shell Pillow. Very pretty. Covering your pillow form with an interesting contrasting or complementary fabric could be a nice extra touch for this piece, since so much of it is on view under the lace.

Delicately Warm. It's a well-shaped tank, but that is one unattractive variegated yarn.

Fox Happiness. Adorable!

Indian Cross Pillow. Another beautiful cushion cover with great stitchwork.

Intarsia Puntas Top. The colour blocking, interesting edging, and shaping give this simple tank such a sophisticated, polished edge.

Kirwa Shawl. Nice stitchwork, but this project deserved a more attractive yarn.

Lace Sweater with Godets. I'm impressed that this designer managed to combine such complex shaping with such intricate lacework so impeccably.

Linen CoverUp. This is an okay beach cover-up, but I have seen better.

Lorica of St. Patrick. Classic cabled men's sweater.

My Garden Window. What a pretty little stole.

Poppies. This lovely little jacket would be a great way to ease into the techniques of steeking and mitred corners.

Seafoam Top. This is a rather nice little cardigan, but that wretched magenta variegated yarn (I mean, whyyyyyyyy????) is giving me such a case of retina burn that I can barely look at it.

Shower Stitch Jumper. Lovely little girl's dress.

Spring Shower Socks. I can't say I exactly crave thigh-high socks in the spring, but okay.

The Rocky Hills. Very attractive shawl.

Twillingate Cardigan. This isn't at all a bad piece, but man is that long narrow silhouette a difficult one for a woman to pull off. I'd skip that bottom panel, and perhaps just edge the bottom with that lace mesh stitch.

Weaving Diamonds Sweater. Very much like the combination of a stranded pattern, colour blocking, and saddle shoulder construction, which makes for an eye-catching total look.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Cast On Winter 2018/2019: A Review

Cast On has released their Winter 2018/2019 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

A Leaf Unfurled. What a lovely, polished cowl.

Almost Argyle Sweater. This one has a playful, fun concept, and would be a good way to use up some small amounts of yarn.

Austin. Love the "threaded ribbon" effect of the dash and dot pattern.

Avila Breeze. This one has attractive stitchwork and a rather elegant look to it.

Book of Kells Sweater. I'm always an easy sell on Celtic designs. I think I would reposition the decorative panel a few inches to the south, though.

Cliffs of Moher Shawl. Such great texture.

Easy-Peasy Cabled Fingerless Mitts. Classic cabled mitts.

Fleur-de-Lis Cowl. Not such a fan of this one, but then the colour scheme isn't doing anything for it.

Gnome Hat. Cute children's hat. I'd be tempted to put a fake beard on the kid too, but then that's me.

Harmonious Echo. Classic cabled pullover.

Heart Sweater. This is rather girlish and fetching, but it does deserve a more fun colour.

Horizons Top. This has a seventies vibe to it, but not in a good way. Maybe I'd like it better in another colourway?

Incan Headband. I'm not sure how many people could carry off this look.

Kim and Greer. Fun concept, but those flowers aren't rendered all that well -- they look a little spindly and flattened.

Megane Hat. That's a eye-catching effect.

Megane Mittens. These and the hat above would make a nice set.

Minuet Shawl. Classic lace shawl.

Solomon's Island Cardigan. Not bad, though I'd recommend another colour. Any other colour, for that matter.

Summer Breeze. This has an awkwardly proportioned look to it.

Swedish Block Scarf. Simple, attractive and wearable.

Therese Flip Doll. I have a bit of a thing for topsy-turvy dolls, but not for this particular one, which looks a little cobbled together.

Thrummed Booties. Very comfy. It always makes me smile that thrumming looks like little hearts.

Warm Things. Another pair of classic cabled mitts.

Wasp Wing Cardigan Redux. Some beautiful lacy stitchwork in this one.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Cast On Fall 2018: A Review

Cast On has released its Fall 2018 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Austrian Traveling Stitch Hat. Classic cabled cap.

Baby and Big Boy Bavarian Sweater. Quite decent on the whole, but I would definitely fix those dropped shoulders.

Basket Saddle Cardigan. Not too thrilled with the checked stitch waist on this design. It has an awkward look to it. I'd decrease the depth of it and make it just a trim as it in on the cuffs. The detail on the sleeves is enough to carry this design.

Bavarian Columns Socks. This is the best-looking pair of socks I've seen in awhile.

Bavarian Sampler Cowl. A cowl with some very attractive cabling. Though it is freaking me out a touch as it looks like it's being modelled by the Headless Horseman.

Birch Pullover. Not terribly taken with this one, but there are modifications that would help. I'd fix the dropped shoulders, possibly go with a more finished edging, and I would also not use white, cream, or any other pale shade for the main colour on this design. In my experience adding colour(s) to a pale background never works because one's floats always show through -- as you can see they are doing here.

Bird Lover Tunic. This one's a glorious piece of work, not to mention a LOT of work, as it's stranded lace weight yarn knitting on size 0 needles. The shoulders are slightly dropped, but I wouldn't fix them as I think they work proportionally with this particular design.

Contemporary Hap. I'm not really sold on the colour palette here, but this is a lovely traditional design and could easily be made in a more attractive striped colourway, or even in a solid colour.

Cowl Three Ways and a Headband Too. These pieces have some very nice texture to them.

Evora. Oooh, this one's both lovely and quite wearable. The body is knitted double strand to make it opaque, while the sleeves are sheer, and a bit of exquisite lace work at the cuffs and bottom finishes the look off beautifully. I may just have to make this one myself.

Honeycomb Sweater. Some admirable stitchwork in this one, which definitely deserved a better colour than this dingy-looking mauve.

Legerdemain Reversible Cabled Scarf. Some beautiful cable work in this one.

Loudoun Pullover. I like the sleeves and the side detail, but would go with a more finished-looking hem and neck edging than is used here.

Morro Bay Golf Club Covers. These are very well made, and any golf clubs that have a set of these will definitely be the best-dressed set of clubs in town.

Orbit. This one has a rather cool, understated look to it.

Patrick's Vest. Love the stitchwork in this one.

Triple Mock Cable Sweater. Nice piece on the whole. I am not at all sure what's going on with the striped effect mid-sleeve, but whatever it is, I'd nix it as it looks merely odd and distracting.

Tulip Garden Felted Cowl. Cute design, but do those motifs look more like radishes than tulips to anyone else?

Zephyr. A lovely classic cardigan.

Ziggy-Zaggy Sweater. I'll have to give this one a cautious "not bad" given that I can see so little of it.