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Monday, 22 October 2018

Knit.Wear Fall/Winter 2018: A Review

Knit.Wear has released their Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Aslant Pullover. I like this except for the vents in the front. Their stretched-open look makes the sweater look too small on its wearer.

Aspen Pullover. I'm not crazy about the asymmetrical aspects of this design. They look more mistaken than intentional. And I don't like the garter edging on the neck and hemline -- I'd go with ribbing to match the cuffs.

Bikey Beanie. Totally cute!

Calcite Cowl. Not bad, but I don't know how practical a drawstring is on a cowl. How often is one going to want to tighten it? And would it be worth it to tighten it only to have to loosen it to get it off again?

Calderwood Pullover. Nice use of Art Deco-like detailing.

Compass Points Pullover. A classic cabled turtleneck.

Cosseted Pullover. If you want to knit a classic plain women's turtleneck with a beautiful yarn in your favourite colour, you could hardly do better than this pattern.

Frosted Foliage Pullover. A nice contemporary take on the fair isle yoke style.

Geode Tunic. This one is quite striking.

Highland Raglan. I like the face-emphasizing detail on the yoke.

Indigo Smoke Pullover. Simple but striking and attractive.

Maya Cardigan. Love the texture on this one, but I would neaten up the fit and raise the dropped shoulders.

Murray Pullover. I love the subtle contrast of the two colours and the stitchwork used here. I'd raise the dropped shoulders.

Myriad Pullover. That is one cool yoke design.

Pebble Pullover. A nice wearable piece.

Pepper & Snow Pullover. Another smart circular yoke pullover.

Point Gray Poncho. This is more elegant than I ever thought a poncho could be made to look.

Purple Beet Raglan. Nice shoulder detailing, but that long, loose shape is going to look so dowdy and unflattering on most women.

Ripple Pullover. A pretty, unassuming piece.

Shifting Squares Pullover. Fantastic detailing on this one.

Sloan Dress. A classic knit turtleneck dress with just the right amount of interesting detail.

Terrapin Tunic. Good stitchwork at the hem, but I'd neaten up the shape and nix the slight mullet hem.

Twinings Hat. Classic cabled cap.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Knit.Wear Spring/Summer 2018: A Review

Knit.Wear has released its Spring/Summer 2018 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Adriatic Dolman. I'm not a big fan of the dolman or "batwing" sleeve, but this is very decent example of the style.

Aegean Stole. I'm really liking the geometric lace motifs on this one.

Andaman Top. Love the lacework on this, but not so much the sandwich board style.

Beaufort Pullover. Love the hem, side, and cuff detailing on this one. I'd recommend working this pattern in one piece on a circular needle to the armholes to get rid of that side seam.

Benedict Pullover. Love the texture on this one, but I'd neaten up the fit.

Caspian Top. Very decent piece. I'm liking the stitchwork and particularly the cables.

Charles Pullover. A classic turtleneck. Oh how I wish that I had enough neck to wear turtlenecks like this one.

Clematis Cardigan. Good stitchwork, decent shaping, and it sits well.

Frederick Cardigan. An attractively classic cardigan.

Honeysuckle Tee. Here's what I like about this design: the lace detailing and the concept of a back pleat. Here's what I don't like about it: the frumpy shape and the poor execution of the back pleat. That ridge above the pleat where the underlying lace panel begins looks terrible.

Hyacinth Pullover. This pattern looks as though it's been torn from the pages of a seventies-era homemaking magazine, and possibly has a brown rice casserole recipe on the other side.

Ionian Top. This is one of those cases where I like the concept of a design but don't think it got the execution it deserved. I like the idea of the butterfly openwork on the back, but it looks too much like holes and dropped stitches for my liking.

James Cardigan. I'm loving the geometric cablework on this one. I will say though, that for a spring/summer issue, the designs in this issue look pretty fall/winter.

Moonflower Dolman. I'm rather liking this one on the whole, as the sideways stockinette and lace pattern and modest batwing work together well, but I would have extended the lace and stockinette pattern right to the cuff rather than using the garter ridge pattern for the lower sleeve. It looks a little tacked on and out of step with the rest of the sweater as is.

Portico Tank. The cut and details are good, but I think this piece didn't get the styling it deserved, as it should be worn by itself, not as a layering piece over something else. I'd also make it in a more interesting yarn to give a little extra oomph.

Puget Tote. Oooh, I really love this bag, which is the epitome of polished contemporary style.

Spanish Moss Lace. A very elegant wrap with beautiful lace and fabulous drape.

Timor Tee. Not a bad design. It has some nice detailing at the yoke and sides, and this item was styled properly, as it is a very decent layering piece.

Weddell Top. I really like the stitchwork and shaping of this little top. I'm not such a fan of the cropped length, but it would be easy to lengthen this piece if desired. I'd also make it in a crisp, fun colour rather than in this rather drab one. Come on Knit.Wear, this is your spring and summer issue. What are you, dead inside?

Wisteria Stole. A beautiful lace wrap.