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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.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Knit.Wear Fall/Winter 2017: A Review

Knit.Wear has released its Fall/Winter 2017 issue. Let's take a look at it.

Balsa Slouch Hat. Simple, useful, big needle knit.

Bendz Pullover. It's clear that a lot of care and effort went into this one, which has some interesting shaping and detailing, but the overall effect is that of a "frumpy, depressed homeschooling mom of seven". I half expect those pockets to be stuffed full of used tissues.

Bianca Pullover. Classic cabled pullover. I'd just fix the dropped shoulders.

Big Sur Pullover. The shaping of this one says "horse blanket" to me, an effect that is only added to by the harness-like straps at the neck. Giddy up!

Demetria Cowl. This looks luxuriously soft and luscious, but it's so large that it looks awkward and/or overwhelming no matter how it's styled. I'd scale back the size somewhat.

Eckersberg Pullover. Some beautiful stitchwork on this one, and the cabling is so good.

Eira Pullover. Another solid cabled pullover.

Elderberry Ribbed Cowl. Another simple, big needle knit, but it's a perfectly adequate pattern. This is one to do in an interesting yarn.

Hansen Pullover. I'm really liking the Art Deco-esque cable effect on this turtleneck.

Iclyn Sweater. I love the cable chain motif on the front and sleeves of this design, but the mesh shoulders and asymmetrical hem don't quite work with it. It feels as though the designer tried to combine too many elements into one design.

Janus Pullover. Nice! Love the lattice cable effect.

Kobke Pullover. A slight variation on the classic gansey.

Lumi Tunic. Some good stitchwork in this. I'd neaten up the fit a bit.

Lundbye Scarf. I do like a scarf with good stitchwork.

Marstrand Pullover. A smart little number. I even like the shaping of the hem, as it's so organic to the lines of the sweater.

Monterey Tee. Beautiful lacework in this, and I like the neckline and cap sleeves, but I would neaten up the fit through the body a little.

Niamh Pullover. This looks like one of the sloppy shaker knit sweaters we wore back in the eighties, but even in the eighties we knew better than to tack a couple of placemats on the bottom.

Olwen Cardigan. This is another frumpy piece. Even the model can't give it any allure, though she's plainly giving it a hero's try.

Rorbye Cardigan. This doesn't look too bad through the upper body, but the way it hangs below the waist is just tragique.

Skovgaard Hat. This is cute in an elfin way, and yet it's cute in a way one needn't be under 15, or even 25, to wear.

Thorvaldsen Pullover. A attractively cabled piece, and I even think the dropped shoulder effect is okay here because it sits so well when rendered in this exceptionally soft yarn, but I would fix that slight mullet hem.

Topanga Canyon Cardigan. The shaping of this piece makes it look like it's a sweater that's given up on itself and indeed, on life in general.