Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Love of Knitting has released its Fall 2017 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?
Ashwood Hoodie. Lovely. I like this so much I am thinking of using this pattern to make the brown hoodie I want to make next year (my current brown hoodie being on its last fibres), although I did want a design with a zipper, and I don't know how well a zipper would look in this one. But I'm favouriting it for now anyway.
Bloomsbury Mitts. Nice detailing and shaping on these.
Chequers Brioche Scarf. I'm really liking this one. It's creative, it's attractive, it has style, and it's the kind of thing even the most sartorially unadventurous man wouldn't mind wearing.
Cotswold Capelet. This is rather a cute, fetching little piece, but I can't say I care for that bit of twisted baling wire the designer has used for a front fastener. However, there are lots of clasps out there so you can easily substitute one more to your liking if you also don't happen to like this one.
Delabole Cardigan. This is a nice piece with a good shape and some good detailing, and which I would not wear over a collarless blouse buttoned to the neck. The effect is way too prim.
Guernsey Shawl. What a beautiful piece. The stitchwork is excellent.
High Street Jacket. This isn't bad, but I've seen much more interesting fitted cardigans.
King's Road Cowl. I like this one. It sits well, and that's a beautifully and richly coloured yarn.
Mitre Square Tote. I'm liking this shoulder bag, if not the drab colours it's been done in. The slouchy shape works well at this size and with those handles.
Nottingham Lace Cardigan. Good shaping and some pretty lace detailing.
Red Moss Pullover. Not bad. I think I might go with a variegated yarn for this one. The design has a slight flatness in a solid shade.
River Blackwater Scarf. Love the stitchwork in this one.
Sherwood Forest Pullover. I'm really liking this one. The detailing at the neck, hem, and cuffs is attractive, and the colour palette works together beautifully.
Shetlandesque Stole. Another handsome scarf.
Terrapina Achilles. This is so cute, and it would be fun to pick out a colourway for it.
Thames Path Socks. This is a presentable and practical pair of hiking socks. The ribbed band around the foot is intended to help keep the socks from bunching up inside one's hiking boots.
Tweed Water Vest. This is not a bad piece. The idea of a turtleneck vest is a bit off-beat, but I think it works, and the cabling is beautifully worked out.
Monday, 17 April 2017
Love of Knitting has released its Summer 2017 issue. How about we all, with our own love of knitting, take a look at Interweave's version of it?
Beachy Tote. This bag isn't without a certain sporty appeal, but those stripes are badly connected and the shape is dumpy.
Cuddly Panther. Very cute toy. I do like to see animal toys done with other species than the classic bears and bunnies.
Dakini Sweater. A very wearable simple sweater with some good shaping and a bit of nice detailing.
Damson Plum Cardigan. This is... okay. I don't happen to like cardigans with fronts that don't meet, as they always look too small to me, but if you do like the style, it's a workmanlike example of it.
Dropstitch Stripes Pullover. This isn't so bad a design, but I think this was the wrong yarn choice for this piece. The way those stripes take a downturn at the sleeves is neither attractive nor flattering on either the front or the back of this piece. A non-stripe yarn would go a long way towards erasing the frown lines effect.
Dropstitch Swatch Cloth. Dropstitch can be quite an effective technique, but here it looks like a lot of surprisingly symmetrical runs.
Gallery Pullover. An attractive, simple piece... but I would fix those dropped shoulders.
Hiking Henley. Basic but wearable and useful piece.
Mediterranean Scrub Set. This set includes a facecloth, scrub mitt, and soap sack. The idea seems to be that it could be used as a fancy guest set for the bathroom or at the beach. I suppose it's a nice set for people who like handknitted towelry and loofahs, but it comes across as a little cheesy to my mind. The facecloth supposedly has a "seashell shape", but to me it looks for all the world like a Barbie dress.
Moonlight Poncho. This is a lovely piece of lacework, and though I don't usually like ponchos, this is so light and delicate it comes across less as a poncho than as a shawl that will stay in place.
Mottled Mitts. A very serviceable and well-shaped pair of mitts.
Museum Piece Pullover. Quite like this one, with its beautifully cabled yoke and excellent shaping.
Nurturing Cardigan. I like the combination of the lace pattern in the body and the ribbing on the sleeves and edges, but the dropped shoulders and the open fronts give this an awkward, "doesn't fit right" look.
Pack-me-up Shawl. Not a bad little shawl.
Prairielands Cowl. Quite like this. The unusual and adept colour palette makes it.
Traveler's Arms Wrap. Very nice wrap! Love the stitchwork.
Water Carrier. The yarn is wrong for this, I think. Using a standard knitting yarn makes this water botter carrier look like a toilet paper cozy that recognized times had changed and transitioned into a second career. I'd make this carrier with nylon cord or something of the sort to give it a more athletic/utilitarian look.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Love of Knitting has released their Spring 2017 issue. Let's have a look at it.
Bargello Socks. These are fun. I like that the designer took those stripes several extra steps by doing them a variety of ways.
Breezy Lace Tee. Very useful and wearable summer top.
Colorlines Throw. I'm loving this one, with its contemporary vibe and unusual but masterful colour combination.
Elephant Safari Children's Vest. Very cute.
Holmes Shawl. A lovely little piece with some quietly impressive stitchwork.
Interrupted Stripes Sweater. This looks sloppy, unfinished, and in general as though the "interrupted" in the design's name refers to the designer's efforts to finish this pattern.
Ironwood Shawl. A simple and attractive little wrap.
Painted Wrap. I quite like this unassuming but visually pleasing lace pattern.
Pearls Hat. Nice piece, and it would be a good way to use up some odds and ends of yarn.
Planting Cardigan. I like this piece over all, but I'm never much of a fan of cardigans designed to lie open in the front, as they generally look too small and/or unflattering.
Raving Stripes Pullover. I love this one. The flattering shape and and eye-catching striped yoke and cuffs add up to a striking look.
Shift Change Cowl. Oooh, pretty. Love the colours and the stitchwork.
Shoreline Shawl. Nice piece. It seems to drape well, and I'm loving the Celtic cabled border.
Spring Day Raglan. Way too sloppy and unfinished for my liking.
Spring Henley. Classic, handsome piece.
Springtime Mobile. So cute. That is an especially nicely rendered set of little toy animals.
Tuscany Wrap-Cardi. Not a bad little piece, and it would give the wearer a chance to show off a favourite shawl pin.
Valley V-neck Pullover. This is a smart little piece. I note that the neckband is not very well done -- it's puckering at the vee and is pulling the stripe up in the centre -- but if you are careful to make sure to pick up neither too few nor too many neckband stitches when you make your version, your project won't have that flaw.
Vines Swatch Cloth. Nice stitch.
Warm Stripes Set. The mitts are fine, but the legwarmers look a little too much like a scrap yarn project knitted on the fly.