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Friday, 26 October 2018

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 64: A Review

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine has released issue 64 of their magazine. Let's have a look at it.

Abbotts. This one's an unholy hybrid of a vest and a wrap, and it actually works surprisingly well and would be a pretty wearable way to add a warm layer to an outfit.

Alizarin. Some great texture in this coat, and I like the scalloped edges.

Beacon. The cowl in this product shot is a separate piece from the cardigan. They look pretty good worn together and with the cowl doubled, but the cowl doesn't look good worn single fold (admittedly cowls don't usually look good that way), and I can't get a sense of how the sweater looks by itself from the available photos.

Butlers. Nice cabled mitts.

Carise. Nice chartwork, but I'd reshape this one as cropped and wide is a difficult shape to wear.

Carmine. I rather like this one with its striking pattern and blanket fringe, and it looks ever so warm and comfortable. I would fix the dropped shoulders, though I'd leave the armholes larger as this needs to fit over other things in a roomy fit. This is a coat that will go with a limited number of outfits, but look what it does for a plain t-shirt and jeans.

Carnelian. This doesn't sit particularly well.

Chota. I'd shorten the proportions of this one, both regarding total length and the length of the v-neckline, as it has a dowdy look as is. Nice stitchwork though.

Cinnabar. Beautiful and inventive pattern, and the lines are good.

Claret. What a striking, attractive pattern.

Falu. Classic cabled wrap.

Folly. The adapted chartwork from the Carise design above makes for a nice-looking cowl.

Fowberry. I'd fix the dropped shoulders on this one, and perhaps add a cuff or a band of the body stitchwork to the sleeves to pull this look together a bit more.

Garnet. I'd reshape this one to look more like it was designed for the human form. There are batwing designs that work, but this doesn't happen to be one of them.

Gazebo. The shape is good and the star motif is very pretty. I'd expect no less given that this is a Kaffe Fassett design.

Hensting. A classic, wearable piece.

Houghton. The bobbles make for a fun, modern look to this cowl.

Juliaca. Very lovely stitchwork in this one. I'd lengthen this as cropped sweaters look awful on me, but some women can carry off the cropped length so your yarnage may vary depending on whom the intended wearer is.

Lightfoot. I tend to see bobbles as something that should be employed sparingly. This jacket would make me feel as though I'd been encased in bubble wrap.

Magenta. Love the stitchwork and the lines are good.

Maroon. Very pretty. That floral pattern is just so sweet.

Marshwood. I like some parts of this, such as the beautifully pattern used through the body and sleeves, but this one isn't quite pulling together as a whole. I think it would work better with a more analogous colour scheme. Putting dissimilar patterns and colours that don't really work together tends to result in a visually conflicted piece.

Mayfield. Nice wrap with some very pleasing stitchwork.

Pennybridge. I can't get past the feeling that this sweater was slashed open down the front and then badly tacked together again.

Perinone. This is the cover look, but of course the waist-up version on the cover doesn't do justice to the entirety of the design. This full-length wrap is not only lovely but brings the drama as few knitted items do, and it drapes and hangs well even in the photos where the model isn't twirling.

Popham. Not bad. The sleeve detail is interesting and the shape is good. I would like a more finished-looking cuff, and I wish I could see the neckline.

Pucallpa. A lovely, even elegant, wrap. The stitchwork is attractive and the alpaca yarn looks luxuriously soft and warm.

Redwood. I don't mind the cable and seed stitch detail on the sleeve, but I'm finding the waist cable an awkward look.

Rosewood. As I look at this, I can't help concluding that there are more graceful and attractive ways to design the tie a front-tie sweater. This woman has the look of an awkwardly wrapped present.

Rosso. Pretty and looks like it would feel luxurious and special to wear.

Rust. I must say, this design is as close to elegant as variegated ripples will ever get. It actually looks like a stylish wrap rather than like an afghan with pretensions.

Sangria. Love this one. I think you couldn't help but notice this one if someone wearing it walked by you on the street.

Tarma. This one hangs awkwardly in both the product shots that are available for it, which is not a good sign.

Teesdale. Interesting combination of patterns.

Venetian. Classic lace scarf.

Vermillion. Love the colours and the stitchwork in this crocheted scarf, but I might scale down the size of it a little. This model looks a little overwhelmed by it, and remember models tend to be quite tall and have long necks.

Woodbine. This is a fun, lively scarf. I'd put a fringe on it to make it look a bit more polished.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 63: A Review

Today we're going to have a look at Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 63.

Nabeela. I love the stitchwork in this one, and fixing those dropped shoulders would interfere with the pattern significantly, but I can't help wanting to do it anyway, because those sleeves do look so absurdly short. If I were modifying this pattern I might go with a seamless sleeve, picking up stitches from the body and extending the pattern down the sleeve. But then you could just decide you like the loose shape and make it as it is.

Delft Cardigan & Skirt. This is lovely. The shaping of both the cardigan and skirt is good and the Delft china-inspired motif of blue florals on a white background is so beautifully interpreted.

Deeba. A very simple yet effective colour block effect, and the shaping is good.

Isad. This ripple pattern could have looked afghan-y, but this designer took the look an extra mile by employing slipped stitch and stranded techniques, and the result is a polished, contemporary wrap.

Paragon. A smart new twist on the classic striped sweater.

Taibah. I like this coat, with its offbeat colourway and variety of interesting stitchwork. The belt isn't doing much for it. It might be better to add some waist shaping, change the collar to something that sits a bit better, run the buttons up a little higher on the bands, and forego the belt.

Dudson. A simple, well-shaped tank.

Moorcroft. A nice piece -- the side detail is attractive -- but I'd neaten up the fit a little and add waist shaping.

Vanaja. A very decent looking boho-style crocheted bag.

Stafford. I'm finding this one unappealing. It has a rough, wrong-side-out look

Waterford. The pattern in this is quite charming, but the surplice shaping is unflattering even on this professional model.

Kayla. Pretty lacework, but again I don't think the surplice wrap effect works well. Surplices are hard to get right, as I know from having made two that I was so unsatisfied with that I wound up taking them apart again.

Spode. I like the bold, contemporary look of pattern on this one, and it's fun to look at the pattern and figure out what everything is.

Calico. The tucked, multi-layered effect of this pattern is inventive and attractive, but I can't help thinking it would work better on an afghan, as it's a rather bulky effect.

Ziana. As hard as they've tried to style this piece, it still looks like a random swath of knitting slung around the model.

Porcelain. The "teapots and vases" pattern is fun and eye-catching, but the shape is not flattering.

Beswick. A nice, wearable piece, but I'd add more buttons, as that one lone, single, isolated button looks so terribly lonely. NO I AM NOT PROJECTING THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Hasina. This is a basic top, but it's totally wearable and useful as a well-made basic tends to be.

Minton. I like both the colour block effect and the sideways cable/dropped stitch stitchwork of this piece. The design is good too.

Garima. I like the concept of a solid colour body combined with shoulder and sleeve detail, but I would go with a seamless construction here to get rid of that unfortunate shoulder seam in the middle of the detail, and make the body neater fitting.

Wedgewood. Wedgwood, Spode, Delft, Minton, Porcelain, Waterford... Rowan's on a real china kick with this issue, with more we haven't gotten to yet. Not that I'm complaining. I have a bit of thing for beautiful tableware, and china patterns are a great source of inspiration for knitwear design. I quite like this design too, though again, I'd have gone with a seamless sleeve construction here rather than this dropped shoulder seam. Though in the case of this particular sweater, modifying to get rid of a dropped shoulder seam would be a fairly complex job, so unless you are quite skilled you'll probably prefer to just make it the way it is.

Daya. An attractive yet neutral wrap. I like the combination of the contrasting textures.

Haviland. Not a bad tunic, though I'd stop short of the fringe.

Eshana. I like the madras plaid-like effect of this crocheted wrap.

Coalport. Classic cardigan with some interesting and unusual textured stitchwork.

Saguna. This one's as plain as it gets, but then sometimes a simple pullover design like this one is just the right choice for a beautiful yarn.

Tang, Song, Ming. I like all three of these pillows, but I'm not sure I'd use the three of them together. I'd probably pick one design, reverse the colours of it for pillows one and two, and make pillow number three in a solid matching or accent colour.

Lanika. I like the pattern through the body, but this has an unfinished look. Curling edges always do make feel a bit twitchy.

Aynsley. A sharp, graphic effect. I'm dying to see it done in another colourway.

Olena. Pretty, though I wish I could get a look at those front edges to see whether and how they are finished.

Umnia. An interesting combination of mosaic stitchwork and colour blocking, though I don't feel this colourway does the design justice.

Barlin. An attractive and useful summer cardi.

Janan. The shoulder/side shaping is unfortunate, and the sleeves look like a mutation.

Maida. This crocheted cardi has a smart, contemporary appeal.

Gayana. I can't imagine any occasion for which I'd care to wrap a swath of crocheted fabric over my jeans and call it a skirt, and for obvious reasons this "skirt" can't very well be worn on its own.

Foolan. This one is pretty. The round eyelets in its crocheted pattern make me think of octopus suckers, but in a reasonably positive way.

Parul. This tank has the interesting colourway and stitchwork of the coat above without its problematic shaping. A nice piece for summer.