Showing posts with label Vogue Knitting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vogue Knitting. Show all posts

Monday, 30 September 2019

Vogue Knitting Fall 2019: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released their Fall 2019 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

#1, Oversized Pullover. I'm always a hard sell on any clothing design that fits like a house, as I don't think it's a flattering look on anyone and personally I can't bear the bulk and weight and awkwardness of very oversized clothing, though some people find that sort of thing cozy. So, while the black and white contrast of this sweater is sharp and the cables are lovely, I can't help thinking it would be a more attractive and wearable sweater if it were a standard fit with raised shoulders, or, if one wanted to go oversized, merely one size up from one's regular size, as opposed to three or four.

#2, Yoke Pullover. No complaints here. This one's a lovely classic look.

#3, Hat & Cowl. A nice-looking set. It would be fun to pick out a colourway for this one.

#4, Mosaic Turtleneck. This is a striking, contemporary look.

#5, Tilework Top. And this one is even more eye-catching. Very mod!

#6, Mitered Tunic. This is a new take on the gradient effect: mitred squares in a neutral frame. I like it, though I would neaten up the fit a little.

#7, Lace Pullover. Very pretty, but I would fix those dropped shoulders.

#8, Bell Sleeve Pullover. Beautiful stitchwork, and the bell sleeves and old rose colour work with the romantic effect of the lace.

#9, Cable and Lace Pullover. The asymmetrical panel gives a classic lace pullover a modern twist.

#10, Stranded Yoke Pullover. This is such a fun, attractive, wearable piece.

#11, Brioche Pullover. I'd fix the dropped shoulders and make the sleeves neater fitting. The exaggerated neckline of this sweater is all it needs.

#12, Pleated Tunic. This is super cute. Nice shaping and detailing, and it sits so well.

#13, Simple Pullover & Scarf. I'm not sure how practical a short-sleeved sweater and scarf set is, unless the wearer is someone who takes a chill specifically in the neck region while their arms somehow stay warm. There are such people (i.e., a girl I knew in high school who refused to alter her 1980s mullet hairstyle well into the 1990s despite the urging of all her friends, because as she put it, her "neck would get cold").

#14, Yoke Pattern Pullover. Beautiful. The yoke and lines are pleasing, and there's nothing quite like a mohair silk blend yarn.

#15, Lace Stripe Pullover. This is fetching. I like the neat shape and colour and the hint of skin showing beneath.

#16, Boxy Pullover. I'd call this shapeless rather than boxy, and those abbreviated sleeves look simply absurd.

#17, Tawny. This is... okay. I'd make this one just one size too large, as a relaxed fit will work well with this casual style.

#18, Zebra Pullover. For the zebra enthusiast in your life! This is a well-rendered design for what it is, even though the zebra looks a little fiercer and more pinched in the muzzle than zebras usually look.

#19, Crewneck Pullover. This one is a "from the archives" Perry Ellis design, which was originally published in Vogue Knitting Fall/Winter 1983. It has aged very well, and though I'm not one for animal skin motifs, if I were to wear one, this would probably be my pick.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2019: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released its Early Fall 2019 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Pattern #01, V-Neck Tunic. This oversized Shaker knit vest is taking me back to circa 1986, when items like this were very in style. Except back then it would have been made in some bright colour: aqua, hot pink, or electric blue.

Pattern #02, Geometric Pullover. Nice shaping and design. It would be fun to pick out a colourway for this one.

Pattern #03, Yoked Pullover. Love this one, which has great shaping and a striking and attractive yoke design.

Pattern #04, V-Neck Vest. Nice shaping and stitchwork in this one, but I'm not sure I'm on board with the yarn choice, or with the pairing of this vest with the rest of the model's look, great as that dress and jewelry would be on its own.

Pattern #05, V-Neck Cardigan. I like the lines of v-shaped contrast stitches on this one. To a casual glance, it has the look of single large stitches, which is rather meta.

Pattern #06, Cropped Cardigan. A cute cropped cardigan for those who can pull off a cropped length. If you (or the intended wearer) can't, well, it can always be lengthened.

Pattern #07, Gradient Cardigan. This one, which is knit of two strands of laceweight, turns three colours of yarn into a perfect gradient colourway by combining two strands of the adjoining colours to create a bridging colour. It's a great technique to use if you can't find a satisfactory gradient colourway -- they can be hard to put together.

Pattern #08, Multipatterned Cardigan. I'm not crazy about this one, but I think the problem is mostly the "sunburned taco" colourway. I have a bit of a weakness for these "sampler" type designs, which are such a great chance to flex one's knitting muscles.

Pattern #09, Chevron Cardigan. Classic, wearable cardigan with some nice stitchwork.

Pattern #10, Cropped Cardigan. The only thing I don't like about this one is the cropped shaped (admittedly, I'm biased, as I cannot wear cropped tops of any sort). Otherwise it's lovely, with such a polished, crisp look, and the stitchwork is fantastic.

Pattern #11, Fair Isle Yoke Pullover. I like the concept of embroidering designs from the yoke on the body of a sweater, but I'm not convinced that the particular yoke and embroidered devices employed here work well together.

Pattern #12, Lace Scarf. What a lovely piece of work.

Pattern #13, Textured Wrap. Great texture and a very handsome look overall.

Pattern #14, Gradient Wrap. Another beautiful wrap. This one was done with a single variegated yarn.

Pattern #15, Lace Wrap. Simple and pretty.

Pattern #16, Brioche Cowl. This one's so striking you could build an entire outfit around it.

Pattern #17, Two-Tone Pullover. This is a Kaffe Fassett design, and as hesitant as I am to critique a Fassett design (I mean, who do I think I am, really?), I can't sign off on those choppy-looking sleeves. I'd cast on extra stitches when I got to the armholes and knit the sleeves of a piece with the body, eliminating both the dropped shoulder seam and the checkerboard pattern.

Pattern #18, Amber Leafy Coat. Wow, this is simply a fabulous piece of design. I can't help feeling I'd like to change the shape since the A-line silhouette is not my friend, but there are those rare designs that shouldn't be altered, and this is one of them.

Pattern #19, Cliffs of Moher Sweater. My goodness, you couldn't not notice this one if you saw it on anyone. The combination of Celtic designs and texture and a rainbow yoke is fun and fresh and lovely. And wonder of wonders, this pattern is available for free!

Pattern #20, Celtic Flame Coat. This is another amazing piece of design. The Ravelry pattern page for this pattern describes it as "show stopping" and I don't disagree. But I think if I were making it I might be inclined to skip the stripes and the gradient colours and make the coat in a solid colour with a contrast Celtic device colour. Just the stitchwork and the Celtic designs are enough to carry this piece. And this pattern is available for free!

Pattern #21, Colorwork Vest. This is one from the archives, a Kaffe Fassett design from the Vogue Knitting Holiday 1986 issue. Even with all the fashion fluctuations of the last 33 years, I don't believe there's been a year since this was published that it wouldn't have been wearable just as it is.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Vogue Knitting Spring & Summer 2019: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released its Spring & Summer 2019 issue, but before we take our look at the designs in it, I'd like to take a moment to note that Vogue Knitting's longtime editor-in-chief Trisha Malcolm is stepping down to move on to a new role at MezCrafts, the parent company of Rowan Yarns. Best wishes to her in her career shift after over twenty years at Vogue Knitting! I know I'll never forget that first time that I saw that someone named Trisha Malcolm had liked something on this blog's Facebook page within the first year of its existence, how I instantly recognized the name but thought it couldn't possibly be *that* Trisha Malcolm, and how I nearly hyperventilated when a click through proved that, yes, it was. Also, it'll be interesting to see whether or how Vogue Knitting changes now that it's to have someone different at the helm.

Pattern #1, Eyelet Shawl. Fit for a bride!

Pattern #2, Lace-Striped Dress. Simple and wearable. I think it was a good call to add the belt to the look, as the waistline looks a little sad and baggy without it.

Pattern #3, Diamond Pattern Tunic. A pretty and airy look. I'd raise the shoulder and play with the length of the sleeve as it looks a little awkward as is, though chances are if the wearer adds a gazebo-sized hat to the look as has been done in this sample shot, no one will notice.

Pattern #4, Crocheted Cover Up. This one is too irretrievably doily-like for me, though I must admit the lines are good and that, as a piece of needlework, it is an accomplishment.

Pattern #5, Lace Hem Mini Dress. This one has a certain boho chic.

Pattern #6, Cropped Eyelet Pullover. The fit of this is just plain awkward -- even this professional model can't make it work, despite her considerable best efforts. One could alter the pattern to have a more flattering fit... or one could just use another knitting pattern. Your call!

Pattern #7, Beaded Shawl. Not a bad little wrap, though there are better yarn and bead choice combinations for it.

Pattern #8, Rose Cardigan. This is a lovely piece with quite a delicate, romantic feel and a certain amount of style, but unfortunately it's reminding me all too vividly of a set of cross stitch rose motif aida cloth placemats I made as a present for my mother when I was 17 and that she then wrecked after a single use by machine washing them even though I had TOLD her they were not machine washable and perhaps you'll all understand if I just move on to the next review without saying more.

Pattern #9, Eyelet Top. Nice little summer top with good lines and good stitchwork.

Pattern #10, Asymmetrical Tank. Sleek and contemporary.

Pattern #11, Patterned Tank. This is quite smart. It's 1930s sportswear meets contemporary shaping, and it's a happy combination.

Pattern #12, Offset V-Neck Top. This one has a relaxed, minimalist elegance to it.

Pattern #13, Drop Stitch Pullover. This has a rather attractive open lace effect, but I can't help wincing at the thought of how it would catch on everything. And I would raise the dropped shoulders.

Pattern #14, Mixed Yoke Pullover. I like everything about this striking fair isle design but the openwork crochet bands, which I'd replace with something solid. As is, the design would require an underlayer, which limits its usefulness for summer wear.

Pattern #15, Boxy Tee. I like this one, with its visible seams and deconstructed vibe. It definitely deserved better than to be paired with a skirt that appears to be sewn from used metallic gift wrap.

Pattern #16, Back-Tied Bubble Top. I very much like this one with its eyelet body, fun striped accent edges, and fetching back tie detail, and it definitely deserves a better colourway.

Pattern #17, Patchwork Yoke Pullover. I like the concept here, which is really quite fresh, but the edges of the front patches are a little too unfinished-looking to really work. I'd edge them in some way.

Pattern #18, Striped Pullover. These mesh pieces always look too much like a mesh shopping bag to me to be really successful as clothing design.

Pattern #19, Tangram-esque Dress. This one elicted an audible "Oooooh!" from me when I first viewed it on Vogue Knitting's website. The lines are good, the design is "you can't miss it" striking, and it's a wearable piece. Can't say that the colourway is doing much for it, but in six months' time the Ravelry member pattern pages for this design will be something worth checking out.

Pattern #20, Eyelet Lace Tunic. This is a pattern from Vogue Knitting's Spring & Summer 1999 issue, and isn't it amazing how contemporary it looks twenty years on? I have this one in my personal knitting library, having bought the issue back in the day, but I've never made it. While it looks great through the yoke, the fit through the body concerns me -- this is a DK weight and that extra material is going to be on the bulky side. However, given that this piece is knitted in the round and has an allover lace pattern, one would be hard pressed to come up with a way to add shaping through the body (it would probably mean moving to a flat knit below the armholes and require side seams, which would be a shame), and would likely end up simply have to embrace its generous lines.

Pattern #21, Garden Flower Yoke Pullover. Very cute!