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

Monday, 14 January 2019

Vogue Knitting Winter 2018/2019: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released their Winter 2018/2019 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

Pattern #1, Cabled Poncho. I like this design better than most poncho designs, probably because it has shape and detail and almost passes for a sweater.

Pattern #2, Peplum Pullover. I like the fit and flare -- and the beautiful cables -- of this one.

Pattern #3, Cabled Pullover. Not bad, though I would fix those dropped shoulders.

Pattern #4, Diamond Poncho. A handsome piece. Its diagonal lines give it a certain smartness.

Pattern #5, Cabled Cardigan. Nice detailing on this one, and the shape is good too.

Pattern #6, Cable Front Cardigan. Classic cardigan.

Pattern #7, Argyle Vest. A simple, wearable take on the classic argyle vest.

Pattern #8, Cubix Shawl. This one could be a great stash buster, and it's visually interesting.

Pattern #9, Flicker Poncho. This one is a little too afghan-y for me as to its stitchwork, though I must admit its shape is good and it sits well.

Pattern #10, Brioche Shawl. A rather appealing contemporary wrap.

Pattern #11, Two-Color Pullover. This one's a little rough and ready for my tastes, but I suppose it would be wearable enough if one just fixed the dropped shoulders, and it would be fun to play with the colour choices on this one -- this dull light gray and ivory combination doesn't do much for it.

Pattern #12, Heart Pullover. This one looks like a dog sweater knit large rather than something that really belongs on a grown woman.

Pattern #13, Sleeveless A-line Dress. This one looks like some sort of orphanage uniform cosplay. That's due to the styling, but I don't quite know what could have been done with this piece. It's almost irretrievably sack-like, and making it in plain ivory didn't help.

Pattern #14, Striped Pulled Over & Scarf. I'm digging the concept of a striped sweater with a coordinating colour blocked scarf.

Pattern #15, Oversized Shawl. Not bad, but this is one of those wraps that I can't help but feel would look best left on a couch.

Pattern #16, Winter Lake Stole. Such beautiful lacework.

Pattern #17, Hylla Cardigan. I'm not a fan of the dolman sleeve, but I actually rather like this one. It looks quite good from the back, if not quite as good from the side. I think I'd nix the ridge between the ribbing and the stitch used through the body as it stands out too much and not in a good way.

Pattern #18, Offset Triangle Shawl. Not bad at all. I rather like the unusual colour combination, and the interesting stripes and stitchwork combined with minimal finishing.

Pattern 19, Argyle Turtleneck. Oh, I remember this Adrienne Vittadini design, which originally appeared in Vogue Kniting's Winter 1996/97 issue, a rather battered copy of which sits on my pattern library shelf. It's a smart, wearable piece. I haven't made it yet, but that doesn't mean I won't.

Pattern 20, Striped Jacket. I rather like this one, though the drape front cardigan is ordinarily not my thing. The stripe combination works so beautifully and the design hangs pretty well.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Vogue Knitting Holiday 2018: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released their Holiday 2018 issue. Let's have a look at it.

#1 Brioche Striped Pullover. This is a creative and interesting new take on the striped sweater.

#2 Brioche Rib Cardigan. Great brioche stitchwork in this, and the shaping is passable.

#3 Two-Color Brioche Shawl. Beautiful! I love the two-tone effect and the stitchwork and the shape... and well, everything about it, really.

#04 Tuck Stitch Cowl. I like the tweedy, varied effect of this one.

#5 Two-Color Brioche Raglan Pullover. Not bad. I think there are happier colourways for this one.

#6 Balaclava. I'm afraid I'll never be able to get on board with the balaclava. It has such unfortunate associations: the Crimean War, convenience store robberies, prophylactics (not that condoms are to be classed with the first two items as a bad thing, but they aren't exactly known or valued for their aesthetic).

#7 Ridge-Pattern Hood. Cowls that can function as cowls are a far more attractive option than the balaclava. This pattern was originally published in 1986, and looks ahead of its time given that it can be worn as either a hood or a cowl, and knitted cowls were unknown back then.

#8 Ribbed Hood. The pom poms on this give it a court jester look.

#9 Deep Raglan Pullover. I'd neaten up the fit a bit.

#10 Lace Trim Swing Pullover. I know this is supposed to be a swing style, but I'd alter it to fit through the torso and hips. The swing silhouette is a difficult one to carry off.

#11 Dolman Long Cardigan. This is going to be unflattering on most women. It isn't even working on this professional model.

#12 Drop Shoulder Pullover. Normally I advise fixing drop shoulders, but in this case where the dropped shoulders are the titular and almost only distinguishing feature of the design, I advise going with another pattern.

#13 Triangle Fusion Shawl. A simple wrap with just enough technical detail that it looks polished.

#14 Striped Raglan Pullover. I really am liking the look of brioche stripes that's been a theme in this issue. And in this case I also love the colourway.

#15 String of Pearls Pullover. This is something different -- perhaps unsurprisingly, as it's from Nicky Epstein, who is known for her whimsical designs. I find myself liking it. It's more of a poncho than a pullover, though with better lines than is usual for a poncho, and the colourway and the inverted stripes and the "string of pearls" stitchwork all play together so well for an eye-catching look. But I would suggest making it with a cowl rather than a flat collar.

#16 Hat and Cowl Set. An attractive and wearable set. The stitchwork is good, and the narrow edging in a contrast colour adds so much.

#17 Yoke Cowl. This is such a smart, attractive cowl I can't help wishing the designer had kept going until it was a sweater.

#18 Arc Wrap. Love the sophisticated polish of this one.

#19 Coat Cowl. This cowl looks really good with a coat over it... and really awkward without it.

#20 Brioche Striped Cardi. I remember when this design was originally published in Vogue Knitting's Winter 1992/1993, and I have the issue in my knitting pattern library. I liked it then and I like it now.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Vogue Knitting Fall 2018: A Review

Vogue Knitting has released their Fall 2018 issue preview. Let's have a look at it, shall we?

#01, Fair Isle Shawl. What a variety of fun, beautiful motifs. I'd love to see this one expanded into an afghan.

#02, Fair Isle Hat. Doing this one in an atypical colourway really sets it apart from the usual fair isle hat.

#03, Fair Isle Pullover. A very attractive, classic piece.

#04, Three-Piece Rose Pattern Set. I would find the sight of all three of these pieces a little overwhelming in real life, and those mittens are more than a little oven mitt-y in shape, but of course there's no need to make/wear all three of these pieces and the sweater and the hat are certainly good examples of design. I also like the idea of making these items in two neutrals and a bright contrast colour.

#05, Leaf Motif Pullover. Nice, but I would fix the dropped shoulders and lengthen the sleeves.

#06, Mosaic Wrap. This is another one that would be quite lovely as an afghan as well as a wrap.

#07, Lace Stripe Shawl. Nice!

#08, Offset Triangle Shawl. A fun, contemporary piece.

#09, Tassel Yoke Pullover. Cute sweater. I'm giving the tassels serious side eye, but I think they'd work on a very young wearer. The 25+ crowd should probably leave them off.

#10, Graphic Yoke Pullover. Fun and colourful.

#11, Twisted Yoke Pullover. Beautiful. The yoke is interesting and eye-catching, and the edges have such a finished look.

#12, A-Line Tunic. Another lovely item. I'd be inclined to lengthen this one and turn it into a dress.

#13, Yoke Patterned Pullover. Fun yoke, but the sizing could certainly do with some neatening up.

#14, Yoke Patterned Cardigan. A lovely, classic piece. Although, Vogue Knitting copyeditors, just to be tiresomely pedantic for a minute, this pattern and the last pattern should have been titled "Patterned Yoke Pullover" and "Patterned Yoke Cardigan". These designs aren't patterned with yokes.

#15, Asymmetric Triangle Shawl. A very handsome, polished wrap that looks good however it's worn.

#16, Lace Shawl. Very pretty piece of lace work.

#17, Crossed Stitch Jacket. Not bad at all. This one would make a distinctive outfit out of a plain, neutral top and bottom. The pattern blurb says this design was inspired by the Chanel jacket, and I can definitely see the influence.

#18, Tuck Stitch Dress. Love this one, which would be a surprisingly useful, versatile piece given that it looks equally good worn on its own or worn as a jumper over a turtleneck. The mini-skirt length wouldn't work on everyone, but can be easily lengthened for a wearer who feels she's beyond her mini-skirt years, or just doesn't like minis.

#19, Bell Sleeved Pullover. Alas, I am destined to never wear this, as it's the sort of thing that makes me look terribly dumpy as it's not a style for well-endowed women, but it would be quite cute and smart on the right person.

#20, Shawl-Collared Pullover. This one's an Isaac Mizrahi design from 1998, but honestly Vogue Knitting has so many patterns in their vault that they could have chosen better than such a schlumpy, undistinguished number.