Friday, 11 August 2017
Cast On Fall 2017: A Review
Cast On magazine has released its Fall 2017 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?
A Basket of Posies. Not bad, though with its curling edges and crudely sketched-on flowers, it is a little on the rough and ready side. It's undeniably cute and the butterfly buttons are a nice touch.
A Road Less Travelled. I like this on the whole, but that collar is making me twitchy. It's supposed to be asymmetrical, but it looks merely askew.
A-Tisket, A-Tasket socks. Quite a good-looking pair of socks.
Alpine Hiking Vest. I like this piece, though I do note that the empire-waist level band won't flatter the well-endowed woman. If this vest is for a woman who requires anything larger than a B-cup, move that band down to her waist.
Baby in Basket Hat. At first glance, I thought this was some kind of little drawstring bag. It's not a bad little hat.
Color Block Tunic. I like the basic concept of a colour block tunic, but the execution didn't quite pan out. The look is too visually fragmented.
Diagonal Basketweave Cowl. A useful piece with some textural detail to keep things interesting.
English Diamonds Cowl. Pretty.
Garter Stitch Basketweave. A nice simple throw cushion.
Golden Aspen Texting Gloves. Fingerless gloves usually have a bit more finger showing than this, and the effect is a bit weird, as though the finger tips are showing because the glove fingers blew out at the tips rather than by design.
Green Aspen Arm Warmers. I'm liking these.
Hit the Road Cardigan. Oh, I like this one! Shaping and detailing are good, and those curving front basket stitch panels give the sweater visually flattering lines.
Mosaic and Slip Stitch Basketweave Pillow. That pattern has a smart visual effect.
Mr. Liss. This is supposed to be a fox, but it actually looks more like some sort of fox/anteater hybrid. Foxes' noses aren't that long.
Napoleon + Deseret Jacket. This is the cover look, and deservedly so, because that stitchwork is fabulous. It's impossible to add waist-shaping to a design like this one, but it would be possible to fix the dropped shoulders and make the sleeves neater fitting.
Orange Sassafras Texting Gloves. Here we have a little more fingertip showing, but also bunched up knitting because, I suspect, the fingers were simply too long for the model's hand. This one has a bit of pattern on the back, but it's not especially effective.
Picot Edge Table Runner. Not a bad decorative piece.
Red Maple Texting Gloves. These are just like the Golden Aspen Texting Gloves, only done in a light fingering yarn rather than in sport weight. I like the more polished look of the lighter yarn. I never like my gloves to look or feel like oven mitts.
Rib and Garterweave Pillow. This is a slight variation on the Garter Stitch Basketweave pillow above. I think I prefer the other one, because the smaller scale of the pattern gives the pillow a slightly more polished look.
Roaming Check Boot Cuffs. I can only sign off on boot cuffs when they can pass for the top of the boot. These don't.
Top-Down Market Bag. This is going to stretch all to hell as soon as one puts one's groceries in it.
Wayfarer. This has a dated, frumpy look, and zip fronts look bad when folded back so that the inner edge of the zipper can be seen, as here.
Zick Zack Fingerless Mitts. Quite like these, which are well-shaped and have a pretty colourway.