Monday, 15 January 2018
In today's post, we're going to have a look at Knit Simple's Winter 2017 issue.
Pattern #1, Oversized Turtleneck. There's nothing objectively wrong with this one, but I'm pretty sure I'd feel like a lemon creamsicle in it.
Pattern #2, Textured Socks. I'm not quite liking the texture of these -- they don't look that good all stretched out on the leg.
Pattern #3, Shawl-Collar Cardigan. This one's a little too unstructured to work. The edges look as though they're turning under by accident rather than design.
Pattern #4, Cup Cozies. I've never seen the point of cup cozies, which are bound to get coffee, hot chocolate, and the like dripped or spilled on them and have to be washed.
Pattern #5, Hot Water Bottle Cover. Hot water bottles do make more sense, because they tend to be unattractive, and what's more attractive and more comforting than a hot water bottle in a cute little sweater?
Pattern #6, Cabled Poncho. This isn't bad, but as with most ponchos I can't help thinking it would look better as an afghan.
Pattern #7, Textured Pillows. Nice, useful piece, and would look good on many a couch.
Pattern #8, Lace Shawl. The lacework is beautiful, but when I've had rectangular knitted shawls like this I've always found them awkward to style.
Pattern #9, Fringed Blanket. Classic cabled afghan.
Pattern #10, Garter Stitch Cowl. This is as basic as it gets, but you can always upgrade it by making it in a beautiful, interesting yarn.
Pattern #11, Colorblock Hats. Classic striped caps are useful and a good way to use up odds and ends of yarn.
Pattern #12, Chevron Hat. That's an effective and interesting chevron pattern.
Pattern #13, Cabled Hat. Perfectly good standard cap.
Pattern #14, Fair Isle Hat. This is rather nice looking, though I would not describe it as fair isle.
Pattern #15, Bicolor Ribbed Hat. An interesting combination of texture and stripes.
Pattern #16, Pom Pom Hat. I don't much like the rolled edge on this one, which gives it an unfinished look.
Pattern #17, Tassel Hat. Not bad. I definitely like tassels more than pom poms, as I think them better suited to adults.
Pattern #18, Polar Bear Jacket, Hat, and Mitts. The mittens are cute, but I don't much care for the hat or jacket, which both have an awkward, cheesy look to them.
Pattern #19, Polar Bear Pillow. That is one square-looking polar bear.
Pattern #20, Bear Cub Hat and Pullover. This is rather cute without having the "trying too hard" look of the previous polar bear-themed sweater, hat, and mittens set.
Pattern #21, Scoop-Neck Pullover.
Nice texture, shaping, and gradient effect.
Pattern #22, Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan. I rather like the inventive colourway of this one and the way the front edges sit, but the shaping through the body and sleeves is so loose and baggy that the overall look doesn't work.
Pattern #23, Narrow Shawl. Rather pretty. The edging pattern is interesting.
Pattern #24, Long Cowl. Pretty basic, but it'll do.
Pattern #25, Linen Stitch Scarf. I love the effect of linen stitch, but I'm not crazy about the colour palette used here. I'd also fringe this.
Pattern #26, Lattice Hat. A simple yet pretty effect.
Pattern #27, Swaddling Blanket. Not a bad way to keep your baby warm while still giving it room to kick and squirm.
Monday, 13 November 2017
Knit Simple has released its Holiday 2017 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?
Pattern #01, Handwarmers. Simple, useful pattern.
Pattern #02, Ribbed Hat. Not bad. I'm not thrilled with the shape of the top, though.
Pattern #03, Cacti. If I were to make one of these, I'd use it as a pincushion.
Pattern #04, Leafy Dishcloths. These are a fun change from the usual square dishcloth.
Pattern #05, Long Cowl. This is a bit crude looking for my tastes.
Pattern #06, Dog Pillow; and pattern #07, Clutch. Can't say I care for the dog pillow, which looks slapped together and silly. The clutch is pretty basic.
Pattern #08, Cowl. This is rather pleasing. The shaping is good and the yarn makes it.
Pattern #09, Scrubbies; and pattern #10, Textured Scarf. The dishcloths and scrub mitt are okay. I rather like the scarf, though I think it needs a fringe.
Pattern #11, Messy Bun Hat. This hat design gets points for creativity, but the "hair bun as pom pom" look has the effect of a pom pom that's gone into moult.
Pattern #12, Stroller Blanket. I don't like the "crudely slapped together" look of this blanket. The yarn is beautiful, but it deserved better.
Pattern #13, Rainbow Scarf. Nice little shawl.
Pattern #14, Key Fobs. I don't think I'd care to have my keys look like they belonged the world's smallest cheerleader.
Pattern #15, Cold Shoulder Top. I'd be inclined to make this in a yarn more suited to a special occasion, such as a silk, or some kind of novelty yarn. Pairing a shoulder-baring design with a mohair worsted makes for rather odd look.
Pattern #16, Two-Tone Party Top. I rather like the effect of the colour blocked laceweight panels, though I don't think I would pair something in these candied shades with a black leather skirt.
Pattern #17, Two-Textured Sweater. The combination of a merino yarn with a laceweight yarn creates the effect of a piece half-eaten by moths, which would make me anxious to get the thing off before the larvae came back to finish the job.
Pattern #18, Crossover Top. This is rather unique and attractive, and a good way to add a warm and interesting layer to a simple outfit.
Pattern #19, Open-Back Top. This sweater looks as though it realized it was too frumpy in the front view, and decided to compensate by going full-on vamp in the back. The ultimate effect is about as successful as overcompensation usually is.
Pattern #20, Crochet Top. This one looks as though a video game screen background decided to start a new life as a sweater.
Pattern #21, Square of the Month KAL. Some beautiful stitchwork in this, and I like the gradient effect, but I'd ditch those distracting raised seams.
Pattern #22, Basketball; and pattern #23, Basketball Court Blanket. This is such a great concept, and it's well rendered. I am sure the little basketball fan in your life would be thrilled to get a blanket and a cushion that can be both played with and snuggled with.
Pattern #24, Football; and pattern #25, Football Field Blanket. The ball and field idea works equally well with football.
Pattern #26, Soccer ball; and pattern #27, Soccer Field Blanket. And here's the soccer set, which is also well done. As a Canadian, however, I must point out that there's no hockey puck and blanket set. Maybe I'll have to design one myself, as I know a little hockey fanatic who would like one.
Pattern #28, Hobo Tote. This isn't an unattractive bag, but unlined knitted bags do tend to stretch terribly, as I see this one is doing, even though it has only a few light items in it.
Pattern #29, Striped Tote. This bag looks a little sturdier than the previous one. The designer has added handles and stabilized the knitted tote by sewing a purchased tote bag into it, which is an excellent idea. Do make sure the purchased tote bag and the knitted one coordinate well in terms of colour. The white handles we see here don't complement the ivory and green knitted bag.
Pattern #30, Crochet Tote. This isn't such a bad-looking bag, and it will be sturdier than a knitted bag because crochet is stiffer and less stretchy than knitting. I'd still line it, though.
Pattern #31, Felted Boat Bag. This one's felted, which is another way to make a knitted bag less prone to stretching. This looks like a good beach bag to me.
Pattern #32, Simple Tote. This thing wouldn't have the strength to hold anything without stretching all to hell, and it's not much to look at. I'd give this one a pass.
Pattern #33, Slouchy Market Bag. The pattern of this is very pretty. I'd line this though, not only to strengthen the bag, but because I wouldn't care to have the contents of my bag showing through it. Women don't only bring home picturesque loaves of French bread and celery stalks from the gocery store -- sometimes we bring home tampons.