Thursday, 25 August 2016
Vogue Knitting has released their Fall 2016 preview photos. Let's have a look at them, shall we?
Pattern #1. Classic fair isle pattern, and this cape sits and drapes very well.
Pattern #2. Very smart take on the classic fair isle yoke sweater. I'd totally wear this myself.
Pattern #3. I like the fair isle pattern, and I know one must knit fair isle scarves in a tube so as not to have a wrong side, but finishing this scarf off with ribbed cuffs makes it look like the wearer tied a couple of extra sleeves around her neck.
Pattern #4. I like the fair isle pattern and the mitts, but the neck and sleeve shaping of this vest looks dowdy to me.
Pattern #5. Nice piece. I like the modern feeling combination of a fair isle front with a tartan back.
Pattern #6. Beautiful design, and the colour palette is fantastic.
Pattern #7. A very handsome cowl.
Pattern #8. Very pretty. I love the subtle shades of blue combined with that very pale pink.
Pattern #9. That's a pretty fabulous cushion.
Pattern #10. That middle section looks like a mistake. I think the problem was that it needed a more definite divider from the rest of the vest than a single hacky-looking garter stitch row.
Pattern #11. A polished, contemporary piece. I'd love to see this one done in colour blocks.
Pattern #12. Nice. A subtle but interesting pattern that will look well with many outfits and coats.
Pattern #13. I wasn't sure how I felt about the back slit at first, but I think it works. Given that the edges are well finished and the rest of the sweater is well-shaped and has good stitchwork, the overall look is that of a modern, feminine version of the tail coat, which is a great design direction, especially considering that one of the alternative paths is "mud flaps".
Pattern #14. Classic cabled sweater, updated with a sectional look.
Pattern #15. Beautiful stitchwork in this.
Pattern #16. Oooh, lovely. So flattering and polished.
Pattern #17. This one is very boxy and will be hard for most women to carry off.
Pattern #18. This one could have used a more finished-looking neckline to go with the sleeve cuffs and hem.
Pattern #19. Not bad, but I would raise those dropped shoulders.
Pattern #20. Very Gap-ish.
Pattern #21. Classic man's pullover.
Pattern #22. Some great texture in this one.
Pattern #23. Classic hat, though I don't know how many men would want that pom pom on there.
Monday, 27 June 2016
The Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2016 issue preview pictures are out! Let's have a look at them.
Pattern #1. Some lovely stitchwork in this cowl, and the yarn used here looks especially luscious.
Pattern #2. Good lines and interesting detail.
Pattern #3. Not thrilled with all those loose stitches in this scarf, which remind me of runs in stockings.
Pattern #4. Very pretty pinwheel effect in this wrap.
Pattern #5. This afghan has a vintage-y feel to it, but in a good way.
Pattern #6. Very much like this capelet. It has a polished, sophisticated look that would go to the office as well as most other places.
Pattern #7. This one's really eyecatching. You can't not notice it.
Pattern #8. This v-neck is as basic as it gets, but the shaping is so good that all it needs is a beautiful yarn.
Pattern #9. This pullover would ordinarily not be my kind of thing (note the dropped shoulders), but I think it's working. The texture is interesting, it drapes well, and it has an elegantly relaxed and understated look to it.
Pattern #10. This three-quarter length jacket looks unfinished. The pockets look rough and crooked at the bottom, and there's no visual interest or any particular style to the garment.
Pattern #11. Another unfinished-looking piece. Adding some sort of band to those front edges would have helped.
Pattern #12. Not a bad look. The exaggerated length of it gives it interest, though this will also be a difficult piece for a short woman to carry off. But then it could be scaled down a little for the vertically challenged.
Pattern #13. Another basic piece with good lines. These pieces are a great way to showcase a beautiful or interesting yarn.
Pattern #14. This Peruvian-style cap is a little roughly constructed and busy for my tastes, but it is also kind of fun and the colour scheme has a fresh feel to it.
Pattern #15. This one is a little too architectural for an item that's to be worn. These motifs would be better suited to throw cushion or afghan design.
Pattern #16. Very pretty, and the subtle colourway is lovely.
Pattern #17. The graphics look better suited to a child than an adult, and the colour scheme is giving me retina burn.
Pattern #18. Very nice!
Pattern #19. The stitchwork leaves me with a confused feeling, like it's an advanced Rorschach ink blot test, but I must admit that the black and white makes this piece striking.
Pattern #20. Quite like the vest, with its good shaping and unique detail, though the way it's styled here does nothing for it.
Pattern #21. Attractive and polished.
Pattern #22. This is not only a lovely and versatile piece, but it looks as though it would be a pure pleasure to wear it. I want to put this on and never take it off.
Pattern #23. Bulky, shapeless, and crudely put together. How did this get in here?
Monday, 9 May 2016
Vogue Knitting has released their Spring/Summer issue for 2016. Let's have a look at it, shall we?
Pattern #1, Lace Turtleneck. This is quite gorgeous. Though I for one would live in terror of snagging it on something.
Pattern #2, Leaf Lace Tank. Pretty, but I would go for a contrast colour camisole underneath, for, as we all know, "nude tone underwear" is practically never a match to anyone's skin tone and simply looks drearily utilitarian.
Pattern #3, Leaf Motif Wrap. I'm not usually a big fan of openwork designs, but I like this one. The holes are well-shaped and look like a pattern rather than just holes.
Pattern #4, Lace Jacket. Some beautiful lacework in this, and good shaping.
Pattern #5, Open Front Cardigan. This one would be a good way to dress up a simple, monochrome outfit.
Pattern #6, Sampler Jacket. The play of colour in this jacket is impressively artistic and painterly.
Pattern #7, Cocoon Cardigan. The shape of this one is a bit different -- it's a longer version of a shrug. I think it works, though I might reserve it for wear over relatively fitted outfits.
Pattern #8, Ribbed Arm Warmers. I quite like these, though the thought of wearing such things in summer makes me want to curl up and die.
Pattern #9, Cropped Lace Poncho. The real benefit of this one is that if you find you didn't bring enough enviro bags to the grocery store, you can just take this piece off and put your produce in it.
Pattern #10, Lace Wrap. This is quite lovely, though the psychedelic yarn choice, while a cool effect in itself, is making my eyes go out of focus.
Pattern #11, Graystone Harbor Shawl. Love the lacework in this one.
Pattern #12, Two-Colour Triangle Shawl. This one is actually quite cool, an artful mix of traditional lace and contemporary style. I think I'd want to go with a more interesting colour choice, though.
Pattern #13, A-Line Tunic. Not bad. I'd want to buy a few tops in complementary colours and patterns for wear underneath it in order to make the most of the front openwork panel.
Pattern #14, Knotted Cowl. The stitchwork is really good, and I can see this piece looking stylish on the right person and on the right outfit, but those knotted fringes would make me feel like I was wearing a macramé plant holder.
Pattern #15, Banded Lace Pullover. Can't say I care for the solid chest-level band on this. It looks too obviously like a bra. I'd go all the way with this one and make the whole thing in a lace pattern.
Pattern #16, Cross Stitch Vest. I don't think I've ever seen an effect quite like the "cross stitch" openwork stitch in this vest. I like the look, which gives the vest some interest and makes it summery.
Pattern #17, Lace Tunic. Some nice stitchwork in this, but I'd want to neaten up the fit and shorten those sleeves.
Pattern #18, Eyelet Pullover. Pretty lace summer sweater.
Pattern #19, Lace Tank. Love both the delicate lacework and the subtly coloured yarn used here.
Pattern #20, Lacy Poncho. The real benefit of this one is that if the wearer ever gets tired of it, she can hang it up over her kitchen window.
Pattern #21, Cap-Sleeve Top. Pretty, and the lacework is nice, but I don't think I could resist adding some ribbing or a crocheted edging at the neckline, armholes, and hemline to make it look a little more finished.
Pattern #22, Retro Intimates. These are a lovely nod to lingerie of the past, and the model does look fetching, but they're not terribly practical, as the bra would offer little support to women who need support, and knitted underwear would be too thick to be wearable under very many outfits. But then perhaps it's intended to be worn on, er, special occasions, and for a maximum of five minutes.