Knitter’s Magazine doesn’t list a season on their magazines, instead they go by edition number. This review is for the current edition of K102. To me this is more of a Summer edition, but the website for the magazine refers to this as a Spring edition. While this edition does have a large selection of cardigans, there are some lighter-weight sweaters as well. It really is a good mix of Spring to Summer fashions.
As I’ve mentioned in prior reviews of Knitter’s Magazine, this knitting magazine is one of my favorites. I appreciate that the magazine provides quality over quantity. I don’t need 30 knitting patterns or designs in each edition, I just need a few good patterns that I can add to my knitting library. For me, this Spring/Summer edition is no exception. My favorite design is the Nautical Notes sweater that provides a mix of cables and lace.
Designed by Ann McCauley, this cable knit sweater has a beautiful neckline. It has a sweeping boat-neck with cables that follow the neckline and blend into the sleeves. It provides a beautiful effect, with the vertical cables on the body leading up to the horizontal cables along the neck. The open and airy feel that the lace-work adds to the sweater prevents the cables from making the sweater too heavy. Sometimes a cable knit sweater can have a heavy and bulky feeling. That can be fine for a winter sweater, but for a Summer sweater a lighter feel is ideal for the warmer weather.
Another pattern that I love from Knitter’s Magazine Spring 2011 edition is the Basket Weave Blue cardigan sweater designed by Melissa Leapman. With a ruffled hemline, this cardigan is a perfect mix of comfort and femininity. I see this as a three season sweater. It will take you from Spring right through the cool days of Autumn. A versatile sweater like this one is a great project to put on your must-knit list.
This knitting magazine provides a great mix of patterns. If you’ve been looking to give entrelac a try, there is an empire-style cardigan pattern that has an entrelac yoke. With the entrelac pattern only along the yoke and shoulders, this sweater is much more appealing to me than sweaters that feature an all-over entralac design. My only complaint about this design by Gwen Bortner is that it has three-quarter sleeves. I’m not a big fan of three-quarter sleeves and in this design I think that the sweater would be better served with a full-length sleeve. So if I decide to knit this sweater, I’ll be sure to pick-up a little extra yarn to give me the flexibility of knitting a full sleeve.
Knitter’s Magazine Spring 2011 edition has a lot of additional patterns. I have only highlighted a few of the designs that caught my eye and that I will be adding to my knitting library. Who knows when I’ll get all these projects completed, but it’s great to have so many great options when I go to choose my next knitting project.
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