Knitting Trend: Kate Middleton Cardigan


It’s no surprise that the hottest design this season seems to be knitting designs that replicate the knit shrug that Kate Middleton wore at her wedding reception.  The white, angora cardigan was highlighted in the [intlink id=”151″ type=”post”]Fall Knitting Magazines Preview[/intlink] that I did last week.  So imagine my surprise when Knitter’s Magazine hit my mailbox and I noticed a pink cardigan that is a twist on the Kate Middleton cardigan.

The angora cardigan that Vogue Knitting Magazine offers on its website is more true to the Kate Middleton sweater.  Knit in a fluffy, white angora yarn, this sweater has 3/4 sleeves and a cropped top.  This pattern is really more of a shrug and is perfect for wearing over a dress or blouse.

On the other hand, the pink cardigan highlighted in the new Knitter’s Magazine has a longer bodice and the sleeves look a little longer as well.  Some may call this pink sweater a cardigan, while others would call the white cardigan a shrug.  Whatever you call them, these quick and easy sweaters are great knits for the fall season.

These sweaters would make great gifts this holiday season.  Pick-up some yarn on sale this Labor Day weekend and you can have a beautiful, yet affordable gift to knit for someone special in your life.

Happy Knitting!

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Fall Knitting Magazines Hit the Stands


It always amazes me how every year the weather changes like clockwork towards the end of August. We had a blistering hot summer with many heat waves with temperatures about 90 degrees. Yet here we are at the end of August and fall is in the air. Our daytime temperatures have been perfect, around 80 degrees and at night it cools off considerably. So I wake up to a cooler house and I immediately start thinking about school starting, the leaves changing colors and of course knitting beautiful pieces to keep me warm in the colder weather. With my mind on knitting, I was thrilled when the new fall knitting magazines started to hit my mailbox.

Vogue knitting magazine: Fall 2011

I feel like I just reviewed the Early Fall edition and here I am talking about the Fall issue. With Nordic Gloves adorning the front cover, this issue has a fall feel from first glance. The patterns inside also get you thinking about the colder weather. With hats, gloves and sweaters galore, the Vogue Knitting Fall issue has some beautiful projects to add to your to-do list. There are 3 quick projects that I think I’ll be adding to my list. The first is a hooded cowl that is knit with a cabled panel. The second project that caught my eye is a braided cowl.

Vogue Knitting Magazine: kate-middleton-cardigan

Vogue knitting magazine: Kate Middleton Cardigan

Yes, I guess it looks like I’ll be wearing a lot of cowls this season. That’s OK with me because I find them to be great accessories that pair well with turtlenecks and plain shirts. It can be an inexpensive way to dress-up any outfit. Layer a beautiful knit cowl over an inexpensive t-shirt and you’ve got a look that people will think cost a lot of money. Of course choosing beautiful yarns is the key to making a knit cowl, or any knit wear, look stunning.

The last project that I’ll be adding to my list is the Cropped Angora Cardigan whose design is inspired by the adorable cardigan that Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day. This simple, but elegant cardigan complements any outfit. Like the cowls I mentioned above, the key to this project is choosing a luxurious yarn. A soft angora yarn gives this cardigan texture and personality. You can find the pattern for this sweater on the Vogue Knitting website.

If you gave your knitting needles a brake this summer, it’s time to dust them off and get back in the swing of things. Whether it’s picking up one of your works-in-progress or starting a new project, I hope that the Fall 2011 knitting season brings you great joy.

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Knitter’s Magazine Spring 2011 Review


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.

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Knitter’s Magazine: Nautical Notes Sweater

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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