Fall Knitting Magazines Hit the Stands

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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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Knitting Magazines: A Look at the Summer Editions

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It may not feel like summer, but it’s almost that time of year and the summer editions of knitting magazines are hitting the newsstands.  Here is a look at four of the knitting magazines.

 

Vogue Knitting

Vogue Knitting Magazine

Vogue Knitting Magazine- Summer 2011 Cover

What I like about Vogue Knitting is that they always have creative patterns and informative articles in their magazine.  While some of the patterns may not be my style, I enjoy looking at the designer looks that they achieve.  I can always take-away pieces of information from each pattern to incorporate into one of my own projects.

The Spring/Summer edition includes a good article about blending yarns.  For summer projects where blended yarns are more prevalent, this article is right on the money.

Some of my favorite knitting patterns in this knitting magazine include a gorgeous lace poncho and two different lace tunic vests.

 

Knitting Today

Knitting Today Magazine

Knitting Today Magazine- Summer 2011 Cover

Knitting Today is a new knitting magazine and is still in it’s first year of publication.  For that I’ll cut them some slack.  But, I have to say that I was disappointed with their summer publication.  I think that they fell into the trap that so many magazines do. They used cliche boating and beach motifs for almost everything in the magazine.  I think that a seasoned knitting magazine like Vogue Knitting understands that by focusing on a theme or motif can alienate readers.  As someone who doesn’t want a sailboat on my knitting project, this meant that there were very few projects that were appealing to me in this edition.

Highlights of the Knitting Today summer edition include a beautiful Chevron Lace Afghan, Anchor Tote, Checkered Jumper for toddlers and a Barnyard Playmat.

Another note about this knitting magazine, they tend to focus on smaller projects.  For some this may be a pro and others maybe find it a negative feature.

 

Knit ‘n Style

Knit 'n Style Magazine

Knit n Style Magazine-Summer 2011 Cover

The tagline for this knitting magazine is “Real Fashion for Real Knitters”.  I think that this magazine does a great job of sticking to their motto and producing good patterns that anyone can use.  Their Summer edition includes an article by published knitting author Margaret Radcliffe.  In this article she tackles the question of when and where slipping the edge stitch is appropriate.  With clear, precise instructions and great photos to accompany it, this article is a great resource.

My favorite patterns in this edition of Knit ‘n Style are the Tunic for All Seasons and the Fibonacci Jacket.  There are several other patterns that caught my attention, like the Waves on the Shore pullover, but most of them have one or two design issues that prevent me from adding them to my “future projects library”.  Others may find these patterns perfect just the way they are.

 

Interweave Knits

Interweave Knits Magazine

Interweave Knits Magazine-Summer 2011 Cover

What I love about Interweave Knits is that there is always a great mix of educational articles and patterns.  While some may find their articles too involved, I enjoy reading a knitting magazine that isn’t all pictures.  Instead, it actually gives me something to read and articles that help me learn.

There are three articles in the Summer edition that I really liked.  The first is about Silk Yarns.  There are so many types of silk yarn and many blended yarns that include some silk.  This article helps you understand where silk originates and how to test for a yarn’s silk content.  The second article that I enjoyed was learning how to create pictorial lace motifs.  There is a pattern in the magazine that uses yarn overs to create an elephant design.  This article shows how the placement of the yo, k2tog and ssk stitches can make a distinctive difference in the design.  With charts and pictures to accompany the article, this article can be kept as a resource and reference for future projects and designs.

There is also a fabulous article highlighting the wonderful knitting designer Kathy Zimmerman.  Kathy is the queen of knitting patterns and designs that include beautiful cables.  In the article, Kathy offers several “tricks of the trade” for readers.  She offers some great tips that even an advanced knitter will appreciate.

There aren’t as many patterns in the Summer edition that I plan on keeping for my pattern library, but that’s OK.  I’m saving all of the articles instead, so the Interweave Knits summer knitting magazine is still a must read for me.

With beach and boating season upon us, I think we all enjoy having a good magazine to have in our bag.  I hope you enjoy these knitting magazines and their Summer editions.  If you’re looking for inexpensive annual subscriptions, remember to check Amazon and EBATES, where you can find huge discounts.

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Vogue Knitting Book Review

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Whether you are a beginner or advanced knitter, Vogue Knitting is one book that you should include in your knitting library.  This book provides a wealth of information, including a history of knitting, basic techniques, a dictionary on knitting stitches and patterns for knitting.

What I like about this book is that it not only provides straight-forward instructions and explanations, but it also provides beautiful color photographs that help bring the instructions to life.  As an example, the book does a nice job of outlining how to correct errors in your knitting.  If you’ve ever faced a dropped-stitch and were unsure how to pick-up the stitch without having to rip out all of your work, then Vogue Knitting would have been just what you needed.  Their step-by-step instructions show how to pick-up the stitch either with your knitting needle or with a crochet hook.  It also addresses picking-up a knit stitch verses a purl stitch.

If you are a relatively new knitter and have been working primarily on knitting hats and scarves, then this book could help you take the plunge into more complicated patterns and techniques.  You’ll be able to learn more about short-rows, color knitting and how to design your own knitting patterns.

Blocking, Assembling and Finishing can be one of the most important steps in your knitting.  This chapter will help provide all of the tips needed to ensure that your project has the finished look of a pro.   Knitting a sweater is half the battle; the detail is in the care that one puts into assembling the pieces to get a finished project that fits properly, has smooth stitches and flawless seams.  Vogue Knitting will show you how to join different stitches so that you always end-up with a virtually hidden seam.

Whether you need some help learning how to knit or just like to have valuable knitting reference books at your disposal, Vogue Knitting is one book that is worthy of its reputation.  I guarantee that this book will be one that you turn to time and time again.