Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Vogue Knitting ~ Winter 07/08

I just picked up the newest issue of Vogue Knitting and I just had to post about it. This is by far the best issue in a long time. There are almost 15 patterns in it I may actually knit!

The first section, Ocean View, is all about lacy sea-inspired shawls and wraps, and all are designed by very well-known designers, including Nicky Epstein, Teva Durham, Lily Chin, Norah Gaughan, Cookie A., and Annie Modesitt. They are all beautiful, but I think my favorites are Epstein's Medallion Capelet and Cookie A's Square Shawl. Seeing the
close-up swatch on her blog really made this pattern for me.

The next section, Oh... Cables!, also has several great patterns. This is great considering I don't even knit cables regularly and yet, I really want to knit a couple of these. I love the Bramble Stitch Dress (yes, I said dress) which is so cute and would probably be flattering on most people on the thinner side (or at least without my hips). The Cabled Cardigan is also cute, but my favorite is the Cape Collared Jacket.

Built for Tweed has 6 sweater jackets. My favorites are the Shawl Collar Jacket and the Tweed Jacket. The Puff Sleeve Jacket is super-cute and would be great trendy but professional look.

The next section is short with only 3 long sweaters, including one in crochet. Since I have several skeins of Twinkle's Soft Chunky, I may greatly modify the cute (but for skinny people) dress into a shorter sweater since I have had no other ideas so far for the yarn.

The last section is the only disappointing part, and is the section that the cover photo reflects. It's not their worst section ever, but there is really only one pattern that I think is pretty cool, but it's unlikely I'd ever knit it.

An extra bonus in this issue is a page and a half article by Meg Swansen on EZ's Pie Are Square Shawl.

Ok, so a great issue... packaged inside a horrible cover. This is definately one time when you should definately NOT judge a book by it's cover. This issue makes me want to add (or replace?) a few sweaters on my '08 to-knit list in my last post.