Winter Knitty.

The Winter Knitty is up, as you probably know. At first glance, I didn’t love it. I really enjoyed the fall issue (Foliage! Juno Regina! Oblique! Cherie Amour! Entwined! to name a few). Five pairs of socks? Really? Two empire waist sweaters? Really?

I try to be positive about the patterns that are posted in Knitty, especially because it’s free, and I know everyone puts a lot of work into it, but Aoife? Seriously?

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photo borrowed from Knitty.com 

It looks like it is way too big and boxy for the model, the yarn looks so heavy and dense for a shrug, and there’s so much fabric there! Not to mention the very visible seam at the center back neck – really? The concept – cool. The cable? Beautiful. The bell sleeves? Interesting. But the rest of the choices just make me sad – it would be lovely if it was a little fitted, knit in a drapey silk/wool blend.

Though I thought a few patterns were neat (I liked the Three Tams, and Square Cake is a great use for a single skein of expensive but lovely yarn), I really loved Jeanie.

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photo borrowed from Knitty.com

I thought it was a beautiful piece that looked fun to knit and fun to wear.  Bonus: non-sock sock-yarn use!

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5 Responses

  1. I know what you mean – I’m kind of ‘meh’ about it as well. I think those sleeves could be interesting on another sweater if the bell part was much shorter – maybe only 3-4 inches long.

  2. I don’t understand Aifoe either. The woman modeling it is creepy-looking, as well.

  3. Oh my gosh, I totally agree. The thing about Aifoe-if the designer and the model aren’t going to get it down right, then how well are the rest of us going to do with it? I probably won’t knit it as well as the designer did and I’m not shaped like a model so, that ones a pass. I also wonder about the 2 empire waist sweaters-abotanicity and dahlia, those aren’t that bad but they kind of follow a trend you see in stores a lot. I used to think of Knitty as kind of non-trendy so seeing sweaters that look similar to what’s being sold in the malls right now (empire waists, boleros) isn’t something I’m crazy about. I do like Ice Queen a whole lot though, very pretty.

  4. This is one of my least favorite issues ever! I can’t really complain about the free patterns, in general, though.

  5. Nothing really struck me either as a need to knit pattern–though this isn’t such a bad thing since my queue is already over 100 items long 😉

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