Monday, 20 February 2017
Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 61 is out. Let's have a look at it, shall we?
Porthtowan. I like the idea of the large scale zig zag, but not the colourway.
Soma. The lacework is gorgeous, but I'm not sold on the way this sits.
Nirvana. The texture's great and I love the sideways cable effect, but I would fix those dropped shoulders.
Moonbeam. I'm not usually a fan of the poncho, but this one is so light and delicate and drapes so well that it's working.
Kali. There's something about that middle panel that isn't working -- it looks too random and proportionally off, somehow. I'd do the whole sweater in the lace stitch.
Indira. An attractive, casual piece. I'm liking the gradient stripe effect.
Essence. Quite like this one. It's one of those elegantly relaxed pieces, with great shaping and a touch of textured detail.
Destiny. The stitchwork is good, but the baggy shape and dropped shoulders would make this look frumpy on most women. Even this professional model isn't quite carrying it off.
Celestial. A pretty, useful, go-most-places sweater for cooler days in summer.
Bala. Oooh, the curving lace detailing on this one is not only visually pleasing but very flattering, as it creates an hourglass effect. The only possible flaw in this one might be that the neckline should be cut a little lower, as it seems to be cutting the model off at the neck somewhat.
Anala. This is as basic as it gets, but then one can always elevate a basic pattern with a beautiful or interesting yarn in a colour the intended wearer loves.
Anaadi. There's some pretty lacework in this, but I would definitely neaten up the shape, fix the dropped shoulders and either cut down the neckline or make it a proper cowl or turtleneck.
Ahimsa. Basic tank.
Whelk. A simple yet very effective use of chevrons.
Urchin. This wrap looks so bulky and awkward that it presents more like a sweater that the model had only got half on before the overeager photographer jumped the gun and took the picture.
Seaton. Classic cabled cardigan.
Seaham. If I were making this, I'd scale the fit of this down from oversized to a relaxed fit, but it's not a very interesting pattern, so I would probably keep looking for another basic pullover that already fit well rather than bother to adjust this one.
Rockling. This is better than the longer-length cardigans we've seen thus far in this issue: it has decent shaping and fit. But I'm still not thrilled with it -- I think the front edges are a little too bare and needed some sort of finishing detail.
Periwinkle. A very pretty detailed little cardi. Not every woman can wear the cropped length, but the design can easily be lengthened for a wearer who would be better served by a longer length.
Padina. This is fairly plain, but it's adequate.
Oyster Scarf. Not a bad little scarf, but I can't say I care for the rolled up effect. I'd always be trying to unroll it, and of course it would promptly roll back up again, and I don't need a Sisyphean task hanging around my neck.
Mussell. A handsome lattice cabled pullover.
Lantic. I'm really liking the sporty, contemporary look of this one, and it'd be fun to pick out a colourway for it.
Hithe. I'd neaten up the fit of this, and it would be worth the effort because that lacework is gorgeous.
Croyde. Very basic and slightly awkwardly proportioned to boot. I'd pass on this one.
Clovelly. Some great cablework here, but I'd neaten up the fit and raise those dropped shoulders with a vengeance. The shoulder seam must be at the model's elbow!
Chalkwell. The stripes are fun and this project would be a great way to use up some odds and ends of stash yarn.
Bommie. Good shaping and that is one very striking Fair Isle pattern.
Bayberry. This one has a slightly different construction than the usual hoodie. The hood is less defined than hoods usually are, which gives it a shawl-like effect. I think it works, though I'd like to see how the hood looks when it's lying across the shoulders and back of this sweater. The cabling is excellent.
Barricane. I'd fix the dropped shoulders, but this is otherwise a solid classic piece.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Rowan has released issue 60 of its knitting and crochet magazine. Let's have a look at it!
Ember. This is a Kaffe Fassett design -- and it's available for free from the Rowan website. I rather like this vest, but I am finding the styling choices made here to be rather inexplicable.
Tabert. This design is very "overwhelmed stay-at-home and homeschooling mother of six".
Reiver. I'm really loving the unusual and striking embroidery motifs, but I'd nix the blanket stitched edges and go with a more polished edging.
Braveheart. This scarf is some seriously innovative argyle design. I wish I could get a better look at that sweater.
Barley. Classic cabled sweater and hat with some good shaping.
Balfour. I'm loving the intricate fair isle stripes.
Glen. Some great colourwork here, and I love the cardigan, but I'm not crazy about the shaping of the vest.
Brodie. This one's fun and playful in an adult way. I'd neaten up the shaping of the sweater. The hat is good as is.
Hartwist. The pattern is beautiful, but I would neaten up the fit. Very much liking the scarf with its dots of contrast colour.
Numbus. The colourwork is interesting and evokes the 1940s. I wish I could see the neckline.
Barista. Warm and comfy with some interesting stitchwork.
Cupcake. A classic cabled cardigan that didn't get the buttons it deserved.
Echo. Very much liking the ruched cables on this sweater, which is almost more of a fabric-like effect than one common to knitwear. The shaping is very good as well.
Caliban. I can't properly evaluate this poncho because I can't see it well enough in this photo. All I can say is that it appears to drape well.
Pretzel. This doesn't look too bad when worn belted by a professional model, but I have a feeling it would take a turn for the frumpy when worn open by a civilian.
Havana. This one looks divinely comfortable and I love the loose cable devices. I'd raise the dropped shoulders and neaten up the fit a little -- but only a little, because this is a piece that calls for a relaxed fit.
Reya. Some really lovely two-tone fair isle work in this one.
Granola. Some simple yet effective stitchwork.
Torte. So frumpy, and those short sleeves look ludicrous.
Lorenzo. I like the overall stripe pattern, but would make a few tweaks. The stripes in the cuffs, neckline, and waistband don't quite work with the stripes in the body, and I would also nix that lavender and put in another colour with more oomph and contrast.
Rainey. Nice piece with a beautiful yoke.
Teacake. How perfect is the Rowan's Kidsilk Haze version of this one (inset)? It's nice in the bulkier version as well, but I would go with a more interesting colour.
Brew. Not bad. It's quite wearable at any rate. It could use a more interesting colour.
Nyla. This one has a strikingly graphic appeal.
Mara. This colourwork of this piece is incredibly innovative and cool, but the shaping is terribly unflattering. I'd take the chart and apply it to another piece entirely.
Cookie. I love the all-over leaf bobbles in this one, and the back looks good. I can't see what's going on the front and so have some reservations about it.
Biscotti. A handsome scarf.
Ariel. This is... okay. It's a bit different, and it's wearable, but somehow it isn't quite grabbing me. Perhaps it's the choppy effect of those sections on the sleeves.
Prospero. An okay cowl. It's hard to say more based on this photo because I can't see the detailing.
Umbra. This is rather an elegant coat, though I'd still prefer it to be more shaped.
Shadow Hat & Scarf. I'm liking the beanie version (inset) of the hat rather than the slouchy version, because the edges of the latter look unfinished.
Thorn. The intarsia pattern is excellent and the contrast bands really set the design off.