Another season, another crop of knitting magazines, which I both love and dislike at the same time. I love them for their beautiful, inspiring images and I dislike them because my knitting queue is now 600 projects long and three seasons behind. I am just now getting to projects from her Spring/Summer 2009 issue. So, what will I be knitting next Spring, you ask? Well, let’s start out with the first feature:
Creme de la Creme
This section has loose, lightweight sweaters in shades of cream and beige that are made for poolside lounging while drinking cool glasses of iced-tea. Patterns include a hooded sweater (seen on cover), a cabled v-neck, two cardigans and a boxy sweater with an asymmetrical neckline. My queue worthy pattern in this Striped Top, which in addition to the buttoned neckline, has a line of buttons going all the way down the back. I would knit this in navy and white, to give it a little french-girl flair.
The next section, Simply Summer, switches to color – where she showcases a dress, two cropped cardigans and a cabled turtleneck tank knit in punchy shades of purple, green and blue. The sweaters were a little cropped for my taste, but my queue-worthy pattern was definitely this lilac-colored, silk tunic dress. I want to knit one so I can wear it down to the beach over my bathing suit!
A Hamptons Home
As a fan of all things preppy and nautical, I pretty much think everything in this article is queue-worthy. She showcases a beautiful cable knit blanket knit in Navy and Cream, and this comfy looking anchor pillow back with classic ticking stripes:
She also gives us patterns for napkin rings, nautical flags and a couch full of pillows with intarsia maritime flag motifs. Even though we are barely into spring, it makes me long for beachy summer days. Next, Debbie takes us from the sunny Hamptons to a beautiful…
This section had the most patterns – eight sweaters including four cardigans (two long, two short), three pullovers and my queue-worthy pattern, this cabled tank top. The way the cables seem delicately braided together is just beautiful. I would pair it with a white linen skirt, some metallic sandals and demure gold jewelry for an easy summer party outfit.
And if it’s tanks you want, then check out:
There are four simple tank patterns in this layout, a rib-knit tank with a plunging back, a stockinette stitch tank with a rolling neckline, a polo-style tank with a three-button placket, and my queue-worthy pattern – this raglan-shaped turtleneck. I’ve been working on toning up my shoulders lately, and this sweater would showcase my hard work perfectly!
And finally, a little something for the kiddies:
Pure & Simple
Debbie’s baby sections are always sugary-sweet, and this four-pattern layout is no exception. For the girls, there is a an a-line top with pleated yoke and a moss & stockinette stitch sundress. And for the boys, a buttoned-down grandpa-style cardigan, complete with pocket and my queue-worthy pattern, this caftan-style pullover. It looks so roomy and soft – oh, and get a load of his cute little feet!
She finishes with a lineup of the yarns used in her projects:
What fun it would be to have your own line of yarn and just sit and make up delicious things to knit all day! Some other goodies in the magazine: a baby blanket with an entrelac tutorial, an article on Knitting in Elizabeth’s England, an interview with knitwear designer Jenny Watson, and a recipe for Raspberry Shortbread.