It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for a knitting book/magazine review! Well, at least this Friday it does. Whether that continues to be the case remains to be seen, but I’m getting off topic… Today’s review is for the newly released knitting magazine, Enchanted Knits by Interweave. It’s a special issue, so any review of it must, of course, keep that in mind. That said, I really didn’t like the issue. That isn’t to say that there weren’t parts of the issue I liked, I just didn’t like the issue overall, unlike the Knit.Wear premiere issue that I was basically obsessed with.
The magazine starts with four articles. They’re well written and definitely relevant to the magazine, but since they had nothing to do with knitting, they weren’t really my cup of tea. I love video games, fantasy, sci fi and all of that good stuff so you would think fantasy-based articles would be right up my alley but I just didn’t want them in my knitting magazine. Now, my Game Informer….maybe. It then delves into the various themes and garments which make up most of the magazine.
The White Queen Stole is a wonderful shawl that many a knitter would wear and wear everyday. It reminds me very much of the exquisite knit lace that would come out of the Shetland Islands, with all of its details and transitions. It’s definitely one of my favorite garments of this knitting magazine.
Another lovely garment to come out of Enchanted Knits is the Hunger For Rampion Pullover. This cables and lace sweater does have a mild costume appearance, but it also evokes a certain elegance and grace that could be worn as modern fashion without a second glance (that’s not fair, I’m sure many would give it a second glance just because it looks so evocative).
One garment I didn’t particularly like was Malificent’s Cloak. I think I understand its appeal as a costume piece or fashion-forward statement, but I’m not too thrilled with it otherwise. It’s a lovely idea, it just doesn’t really appeal to me.
Another garment that’s lost on me is The Entwife’s Coat. I adore both J.R.R. Tolkien books and the Ents, and I love the idea behind this garment. To me, though, I don’t think it’s the most flattering of garments. I’ve never designed a sweater or coat, though, so I’m definitely not the best judge of said knitwear. I don’t particularly like it, but that’s just my opinion.
Overall, while I don’t like this knitting magazine, I understand why many people would. Fantasy is a very important part of my life and the lives of many others, and the idea of bringing fantastical themes to life through knitting is absolutely brilliant. There are multiple garments in here I would make and a few that I wouldn’t, but that’s to be expected from any knitting magazine. I’m certain that many people absolutely love this magazine, and they should. I’m just not one of them.