I thought I’d start my first knitting magazine review with the knit.wear premiere issue. It might seem like an odd place to start, but this knitting magazine is probably my favorite knitting magazine of all time. In the forward, the editor Eunny Jang says about the issue, “when intricate patterning and complex surface design have been stripped away, you’re left to focus on the inherent beauty of loops that interlock to form a flexible, fluid fabric.” The patterns found in this magazine very much bring this idea into focus while at the same time displaying some interesting techniques that give the magazine an odd but graceful dichotomy in its presentation.
The magazine has a couple of interesting articles that almost any knitter will find useful – one on different closures for knitwear and one on grafting. It also has a fairly interesting article on the history of Imperial Yarns, though that’s less my cup of tea. Design-wise, the magazine can do no wrong.
Starting out strong with some wonderful knitting designs by the indomitable Pam Allen, it quickly branches out into a wide variety of gorgeous, fashionable, and approachable designs from a variety of talented knitwear designers. A true rarity for me (I sometimes don’t understand what the knitting editors were thinking when they published a design), I literally cannot find any design in this magazine that I actually dislike. Some of the sweaters and tops in the back of the magazine don’t really impress me as much, but they’re nice enough sweaters otherwise. Most of the knitting designs I outright love; they’re creative and clean and interesting.
The design that sticks out the most for me, though, is the cover design: Shaped Capelet with Braided Cables by Erica Patberg. The name might be a little too on the nose, but the design, itself, doesn’t suffer. What sticks with me about this knitting design, though, isn’t how lovely it is, which it is. No, this design is important to me because it inspired one of my more “out there” designs, Hexaform. There’s a story behind that, of course, but I believe I’ll save that for another time.