Vogue Knitting Winter 2014/2015 focuses primarily on one very interesting knitting technique: mosaic knitting. This unique technique pioneered by none other than Barbara Walker uses a slip stitch technique to create color work by only working with one color at a time. Any stitch that isn’t worked in the current color is slipped and only those that use the current color are worked. The row is then restarted with the next color and only when that’s done is the next row started. It’s really cool!
Preceding the beautiful photos of the projects that Vogue Knitting is known for is an article by Kristina McGowan. In it she talks about a visit she had with Barbara Walker and her contributions to the knitting world. She wraps up the article by talking about Barbara’s mosaic knitting and how she believed them to be a “beginner’s paradise”. It’s a very well written article and the perfect segue into the mosaic knitwear that follows.
I love all the mosaic designs found in this issue. I suppose it could be because I love mosaic knitting in general, but I cannot find fault with any of these designs. A couple in particular stand out to me:
First off is the Short Sleeve Pullover by Rosemary Drysdale. Beautiful shaping, beautiful colors, a simple but pleasing pattern, what’s not to love about this sweater? The short sleeves give some added interest as well as drawing the eye up to its most interesting feature: the shoulder shaping. Very interesting shoulders allow the pattern to remain intact while moving away from the center to allow for the neck. It’s a very cool piece of knitwear!
Another mosaic piece I really love is Mosaic Cowl by Kristina McGowan. I’m a big fan of cowls, as many of you know, so that alone draws my eye to this pattern. What I really love, though, is the stitch pattern itself. At first glance it looks really simple, but closer inspection reveals subtle manipulations that change the focus from the black of the pattern to the white. It’s this interconnected mesh of abstract patterning that I find extremely hypnotic.
There are other sections in the magazine, of course, like Easy Street and Mad About Plaid, but I’m not nearly a big of fan about those designs as I am the mosaics. I’m very biased, of course. What surprises me, though, is how much I like one of the designs in the plaid section (I’m not generally a big fan of plaid).
I don’t know what it is I love so much about Cloche with Plaid Band by Franklin Habit. It isn’t just because it’s by Franklin Habit, as much as I love his designs and cartoons. It definitely has to do with the plaid band. I think it’s the colors. They pop but they blend, so they’re not too in your face like many plaid patterns are. Whatever the reason, this hat is definitely one of my favorite pieces in this magazine.
So there you have it, the latest issue of Vogue Knitting, a very fine issue indeed. Of course, anything that starts out with an article about Barbara Walker is going to have my vote any day.