Friday, 17 November 2017
Knit.Wear has released its Fall/Winter 2017 issue. Let's take a look at it.
Balsa Slouch Hat. Simple, useful, big needle knit.
Bendz Pullover. It's clear that a lot of care and effort went into this one, which has some interesting shaping and detailing, but the overall effect is that of a "frumpy, depressed homeschooling mom of seven". I half expect those pockets to be stuffed full of used tissues.
Bianca Pullover. Classic cabled pullover. I'd just fix the dropped shoulders.
Big Sur Pullover. The shaping of this one says "horse blanket" to me, an effect that is only added to by the harness-like straps at the neck. Giddy up!
Demetria Cowl. This looks luxuriously soft and luscious, but it's so large that it looks awkward and/or overwhelming no matter how it's styled. I'd scale back the size somewhat.
Eckersberg Pullover. Some beautiful stitchwork on this one, and the cabling is so good.
Eira Pullover. Another solid cabled pullover.
Elderberry Ribbed Cowl. Another simple, big needle knit, but it's a perfectly adequate pattern. This is one to do in an interesting yarn.
Hansen Pullover. I'm really liking the Art Deco-esque cable effect on this turtleneck.
Iclyn Sweater. I love the cable chain motif on the front and sleeves of this design, but the mesh shoulders and asymmetrical hem don't quite work with it. It feels as though the designer tried to combine too many elements into one design.
Janus Pullover. Nice! Love the lattice cable effect.
Kobke Pullover. A slight variation on the classic gansey.
Lumi Tunic. Some good stitchwork in this. I'd neaten up the fit a bit.
Lundbye Scarf. I do like a scarf with good stitchwork.
Marstrand Pullover. A smart little number. I even like the shaping of the hem, as it's so organic to the lines of the sweater.
Monterey Tee. Beautiful lacework in this, and I like the neckline and cap sleeves, but I would neaten up the fit through the body a little.
Niamh Pullover. This looks like one of the sloppy shaker knit sweaters we wore back in the eighties, but even in the eighties we knew better than to tack a couple of placemats on the bottom.
Olwen Cardigan. This is another frumpy piece. Even the model can't give it any allure, though she's plainly giving it a hero's try.
Rorbye Cardigan. This doesn't look too bad through the upper body, but the way it hangs below the waist is just tragique.
Skovgaard Hat. This is cute in an elfin way, and yet it's cute in a way one needn't be under 15, or even 25, to wear.
Thorvaldsen Pullover. A attractively cabled piece, and I even think the dropped shoulder effect is okay here because it sits so well when rendered in this exceptionally soft yarn, but I would fix that slight mullet hem.
Topanga Canyon Cardigan. The shaping of this piece makes it look like it's a sweater that's given up on itself and indeed, on life in general.
Friday, 7 April 2017
Knit.Wear has released its Spring/Summer 2017 issue. Let's have a look at it.
Amherst Pullover. I'm liking the brioche detail around the neck, which is something different that works well. This is a smart piece in a casual way.
Bowery Tunic. I like the cable detail on the front of this sweater, but the shape and sizing is awful. This model looks swamped in this sweater, and that's before we see the back, which suffers from extreme mullet hem.
Cambridge Poncho. A comfortably and attractively relaxed piece with some excellent texture and good finishing. I'd neaten up the fit a little though. This is a piece that should be oversized, but one should aim for one size larger than the wearer needs, rather than two or three sizes.
Chatham Pullover. This isn't the kind of comfy sweater one wears while relaxing in an armchair by the fireplace with a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate by one's side. This is the kind of sweater one wears while huddled in a ratty blanket in a darkened room, eating pork and beans straight from the can.
Chelsea Dolman. This thing is like a sleeping bag with sleeves, and unflattering's no word for it. Even the model is trying to warn us off with a subtle "I'm a Little Teapot" pose.
Dartmouth Tunic. Not a bad little piece if you're a fan of the tunic dress look. Shaping and detailing are good.
Falmouth Cardigan. I'm really not liking the way this bags in the back.
Greenpoint Wrap. Not a bad little understated stole. It will go well with quite casual clothes.
Hartwich Top. Cropped and slightly boxy is a hard shape to carry off. I'd lengthen and shape this top through the body, but otherwise leave it as is because the neckline and the sleeves are good.
Hyannis Port Pullover. Another baggy one, this time with some rough-looking stripes.
Lenox Pullover. This a very decent piece. The shaping is good, the detailing is interesting, and though it does have a back hem that curves into a longer length than the front, it's so well shaped that it cannot be called a mullet hem and works fairly well.
Marblehead Poncho. Seriously, knit.wear editorial staff, I'm starting to get concerned about you given that you've picked all these saggy depression sweaters. May I get you some nice endorphins? Or perhaps a little serotonin?
Nolita Top. This is something different. I'm a hard sell on mesh pieces, but this one is so carefully detailed and finished that it works quite well.
Northampton Cardigan. I like the collar and the sleeves on this, but I don't like the way the sweater hangs and bags once we get below chest level.
Park Slope Top. I do very much like the mosaic pattern and the interesting stitchwork in the body, but the stiff, dolman sleeves look so awkward that they're throwing this piece off. I'd reshape them, or make them cap length.
Quincy Scarf. A handsome and luxuriously drape-y scarf.
Rockport Vest. This looks like a half-finished project.
Sturbridge Pullover. Let's see, this has dropped shoulders, a cropped length, a boxy shape, and a mullet hem. Which is why this professional model is adopting some elaborate pose in every photo, because even she cannot make it look attractive when she's standing in a natural, realistic way.
Sutton Place Wrap. Love this one. That is some really artistic and creative cablework.
Tribeca Tunic. This is a beautiful piece. The cowl neckline sits so well, and the lacework is exquisite.
Two Bridges Cowl. Such beautiful stitchwork.
Wellfleet Pullover. Not bad. It has a dropped shoulder, which as you know I hardly ever like, but I think it works for this design, because it turns a simple chest stripe into something more interesting. The fit's a bit too big and there's a tiny mullet hem, but on the whole this is a sporty, casual piece, perfect for wearing with leggings or yoga pants.
Williamsburg Tee. Very pretty top that will likely look very fetching worn on its own.
Friday, 28 October 2016
Knit.Wear has published its Fall/Winter 2016 issue. Let's have a look at it, shall we?
Mason Street Scarf. This is... okay. I rather like it conceptually, but the execution is a little choppy-looking.
Walnut Street Coat. I want to like this one, because the open grid effect on the collar is so smart, but this jacket doesn't sit well unless the model is clutching it shut.
Firehouse Alley Cowl. This has some very attractive stitchwork.
Mountain Avenue Shawl. This is a beautiful piece that looks good both in this wrapped style and worn long and loose.
Remington Street Tunic. This one looks like the knitted version of a political sandwich board. A woman who wears this item can use her front view to express her political beliefs and her backside to moon all those who disagree.
Linden Street Pullover. This isn't a bad little pullover, but I'm not liking the dust ruffle effect.
Pine Street Pullover. There is some interesting detail on this item. I like the stitchwork at the hips, the notched hemline, and the cuffs, but I would neaten up the fit a little and shorten the sleeves to wrist length.
Jefferson Street Hat. This is very simple, but the lush possum/merino yarn and the simple ribbing give this hat all the interest it really needs.
Matthews Street Vest. A very wearable and useful little topper.
Doresu Cardigan. This piece is good except for its shape. Long loose oblong jackets like this tend to be unflattering on most women.
Origami Vest. I can definitely see this vest working on a woman with a very contemporary dress sense.
Mofu Poncho. I've been looking at this one for a few minutes because of the sleeve construction, but I think I'm going to come down on the side of liking it. The detailing is good, the hem is beautiful, and I can imagine this piece, like the one above, working on a woman who has modern taste in clothes.
Ichiba Hoodie. The stitchwork used in the body of this hoodie is beautiful, but I'm not liking the boxy shape or the awkward-looking sleeves.
Kakasu Shawl. This piece has excellent texture, and sits so very well.
Puro Cardigan. This isn't bad. I do like the contrast front edging and buttoned cuffs. I do have reservations about how this item sits.
Guriddo Stole. Gorgeous stitchwork in this stole, though I would be more inclined to put this piece on a couch rather than on myself. But then I'm not one of those women who has the panache to carry off a dramatic wrap.
Kohno Kimono. While exaggerated poses may work from a fashion editorial perspective, they don't tend to serve the knitter who is trying to decide how well this coat looks on a woman who is not standing in front of a wind machine. I checked out the designer's page on Ravelry, which features a picture of the coat on a non-professional model, and I'd say it hangs well. I like this beautifully stitched piece, which is both contemporary while evoking the most elegant aspects of 1950s style.
Nejire Jacket. A lovely, polished piece.
Nami Cardigan. Nice piece on the whole, and it looks good buttoned up, but it isn't going to sit well when worn open.
Yuki Jacket. This cardigan is really lovely, though it is distractingly small on the model.
Sangaku Shawl. Love the eye-catching graphic appeal of this shawl.
Aita Shawl. I'm not too taken with this one -- it's a bit crude and unfinished-looking for my liking.