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Spotlighted Patterns from Knitscene Magazine
on October 28, 2011
The Best of Knitscene is dedicated to the best patterns in the last five years of this knitting magazine. There is a short section on trends, one on fair isle and one on yarn weights. The rest of the book is primarily dedicated to patterns. The patterns appear to be carefully selected and are lovely. The instructions appear easy to follow and I can't wait to dig in and start knitting some of these patterns right away.
My favorites abound. The Central Park Hoodie is a cardigan in a nice rose color with, of course, a hood, knit with a worsted weight yarn. To assist the knitter with this pattern, there is an article on cables with drawings and directions that are very helpful. I love the Geodesic Design Sweater, knit in a loden green in lace weight yarn. "This light-as-air jacket, with its military-inspired bodice tucks, was worked up in the yarn du jour at the time - Malabrigo Lace. It does require some advanced skills, but it's so appealing that knitters of every stripe have taken a go at it, with fine results." The Ocsilloscope Shawl is actually a shawlette. It is knit in a worsted weight in a rich blue. The Freshman Cable Socks are a twist on the basic ribbed sock. It 'features an inventive cable design that spirals around the leg and foot. The visually spare design allows for use of handpainted and variegated yarns." The Kenobi Jacket is utilitarian and lovely. 'Varying texture patterns, asymmetry, and clean edges make a great casual jacket.' This is one of the patterns I'd like to get started on first. The Phiaro Scarf is a delight to the eyes. 'A wide scarf earns its luxurious drape- and wrapability - from columns of dropped stitches. The openwork ladders lend fluidity and interest to an otherwise simple stockinette project. Braided fringe finishes the luxe look.' I was drawn right away to the Emily Shawl. 'This sideways-knit shawlette is inlaid with a sweet leaf motif. Pointed edges and hand-painted yarn make for delicate appeal, while the knitting itself is not so intricate.'
Throughout the book are articles about different designers, skills, and spotlighted items. I find this book intriguing with its varied patterns and wonderful selection. I know I'll be knitting from it and referring to it as a resource.