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Top Customer Reviews
The patterns include items intended for various ages from baby to adult and include: -- sweaters (usually two or more per issue)
-- shawls/shawlettes/capes (these don't appear in every issue, but do pop up often)
-- blankets/afghans (There's been three. Two of which, if memory serves, have been spread out across multiple issues as a handful of afghan squares appear per issue.)
-- home decorating items like pillows and table runners
-- hats (there's usually at least two in each issue)
-- scarves (in the winter/fall months especially)
-- hand ware -- gloves, mittens, fingerless mitts (usually in the winter/fall months)
-- baby items (onesies, diaper covers, bibs, booties, mobiles)
-- knitted toys
-- socks (usually one per issue)
-- misc items like swiffer covers, headbands, and eyeglass cases
I've subscribed to the magazine for a little over a year. IMO, the emphasis for the magazine as a whole seems to be sweaters and children's items -- clothing and accessories making it Mommy knitter friendly.
As an FYI, The yarn brand most frequently suggested for those patterns is Red Heart. There's sometimes others, but the majority seems to call for Red Heart.
The difficulty levels on the patterns varies from complex like colorwork (intarsia and fair isle) to straight garter or st. st. The labeling guide they use for the magazine, IMO, is subjective and not true to how easy/hard something can be. Again, as any knitting knows, how easy you find something is based on your own abilities and experience. I've seen this magazine list fair isle, intarsia, and lace projects that I would label as 'wowzers that's hard!' as easy or medium. Then again, I'm horrid at lace work (I'm the queen of lifelines) and am not so strong at colorwork when there's bunches of colors going at once.
While I am happy with the wide range of pattern types (especially since I'm not a sweater knitter), I do have to say that not every issue I received is full of patterns I'm itching to knit.
The magazine typically follows a pattern/theme. Their Christmas issue was chock full of tree trimmings -- ornaments, tree skirts, and gift knit ideas. That issue I really liked. The baby themed one that came out several months before that though? Not so much because it wasn't related to where I am in life. As such, there was maybe one or two patterns that I liked. However, had I seen the issue on a newsstand, I wouldn't have bothered purchasing it.
Out of a typical month, I'd say there's maybe 2-4 patterns that I'd seriously consider doing.
I have knit two patterns out of the magazines I have received -- both were toys patterns. My biggest beef with this magazine is the lack of finishing instructions. I know they try to cut back on the number of pages printed, but there's a point where brevity is just too darn short! Especially when you have a bunch of oddly shaped pieces, no clue how to put them together, and instructions that say 'Seam part A to B. Weave in ends.' I ended up winging it both times. While I was happy with the results, I was greatly displeased that I had to bungle my way though it.
There's also been times where knowledge was assumed like mattress stitching, steeking, felting, how to line a bag with cloth, etc.
In addition to the patterns, they have a few articles and advice columns. The articles with one or two exceptions are throw-aways. I remember there being one on yarn shopping in some Canadian city. It was, no doubt, useful if you live there or are traveling there, but wholly worthless otherwise.
My last and final negative for the magazine is there have been times that both I and several people I know have received their magazine late (sometimes weeks after it's released to newsstands) or not at all. My last issue in fact, I had to report missing and then purchase it from Future's website. I'm *still* waiting on it two weeks later. I'm beginning to wonder if they sent it dead-snail mail.
On the whole, the magazine is okay. Still on the fence about renewing again. Since I have a few issues left, I'll let their content and how quickly (or if) I get them in the mail decide.