Monday, 15 May 2017
Today we're going to have a look at the Summer 2017 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly.
Sevilla. A lovely stole. The lacework is beautiful.
Bash. Cute cap. The combination of chevrons and three colours (two similar and one accent) work really well together.
Soiree. The side cables and other stitchwork in this pullover are attractive, but the baggy, boxy shape of it isn't.
Shindig. Nice little wrap. I'm liking the combination of the stripes and lace and the green and cream colourway, which give it a fun, summery feel.
Boum. This is a rather smart little striped top. I like that the designer went the extra step of adding a line of colour to the neckline. However, this piece did deserve better than to be paired with a pair of droopy-bottomed track pants.
Bon Bon. These mitts are nicely worked out -- the twisted rib both works nicely with the cables on the back and will also give the mitts a useful elasticity -- but that pom pom on the back would drive me a bit nuts. Of course, it's easily left off.
Festoon. These socks are so handsome and classic I could almost believe they co-starred with Leslie Howard in some 1930s movie.
Anniversaire. An attractive and very wearable piece that will give its wearer years of good service.
Ceilidh. Another piece with some attractive stitchwork but unflattering shaping.
Hoopla. A fun cap.
Jamboree. Oh dear. This crocheted pullover might have worked if it were done in attractive colours and the fit was neatened up a bit, but as it is it has too much working against it.
Sparklers. Another nice cap, and as a bonus it's reversible.
Knees Up. I'm rather taken by the concept of a high-contrast sock stockinette foot and ribbed leg, but the slouchy fit on the ankle isn't doing it for me. I did my time in the slouchy sock department back in the eighties and don't care to repeat the experience.
Rave. An attractive wrap. I like the garter and cable combination.
Zazie. Nice work! The zig zag pattern has a tendency to look either too afghan-y or too Charlie Brown, but this designer has very cleverly set the look at a remove from these associations by adding an interesting blending effect to the zig zag.
Fête. Good shaping and an interesting neckline.
Friday, 12 May 2017
Today's review is the next in my "catch up on my Bergère de France reviews" effort. This time we're looking at le Wooling Special Issue Filomeche.
Pattern #1, Cable Knit Jacket. This is quite a nice piece that sits well, especially in the collar area.
Shawl Collar Jacket. Not impressed with this one, and I have my suspicions about how those toggles look when fastened.
Pattern #3, Round-Neck Sweater. Wearable but nothing special, and the shoulders are slightly dropped, so I'd look for something better rather than bother to fix it.
Pattern #04, Sweater with Fair Isle Yoke. Now this is something more like it. That's an eye-catching, attractively worked-out yoke, and the shaping is good.
Pattern #05, High Neck Sweater. Holy crap, is that unflattering. You could improve it by fixing the dropped shoulders and not putting it over a gathered skirt, but why bother.
Pattern #06, Cape Cardigan. I think the model's face speaks for all of us.
Pattern #07, Short Cardigan. Here the model is all, "Mon dieu, you put me in this ill-shaped disaster of a cardigan with a ridiculous attempt at embroidery on the shoulders and a pair of pleated trousers where the fly gaps open? N'importe quoi!"
Pattern #08, High Neck Cable Stitch Sweater. This isn't bad at all -- though I would fix those dropped shoulders -- but the model is clearly done with this photoshoot and counting the minutes until she can slip back into her skinny jeans, white t-shirt, perfectly tied silk scarf, and black leather jacket, and depart the Bergère de France offices with a subtle yet unmistakable air of Gallic disdain.
Pattern #9, Round Neck Raglan Sleeve Sweater. Basic. You could probably find a better version of this pattern on Ravelry for free.
Pattern #10, Hooded Jacket. This jacket is just sad, and it would only get worse as it stretched out with wear.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
For its 5th anniversary, Pom Pom Quarterly has re-released its Summer 2012 issue. This blog was up and running then, but since I didn't realize Pom Pom Quarterly existed until late 2013 (sigh), I only began reviewing it then. Let's have a belated look at the premiere issue of Pom Pom Quarterly.
Kipper socks. Not bad. I do tend to like a textured rather than a multi-colour sock pattern, as I am not a crazy socks person.
Netherton cardigan. I'm also not a cropped/mini cardigan person, but this isn't a bad example of the kind.
Netherton jumper. A pullover version of the previous design. It's a decent piece for women who like the style.
Overbury mitts. Well-shaped convertible mitts. The button's a good idea because it will keep the top of the mitt from flapping about when it's not over the fingers.
Skipworth mitts. Garter stitch... no detailing... they do seem to fit well, but I don't think the designer put enough effort into this design.
Wick Lane. A beautiful little lace shawl.
Monday, 8 May 2017
Rib magazine has released its second issue. Let's have a look at it.
Navigate Pullover. A handsome and eye-catching new take on the classic cabled pullover.
Rigging Pullover. I'm not thrilled with the way the collar sits on this one, though otherwise it's a nice piece.
Survey Pullover. An excellent use of colour blocking -- and colour blocking can be tricky to pull off.
Cayley Pullover. Lovely piece, lovely colour.
River Rocks Scarf. This brioche scarf has more style than most men's scarves, and yet it's quiet enough for any man to wear. I love the reverse colourway effect of the two sides.
Direction Mitts. Some interesting detailing.
Fickle Steps Socks. I'd wear these myself.
Orienteering Hat. A simple, attractive cap.
Friday, 5 May 2017
Interweave Knits has released their Summer 2017 issue, and as they often do, they've selected designs according to a theme, which in this case is two of William Shakespeare's most famous comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night. Let's have a look at the forms of knitwear unknown, as the designer's scratch pad and needles turn them to shapes and give to airy nothing wearable knitwear forms and a pattern name.
Goodfellow Top. Nice lacework, but I never can get on board with these tiny cropped tops over a big shirt. It has that absurd "shrunk in the wash and didn't think anyone would notice" look.
Helena's Shawl. Speaking of Helena, I fondly remember a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream that I saw in the spring of 1988 when I was 14 and in which the actress who played Helena dropped on all fours and pointed as she uttered the line, "I am your spaniel!" Hilarious as that was, thankfully a woman who wears this item need not be so abject and instead may carry herself with all grace and dignity this very attractive shawl imparts.
Hermia's Shawl. Though this shawl be but little, it is fierce.
Hippolyta's Cover Up. This must be the modern equivalent of Hippolyta's magical girdle, and like its predecessor, it seems to exist more for its enchantment (or seduction) value than as a practical item of wearing apparel. But I kid because I love. This cover-up is a very fetching and high-style little number, even it won't block many UV rays.
Malvolio's Cowl. This is quite a handsome piece, and a much more suitable accessory for the Puritan-minded Malvolio than the yellow stockings and cross-garters he'd been duped into thinking his beloved Lady Olivia wanted him to wear.
Midsummer Kimono. This isn't bad, and it would be a good compromise for someone who wants a wrap or shawl-like effect but can't be bothered with trying to keep them in place.
Olivia's Cape. What a fantastic piece. Everything about it is so beautifully done: the shaping, the herringbone pattern, the I-cord finishing, the finishing touches of the leather buckles. And while it's a piece rendered in a very romantic style, it's not too costumey to be wearable for real life.
Orsino's Vest. A handsome classic for the man who's busy trying to decide whether he really loves Lady Olivia or his handsome new page boy, Cesario, who is actually Viola. With such a confused lovelife, who has time to think about his clothes?
Puck's Tunic. This is quite a pretty and wearable summer top, and it's the perfect thing to wear when one is that merry wanderer of the night who is blithely toying with other people's lives for her own sardonic amusement. It will also work for the office, lunch with friends, or a date.
Titania's Shawl. This is a gorgeous, exquisite piece that's definitely fit for the queen of the fairies, even if she does fall in love with a partial or complete ass.
The Tudor Rose Shawl. Another fabulously beautiful lace shawl. This one and the previous one are both fit for a princess.
Viola's Coat. I'm not liking this one much. The collar has a skimpy look and the fronts sits so poorly that it brings to mind that old "gunny sack tied in the middle" simile. But then perhaps Viola, like Orsino, has no time to think about her sartorial choices. She's been shipwrecked, doesn't know whether her twin brother is dead or alive, is posing as a boy, working as a page, and dealing with several potential suitors, but she's also responsible for the momentum of one of the world's most famous plays.