Summing up the latest Knitscene Winter 2017 are knits for cozy, comfortable living, as defined by the Scandinavian lifestyle “Hygge“. The cozy styling of the Lykke Sweater is my pick for the cold winter months. This issue is packed with projects geared towards all things comfortable to knit for home, family, and friends.
Classic pieces of clothing are the best investment of time and money. A classic is as timely and fashionable as when it was first introduced. Think the LBD, a string of pearls, jeans, trench coat, and a knit twin set – the list is long. It doesn’t mean pulling out something old and wearing it again – it must have a fresh look to modernize it.
Timeless is how I feel about this men’s turtleneck from Vogue Knitting Magazine Holiday 1987, which I made for my husband. And now he wants another one! It certainly is fashionable for Fall 2017, with its simple argyle pattern, turtleneck, and the color of the season, red. It defines a true classic.
This beautiful easy, lightweight pullover, is knit in one of the best mohair blends in the marketplace, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze, a combination of silk and mohair. The silk adds a brilliant sheen and a relaxed drape. This Slouchy Pullover is one of the eight classics designed by Churchmouse Yarns for Fall 2017. You could certainly have this knit up quickly to enjoy this fall.
Wool and the Gang is a design collective that sells knitting and crochet kits; paper bags stuffed with their private label yarns, needles and pattern instructions. Wool and the Gang’s mission is to produce fashion in a sustainable way. The Full Moon Jumper is one of their latest kits for Fall 2017. The stitchery of this design looks complex, but will take no time at all to knit with bulky yarn and 15mm needles. The majority of their kits are super simple and quick to knit; perfect for the beginner knitter’s first garment project.
Brooklyn Tweed is a US wool, knitting and design company. I enjoy checking out their collections, and their latest Lookbook is full of high quality, on-trend hand knit patterns for the fashion forward knitter. High on the trend list for Fall 2017 is “Folk Lore” – long dresses or skirts with boots, paired with a cardigan or sweater. My pick is “Charley”, a cardigan designed by Veronik Avery, if paired with a print dress and utility boots is the foundation of this Fall’s key look. The above photo doesn’t do this cardigan justice, so make sure you check out Brooklyn Tweed’s Lookbook.
Fall 2017 Collector’s Issue marks the 35th anniversary of Vogue Knitting Magazine. In 1982, Vogue Knitting was reinstated after a long hiatus – not much interest in hand knitting in the 1960s and 70s. Vogue has always been the pulse of what’s new for the season, and fresh relative to the time period. They have managed to remain relevant and adapt to the needs of the modern knitter.
From the premier issue of 1982, my fave was “Playful Proportioning”; five easy layering pieces. Updated in new yarns, these pieces could easily be worn today.
My favorite from the 35th Collector’s Issue is this ruffled sweater (Design #23). Ruffles have continued to be one of the key trends for 2017.
I hope to enjoy Vogue Knitting for years to come!
Churchmouse Yarns has created Autumn Wardrobe Classics – eight garments and accessories in shades of grey. One of these garments is the Buttoned Wrap Skirt, a simple design knit in worsted wool, and easily adjusted to get the perfect fit and length. Definitely a timeless classic.