Weekly Fave!

  Vogue Knitting 35th Anniversary Collector’s Issue Fall 2017               

Vogue Knitting Premier Issue Fall/Winter 1982










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.

Five Easy Pieces from Premier Issue of Vogue Knitting 1982

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.

Design #23 – Vogue Knitting Fall 2017

I hope to enjoy Vogue Knitting for years to come!


What’s Inspired Me The Most On My Knitting Journey

The outsiders call us obsessed, or they can’t believe our focus on “just a hobby”. But we persevere, no matter what our reasons for knitting may be. We find endless pleasure in what we do, even if it’s only for half an hour a day; we just can’t stop.

So what is the inspiration that motivates us to knit? There are innumerable ways by which we are inspired to continue on our knitting journey – people, places, experimenting with yarn, replicating a garment, and all kinds of visual stimuli (paintings, colors, fashion magazines, vintage clothing). This post is about the “who” and the “what” have inspired me, and continue to inspire me on my knitting journey.

  • My journey begins in my early 20s. I signed up for a continuing education course designing a simple sweater, and writing the pattern instructions for it. A coil bound book entitled The Knitting Architect published by Knitting Fever was our text. This course was the beginning of my design path.
  • I have always enjoyed looking through fashion magazines, particularly the September issues filled with all the fall fashion trends.
  • Needlecrafts are another pleasure of mine. Detailed hand stitchery enhance my knitting skills.
  • After being out of print for many years, Vogue Knitting Magazine was reinstated in 1982. This magazine has been my greatest source of information and projects over the years. I have collected almost all the issues from 1982.
  • I went to university receiving an undergrad degree in home economics, majoring in clothing design; ultimately obtaining an MA with a focus on fashion businesses, design and manufacturing. Courses that gave me the knowledge I have applied to knitting include:

Textile Science

Historic Costume (particularly 1920s and 1950s)

Tailoring Techniques

Home Decor and Textile Surface Design

Art History

  • Barbara G. Walker – the author of A Treasury of Knitting Patterns and A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns; my go-to’s when beginning any design project.
  • Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns – Kaffe Fassett is now 80 years old and is still working as a textile artist, and he’s published over 30 books. His debut book Glorious Knits in 1985 was an invaluable source of instruction and inspiration, and it revolutionized knitting in the early 1980s. He was the first living textile artist to have a solo exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1988. I was lucky enough to attend it. Many other British Designers of the 1980s set up yarn and design/retail spaces in London, contributing patterns and designer knitting trends. Kaffe Fassett has collaborated with Rowan Yarns for many years. Rowan publishes the most beautiful photographed magazine of knit fashions with their own line of yarns. 
  • Interweave Knits and Knitscene Magazines
  • Movies – I’ll see a garment in a movie and want to replicate it or add my own touch.
  • Contemporary Fashion Designer Collections strong on knits, including Malorie Urbanovitch, an Edmonton based designer who designs and showcases hand knits in every collection. I work for her making samples, and she continues to challenge me.
  • South American Yarn Producers – Mirasol, Malabrigo, Manos del Uruguay for their textile artistry and hand dyed yarns.
  • Wool – my most favorite fiber to knit with, for all its special characteristics.
  • Color Collective for color trends.
  • Yarn Retail experience – working with customers, sharing skills and knowledge, and the opportunity to explore the beautiful materials of knitting.

The process of knitting has always been the most important to me, and producing professionally finished projects. You are my greatest motivator. Whatever your reasons for knitting, my goal is to help you produce beautiful and skillfully put together projects.

Weekly Fave!

Buttoned Wrap Skirt – Modern Classics (Churchmouse Yarns)

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.

A Decorative Bind Off You May Not Have Tried: The Decrease Bind Off

Tank with exposed edges; the decrease bind off is along straight horizontal neckline edge

Right side edge of decrease bind off

Wrong side edge of decrease bind off

Recently, while working on a sample with an exposed neckline; I needed to finish this edge so it looked neat and even. Researching bind off types, I came across the decrease bind off, which creates a decorative edge, ideal for exposed edges such as pockets, trims, or necklines. It is very simple, and here are the steps:

With the right side facing *K2sts tog tbl (knit 2 stitches together through back loop); one stitch remains on the right needle.

Slip the stitch from the right needle to the left needle, making sure not to twist it. Repeat from * until the required number of stitches are bound off. Note: Don’t bind off too loose with the decrease bind off or the edge will flare.

You can see from the image of the white tank, that the wrong side of the decrease bind off looks great, and you could make the wrong side edge visible on the right side of a finished project.

The decrease bind off is super simple, and solves the problem of dealing with an exposed edge.

Weekly Fave!

Delpozo RTW Collection Fall 2017 – colorcollective.com

Design #37 from Vogue Knitting Magazine Spring/Summer 1985

I had a “remember when” moment when I noticed Fall’s 2017 trend for picture and intarsia sweaters. I pulled out this floral picture sweater from storage, I had knit from the 1980s. The pattern instructions is from Vogue’s Spring/Summer 1985 issue. The sweater is in amazing shape, and I just might wear it this fall with a mustard pencil skirt and boots.

Weekly Fave!

All Who Wander Cowl – Interweave Knits Fall 2017

The latest issue of Interweave Knits for Fall 2017 is exceptional. Turning the first few pages, this stunning colorwork cowl took my breath away, so reminiscent of a richly, colored, woven textile. The All Who Wander Cowl is worked in the round using the stranded method of knitting with colored yarns (I recently wrote a post on stranding and weaving). I hope you pick up this issue, so full of beautiful knits to wear for years to come.

Weekly Fave!

Crocheted Pouches

These beautiful pouches from Churchmouse Yarns, crocheted in Rowan Handknit Cotton are perfect as makeup bags, for knitting accessories, or for a variety of other uses. I would definitely line the pouch with beautiful fabric. Tip: Make a paper pattern for the lining by tracing the crocheted piece(s) onto light weight paper (tracing paper works well). For this type of project, add a small seam allowance, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. Cut the lining and stitch together. Hand sew the lining in place (wrong side against the inside of pouch) close to the zipper opening.