A Monday Magazine Review – Make it! Knits

image This is a new special edition magazine from the Editors of Interweave Knits. The cover states it contains 33 quick, easy, cool knits! It’s a re-compilation of patterns and articles from Interweave Knits and Knitscene geared towards newer knitters. Most of the patterns use worsted to bulky yarns.

Interspersed throughout are articles on reading patterns, working from charts, knitting in the round, and determining yardage requirements.

Lodi Cardigan by Tanis Gray is a classic top-down worsted-weight raglan cardigan. It’s mostly stockinette with some garter elements. I may add this one to the queue.

The Brazel Beret by Katya Frankel, has cables, bobbles and lace in worsted-weight yarn.

Kirsten Kapur’s Oana Shawl is a fringed lace shawl worked in worsted-weight wool. I’m not sure about the fringe but otherwise I like it.

Erica Jackofsky’s Knuckle Down Mitts are simple and unisex. They may be too brief and short for my northern climate except for late spring and early fall. But I will be making these.

The Wavy Lace Capelet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald is perfect for work on those days the temperature control just can’t keep up. In super bulky wool it should knit up quickly!

This one is definitely going on my needles soon, Annie Watts’ Leadville Cowl. Half ribbing and half lattice cable in bulky baby alpaca/merino/silk-it looks so warm and scrumptious.

Maria Leigh‘s Flamboyant Shawl is a queue contender. Knit side to side then picking up stitches for the border means it could easily be knit with coordinating or contrasting colours rather than in one single colour.

The Overdyed Ragg Scarf by Nancy Shroyer must be worn by a very tall model! At 97 1/2″ it’s half again my height!!! It’s knit with three colours/375 yards of Aran weight. I like the look of the colour blocking and the lace but I need to seriously shorten it or use a smaller weight yarn.

The Amstel Hat by Courtney Kelley has an unusual cast on I’ve not heard of. Nonetheless I am interested in the look of the hat. Have you heard of the Emily Ocker cast on method? Thankfully it’s in the glossary in the back. It doesn’t look difficult.

When I read these were previously published patterns I was afraid I may have wasted $10.99 CAD. But apparently I’m further behind in purchasing or maybe reading Interweave magazines. Most of these are patterns I’ve seen only on Ravelry. I’m glad I purchased this one and may get a second copy for my neice’s stocking this Christmas. She’s learning to knit and I can see her being interested in some of these patterns.

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