Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Copy Cat Glam

Marie Claire - September 2009 Issue

Haute Knitter's Version

....and I actually like my version better!

Yves Saint Laurent's version - $225. My version - $19.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Vogue Knitting - Fall 2009

I have a love/hate relationship with Vogue Knitting. I love the featured articles, especially when they feature trends from Fashion Week.

I am often disappointed in the patterns, though. You would think that a publisher like Vogue would have designs straight off the runways. Not so.

My other observation about the magazine is that it is filled with "show-off" knits. Knits that the majority of knitters would never attempt to tackle. Out of all of the knitters that I know, and that is a considerable amount, I only know of one person who has knit a sweater out of the magazine.

Don't think I'm hatin' on Vogue. Quite the contrary! I just wish they would tune up the fashion and tone down the difficulty. That being said, let's look at the most recent issue.

Going Seamless: Part One in this month's issue is worth the the $6.99. It shows you how to take a garment that is knitted flat and turn it into a seamless garment. Brilliant!

The editors definitely hit the nail on the head as far as trendy colors for fall: orange, gold, beige, grey.

I like both of the berets on the bottom. The slouchy beret seems to be the "it" hat for fall and winter.

That's about it! There are a lot of beautiful sweaters in this issue, just none that are calling to me.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Spotlight: Fall '09 Interweave Knits

This is a better than usual issue. Really happy to see that.

As I mentioned in my June post, cardigans are going to be big this fall. As a cardigan fan, I'm thrilled! Here in the sweltering heat of Houston, TX, all we need for the cool/cold days is a cardi. Here are some that caught my eye:

Mary Gehling's Berry and Bramble Cardigan is hits the fall fashion mark with the shawl collar. Another bonus: it's virtually seamless! I think it would look adorable knit in a solid yarn with a long sleeved striped tee underneath.

Cecily Glowik MacDonald's Maple Street Cardigan is a great example of a cropped cardi. It's easily dressed up or down. I can see it paired with an above-the-knee full skirt and knee high boots. Seamless too!

There are a couple of beautiful examples of the super trendy Fair Isle as well. Courtney Kelley's Freyja Sweater is very flattering. You can sass it up or tone it down depending one which colors you chose to use. Make it funky with some unusual color choices. I love the idea of a punk Fair Isle! Wear it with skinny jeans (or leggings if you are daring) and ankle boots. Seamless too, ladies!! (see a trend here?)

I LOVE the concept of Okmin Park's Every Way Wrap!!! To make a sweater out of a rectangle is genius. Perfect for a beginning knitter. Love the shawl collar and the back when buttoned.

Now for may favorite sweater in this issue. Drum roll please.....

Cecily Glowik MacDonald's Big Montana Tunic is super "haute". Love the chunky yarn and the very now cowl neck. The lace detail that runs vertically down the front and the back of the vest gives it some interest and is slimming. Little seaming....hello!

Some of y'all may know that I was in a serious knitting funk. I finished knitting Callide (see the NYC Knit pairing post). Not in time to wear on my trip, but that's cool. You can see my version here.

Do you want to know what broke me free of the bad knitting mojo chains? You can take a little peak here (the long sleeve version). I am in love.