Knitscene, Fall 2009

Knitscene is strange for me – I didn’t even like anything in the spring/summer issue enough to buy it (rare for me, I’m a pattern hoarder) but loved last Fall’s issue.  I tracked down a copy today at Border’s (I think technically it isn’t supposed to be out yet, but my bookstore is often early.)  I really love this issue, and my queue is groaning!  I like that Knitscene comes out a little ahead of Knits, because it gives me a chance to get a head start on Fall knitting.   I often wish that the seasons were a little more staggered, as I usually experience a period where I want to start on next season’s knits, but the patterns aren’t out yet!

My immediate favorite is this short sleeved hoodie, by Debbie o’Neill.

It looks so cuddly and perfect for fall, and I could sub some fabulous Elann yarn (I don’t like Lamb’s pride bulky – it’s like hairy rope.)

I also like this tunic (by deborah newton.)

Pockets!  I don’t actually think it looks very flattering here, but that may be the styling.  I think this is too big for the cute model.  The sizing on this one seems big – my tendency with tunics is to make sure they fit in the bust, so that I don’t look as though I am wearing my Mom’s clothes.

Of course, I love the 2 sweaters that were previewed in Knitting Daily a week or so ago.

The herringbone sweater is definitely on the list, and I like the vest but worry about proportions… I’m not sure it would look good on me.

There is lots more to love in this issue – a feature on Melissa Wehrle, and several designs by her (I like the emerald isle cardi below, it’s a nice basic.)

I hope this is a sign of great things from the Fall knitting magazines – now if you’ll excuse me, I have an Elann order to place!

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12 thoughts on “Knitscene, Fall 2009

  1. Amber says:

    Definitely the styling on that tunic dress. I’d actually move the pockets up, but I also tend to wear hoodies from GAP kids, so I’m used to basically shoving my hands right below my tits. I’m a wee one like you, so you may know what I mean with the tiny hoodies (I get them because they’re really the only ones which fit well in the body and are more basic than the super flashy, ultra patterned trendy stuff going on with Pac Sun, where sometimes the female hoodies fit closely enough in the body I don’t feel like I’m borrowing my sister’s clothes and she’ll be mad when she finds out, heh).
    It might be that the tunic needs some serious hidden smocking/cinching going on to get it to hug the body better, which is probably the route I’d go instead of trying to redesign it for sizing, as with that much patterned stitches going on, AND the pockets, it’s liable to be a huge pain in the rear. Tunics are such a tossup, they either are really cute, or make it look like even the slimmest, non-pregnant-iest of us are hiding a baby bump. At least they require enough yarn to knit that, if they don’t work, there’s enough there to knit something else marvy from said yarn.

  2. mick says:

    Ooooh, I’ll have to get this.

    I LOVE the herringbone pattern, though I must say I’m a little bummed to see it. I’ve been designing something like that in my head for about a year now (inspired by Claudette Colbert’s sweater in *It Happened One Night*). I guess this should just kick me into gear on the designing front. Thanks for the preview!

    • I like the short-sleeved hoodie! I’m not usually bowled over by Knitscene, but it always seems that they have one pattern that’s enough to make me buy the magazine. This time it’s DEFINITELY the herringbone sweater! (although I still think it’s much cuter in her original color scheme.) I also like the last picture but I’m not sure about the sleeves.

      I’m going to Borders today so I sure hope that mine’s early too!!! Thank you!

  3. I love your choices. I really love your blog. I am a new knitter (6 months now) and don’t get to knit as much as I want. How long have you been knitting? I am just trying to figure out how long it will take me to get as skilled as you are :)

  4. I like the short sleeved hoodie. I’m also excited about the prospect of getting to see you knit a dress. I don’t think I have the stamina – my long Sylvi coat is still in pieces.

    I don’t know how you can start on fall knits yet, though. I haven’t knit ANYTHING in about a month, it’s just too hot here! (I don’t have AC).

  5. Found Knitscene at my LYS on Saturday. I like the hoodie the best, but it seems very similar to the Central Park Hoodie, minus sleeves, which I always need. I’m forever cold.

    I have yarn for the lace wristwarmers, so I might make those, but I’m still happy knitting summer sweaters for now.

  6. tanyadiva says:

    Sadly, I did not like the Knitscene preview, but maybe that’s just me. The Berroco pattern books look like winners, though, love the styling with the men’s tie used as an embellishment – very clever.

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