Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Magazine Review Creative Knitting, September, 2011





Title: Creative Knitting : Easy Knitting For Everyone, September, 2011
Publisher: DRG
Approx. Retail Price: $6.99
Craft: Knitting
Patterns: 21
Availability: Paper Magazine or eMag

Have you gotten into a rut of buying Knitting Mags at the newstand or via subscription only to discover that there may be 2 or 3 patterns you're interested in knitting in the entire magazine?  I have.  And I stopped buying and subscribing to knitting mags.  DRG sent me a copy of Creative Knitting, September, 2011 and I started thumbing throught the mag right away.  I was pleasantly surprised to see several patterns that I'd like to knit up!  In fact, the mag is full of patterns that I am interested in knitting.  What I personally liked about this issue is that while all of the patterns are stylish, they aren't too couture that I wouldn't actually wear them, nor are they too dowdy that I wouldn't be seen in them.  These are stylish, functional pieces that really grabbed my attention.  Let me take you through the patterns and you can decide if these are patterns that grab your attention too!

Structural Elements:

  • Directional Rib Cardigan by Jodi Snyder
    • An open front stockinette stitch cardigan with rib inset on the sleeves, long waist to bottom rib, and a ribbed open collar.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, XL, & 2XL.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Basically Brioche by Jodi Snyder
    • A Brioche st, ribbed cardigan that falls just below the waist and has front zipper closure.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, XL, & 2XL.  This project is rated for Experienced Level knitters.
  • Graphic Coatigan by Shirley MacNulty
    • A slip stitch, colorwork cardigan that falls at tunic length and has front button closure.  Knit in bulky yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, XL, & 2XL.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.


Cable Ready:
  • Twists & Turns Cables  (AKA Sassy Cables) by Nancy Rieck
    • A center cabled sweater with cables gracing the center of the sleeves as well.  It's a mock turtleneck that falls at the waistline.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, XL, 2XL, & 3XL.  This project is rated for Experienced Level knitters.
  • Ecole Militaire by Silka Burgoyne
    • Double breasted, military-style, cabled sweater with high collar and front button closure that falls just below the waist.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, XL, & 2XL.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Appalachia by Ashley Forde Rao
    • A mock-cowl neck collared, honeycomb cabled sweater vest that falls well below the waist.  Knit in sport weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes XS, Sm, Md, L, & XL.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Easy Cabled Cowl by Nazanin S. Fard
    • A simple cabled, slouchy cowl suitable for knitters new to cable work.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's available as one size fits all.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Side-to-Side Style by Trish Warrick
    • A very textured, cap sleeved, tie-front vest that sits below the waist.  The back and front panels are worked side to side and seamed.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, & XL.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.

Comforts of Home:
  • Pumpkin Spice by Michelle Treese
    • A garter stitch pillow with lace leaf detail.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, this pillow is available in a small and large sized pillow.  This project is rated for Easy Level knitters.
  • Horseshoe Throw by Amy Polcyn
    • A comfy, horeshoe cabled throw that measures  46 x 58 inches.  Knit in bulky weight yarn, this project is rated for Easy  Level knitters.
  • Colorwork Coasters by Lisa Ellis
    • Stranded colorwork coasters perfect for practicing colorwork skills or gift giving.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, the coasters measure 4 x 3 1/2 inches when completed.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.

The North Woods:
  • White Mountain Kimono Coat by Daniela Nii
    • Kimono-style, top, side buttoned, slip-stitch, ribbed cardigan in tunic length.  Knit in bulky weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, XL, & 2XL.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Spring into Fall by Lynne LeBlanc
    • A front-button, tunic length cardigan highlighting the four seasons with beautiful colorwork.  A loose fitting cardigan that will become a wardrobe classic.  Knit in DK weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes XS, Sm, Md, L, XL, & 2XL.  This project is rated for Experienced Level knitters.
  • Colorado Fall by Jean Clement
    • A seamless, one-piece, bottom-up knit shrug that highlights fall colors by utilizing colorwork.  Knit in bulky weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, XL, & 2XL.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Bear Mountain Vest by Susan Robicheau
    • Two-toned textured knit vest with zipper front closure with mock turtle neck.  Knit in bulky weight yarn, it's available in women's sizes Sm, Md, L, & XL.  This project is rated  for Intermediate Level knitters.

Kinda Blue:
  • Blue Haze by Laura Bryant
    • An oversized, novelty-yarn mobieus cowl.  Knit in bulky weight, it measures 12"W x 76" in circumference.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters
  • Chunky Rib Trio by Cheryl Beckerich
    • A simple ribbed trio consisting of a hat, fingerless mitts, and boot covers.  Knit in bulky weight yarn, the hat & mitts are available in women's sizes Sm/Md, Md/L, & L/XL and the boot covers are available as one size fits most.  This project is rated for Easy Level knitters.
  • I-Cord Panache Scarf by Amanda Jensen
    • A seed stitch scarflette that resembles an Elizabethan cowl, tied in the front with i-cording.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's finished size is approz. 7 x 29 inches.  This project is rated for Easy Level knitters.

Cute Confections:
  • Bear Tracks by Linda Cyr
    •  A stockinette stitch baby cardigan with seed stitch cuffs and front button band detail.  This cardigan has a bear-earred hoodie and paw-print front pockets.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it's available in children's sizes 6, 12, 18, & 24 months.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Bambina Elegante by Trish Warrick
    • A font-button baby cardigan that utilizes trinity stitch and OXO cable patterning to provide rich texture.  Knit in DK weight yarn, it's available in infants' sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, & 18-24 months.  This project is rated for Intermediate Level knitters.
  • Arthur the Alien by Penny Connor
    • Super cute knitted alien toy that's a quick knit for gift giving.  Knit in worsted weight yarn, it measures approx. 9" standing.  This project is rated for Easy Level knitters.


Like I mentioned earlier, I really, really like this issue.  I love that I could see myself wearing most of the pieces!!  To me, it's well worth the newstand price.  My only gripe: Where are the shawl patterns?!  (I love me some shawl patterns!)  Hurry up and pick up your September, 2011 issue today!

Disclosure: DRG provided KnitPurlGurl with a FREE review copy of Creative Knitting Magazine, September, 2011.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the above blog post.  All opinions expressed in the preceeding post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of DRG.


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3 comments:

  1. Looks like a great issue! thanks for sharing your review.

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  2. An e-subscription allows me to get my copy in Australia long before the local newsstand. I have lost track of the number of patterns used in the past copies. Friends have perused and chosen their birthday present for me to knit. Not too fancy, not too shabby, it is just perfect for me to make and more to wear :)

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  3. I am in the midst of knitting Ecole Militaire, and I am amazed at the number of mistakes in the pattern instructions, as well as just plain misspellings. "Cabel"? The instructions for shoulder and collar make no sense at all.

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