Monday, October 20, 2014

New magazine review - knit.purl - and a giveaway


** The winner of the giveaway is sherryglover1 ! Congrats Sherry! I will be in touch to get your mailing address. **

I recently received a copy of knit.purl magazine. This is a re-branded version of knit.wear – which was a fresh, fashion forward, collection of patterns. This new incarnation, I think, has some very fashionable pieces as well, but it also includes accessible and achievable sweaters and accessories that appeal to knitters at various skill levels. Many would be great gift ideas (hint, hint).

There are articles on knitwear at New York’s Fashion week, Navaho 3-ply knitting (create 3 strands out of one), and using bulky yarn.

There’s a profile of designer John Brinegar, who contributes 2 exclusive patterns -- long swingy vests that are very appealing. John has created a video of his new collection, Acros
If you have a few minutes, and you enjoy the concept of knitwear as wearable art, check out the video here. It’s great to see the clothing in movement, beautifully shot and presented. I was blown away by how gorgeous this was! I wonder if videos will replace Lookbooks...

I passed the magazine around at my weekly knitting group, and also at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat (#CFR6) that I attended a couple of weeks ago; these are some of the patterns that provoked comments.

The cover sweater, Spiral Pullover by Cathy Carron, is beautiful, flattering and includes interesting - but not difficult - stitch patterns.

I love the 2 pieces by John Brinegar, the Tuxedo Trapp and the Bio Palm. They each have a unique construction that will be enjoyable to knit, and are versatile layering pieces.

Interweave/F+W Tuxedo Trapp

Fisherman Redux by Vera Sanon (a fave of mine) features some twists on the classic sweater, especially a very pretty hem treatment.
Fisherman Redux

Assymetric Hem by Alice Tang is another lovely and original design. 
Assymetric Hem

I, and many of my friends, loved this one: Banded Sweater by Ann Weaver. It's colorful and interesting.      
Banded Sweater

There are lots of great patterns here -- check out Plumage  and Shifted Eyelet Yoke sweaters for some elegant and original styles. 

You can browse the whole collection conveniently here to find your own favorites.


A Giveaway

Want to win your own copy of the magazine? Just leave a comment on the blog, telling me what you’re knitting OR your favorite pattern in the magazine. Also, sign up for my monthly newsletter, if you haven't already done so.

I'll pick a name at random, on Oct. 31. Please, please leave a Ravelry name or an email so I can contact you if you win! The winner's name will also be posted right here.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publishers.

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  1. I love the Shifted Eyelet Yoke sweater, simple and elegant.
    Rav ID:bdgrammy

  2. I'm currently working on a pair of Alda Road Socks. I'd love to win the magazine. Thanks for the chance.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  3. What a great collection. I love the Pintuck Cardigan and the Shifted Eyelet Yoke Sweater.

  4. I'm knitting Walking in the
    Free World hiking socks. Would love to win the magazine. I'm lindawadman on Ravelry.

  5. I'm knitting Niagara River socks for a friend I just went to canada with.
    Wahoomerryf on Ravelry

  6. First - I would knit Cocoon Shrug. After that, maybe the Plumage or Spiral Pullovers. ALL great patterns!
    Lcubed on Ravelry

  7. I'm currently working on the Lovebird Pullover

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  9. I'm knitting a simple cardigan in Sirdar Crofter as some easy TV knittng!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

  10. I'm knitting a cabled vest for my newborn son. He's going to wear it for Christmas!

    I'm vernalequinox on Ravelry.

  11. Magazine looks great! Especially like the Fisherman's review. I am a fairly beginner knitter but I think this would be a challenge I could take on. Right now I am working on a hat and scarf set for a Christmas gift.

  12. I love the designs with interesting construction, I'm bobnlin on Ravelry

  13. This looks like a very interesting issue!
    sumac on rav

  14. I really love the Fisherman Redux. What a Cool Sweater. I am currently knitting a couple of pullover sweaters.
    sherryglover1 on RAV

  15. Cocoon Shrug looks nice and warm! Choosejoy on Rav.

  16. Hi Brenda,
    Love all the interesting projects and I LOVE your New Shawl..


  17. I am currently knitting the Nonet Scarf by Jill Wright, and Gyllis by Stephen West. And a pair of socks. And some Knitted Knockers. And I really should start a sweater. I am scotvalkyrie on ravelry!

  18. I am currently knitting Dew Drops shawl and a pr of socks. I'm alikat2004 on

  19. I love the Tuxedo Trap. Thanks
    gussek on Ravelry

  20. I love the hemline of the Fisherman Redux. I also really like the Tuxedo Trap.
    schwip on rav

  21. I'm knitting a shawl and as always some washcloths.

  22. I'm in love with the Fisherman Redux. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Rav ID one800mary

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  24. I'm knitting a hallowig. One of those crazy knit wigs. I just started working at my local yarn shop and I want to have a fun yarny costume. Sorry had to delete my last one. Forgot Rav name. Byneedleandthread

  25. I am knitting a sweater, Habanera. Would love to see this issue of Knit. Purl.

    Rav ID: KYFarmgirl

  26. I'm knitting the Lace Ribbon scarf.
    sparky136 on Ravelry

  27. Right now I'm trying to finish up my first intarsia project - a tote. I had hoped to finish by month-end, but that's tomorrow (eek!) My favorite pattern from this collection is Lupinus Cardigan (asimplehomestd on Rav)

  28. I seem to have misplaced my knitting mojo lately...but I'm sure it will return. Like some others I was drawn to the Assymetrical Hem Pullover, but I also really like the Lupinus Cardigan pattern. It is knit with Aran which means a quick project and a nice, warm sweater for the Wyoming winter arriving soon.

    I'm MicheleStitches everywhere...Ravelry, Twitter, & even gmail.