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Summer previews already

It doesn’t seem as though Summer will be here fairly soon, since I don’t think we’ve actually had any spring yet (today was nice though!)  So I was surprised when I saw previews for the new issues of Knit.1 and Interweave Knits.

Knit.1 seems to be taking a nice new path – you know, one where I actually would like to knit from their patterns.  I haven’t yet bought the spring/summer Vogue, and I’m not sure I’m going to – there just isn’t anything I see myself making.  One of the stories is knit in white tones too, and I have to tell you that nothing makes me ignore patterns faster than being knit in white.  I don’t know why… I think it’s too hard to make out details and I’m not fond of white anyway.

Knit.1 has some really cute sweaters this time.

I especially love that cardigan – no surprise, right?  But I’m kind of digging short sleeve turtlenecks right now too.  This issue also has some nice socks (hard to see in the preview) and some home items.

The new Interweave looks to be an issue that will divide people (but really, what issue isn’t?)  I like it loads better than last summer’s issue, even if every pattern isn’t for me.

These two are my favorite – Laura’s cardigan by Annie Modesitt and Ribbons and Lace by Connie Chang Chinchio.  Both are knit from yarns I love (Brown sheep cotton fine and Blue Sky skinny cotton.)  And they are cardigans that don’t look exactly like something I would buy at the store.  I want to make Laura’s cardigan in those colors – how gorgeous is the combo?  I’ve never knit an Annie Modesitt pattern, in spite of owning one of her books, but this is calling my name.

I will say that sizing on some of the sweaters puzzles me… I am no fan of positive ease, but I can understand it for certain styles.  But why does the Stanwyck sweater have a 40 1/4 inch bust as a small?

I wonder if that takes into account the lacing or ribbing or what… because anything with 7″ of ease is going to fall off me, but I think this model is about my size based on her other photos.  I don’t know if I would make this anyway – I like the vintage style, but sometimes sweaters with high ribbing like that aren’t flattering on me.   I will have to wait and see!

I love the Akomeogi Tunic, but I do wonder whether it is something I could pull off.  The elemental Boatneck (right) is a great basic with a twist.  It is knit in linen stitch, which is not a favorite of mine, but I really like the easy style.