Wednesday, April 2, 2014

vogue revival

Somebody brought in a huge stack of Vogue Knitting issues from the mid to late 1980s, and I've been going through them to see if there's anything I'd like to knit. Of course, there are a few things that are pretty awesome -- like this cover up for the beach:

I could see myself wearing this seashell sweater -- I love motifs and this one is very pretty and neutral. Maybe I would remove a few of the seashells, just because... 

It's not only a recent obsession to 'put a bird on it' -- this bird patterned sweater was another intarsia motif. I have seen a lot of these dolman sweaters coming back though. I can't say that I mind! 

I even like the look of this sleek, spring shell. It was a Singer pattern tucked into one of the issues -- it might inspire me to design something different in a similar shape: 

Of course, for every one wearable, beachy item I have been collecting mentally, I found a few real 80's gems. How about a matching outfits for you and your Cabbage Patch dolls? 

And I know that all of you Muppets fans out there are going to want some of these Kermit Club sweaters, right? 

One of the things that really struck me about these older Vogue issues is how beginner-oriented they were. So many of the articles are on things that most knitting magazines these days don't cover -- how to change colors, how to fix basic mistakes (like a dropped stitch), even how to knit on a circular needle! In one of the issues, there was an opinion piece from a Vogue writer chatting about how she couldn't imagine switching away from her straight needles. 

They did book reviews on Elizabeth Zimmermann books and interviewed 'up and coming' talent like Kaffe Fassett -- look how young he looks in this photo! Dashing!

These have been a lot of fun to go through! I hope to knit a few of the patterns and make notes on how patterns have changed over time, as well. I'm sure some of you probably have a few older magazines or knitting patterns laying around - let me know if you post about them on your blogs!

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