Pictures from the web site, things in quotes are from the magazine, all else is mine.
NOTE: I AM NOT GIVING OUT FREE PATTERNS, NOW OR EVER. So don't e-mail and ask me for them. Vogue has an on-line pattern store. Go buy them. There's also a free pattern section. I don't care much about all the copyright crap, but I'm not stealing stuff, and that's what this would be. Designers deserve a break, no matter who they publish with. VOGUE PATTERN STORE. Knock yourselves out.
Meg Swansen discusses Bohus Stickning and their methods of blending colors, as well as other uses for the purl stitch. Since I am a huge Bohus fan, I consider the whole magazine worthwhile for the pictures alone. You may not. But it's a very cool article. Honestly, Meg Swansen could write about anything and I'd say it was awesome, because she is. I make no secret of my fangirl status.
Looking at the ads, there seems to be a trend of models standing all hunched over. No idea what in fuck's up with that, but it's annoying.
The 'Yarns' section once again is a wad of yarns (cotton this time) stacked up, with a list of others on the side. Supposedly everyone at VK knits, according to the editor. So why in bloody hell don't they produce a few swatches for us to look at? What, they don't have some unpaid intern out fetching coffee, they can't have them knit some swatches one day? We're talking a day's work by one person to produce actual editorial content for the magazine. Not difficult. So why do we keep getting useless piles of yarn?
Designer (?) spotlight is on a woman named Ruth Marshall who knits replicas of animal pelts and snake skins. Very interesting, but I wish Vogue had commissioned a clothing design from the woman and published it. That would have been much cooler. And made sense as to why she's in the magazine.
Nicky Epstein does macrame with I-cord.
Carol Sulcoski produces another excellent article about yarn, how it is spun, and how that affects your knitting. There's also a lot about different types of high-end fibers and blending them with other fibers. Good stuff, particularly for those of you who don't understand yarn substitution (who does, really?)
Section one: "Knits Bloom! Fresh and fanciful, warm-weather knitting is at its essence a luxury, pure and simple." Sure, luxury, even though white cotton yarn is some of the cheapest stuff out there, CONSIDERING SOME OF IT IS NO DIFFERENT FROM KITE STRING. I know lots of us wear white in summer, and that's cool, but an entire section of it, when yarn companies are working at producing new, pretty, bright summer colors? MUST WE? Plus, seriously, white cotton yarn looks like kite string.
1. Cardi vest by John Brinegar.
2. Scoop neck dress by Mari Lynn Patrick.
Whoopi Goldberg in a tub of milk is art. This is just 'do something weird so we can pretend it's art'.
3. Drape neck top by Jacqueline VanDillen.
4. V neck pullover by Carol Meldrum. "The color-blocked scheme... adds interest... and calls attention to the lovely sheen of the fiber." Uh huh.
5. Two button vest by Jacqueline VanDillen.
6. Eyelet wrap top by Theresea Schabes.
UNDER COVER! Vogue brings in some Names to contribute patterns. I really wish high fashion would get over the obsession with big knits, already.
7. Hooded jacket by Rebecca Taylor.
8. Long cardigan vest by Twinkle.
Section, uh, beach. No color yet, but at least we've moved outside, away from the overgrown flowers and neutral everything interiors. "Exquisite openwork at the water's edge: High fashion hits the beach."
9. Lace poncho by Shiri Mor.
10. Mesh topper by Renee Lorion.
11. Lace cover-up by John Brinegar.
12. Bias lace scarf and
13. Bias rib scarf, by Lisa Buccellato.
14. Lace tunic by Brooke Nico.
Next, "So hot it sizzles. The body electric: slinky bikinis in metallic yarns make the most of a minimal amount of fabric." Every year or two, VK publishes a knit bikni or two. In terms of wearability I think it's ridiculous, but I suppose it's a must-do sort of thing. Summer equals bathing suits, after all, and you sure can't knit a standard one-piece without it looking like ass.
Both suits by Elizabeth Kosich.
15. Gold tie bikini.
16. Color block bikini.
The real problem with these is the fiber. They're knit with a viscose/nylon/metallic blend. I don't know about the metallic, but viscose sags horribly when wet, and viscose and nylon don't cope well with chlorine or salt. So we're looking at bathing suits that can't get wet. I know favorite bathing suits often don't get wet, but I still think it's kind of nuts to publish patterns for bathing suits that will disintegrate or look bad when they're soaked in beach or swimming pool water.
"Set off Sparks" is the next section, with a fitted tank.
17. Fitted top by Melissa Matthay.
"Citrus brights and coral spice infuse Carnaval style into our tropical tops." Finally, some color. Woohoo.
18. Cropped tank top by Jacqueline VanDillen.
19. Triangle top by Halleh Tehranifar.
20. Striped top by Loren Cherensky.
21. Wrap effect top by Mari Lynn Patrick.
22. Cable collar top by Norah Gaughan.
23. Bowtie cable top by Cheryl Murray.
24. Diagonal front vest by Mel Clark.
25. Lace panel top by Louisa Harding.
"Summertime blues. Explore the pacific palette with a lace of a crystal blue persuasion." Uh, yeah, wut?
26. Lace top by Yoko Hatta.
27. Buttoned lace vest by Pat Olski.
28. Lace cardi by Courney Kelley.
29. Chevron lace top by Mari Tobita.
That wraps it up for this review. I think Vogue got the message about larger sizes, but I've heard some smaller sizes saying the selection for them kind of stinks, too. No, I don't expect VK to make EVERY pattern available in EVERY size, but with thirty patterns to choose from, I'd think they could make a significant choice available in every size. There I go thinking again.