KnipMode August 2011

As a subscriber, my KnipMode issues usually arrive in the first week of the month, like clockwork. But this month, I’d heard rumours that the August issue was delayed because of a printing error, so it wouldn’t be on Dutch news-stands until 15 July, meaning I probably wouldn’t get mine until a few days later. In hindsight, a few days here nor there really wasn’t going to improve this issue, as it’s a pretty mediocre one in my opinion. Lillian mentioned there’s a new woman in charge at Knipmode, so I certainly hope this is just a one-off boring issue instead of a worrying trend…

This issue starts off with a few lively Plus patterns, the star of which are these awesome jeans! They’ve got some great seaming on the leg, and the pocket edge is bias-bound, which I think is a nice feature, too.

I know Manequim do “celebrity” fashion a lot with their Brazilian soap stars, but it’s not really anything I go for in a magazine. If it’s a good pattern, it could be on a mannequin for all I care, and well, if it’s a bad pattern, putting it on a tango-orange glamour model isn’t going to make it any better. This was the best dress of the footballer’s wives collection of Z-list Dutch “celebrity” dresses…

For me, the real stars of this issue were two trouser patterns: This one, shown in the “Take 4” feature (can you believe this woman isn’t a model, btw?? She’s a reader!)…

…and the dark trousers with the biker-style kneepad stitching detail. Unfortunately this was the best shot of them in the magazine, but you get to see the Take 4 trousers on the left, too.

And that’s about all I found to like in this issue. If you’re a fan of Knip’s petite or tall patterns, then there are four included here (the line drawings on the front cover), but I don’t really like any of the designs, and I’m exactly the “average” heigh KnipMode draft for anyway (172cm/5’8”), so there’s not much extra draw for me in those!

Thanks for all the commiseration on my drafting fail, too. I’ve made my “quick knit top” for my mental health, so I’ll report back on that next week, hopefully along with a skirt I’ve started to cut out already, too. And with any luck, you won’t click through to Elizabeth’s photo of our meetup in “Soho’s only bear pub” on Wednesday, ha!

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