Vogue Crochet 2012 Magazine
Just came back from vacation and the new magazine Vogue Crochet 2012 from Vogue Knitting was in my mailbox :-))
Last time Vogue did an exclusive crochet magazine was back in 1994. This one starts with several pages of introduction where crochet is today: Fiber artists from around the globe that exploring the craft are introduced as well as different social sites, where you can learn more about advanced skills or hang out with other crochet enthusiasts.
The magazine comes with 42 patterns and many are equipped with charts/diagrams. I am dependant on charts, so this is a big plus. Unfortunately some of those charts are very small and hard to read. The skill level ranges from beginner to advanced projects. There is an emphasis on simple stitch patterns, so the single projects don’t look too busy.
Nicky Epstein has contributed with an opulent shawl/blanket. It is crocheted with a 5 mm sized hook (US H/8), so there is a chance one can finish this big project. You could easily picture this sculptural afghan in bold colors to attain a more floral look.
Doris Chan has a cute motif top. The motifs increase in a clever way from squares to pentagons and hexagons to accomplish more width in the garment where neccessary.
Robyn Chachula’s blue tunic is stunning and I wish I had more patience for making motifs…
I love the drape of Christina Mershon’s cardigan. This one is definitely going into my queue.
Robyn Chachula has an article about decoding charts and there is another one on seaming garments.
In my opinion there is not that big a difference between the patterns in Vogue and Interweave Crochet. There are a couple of very simple designs in Vogue that probably wouldn’t have made it in IC. But the styling is so much better in Vogue: Better photography, expensive models and chique clothes to go with the crochet makes even simple crochet patterns look WOW. Even the granny squares designs look great when combined with the right ethnically inspired wardrobe and jewelry.
Let’s hope it doesn’t take another 18 years for Vogue to publish a crochet issue. We want more of this!