I'm confused. Wasn't I just mocking the VK with Martha Stewart on the cover? Well, apparently VK took all the crappy patterns laying around the VK Design Studio and plopped them all in this issue, entitled "Knits You'll Live In". OK...it's not 100% crappy. There's actually...
The Good: 37 patterns for $6.99, plus pictures of a lot of free glove patterns downloadable at VK.com . Probably my favorite part, these free patterns. I like a long cable cardigan (#9)and a relaxed pullover (#11).Some pretty accessories in purple (ok, a pair of mittens).
The Bad: The "Knit Living" section has many, many pillow patterns AND a pattern for a knit ottoman (ain't happening here). I'm not a fan of knit skirts, so hoorah, 5 knit skirt patterns! And two pairs of purple socks are ruined (for me) with drop stitch techniques. Honey, if I see a drop stitch in a sock, I've screwed up.
The Ugly: Oh, the ugliness. There's a section called Urban Rednewal (not a typo, RED newal) which are capes and ponchos knit in red yarn. I'm sorry, VK, but a pretty color does not make up for ugly cape poncho things. Then, there's an "eye catching split sleeve effect" cape that makes no sense at all.
But wait. There's more.
Two, count 'em, two turbans. Turbans. Tur. Bans. True, they are positioned as "vintage chic" but who who who would wear these?