One of the things I’ve talked about with students is that when looking at patterns, make sure that you’re looking at the project itself, and not just being swayed by the styling of th photo shoot. It’s really easy to be swayed by the “lifestyle” that the photo projects, as much as by the actual project.
That said… Rowan Magazines get me every. Single. Time. Good thing that the projects themselves are fantastic. I do like that Rowan will often include some behind the scenes pictures detailing the photo shoot (it only further encourages me to find rocky beaches so I can wear hand knit sweaters and stare wistfully out over the water.)
I have the yarn for two sweaters from Rowan Magazine 60: the first is the Barley Sweater, by Lisa Richardson. The photo for this one is fairly straightforward, the background a fuzzy warm glow and focus on the cables and texture. It looks very cozy and sophisticated, and something I would want to wear.
The second sweater is Nimbus, by Sarah Hatton. This photo is definitely a “lifestyle” photo, with the model walking along a rocky beach. The sweater is styled with a light woven scarf, a skirt and cabled leggings. It’s alluring, an outfit I’ve never worn but it’s tricking me into thinking yes, yes I would totally wear this outfit.
Both of these sweaters are knit using Rowan Felted Tweed. I love this yarn. I love the colour range of these yarns, they have a very mature and muted tweedy look. Felted Tweed is a DK weight yarn that is 50% wool, 25% alpaca and 25% viscose so it is a very warm fabric while still being lightweight. The yarn is also lightly felted, giving it a cozy, fuzzy halo which makes it fantastic for colourwork projects.