The winter VK arrived in today’s mailbox and, along with edgier looking models, there are patterns here with some bite. The styles are younger, hipper (read, more bare skin) and more technical than recent issues. But, while those short jacket shapes are modeled au naturalle, it doesn’t take much to imagine them worn as part of a more demure layered look.
The cover, for instance, is nicely shaped and something I might actually make for myself – except those short bell sleeves would have to be lengthened to a more flattering full length version.
This textural loop design caught my eye as well.
Looking for something in that luscious Colinette Point 5 yarn that won’t make you look like the Michelin Man? Page 62 features a full length, open mesh coat with mohair sleeves. Worn over a long skirt, dress or slacks as a final layering piece, the long silhouette could be the ultimate way to use this super bulky yarn to its best effect.
Oh, yes. There are still clunkers. The belted jacket on page 83 is ugly and boring and doesn’t even flatter the gorgeous model wearing it – she actually has a rather painful look on her face as in, “c’mon . . . I haven’t eaten solid food in five years for this?”
And the whole “Frosty Ladies” series of patterns is creepy retro. Maybe Laura Bush would wear the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick intarsia pullover on page 94. Frankly, I wouldn’t even put a dog in that thing.
So, yes, I’ll be renewing my VK subscription for another year.