free-cover-patterns_24.jpgVogue Knitting has always posed a bit of an identity crisis for me. It epitomises the style and fine design that characterises modern knitting for me – elaborate, impractical, chic.

But it lacks the homely usefulness of traditional knitting – it doesn’t really satisfy the desire to clothe one’s family in warmth and comfort. As a consequence I rarely buy VK, and instead read it furtively in bookshops, and quietly lust after its more extravagant designs.

So I was very happy to see that the magazine is making available for download its 25th Anniversary cover designs for free!

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The garments range from an oversize cabled pullover to a vintage-style cape, and are designed for a range of (mostly luxury) yarns. The most impractical (and therefore the one I’m drawn to first!) is Shirley Paden’s 60’s inspired colourwork dress (above). I doubt anyone but the model on the cover could carry it off, though!

Kaffe Fassett’s flower cardigan (right), in Kidsilk Night and Kidsilk Haze is stunning, and perhaps actually flattering to a greater range of body shapes and sizes! The cost of the yarn (and the effort of knitting Fair Isle with KSH!) make it prohibitive at the moment, but it is certainly tempting.

A beautiful collection of couture designs!

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