japan knitting

fall issue of keitodama

(c) Keito Dama

The latest issue of Keito Dama (Vogue Knitting in Japan) just came out! Unfortunately, none of the patterns catch my eye enough to buy the issue, but I did like the fact that they featured a bunch of “10-year sweaters”, or basically, garments you’ll want to keep wearing for your whole life. Styles that are flattering and timeless, with simplicity being key. I like these three examples, especially the rib panel on the grey sweater. It’s a very subtle effect. It might be interesting to implement that into the top-down improvised sweater knitalong by Fringe Association…that is, if I decide to join in. Like I said, I don’t have any designs that I’m absolutely dying to wear at this very second, and the knitalong starts next week. Hmm. I’ll give myself a few more days to think about it!

(in the meantime I have GOT to get some progress done on my cardigan – and my poor cowl!)

Getting back to the magazine, I like Keito Dama a bit better than the American knitting magazine designs – just something about its simpler aesthetic, I guess. The patterns use Japanese yarn which is very easy for me to purchase, of course. But the biggest thing is just the fact that the designs are a page or two pages long, at most. The PDFs for my cardigan and cowl are both like 7-8 pages long haha! Keito Dama isn’t the perfect magazine for me: there’s a ton of crochet vest patterns, and in general the past few issues have been sparse on sweaters that I’ve wanted to knit. But it’s alright. It’s not like I need to own more patterns! I already have so many!

(I literally have no space left in my teeny shelf reserved for knitting books, so)

(c) Keito Dama

But, I also must admit that I’m quite intrigued by this pattern. I wouldn’t knit it like this – it’s too loose and bulky, and I might choose another yarn. But the checkered pattern is interesting, and I think it could be quite beautiful if the fit was tightened up. The maroon and the grey? beige? together is a fetching combination. I really like the cowl neck. Maybe I can use this idea in the future.

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