My current work in progress:

Pitch by Emily Greene, knit from Elsawool Cormo worsted on a US 6 needle

Forever In Vogue

I have here a review copy of the soon-to-be-released Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine.

This is a “best of” collection that celebrates the 30 year history of the “new” Vogue Knitting magazine, which was launched in 1982. The book contains at my count 76 patterns from the past 30 years.

Vogue Knitting was originally started in the 1930s, and ceased publication in 1969. It started up again in 1982, and I have subscribed from the very first issue.

This book gives you a brief history of VK from its very beginnings to the present, with lots of great photos of those early covers. There’s lots of fascinating information about the designers, editors, and photographers who have worked with VK over the years.

And of course the patterns.Many of them I remember well, and a number of them I have knit.

The patterns are all from the 1980s through the present. Looking through the book was definitely a trip down memory lane. I made this design from the Spring/Summer 1983 issue:

Here’s a lovely pattern from the 1990s I made, from the Spring/Summer 1996 issue:

I’ve not made this Shirley Paden design from the Winter 2000/2001 issue, but isn’t it gorgeous?

As I said, I counted 76 patterns total, all with complete instructions. While this would make a lovely coffee table book, it is much more than that.

The publisher, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. generously offered to send a copy of this gorgeous book to one of my readers. (I’m keeping my copy!)

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. At that time I’ll draw a name at random to win the book.


I ma knitting along on Filey and still enjoying the process. The pattern is written specifically for denim yarn that shrinks in length, so all pieces of the sweater are knitted longer to accommodate for this shrinkage.

I’ve finished the second giant sock of the pair I was knitting and am about to cast on a new pair of giant socks.

And I blocked my Thin Ice!

This Week

I have some special guests arriving on Thursday . . . The Knitgirllls! They are coming to visit and accompany me on my annual knitting retreat with friends to the wilds of Virginia. But before we head out for that, we will be at fibre space in Alexandria Virginia on Thursday, November 3, from around 4:00pm to 7:00pm. If you are in the area, stop by to sit and knit with us!

Lucy Sez:

“I’m resting up for when Leslie and Laura get here!”



  1. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    What a wonderful addition this would be for my library…

    My first issue of Vogue Knitting dates from 1963 and contains the first pattern I ever knit. Have been a fan of their magazine in its different iterations ever since.

  2. Fantastic looking book. Really enjoying your blog. “Thin Ice” looks fantastic. And Lucy is, of course, gorgeous.

  3. Giving away all those wonderful Vogue years. Lovely idea.
    Great shawl. Greater cat. But you know that.

  4. a foto of blocked knitting and NO CAT? Alert the media!

    Thanks for the book giveaway!

  5. Love to win that book, it looks wonderful.
    Ruth in Courtenay BC

  6. What a beautiful book! I’d love a chance to win it…..Thanks for your generosity

  7. Jean Palionis says:

    Your give aways are so fun…it would be nice to get one of them. Thank you.

  8. Wow, I’d love a copy of that book. I haven’t been as consistent in recent years, but I subscribed to VK for a long, long time. Memories indeed. Thin Ice looks fantastic. Great color for it!

  9. Alicia Howard says:

    I’m a child of the 80’s!!! Love it

  10. Pam Huang says:

    Put my name in the grab bag!!! Thanks for your generosity.

  11. how fun to “see” you in those back patterns! Would of course love a copy!

  12. Wendy, I would LOVE having the book. I continue to be amazed at the speed of your knitting. Mine would probably look like slo-mo to you!!

  13. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Oh, darn, I am going to make my first visit to Fibre Space on Sat the 5th. Sorry to have missed you and the “girrls”. The VK book looks great too. Happy trekking!

  14. I’m sure there are a ton of patterns in that book that I’d love!

  15. What a fantastic book…I would love to win a copy 🙂

  16. Randi (GMaggie on Ravelry) says:

    That is quite a book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Anne Marie says:

    Beautiful book! Thanks for a great give-away!

  18. Bonnie & Clyde (my two little kitties—all grown up now) say meow to Lucy.

    I think that book is gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing:-)

  19. technikat says:

    I think I was meant to be a cat. Love those restful Lucy shots!
    I’m about to start on knitting my first Vogue pattern.

  20. Since I don’t have a coffee table, this will have to go straight to work!

  21. tracy van wormer says:

    Everyone will want this book…me included!!

  22. Would love to have this book even though I have most of the issues, I did skip a year here and there though.

  23. I would love to have this!
    Susie Kline´s last blog post ..Seriously, Kim Kardashian, I Feel No Pity For You

  24. I adore Vogue Knitting and over the years I’ve knitted many of the patterns. Please enter me in the drawing. I’d LOVE that book! 🙂
    Nan´s last blog post ..Easy Lacy Socks

  25. The Vogue book looks wonderful! I’d love to add it to my collection. Have fun on your get-away.

  26. limedragon :-: Harriet says:

    Thin Ice looks great! Entering the contest too – looks like a good book to have. : )

  27. What a wonderful sounding book!
    I would love it.

  28. Carol Perecman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book–what a trip down memory lane!


  29. Would love a shot at the book. Btw – I was inspired by your recent posts and started a new sock after dabbling with shawls &sweaters. your gusset heel toe up, of course…..

  30. how lovely of Vogue to send you a copy to share – I suppose they know that word of mouth is a great marketing tool. 🙂
    Emily´s last blog post ..Free Willy!

  31. Oh wow, history and knitting – what a wonderful book idea! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Wishing you a great weekend with the girrrrls! (Lucy too)

  32. I would love to win a copy of the Vogue book. Beautiful knit-work never goes out of style.
    Have an exciting weekend.

  33. I’d like to travel to Random. Numbers always seem to be lucky there.

  34. The book looks fantastic. Your shawl is beautiful. The knitting retreat sounds absolutely heavenly. sigh.

  35. Lyn Contresceri-Mercer says:

    I’d be more than happy to get something that looks so interesting. My forties were the best years of my life! Hello to Lucy … I adore catz!

  36. Lucy is the absolute cutest- but in lieu of having her, I would love to have the Vogue book.

  37. Spinfoolish says:

    Today was my first day working in a yarn shop. Gave up my house, my insurance, and a comfortable salary to play with, teach about, and knit with yarn. Winning a book would be icing, I am already sure I am on the right road!! Thanks for sharing your knitting with us!

  38. Wow! I’d love a shot at winning this book. Let it be me! Let it be me!

  39. That would be a lovely book to have. I’ve got a few of the magazines and there’s always something I like.
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..A new phone

  40. The Vogue Knitting book looks fabulous. I absolutely love your “Thin Ice” shawl. Your designs are all wonderful. It is always a tough decision which project to start next!

  41. Can’t wait to see what you decide to knit out of the new Vogue book!!

  42. What a great book! Have a great retreat….sounds like fun! Have a great time!

  43. Oh, me,me please. I’d just love this classic from Vogue !!

  44. I would be very interested in the this new Vogue Knitting book.

  45. Rebecca Kugele says:

    Oh I would love a chance to win that book!

  46. Vogue Knitting was the first knitting book I ever purchased. The copyright is 1989. I’d sure love to win the updated version….but I’d never give up my older version.

  47. Sharen Warren says:

    Love to win a copy of that gorgeous Vogue book!

  48. Sharen Warren says:

    What a wonderful book—I’d love to win it!

  49. Wendy, you live a knitty knotty kind of life. Vogue is in, this is my B-Day month, maybe I will win! Congrats on thin ice girl.

  50. I wish I could be a “fly on the wall” when Laura sees “Thin Ice” on you. I bet she’ll blush with pride to see that you’ve knit her design. Have fun with the Girllls.

  51. Thank you for offering this lovely book to some lucky knitter!

  52. What a wonderful treasurey!

  53. Would love a chance to win this book. I am a pattern junkie. I find picking a pattern almost more fun than knitting it

  54. Awesome giveaway- thank you!

  55. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    I am old enough to remember most of these….what a great book!

  56. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Wow I remember a lot of these Love the book!!!

  57. I hope that your visitors won’t be disturbing Lucy’s beauty sleep!

  58. Great looking book. Thanks for the give away, again.

  59. Cant wait to hear about your Retreat adventures! What a great idea fora book – a book I would love to win BTW!

  60. Aly - KelticKarma says:

    I enjoy the VK magazine – they have some truly lovely patterns. I’m glad the publisher gave you an additional copy to give to a lucky someone here. And Lucy does find some interesting places to have a nap!

  61. I have a big collection of vogue myself, but would love to own this book!

  62. Always appreciate a chance at your great book offers!
    I gotta know-how many hours a day on average do you knit? And do you knit faster than the speed of light or just the speed of sound?
    Have a lovely time with the girls!

  63. The book sounds great! I’d love to have a copy.

  64. Sara in WI says:

    Thin Ice is gorgeous! I, too, have all of the newer Vogue Knitting Series! But I’d be hard pressed to find the issues that have the sweaters that I knit. I’d love to see (and have) this book!

  65. Looks like a wonderful book!

  66. Enter me, please.

  67. I have a few previous Vogue Knitting “retrospective”books, including some published 30 years ago that included designs from the “old” Vogue Knitting.

    As a Vogue aficianado, I would love to add this one to my library.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..Travel knitting revisited

  68. I would love the copy of Vogue!!! Thanks for giving it away.

  69. Vogue and Knitting. What a great combo!

  70. Beautiful book! What history of the last 20 something years in fashion!

  71. cydney yerushalmi says:

    I love knitting from Vogue patterns, and would truly enjoy the book.

  72. Jose janssen says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed for me and all the yarn I have waiting ….
    Oh so many projects..
    Jose in Canada

  73. Lovely lovelies! I would love to have this book! Thank you for offering!

  74. Wahoo! What a nice offer. I think I’ve got all of the vogue magazines from the ‘new’ era and have managed to find a few from the 60s. They’re a hoot.

  75. Tiffany L Newman says:

    I love Vogue Knitting but haven’t knitted anything out of the magazines… But I sure do like looking at them.

    Have fun with your Virginia knitting retreat! And Lucy is adorable as always

  76. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Hi, Wendy and Lucy! Thanks for the chance to win the Vogue book. How’s the knitting coming on Trillian? I’m actually knitting with one of my treasured Wollmeise skeins for the first time, a Hypernova scarf, and I am in LOVE!

  77. VK is the best and has absolutely the best patterns – I would love to have a copy of this book!

  78. Angela Econ says:

    I would love that book! Love some of those older styles!!!

  79. What a lovely book! And give Lucy all my love. ;]

  80. I would love to win a copy of the Vogue book. It looks incredible! Have a wonderful weekend with Laura and Leslie.
    Lynn Z´s last blog post ..Wrapping things up

  81. Hi, I am really looking forward to seeing how your Filey turns out because I have a large lot of denim that would make a great Filey.

  82. That looks like a wonderful book to have in my library. Or, whoever the lucky one is – enjoy!

  83. What a collection of patterns, it would take forever to just look through it all. But I would love to give it a try.

  84. I still have a few of the old issues my grandmother had. My mother and sister got the rest.

  85. Thank you for the give away.

  86. Please count me in. I would love to knit a sweater or two from the Vogue book. Can’t wait to see the close ups of Thin Ice.

  87. Thanks for the opportunity for someone to get this wonderful book.

  88. Helena Dias says:

    Looks like a wonderful book.

  89. That book looks beautiful. I do hope I win.

  90. The book looks great. Thanks for the chance.

  91. Would love to have this book.

  92. Classy book and patterns! Thanks for the opportunity!

  93. I actually remember some of those older Vogue Knitting patterns and still subscribe to the magazine. Would adore this book!
    Deb´s last blog post ..Sweet Feet!

  94. Jo morgan says:

    like you, I think I have every issue of VK Knitting since they resumed publsihing in 1982. Needless to say, I would love to win this book! Thanks, Jo

  95. Bev Watts says:

    I love Vogue and would love to have the book.

  96. I can understand why you’re keeping your copy of this book! I have old Vogue Knitting copies from 1962 till they ceased publishing. I was so pleased to see it on the shelves again.

  97. Midnite Baker says:

    Looks like a luscious book to own and add to my library.

  98. I love the patterns in Vogue Knitting but can rarely find the magazine in my rural area. I would welcome this book to my library.
    Rusty Boyd´s last blog post ..Sally Melville, New Friends, Renewed Spirit

  99. Your thin ice is inspiring – it may have to go into the queue. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. It looks fascinating!

  100. Sally Miller says:

    Please include me, too. I have a LOT to catch up with in Vogue Knitting history! Take retreat photos!!