My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

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. I may have to get this book.

  2. Mmmm. Vogue Knitting sounds like fun!

  3. I would love to get my sticky mitts on that book. Have a lovely time with your friends.

  4. I’ve been curious about this Vogue book. Thanks for the review. Have fun on your retreat.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  5. Nice review of the book. Will be a classic

  6. Suzie Picciano says:

    Just love the random number generator!

  7. SusieQ100 says:

    That does look like a book worth reading! Me please!!!

  8. I would love to win this book. 🙂

  9. Lucy’s looking lovely, as ever. As is the book!
    Genny´s last blog post ..Found it!

  10. Oooo please include me in the draw ! Loving the Thin Ice Shawl. Wish I could join you on the retreat sounds fantastic, have a fantastic time.

  11. Put my name in. I’d love to win that book!

  12. This book will look absolutely perfect on my coffee table, if I ever put it down.

  13. What a cool book — I would love to have it.

  14. Have a great time on your getaway!

    Looks like a great book, too. I can’t recall when the Map of the World sweater was published, but I know they’ve reincarnated it at least once, and I wonder if it is included. Vogue, by its nature, includes styles no one I know would wear, and there is that infamous green sweater with the unfortunately placed bobbles. This would be a wonderful book to have.

  15. Barbara Seiver says:

    What fun to be able to look back on knitting projects past.

    Yes, I’d love to have that book.

  16. I would love a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. Kit Fessenden says:

    i’m a sucker for all the VK books – have to have them all!

  18. I haven’t ever really bought Vogue but I’d be very interested to see this book.
    CarolineF´s last blog post ..Entry 400! and Maryland Sheep and Wool

  19. Would love the Vogue book. Thanks for showing all your beautiful work.

  20. This is oh so cool. I am a Vogue Magazine fan for patterns. I am working on the fingerless mitts Vogue Pattern right now and hope to have them finished this week.

  21. I would love to take a trip down memory lane with that Vogue Knitting book. Please enter me, and please pick my name!

  22. I have the perfect place on my knitting book shelf waiting for this classic. Maybe it will class up my knitting projects. Thanks for all you give your fellow knitters- humor, knowledge, patterns and gifts.

  23. Heck, yeah! I’d love a copy of the book! And I am so envious of you & other knitters, going on retreats–while I’m a total wage slave, glad to have just 20 minutes of knitting time in the day. Have lots of fun, and be sure to post about it so we’ll all get to share vicariously!
    Anna´s last blog post ..Oh well (deep subject!)

  24. The book looks beautiful. I’ll have to hunt it down so I can see the whole thing.

  25. Alice Moisen says:

    I, too, have all the magazines, bur the book collection would save some wear and tear on them. It would also make for interesting reading

  26. Oh, that book looks like a good one!!! I would love to have a copy.

  27. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    “Fear me, I have killed hundreds of Time Lords.”
    “Fear me, I killed all of them.”

    Just a little DW for ya during the break.


    (oh, and I would love to win that book!)

  28. Wendy,
    I would LOVE this book. Really enjoy your WIP

  29. Would love to win the book!! Thank you!

  30. Arlene Hoose says:

    Hi Wendy,
    The new Vogue looks great. Would love to win a copy.

  31. Karina Bates says:

    It does look like a great book. I too have collected VK for many years, although not consistently. I’m sure there are some great patterns in that book that I missed. My thanks to you and the publishers for offering it!

  32. linda bowton says:

    i would love to become the lucky recipient of this Vogue Knitting!!!

  33. I would love to win thanks for the chance

  34. Love the Thin Ice, Lucy is adorable as always and feel free to send the book my way.

  35. Pick me!

  36. Andrea in Tn says:

    looks like a wonderful book that you could really get lost in!!!!!

  37. I love all the Vogue books–can’t wait to get my hands on this one–hopefully free!

  38. a new Vogue compilation would be wonderful!

  39. I’d love to receive a copy of the new Vogue book. Barbara

  40. Gorgeous book! Vogue is always so wonderful, if not always quite on target for short round people! I don´t envy you making those socks. My “Bigfoot” doesnt understand why anyone would want to knit socks when “You could just go out and buy some.” He doesn´t get it and therefore he doesn´t get any (socks). I´m just making them for myself and
    I´d make them for my daughter but now she makes me a pair every year!

  41. I love Vogue knitting patterns. Please enter me.

  42. Carolyn W says:

    What a great book! It would definitely be on display at my house (if I win…) as well as knitting from it. Saw that LaLa is resting up her throwing arm….I am personally routing for Lucy!

    Thanks Wendy! and y’all have fun at the retreat.

  43. Judy Smith says:

    Can always use another book on knitting

  44. I probably own some of those very old knitting magazines as well, in addition to ones from the 80s! Would love to own the book – please enter my name.

  45. Looks like a great book.

  46. Would love to win the Vogue Knitting book. It looks beautiful!

  47. Terri Ann says:

    Sounds like a great book, I’ll take a chance. Thanks!

  48. Pick me, me, me

  49. lewaletzko says:

    Fantastic…I keep telling myself I should knit Vogue patterns but just don’t feel that my skills are there yet.

  50. That is a lovely history book! and home ec! and american culture!

  51. Looks like a must have for a knitter’s library. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  52. throw my name in the mix.

  53. I would love to own that book! A little piece of history…. Thanks

  54. What a beautiful book! Thank you!
    Kimberly´s last blog post ..Random Love

  55. Have fun with the girrrrllls on the retreat and at Fibre Space. I did some serious damage at FS last Saturday – so much fun!

    Would love to be entered in the book contest too – thank you!
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Notus Grey Floral Sweater Bag with Fuchsia Ribbon

  56. What fun! I’d love a copy of the ook!

  57. Oops — the “book”, I mean!

  58. A knitting retreat sounds so lovely….

    I hope the random generator is nice to me this time 🙂


  59. Laura Sakos says:

    Hi, Wendy, new reader of your blog. Got one of your books at Fiber Space in Alexandria, VA during a business trip and am in the process of learning to knit socks from it, and am enjoying the process a lot. I read Vogue Knitting many years ago as my hobby goes in fits and starts, but would love to have this book as an addition to my library.

  60. Thin Ice looks beautiful!

  61. peggy kraham says:

    I would love the book. Have a great weekend. Hopefully no snow.

  62. What a great book! I always find something to challenge my knitting skills in Vogue. Winning this would be a walk through my own knitting history!

    Enjoy your retreat and have wonderful weather!

  63. Looking forward to seeing this new book, and would love to win the drawing! Thin Ice is lovely and the color is divine.

  64. I love Vogue knitting patterns. I’ve subscribed to the magazine forever. This would be a wonderful book to own. Thank you.

  65. Bet that is a gorgeous book. Would love to add it to my knitting library. VK always stretches my knitting skills.

  66. oh wow, this is lovely. I would love to make that pattern above from the 1996 sp/su issue!

  67. Count me in!

  68. The bool looks amazing. I’d love to own a copy. Thanks.

  69. It looks like an amazing book! I would love to be entered to win the book.

  70. Would love to win the book. The shawl like all the others is beautiful.

  71. This book sounds awesome! I think it would be a treat to see how the designs changed over time.

  72. Susan D. Smith says:

    I’ve been a Vogue subscriber off-and-on (mostly on) since the 1990’s and would love to win a copy of this gorgeous book. If I win, I KNOW what I’ll be doing on the 10 days off that I have at Christmastime! 🙂

  73. Your shawl is looking good from here! 🙂
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark

  74. Sounds like a fun weekend. Thanks for the book review.

  75. Great book would love to win.

  76. Dear Ms. Wendy–please pick me! 🙂

  77. Maryann Lee says:

    I love your blog and all that you share, ecpecially Lucy. Would love to have the copy of this wonderful book. Thanks for all you do.

  78. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I’ve knit 15 pairs of socks this last year. Maybe this book will help me find a different project.

  79. cureuskitte says:

    What a wonderful book! It would also be fun to see a best of for the ’30’s through the ’60’s.

    Your Thin Ice turned out great!

    Give a squeeze to Lucy for me! 🙂

  80. The new Vogue Knitting collection looks great. Enjoy your knitting retreat. I could use one myself!

  81. Darla Waddell says:

    A lovely book.

  82. If it is published by Rizzoli, then it must be a gorgeous book.
    Sounds like you are going to have a fun weekend!

  83. My first project I ever knit from a pattern was from Vogue Knitting. Such a wonderful magazine!

  84. I think the Thin Ice looks really good. I’m tempted to start one myself.
    Samantha´s last blog post ..I’ve been up all night…

  85. Since there is usually a knitting pattern or book on my coffee table, and often a copy of ‘Vogue’ it would be smashing to combine the two! Fingers crossed. BTW, thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into your blog; it’s like a phone call from a friend!

  86. The Vogue book looks great – would love to win it.

  87. Well someone will be a very luck knitter and I hope it’s me!

  88. After seeing what has been in most current issues of VK, the older classic patterns are light years better!

  89. Have a wonderful time on your knitting retreat. I’ve purchases some issues of Vogue Knitting over the years, and would love to add this new publication to my library. I hope I’m lucky this time. Thanks for the opportunity to win a new book.

  90. Looks like a fun book. Always up to adding to my collection.

  91. Susanne Scheurwater says:

    Wow, what a book!! Didn’t even know there was a plan for such a gorgeous issuance.
    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

  92. The Vogue book looks like a wonderful compilation of patterns over the years. It would be fun to have in my book collection.
    Your shawl looks lovely 🙂

  93. I have a few issues of Vogue Knitting from the 1980s as well. I’ll have to go hunt them up and flip through them.

    Wish I still had the sweater I knit from one of them…
    Kendra´s last blog post ..Little things

  94. Grew up on Vogue – would love this book!

  95. I love that lacy pullover you designed that is being featured in this issue, and would treasure the book!

  96. Please include me in your book giveaway. Your shawl looks great.

  97. Karen Palmer says:

    What a lovely book! Would love to have a copy. So enjoy your knits! Have done some of your lace knits and love them!

  98. I love Vogue Knitting – I can’t wait to check out the ‘best of’ book!

  99. (Another) Joan says:

    Random comment for the generator– please pick me!

  100. Pick me already…