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Review of Knit Today Magazine.
Knit Today is, as the name suggests is a monthly magazine dedicated to the craft of knitting. The magazine is available in newsagents and supermarkets at a cost of £4.99, but can also be sourced from various on line magazine subscription services, sometimes at a slightly lower rate. The magazine is published by Origin Publishing.
I own a knitting machine, but I also enjoy hand knitting. In fact I find hand knitting less stressful than setting up the machine, as you can pick up your work as and when you feel like it!
When the mood takes me, I can find myself knitting nearly every day for a month and then not touch my needles again for ages, it is definitely one of those take it or leave it interests for me!
**About Knit Today**
The magazine is a glossy publication, a veritable treasure trove for all hand knitters. Each month the magazine contains a selection of knitting patterns for adults and children and also decorative and household items such as table mats.
I particularly like the fact that Knit Today clothing patterns come in a wide range of sizes, as an example, I have issue 60 (June 2011) in front of me as I type this review. Inside is a pattern for a sleeveless ladies summer top, instructions are given to suit people from size 8 to size 22, so the garment can be made to suit for many different figures.
The patterns are written in a clear and easy to understand fashion, each pattern has several pictures showing the front and back of the garment. This is something I consider to be very useful, unlike patterns which only show the front view. Where there are differing instructions for individual sizes, each size is colour coded. You simply check what colour the size you want is depicted in and follow those instructions. I appreciate that this may sound complicated to a non knitter, but actually it is a really simple method of giving multiple size instructions.
My main bugbear regarding the actual content of Knit Today is the cost of the recommended yarns to make up the patterns. At times these are simply astronomical. To give an example of this, in issue 60 there is a lovely sweater pattern designed for little boys aged from 2 to 10 years of age. To knit this to fit a 10 year old in the recommended yarn would cost you £39.90!
The magazine also covers crochet and there are usually one or two articles and patterns in the magazine covering this too.
Knit Today has several very interesting section on ideas to enhance your knitwear and knitting techniques, both of which I find interesting and helpful. The magazine also has a section which advises about new trends in the world of knitwear and knitting yarns. I must admit that some of the designs featured do not do much for me, but the magazine is intended to appeal to all age ranges, so I suppose that there has to be a fairly wide variety of features.
As with many other 'craft' type magazines, there is a readers show and tell type letter page, where readers write in with photos of their handiwork and ideas, this is one of my favourite features and I do enjoy seeing the fruits of other knitters labours and imaginations!
The magazine has a handy help section, where readers can seek advice on their knitted projects and a tutorial section for beginners showing basic knitting techniques and stitches. A recent trend is 'Knit and Natter' clubs where like minded people meet up in their local area. The magazine features a different group in each edition and also lists contact details for knitting clubs across the UK.
Knit Today very often gives free gifts, the issue I have in front of me as I write this gave a craft booklet containing a large number of craft type knitting patterns. This was the main reason I bought this particular issue, as I particularly wanted the booklet. The booklet contains some really useful items such knitted throws and some slightly wacky ones like coffee cup warmers!
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I have to be honest and admit that I am not a regular purchaser of this magazine, I tend to buy only when I particularly like one of the patterns or the free gift is something I want too! This may sound extravagant to say I spend a fiver on a magazine simply for the patterns and gift, but knitting patterns can be very expensive nowadays, costing £2 or £3 each in some shops and the free gift is often worth several pounds too.
My main criticism of Knit Today, and similar magazines, is the sheer quantity of advertisements carried in each issue. I understand of course, that advertising is big business, but I do sometimes wonder if it is necessary to have quite so many? Naturally, if you are seeking information or a particular service, then the ads are there for you to trawl through, but the same ads seem to crop up month after month, in all the knitting magazines on the market and I feel this becomes repetitive and stale once you have read a couple of issues.
I have rated Knit Today with 3 stars for two reasons, I really feel the huge amount of advertising spoils the magazine and the price of some of the recommended knitting yarns are just too steep for me to consider buying, something I am sure others would agree with in these cash strapped times.
In spite of my negative comments above, I have to say that all in all, Knit Today is a very good resource for knitters of all skill levels, it is bright, glossy and packed with useful tips, articles and information, just too many ads for my liking!
I would recommend this magazine to fellow knitters.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 August 2011
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