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JackieK's picture

Unclear where I start what I want to say/ask!

I'll try this....

I am a knitter of many years but have not had projects go well recently. 

I work one day a week in a thrift store that is run by our school.

Someone donated three HUGE boxes of old needlework books/patterns.  In these boxes, which I went through with glee, were about 12 old Threads magazines, from  late '80s thru early 90s.  I found an article called The Oddball Sweater in the June/July '88 issue.  I'm working on that pattern right now, and am having the time of my life!

I bought the current Threads and found no article at all on knitting.  Thru the years I've bought the magazine but was bored with it because it only worked with sewing.

An aside...I would like to find the pattern for the globe knitted in colors, on a sweater.

Would appreciate some feedback.


Jackie Kirkland

suesew's picture

(post #29252, reply #1 of 13)

I don't think Threads tries to be a knitting magazine. Maybe we need a magazine called "Yarns."

Katina's picture

(post #29252, reply #4 of 13)

Perhaps Threads might consider publishing an occasional special issue on knitting? 

ElonaM's picture

(post #29252, reply #2 of 13)

When it was a young magazine, Threads had articles about all sorts of fiber arts, but a number of years ago, they dropped everything but sewing. Finding the right balance of subjects and making a profit is always difficult. I mean nothing derogatory here; it is a matter of business as well as art.

Edited 1/25/2005 12:13 am ET by Elona

Jean's picture

(post #29252, reply #3 of 13)

It broke my heart when Threads stopped publishing knitting articles. I'm seeing a few more knitting magazines on the stands now. I'm hoping it is making a comeback. Re the sweater pattern--is it the Vogue pattern with the map of the world ?  I think I remember sending for it, but I never made it. If I run across the instructions I'll let you know. (Unless someone else can get it to you sooner.)

Is this the one?

I just googled and that sweater pattern is still available.

How do I obtain a copy of a P-pattern?
P-patterns are hard printed copies of some of the Vogue Knitting Patterns. Currently the only ones available are:
P701- Enchanted Forest Sweater
P702 - Map of the World Sweater
P703 - Cat Lovers Sweater
P704 - Floral Tapestry Sweater
P705 - The Bubble Sweater
P706 - A Touch of Lace Sweater (Girls)
P707 - Southwest Style Sweater
P708 - Crazy Quilt Jacket
P721 - Counting Sheep Afghan
If you would like to purchase a copy of a P-pattern, please send $4 (plus $1 shipping (U.S.); $2.00 Canada) with the style number, pattern name and your mailing address to Vogue Knitting P. O. Box 1808, Altoona, PA 16603. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.

Edited 1/25/2005 1:52 am ET by Jean

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rfresia's picture

(post #29252, reply #5 of 13)

You are so amazing!  How do you keep all that in your head and then actually retreive it?  I'm always saying "I know I saw that somewhere".  And half an hour later, if I'm lucky, it pops up.  There was a Vogue knitting book at the grocery store yesterday for the first time in quite a while and it was nice to look through it but the styles are too stylish for what I wear.  Basic shapes are better but lots of color!  The knitting books I have from Taunton are articles from older issues but it's nice to have them all in one place.  They go from the middle 80's to about '91 and cover some great techniques.  Another good series is the ones put out by Scheepes from about the same time frame.  Do you know those?  I once got an issue with the directions written in French...that was interesting.  It was decipherable if you looked at the pictures while reading the directions.  Fun!  rjf



Jean's picture

(post #29252, reply #6 of 13)

LOL. In this case Google was my friend.
ITA about the stylish stuff today. My figure demands looser fit than the youngsters are wearing today. Oh, my!!

I have a couple of the Taunton books, besides having the treasured back issues starting with #1!

I'm not familiar with the Scheepes series you speak about, but I remember a yarn company, I think, but I don't have patterns unless they're included in other knitting magazines I own.



Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
tobytimesten's picture

(post #29252, reply #7 of 13)

There are many great knitting magazines out there. For the more fashionable styles that are challanging as well, try Cast On which is the official magazine of the Knitting Guild. Then there are quarterly magazines put out by Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle that have simpler patterns with easier to find yarns. If you go to Lion Brand yarns web site you can find lots of free patterns. has a knitting site with free patterns also.

ehBeth's picture

(post #29252, reply #8 of 13)

I'm with you, Jean.  I've never felt the same way about Threads since they dropped knitting.  The Taunton approach to cooking/sewing/gardening/everything is so different from what other publications offer.  I miss the academic/challenging/informational angle on knitting that Threads used to offer.


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FitnessNut's picture

(post #29252, reply #9 of 13)

I'm with the two of you. While my main focus is garment sewing, I found the knitting articles to be challenging and informative, not to mention interesting in a way that other publications simply were not. Mind you, the sewing articles were in the same league which I find is no longer the case, for me anyway.

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss ~~ Joseph Campbell
rfresia's picture

(post #29252, reply #10 of 13)

This is also to Jean.  It seemed to me that Threads knitting articles started from a different point of view.  They had a technique in mind, or the author did, that they wanted to talk about and the design was only to illustrate the technique.  Quite the opposite direction of the grocery magazines where they have a design and then come up with what (seems to me) is the quick and dirty way to produce it.  It's probably scandalous to say that out loud, especially by a knitter who still has tattered pattern pages from Family Circle.  But it's so nice to hear people say "More knitting!"    rjf



ehBeth's picture

(post #29252, reply #11 of 13)

C'mon back, Jackie.  If only to tell us more about those treasured old Threads mags you found <smile>

Seems like you touched a chord with several of us.

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Jean's picture

(post #29252, reply #12 of 13)

LOL.  Jack hasn't been back.

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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ehBeth's picture

(post #29252, reply #13 of 13)

Yes, I saw that. I was hoping that Jackie would get the email responses to her thread and c'monnnnnnnn back to us. <smile>

If you can't play a sport, be one.

If you can't play a sport, be one.