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by: Sierra Roberts

New! Rib Magazine

Rib Magazine

We may have missed the first issue, but we won’t let another one slip by! [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] is here in all its polished, masculine glory. This issue features patterns inspired by exploring new techniques, from textural contrasts to less common construction methods. These projects are entirely approachable and offer a fresh look at knitwear designs that are meant to be cherished for years to come. This issue also features an essay on knitting from the male perspective, a visible mending tutorial, and a very useful in-depth review of the Lykke interchangeable needle set.

 

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Lykke 5" Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Set - Grey Faux Denim Case  Lykke 5" Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Set - Grey Faux Denim Case
Lykke 5" Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set Black Faux Leather Case  Lykke 5" Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set Black Faux Leather Case

For those of you who haven’t yet heard about Rib Magazine, it is a Toronto based publication geared towards men who knit and those who knit for them. Actually, it’s laid out kind of similarly to Pom Pom Magazine. You’re pulled in by the crisp, modern layout and then taken away by the patterns. Even the advertisements in these magazines are pretty to look at!

This Survey pullover (shown above) is an interesting play on color and texture. This was knit from a woolen-spun worsted weight yarn – there are a lot of those here at the shop that I can picture making this sweater with. [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] would be perfect in all its muted tones, or you could use Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins for some brighter colors (I love all the colors this yarn comes in). Choose two slightly different shades, or go for a bold contrast- either way, it’ll be a comfortable, stylish sweater.

 

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Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins

As much as I liked that first sweater, I think I might actually have to make this Rigging pullover. I will have to draw straws to see who gets it (me, my dad or my husband), but I’m already dreaming of my favorite colors of Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins. The sweater shown above was actually knit out of [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] . I love the zig zag details at the cuffs, and I’m always a sucker for a traditionally worn shawl collar.

 

Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins Harrisville Highland Yarn - Washed Skeins
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The River Rocks scarf shown above is a fun way to hone your two color brioche skills. Brioche is cozy and warm, and this would be a welcome addition to anyone’s winter accessory bin (especially here in Maine!). Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn would be perfect for this project, with a wide variety of colors to choose from and a sturdy ply that is sure to show off those hard-won brioche stitches.

 

Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn

The above projects are three of my personal favorites from this issue’s collection. In addition to these projects, this issue features a beautifully written essay by Matthew Rippeyoung; Rippeyoung himself is an avid knitter, and he discusses his close relationship with this craft and its presence in his life – from emotional to metaphorical. With history so full of men who knit, it’s really nice to see that gender bias slowly diminishing. Rippeyoung’s essay proved to me that men get just as much from this craft as anyone, in just as profound and meaningful ways.

Maybe it’s just where I work, but I’ve noticed a huge interest in visible mending lately – turns out men are into it, too!  [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] features a substantial piece about this trending craft, which involves carefully darning, stitching, and knitting beloved items of clothing back together in purposefully visible, obvious ways. This adds quirky, lived in and loved characteristics to your old clothing; it also encourages looking at the tedium of mending as an opportunity to get creative. This is a very informative tutorial that will talk you through the process and make you excited to fix up those old sweaters in the back of your closet.

 

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This small magazine feels more like a book with its modern layout, lovely photography, and introductions to each project that take you right to the source of inspiration. Rib was a joy to read through, and it is truly one of those magazines that’s worth collecting.

 

 

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