I have one social media outlet that I follow semi religiously, and that is Instagram. I love scrolling through photos of cats, dogs, birds, nature, knitting, food, and keeping up with friends through that avenue rather than reading through a bazillion tweets or seeing people repost things from whatever on Facebook (sorry, Facebook users). Am I annoyed by the sudden influx of paid advertising on Instagram that appears every third photo? Yes. Does it make me stop using it? Nope. But I digress.
All of that blathering above to tell you that Instagram is how I became aware of Rib Magazine. Their tagline is "knitting for men and those who knit for them." Even with that tagline, I find many of their patterns to be unisex and am looking forward to making MANY things from this first issue.
I chose to make the Urban Aran mitts first, because 1) mitts = quick knit, 2) I like cables, 3) I like texture, 4) did i mention quick knit? Also the fact that the cables travel across the mitt was interesting to me. Well, let me tell you how much I love this magazine.
The paper that the magazine is printed on is good quality and the pattern instructions are clear. One of my favorite things is that they tell you what yarn is used, but then they also tell you approximately how much yarn and what weight that yarn was. For example, for these mitts, the pattern states "1 (1, 2) skeins of Julie Asseline Nurtured ... or 115 (130, 160) yd of worsted weight yarn." How refreshing to not have to go to Ravelry, look up the original yarn and the yardage! The pattern also says to use "Needles for small circumference knitting." In other words -- DPNs or MagicLoop or two circulars or WHATEVER YOU NORMALLY DO! (Yes, that is excited yelling on my behalf).
Overall: These mitts are meant to be worn with some positive ease. They're warm and I had to wrestle the sample that I knit for the shop away from my teenage son. I used Malabrigo Rios for our sample, but this pattern would work just as well in the Shepherd's Wool worsted or the Deluxe Worsted Superwash that we carry. Stop in and see the sample and try them on!