I picked up the special issue KnitScene recently. As it is a rather pricey magazine (justifiably so with the number of patterns), I thought I'd give it a quick review in case you were on the fence. As you can quickly ascertain from the cover, there are 33 patterns for accessories included in these pages. They range from shawls and socks to the more unique hats and clutches. Featured shawl patterns include the designs of Megi Burcl and are very colorful. The article has a lot of good advice on choosing colors for your work. There is also some good advice on sock construction, too. Spoiler alert on the advice...swatching turns out to be important. Who knew? Also, if you've never done bead work, there are a few pages of helpful hints on adding beads as you go, the pre-strung method and beads between stitches. It's quick and dirty but very informational.
Perhaps my favorite accessory in the magazine is the Grace Clutch by Julie LeFrancois. It has officially landed on my project list. It is simple chevron pattern with appealing pleats. It would probably look cute in any contrasting colors you could think of, but the black and white featured with the model is very attractive. I think the most unique item is the hat featured on the cover, the Regina Hat also by Julie LeFrancois. It is an amazing piece of knitwork, very creative, but I am not a huge fan. I feel like it would be very easy for it to not look like the picture in the magazine and/or not look good on the average person. I could be completely wrong. I'll keep my eye on Ravelry and see what projects look like when completed.
For me, there are probably three projects in the magazine I would actually make. However, three patterns pays for the magazine, so I don't feel guilty about the price. There are plenty of interesting accessories, even if I'm not going to make them, they are inspirational. I love accessories. They tend to work up faster and typically do not take a lot of yarn (keeping the price down). I enjoyed this issue of KnitScene and will look at it more than once, which is one of my rules for purchasing knitting magazines.