The first knitting magazine I ever bought was the premiere issue (1984) of Knitters. It featured articles and designs by Elizabeth Zimmerman, Meg Swansen, Deborah Newton, editor Elaine Rowley, and Lizbeth Upitis, among others.
As a new knitter, teaching myself to knit by making the funny but instructive sampler in Jacqueline Fee's The Sweater Workshop, I studied the magazine page by page, immersing myself in a fascinating world where I learned about the guernsey tradition, strong opinions about wool (Zimmerman's "The Opinionated Knitter" column), and charts (as an artist who loved grids, these especially appealed to me).
After I finished Fee's book and sampler, I went on to create my first sweater, which was knit well enough but I never wore. I made the mistake of putting a colorful band of stranded knitting above the body ribbing. I realized too late that a big band of color around my hips was not especially flattering. (I gave that one away.)
My next sweater was for my ex-husband, knit in a beautiful tweedy dark green wool. For that one, I used some of the motifs from Harriet Adams's Tiffany's Gansey and Zimmerman's Gaffer's Gansey, both in this issue of Knitters. My sweater, though, was not a gansey but a bottom-up raglan knit in the round—I was still staying safely within the realm of Fee's instructions for raglans. It fit him perfectly! He loved it and wore it for years, often when bicycling, and looked quite dashing in it.
Leafing through the magazine today, I see that though fashions and pattern-writing conventions have changed, some things have not—there's an amusing piece by Millie Sass titled "The Great Rip-Out," which sings the praises of ripping out.
Indeed! I engaged in a bit of ripping-out therapy myself just this weekend as I worked on some design submissions.
What was the first knitting magazine you ever bought? Do you still have it?