Hmm, I've heard of Knit Simple from Vogue, it's geared for beginners and people with busy lives who love things to knit which are simple. I also had a subscription to Creative Knitting. I don't want it anymore though because the designs are too simple. Creative Knitting is nice though. I believe I had a subscription with them for 3 years.
I'd recommend Vogue Knitting Magazine itself, or Intwerweave knits, just for the plain fact that you are getting what you paid for. They usually have some projects in them for beginners through advanced. So it is good to have a magazine with a range so that you can grow with it, especially with a subscription.
If you are still too scared of the higher up mags, I stand by Creative Knitting and Knit Simple.