But I’m Not Built Like a Model: Summer Cardigans

When I walk into a clothing store and spot an adorable cardigan, I immediately find it in my size and head for the dressing room. But when I spot a pattern for a magnificent crocheted top, determining if the design is a good fit for my body type becomes more difficult. We don't all look like the models pictured, thankfully, and a cardigan that accentuates someone else's beautiful curves, may not flatter my straighter figure.

I gathered a few friends at work for a little dress-up party with a few of the sample garments in the office, and we photographed four summer tops on each of us. Laughter and suggestions abounded as we shared advice for altering the garments for each of our figures.

Here are a just couple of the garments and models:

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Arboretum Cardigan

Inspired by the vintage doily, this short-sleeve top was made using bamboo thread. This intermediate-level cardigan is constructed in the round and features a V-stitch bodice, picot-edged sleeves, and a pretty lace edging.

Ideas for color, flower placement, and the number of buttons proved that this was an easy garment to personalize. 

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Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

Kathy is wearing this cardigan with 2" of negative ease. If she wanted to crochet the 36" sample size, I would recommend only working one button loop at the neckline. And, I do love the way the A-line shaping leads your eye to her smile. The length is perfect, and she loved the length of the sleeves, though they would also look adorable several inches shorter. 

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Chamomile Cardigan

Broomstick lace integrates beautifully with regular crochet pattern stitches in this cap-sleeve cardigan with a soft collar that drapes around the shoulders and folds over to form the open V front.

We loved the flexibility of the lace pattern in this comfortable cardigan. Each person who tried this versatile sweater on moved the placement of the belt, creating a customized fit. 

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Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

Worn with 1" of negative ease, this relaxed lace cardigan is beautiful on Whitney. She moved the belt up to the base of her ribcage and really added her own personality to this broomstick lace top. Because the belt is not attached, you can wear it at any height, making this a truly versatile garment.


You can find the Pinecone Top and the Trillium Tunic as well as more models in the Interweave Crochet Summer Galleries on Crochet Me.

Best wishes,

P.S. We would love to see the garments in sizes other than the sample sizes. If you have crocheted these tops, please share pictures in the Member Photo Gallery.

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