2010 Interweave Knits Spring Galleries

Mona’s Jacket
Mags Kandis

A lofty, thick yarn on big needles and limited seaming make Mona’s Jacket quick enough to make on a weekend. Top-down construction grows from the neck down into raglan sleeves and a body knitted flat in one piece, for big knitting that takes only a little time. Mags Kandis uses well-spaced purl ridges and dramatic crocheted buttons to punctuate soft stitches.

Finished Size 35¼ (38¾, 42, 45½, 48¾, 52¼)” bust circumference, with fronts overlapping and buttoned. Yarn Loop-d-Loop by Teva Durham Granite (95% merino, 5% nylon; 55 yd [50 m]/50 g): #003 ash, 11 (12, 13, 13, 14, 15) balls. Yarn distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles.
Needles Size 13 (9 mm): 29″ and two 16″ circulars (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; size J/10 (6 mm) crochet hook; three 18 mm snaps; sewing needle; matching thread; three 2″ buttons (if you choose not to crochet buttons).
Gauge 9½ sts and 17 rows = 4″ in ridge patt; 9½ sts and 13 rows = 4″ in St st.

Jacket shown measures 38¾ “, modeled with several inches positive ease.

Deborah usually wears a size 12 top; she’s 5′ 6½” tall.
Bust: 40″
Waist: 34½
Hips: 41½

Deborah loved this jacket! She would make it a bit shorter in the sleeves, though, maybe just an inch, and leave off the bottom button. The size 38¾” worked well for her—the length is perfect!

These big buttons make quite a statement, but they were a little much on the bigger busted models.

Marsha usually wears a size 14 top; she’s 5′ tall.
Bust: 42½
Waist: 36″
Hips: 41″

This was a little too bulky on Marsha. At only 5 feet tall, it overwhelmed her a bit.

If she were to make this, Marsha thought she’d shorten the sleeves about three inches, and maybe take off the bottom button, or use flat wooden buttons instead of the ball-style crocheted buttons.

Patty usually wears a size 8-10 top; she’s 5′ 4½” tall.
Bust: 36½
Waist: 33″
Hips: 43½“Doesn’t this gray look fab over Patty’s tomato cowl neck sweater?

Patty liked this sweater a lot. She thought she might shorten the sleeves and inch or two, though.

This size worked well on Patty, but I think she could shorted it about three inches and it would still have that swing that she liked, but it would hit at a really flattering point.

Patty might also want to make this in red, she looks so good in that color!

Dinah usually wears a size 10 top; she’s 5′ 11¾” tall.
Bust: 35½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 41½
This piece looked like it was made just for Dinah. The sleeves are the perfect length, the buttons are placed well, and the drape was perfect, front and back. Dinah loved it, too. She echoed the other gals, saying she loved the softness of the yarn and the swingy style.

The only change I’d make is perhaps the color. I think Dinah looks great in jewel tones, so maybe she should make this in ruby or garnet—basically just some sort of rich red!


Seaweed Cardigan
Cecily Glowik MacDonald

The Seaweed Cardigan uses a lace motif that combines yarnovers and decreases to form a broad, gently waving line. Dolman sleeves extend out of the body pieces, creating a simple, flattering T shape.

Finished Size 34½ (37½, 40½, 43½, 46½, 49½, 52½)” bust circumference.
Yarn Classic Elite Allegoro (70% organic cotton, 30% linen; 152 yd [139 m]/50 g): #5657 della robia blue, 6 (6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8) balls.
Needles Size 6 (4 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 21 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in wavy lace patt.

Cardigan shown measures 40½”, modeled with a few inches positive ease.

Audrey usually wears a size 12-14 top; she’s 5′ 2″ tall.
Bust: 40½
Waist: 38¾”
Hips: 45″

This cardigan looked good on everyone!

Audrey thought she’d make the next size up to “cover the belly area better.” Although when she tried it on with a shawl pin, at right, it looked really nice.

And this color is great on Audrey, too!

Deborah usually wears a size 12 top; she’s 5′ 6½” tall.
Bust: 40″
Waist: 34½
Hips: 41½

Deborah thought she’d make this cardi (and in the blue, too—such a nice color on her!), but one size bigger. This would give her 3 more inches, which would allow the piece to close better with a shawl pin.

I love the look of this on Deborah—it’s a versatile wrap that can be dressed up or down.

Kathy usually wears a size 12 top; she’s 5′ 4″ tall.
Bust: 38¾”
Waist: 33″
Hips: 40″
This size worked on Kathy as is. She liked the length, and she said this lace pattern would fit her casual style. Kathy would wear this open and closed, over monochrome slacks and a long-sleeved shirt, or over a black dress.

I’d like to see this piece in a warmer color for Kathy; the blue is a little too cool for her, I think.

Marsha usually wears a size 14 top; she’s 5′ tall.
Bust: 42½
Waist: 36″
Hips: 41″
Marsha always looks like a million bucks! She liked this design a lot; she said she’d make it a couple of inches shorter, but she liked the size.

Marsha rocks the belted look, which is cute with this cardi, but if I were Marsha, I’d make the next size up so I could cross the fronts over each other a little and then belt it. So cute!

The color is great on Marsha, too; she’s fair and this blue plays up the rosiness in her skin tone.


Braided Hood Tunic
Carol Feller

The Braided Hood Tunic mixes traditional X and O and split cables with a long, lean silhouette for a decidedly fresh tunic with an Aran influence. Center cables at the front branch into hood edgings, while the back center cable curves up and over the hood in an unbroken line. Carol Feller uses a superwash wool and organic cotton blend for plump stitch definition that can be layered all year.

Finished Size 32¼ (37, 40¾, 45½, 49¼, 54)” bust circumference.
Yarn Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yd [146 m]/100 g): #7506 toast, 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins. Yarn distributed by Blue Sky Alpacas.
Needles Body and hood—size 8 (5 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Edging—size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 24″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Cable needle (cn); markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 17 sts and 25 rows = 4″ in rev St st on larger needle; 18 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in seed st on smaller needles; 14 sts of Left Open Cable, Right Open Cable, and Center Cable charts measure 2¼” wide on larger needle.

Tunic shown measures 37″, modeled with about 3″ positive ease.

Terry usually wears a size 8-10 top; she’s 5′ 2″ tall.
Bust: 37″
Waist: 35½
Hips: 37¾”

Terry liked this tunic, and she’s got a casual style that would embrace the style perfectly.

She didn’t think she would make any modifications, but I think maybe she should start the vest one size bigger and then decrease the size 37 at the waist, just to add some more waist shaping. Terry’s got a fairly rectangular figure, and the waist shaping would be really flattering.

I like the length on her—it’s the perfect tunic length. Terry has the cutest little legs—I’d love to see this on her over black leggings and a black tee-shirt. Darling!

Patty usually wears a size 8-10; she’s 5′ 4½” tall.
Bust: 36½
Waist: 33″
Hips: 43½

Patty likes this piece as is, too, and I would have to agree with her. She’s got a nice “waist-to-hip” ratio that really works with this fitted tunic, and it was a good length on her. The tunic has a couple of inches of ease at the waist, which looks good on Patty.

It’s interesting to note that this piece is modeled in the magazine with 3 inches of positive ease, but most of our gallery girls had very little ease, and even negative ease, and this piece still looks good.

Dinah usually wears a size 10 top; she’s 5′ 11¾” tall.
Bust: 35½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 41¼”
Dinah is modeling the tunic inside-out! This pattern is mainly reverse stockinette with stockinette cables, and Dinah prefers stockinette.

She thought she’d add some purl stitches around the cables and make the main body in stockinette. I think this size works for Dinah, but she could make it three or so inches longer to get that tunic look.

Deborah usually wears a size 12 top; she’s 5′ 6½” tall.
Bust: 40″
Waist: 34½
Hips: 41½
Deborah wasn’t super crazy about  this sweater on her.

She said she’d definitely make it one size bigger, and although she liked the hood, she thought she’d like it better with a sailor-style collar. She liked the length, but thought it was too snug all over.

I would actually add a couple of inches of length, and I agree that one size bigger would be perfect for Deborah; she’d probably end up with about an inch of ease, which would skim her curves nicely.


Transverse Cardigan
Ann Weaver

This cardi is knit in one piece from sleeve cuff to sleeve cuff, with raw edges that soften an unexpectedly bold asymmetrical placket. Simple construction, relaxed jacket sleeves, and a smooth tweed add up to year-round wearability in one of the easy sweater knitting patterns.

Finished Size 32½ (36, 41, 45, 49½, 53½)” bust circumference, buttoned.
Yarn Brown Sheep Serendipity Tweed (60% cotton, 40% wool; 210 yd [192 m]/100 g): #ST84 Nebraska wheat (light brown), 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins.
Needles Sleeve cuffs—size 10 (6 mm). Sleeves and body—size 8 (5 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Stitch holder or waste yarn; tapestry needle; two 1?” buttons; sewing needle and matching thread.
Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in St st on smaller needle.

Cardigan shown measures 36″, modeled in the magazine with 2″ positive ease. 

Audrey usually wears a size 12-14 top; she’s 5′ 2″ tall.
Bust: 40½
Waist: 38¾”
Hips: 45

This cardi almost fit Audrey! The arms were perfect, both in length and width, but the fronts didn’t quite meet closely enough to be in her comfort zone; she wanted a little more belly coverage!

At just 5′ 2″, the length of the cardigan was good for Audrey, showing just the right amount of tee-shirt beneath.

Audrey really liked the natural yarn—both the feel of it and the color, which was perfect on her!

Everyone thought the green buttons were a nice touch, too. Just shows you what a splash of color does to brighten up a neutral.

Dinah usually wears a size 10 top; she’s 5′ 11¾” tall.
Bust: 35½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 41¼”

Dinah looks good in everything, doesn’t she? The eyelet detail really appealed to her, and she thought she might add it to the hemline, too.

This piece is a bit too short all over on Dinah. The sleeves could be about 3 inches longer and the hemline could be at least 2 inches longer.

The shoulders and neck are perfect, though, so Dinah would need to make adjustments to the cast-on number to get this side-to-side garment to be the correct length in the size 36″.

This cardi fits Dinah and Audrey about the same at the neck and shoulders, but they have a 5-inch difference in bust size. It’s interesting how these two gals with totally different body types can wear the same size garment and both look great!

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