Debbie: Which Style Is Best For Her?

Interweave Knits Winter 2008


Shoulders narrower than hips

Long torso

Waist is closer to bust than hips (high waist)

Amazing smile!

all sweaters from issues of Interweave Knits magazine
Knitting Gallery - Manchester Jacket Debbie Knitting Gallery - Victoria Yoke Pullover Debbie

Manchester Jacket
from Knits Winter 2008
Gallery page to come 12/10/08

Collar draws attention up to face
Collar lines also widen neck and shoulders
Double-breasted jacket minimizes bust
Flared hemline flatters hips

Victoria Yoke Pullover
from Knits Winter 2008
Gallery page to come 12/10/08

Neck and yoke detail bring interest up to face
Row of buttons literally "points to" her smile!
Longish sleeves bring eye downwards
Shorter length balances silhouette
Tiny hem detailing does not overwhelm hips
Strong color and smooth fabric compliment her strong, pretty features and fluffy hair

Knitting Gallery - Ropes and Picots Cardigan Debbie Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Debbie

Ropes and Picots Cardigan
from Knits Winter 2008
Ropes and Picots Gallery page

Textured "stripes" keep eye moving
Sleeve stripes widen shoulders
Hem ends at widest part of hips
Small scoop neck in proportion to shoulders

Blooming Cardigan
from Knits Winter 2008
Blooming Cardigan Gallery page

Collar widens shoulders and frames face
Bobble panel also widens shoulders
Bobble panel stronger than ribbing, so distracts from hips
Bobble panel at sides adds vertical interest

Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Debbie Knitting Gallery - Climbing Vines Pullover Debbie

Dainty Pinstripes Pullover
from Knits Winter 2008
Gallery page to come 12/10/08

Wide, horizontal neckline widens shoulders
Raglan sleeves emphasize narrow shoulders
Vertical stripes lengthen torso
Wide ribbing at hips draws attention there

Climbing Vines Pullover
from Knits Winter 2008
Climbing Vines Gallery page

Vine design brings eye upwards
Scoop neckline frames face
Narrow ribbing at hips does not add bulk

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover Debbie Knitting Gallery - Elinor Tunic Debbie

Braided Pullover
from Knits Fall 2008
Braided Pullover Gallery page

"Collar" widens shoulders and frames face
Vertical ribs at sides bring out curves!
Diagonal detail balances overall shape

Elinor Tunic
from Knits Summer 2008
Elinor Tunic Gallery page

Neckline in proportion to her shoulders
Smooth lines lengthen torso
Hip detail sits right at hips


Knitting Gallery - Folded Cowl Tee Debbie Knitting Gallery - Flutter Sleeve Cardigan Debbie

Folded Cowl Tee
from Knits Summer 2008
Folded Cowl Tee Gallery page

Pretty cap sleeves widen shoulders
Scoop neck also widens shoulders
Delicate detail at hip and sleeve balance each other

Flutter Sleeve Cardigan
from Knits Spring 2008
Flutter Sleeve Cardigan Gallery page

Wide neckline enhances upper torso
Sleeve detail helps create balance
Buttons and waist detail help create curves
Flared hem skims hips in a good way!


Here are some questions to consider as you look at these photos:

  • How do you think the garment compliments each woman's individual body type and personal style?
  • Which body type would this garment look best on?
  • If you wanted to knit a sweater straight out of the magazine, with no pattern adjustments except for sleeve and hem length, would this be the sweater for you and your body type?
  • Would it fit your personal style?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos


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