IWK Fall 2008 Sidelines Top

Gallery: Sidelines Top by Lou Schiela

Interweave Knits Fall 2008This sweater is beautifully constructed and designed. What you can see in the photos is the lovely "paneled" structure, with the front panel separated by the two side panels by "princess lines" of cable stitches. What you may not be able to see in the photo is that the side panels on the front of the sweater are formed by working on the bias: the stitches slant upwards on each side from the base of the cable towards the side seams. This gives the side panels a wonderful stretch and fit–they take the curve of the princess lines and add in your own curves to produce those stunning hourglass curves you see. The back also has three panels, but these are plain stockinette separated by purl "princess lines"–this gives the sweater some drape and flow, so that it doesn't fit like a corset!

Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos

 

Sidelines Top

Sample garment measures 40.5" and is modeled with 1.5" positive ease at bust in the magazine.

 
Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi   Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi
Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi   Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi

Toni

Her bust: 33.5"
7 " positive ease

I think Toni likes this sweater 🙂 It has a very loose and comfy fit on her, even with the layers that she likes to wear underneath. For a more fitted look, she could knit the 36.5" (with 3" of positive ease) and still have enough room for a layer or two underneath. The neckline looks big on her; I checked the schematic and the neck opening in the smaller size is only a quarter inch different on each side–not enough to make this fit her well. She'd want to narrow the neck opening by about a half-inch to an inch on each side.

 
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Kat
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Kat   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Kat

Kat

Her bust: 40"
0.5" positive ease

This has a lovely fit on Kat. Maybe the sleeves could be about a half-inch to an inch shorter, so they fell at the level of her waist. Maybe the hem could come up just an inch or so. But not much else!

 
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Debbie
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Debbie   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Debbie

Debbie

Her bust: 34.5"
6" positive ease

These photos show the amazing ability of this sweater to flatter a wide variety of curves and sizes. Although it is loose-fitting on Debbie, it looks great! The sleeves are a bit long, and the hem as well, but this is a good example of how the sweater would look with more positive ease–and still be a great fit.

 
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Stef
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Stef   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Stef

Stefanie

Her bust: 34"
6.5" positive ease

Again: See how stretchy and versatile those bias panels at the sides are? They hug your curves–in a looser fit, as on Stef, they hug them gently; in a closer fit, they would hug a bit more closely. On Stef, this particular sweater in this size is a bit loose from side seam to princess line, so Stef might want to consider subtracting a few stitches from each side panel (doing the same on the back side panels as well). The front center panel fits her like a dream, as does the back center panel.

 
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  erin
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  erin   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  erin

Erin

Her bust: 38"
2.5" positive ease

On Erin, this sweater has a nice, body-skimming fit. She might want the hip section to be narrower–if so, she would cast on fewer stitches for the center panels (front and back) than specified for this size. The sleeves seem a bit large around the upper arm; Erin could knit a smaller sleeve size to get a better fit. The sweater probably also needs more length at the hem.

 
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Sanid   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Sandi

Sandi

Her bust: 40"
0.5" positive ease

Nice fit! The sleeves are a bit long, but otherwise, it looks great.

 
Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Bertha   Knitting Gallery - Sidelines Top  Bertha

Bertha

Her bust: 34"
6.5" positive ease

This is way too big on Bertha, even for something with a loose fit. She would prefer at least the next size down (36.5") for something that hugs her curves a bit more. The neckline, however, is really pretty on her!

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