Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Diminishing Rib Cardigan

Diminishing Rib Cardigan

by Andrea Pomerantz

from Interweave Knits Spring 2009

 35.25" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the sweater is modeled with about 1" positive ease.

The images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.

The gorgeous necklace seen on our Gallery Gals is from our sister publication Beadwork (April/May 2009 issue) and was designed by Lisa Kan.


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Toni, lapels folded back Toni, no lapels
Bust:  34.5"
Waist:  28"
Hips:  36.5"
Ease: 0.75" positive ease

  5 feet 5.5" inches

Some of the Gallery Gals thought the sweater looked cute with the lapels folded back, so we've shown a couple of photos of that for you here.

The sweater seems short on Toni–but if you look closely, it's not really the hem length that is off, it's the placement of the "waistband" on Toni's long torse. The waistband in this sweater is not designed to be exactly at your waist, but rather just above it; however, on Toni, the waistband is about two inches too high, making the whole sweater look short on her. If she brought it down by an inch, so that the bottom of the band fell just at the top of her waist, that would give a more proportional look.

Stefanie, back view Stefanie, front view

Bust:  34"

Ease at bust: 1.25" positive ease

I had Stef turn around so you could see how nicely the raglan shaping fits across her muscular, work-out girl shoulders! The scoop neck is a great look for Stef, as it softens her broad shoulders; the waistband and ribbing on this cardi give Stef some nice curve definition as well.

Elizabeth, no lapels Elizabeth, lapels folded back

Bust:  36"
Waist: 29"

Ease: 0.75" negative ease

Height:  5 feet 5 inches

We were having a LOT of trouble with lighting that day, and the only shots of Elizabeth wearing this pretty cardi are the ones where she is sitting. Not the best pose, but still: What a cute sweater on her, especially with the little white summer dress she has on underneath!

The sweater was a great fit on Elizabeth, with the same comment here as for Toni: She might want to bring the waistband down just an inch or so, not much more. Here, it falls under her bustline where it really ought to be closer to her waist. The hem length could also be longer as it looks slightly cropped here.

Notice the styling: With the front edges apart and not meeting at center front, the cardigan frames her neckline, the beautiful necklace (on loan from Beadwork magazine), and shows off the pretty dress underneath. Not all cardigans have to close at center front; it's a matter of how you want the style to look on you and what other clothing items you pair the cardigan with.

We liked the cardigan on Elizabeth as it showed its potential as a "garment accessory" that could be part of an overall collection of pretty things, all worn to complement each other and show each other off.


Bust:  40"
Waist:  36"
Hips:  42.5"
Ease at bust: 4.75" negative ease

  5 feet 3.75 inches

Ah, here she is, the larger size gal of the Galleries. I left this photo in to demonstrate how cute this small, dainty cardigan can be even on larger frames. The waistband needs to come down lower so it is a waistband and not an underbust band. If I were going to knit this for myself, I would knit the size 39.5" for a bit of negative ease (as for Elizabeth above). 

This is a pretty sweater that would show off any outfit beautifully. We all loved it and hope you do, too!

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 does 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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