Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Millefiori Cardigan

Millefiori Cardigan

by Andrea Pomerantz

from Interweave Knits Spring 2009

 36.25" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the sweater is modeled with about 2" positive ease.

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


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Toni Toni
Bust:  34.5"
Waist:  28"
Hips:  36.5"
Ease: 1.75" positive ease

  5 feet 5.5" inches

This was a Gallery Gal favorite right off the bat! The bracelet length sleeves were comfortable to wear, the ultra-feminine stitch pattern and buttonband detailing made even an ordinary khaki skirt look like party wear!

The sweater is a great match for Toni's gentle curves; the pattern band fell at exactly the right height for her this time! We noticed that she kept tugging at the wide scoop neck a bit; Toni prefers a more modest neckline so her straps are neatly tucked out of the way. She would thus want to work fewer decreases at the neckline and shoulders to give her more fabric and coverage there.

Fit Tip: If you are concerned about the width of a neckline, measure a favorite sweater that fits you well in this area. Compare the neckline measurements of the favorite sweater to the measurements given in the pattern schematic, and then make adjustments as needed.

Stefanie Stefanie

Bust:  34"

Ease at bust: 2.25" positive ease

On Stef, the pattern band hits her almost at the underbust, and the ribbing barely reaches her hips, making the sweater look too short on her. However, sweater length is not always about adding more ribbing at the hem–that's not what is needed here, for example.

Stef needs more length in the stockinette section between bust and pattern band so that the bottom of the pattern band sits just at the top of her hipbones, as on the model in the magazine photos. Adding in extra length in the stockinette section automatically puts the ribbing right where it should be–over her hips–and would give a longer silhouette and better "curve definition" overall. The sleeves, as well, could use more length for Stef.

Elizabeth Elizabeth
Bust:  36"
Waist:  29"
Height:  5 feet 5.5 inches
Ease: 0.25" positive ease

Elizabeth also needs a bit more length between bust and pattern band. But the sleeves look too long, and the cuff seems loose on Elizabeth's narrow-boned arms, so she could cast on fewer stitches at the cuffs, increasing up to the number needed for the main portion of the sleeves, and then work fewer rounds after the pattern band to make the sleeves shorter.
Annie Annie

Bust:  31"
Waist: 25"
Hip: 34"

Ease: 5.25" positive ease

Height:  5 feet 3.75 inches

For a closer, more body-hugging fit, Annie could make the next size smaller–here, she has more than 5" of positive ease, and that's a lot of ease for a pretty spring top. 
one last photo of Toni

Because I couldn't resist! 


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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