Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Parker Cardigan

Parker Cardigan

by Deborah Newton

from Interweave Knits Spring 2009

 38" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the sweater is modeled with plenty of positive ease.

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


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Elizabeth, back view
Elizabeth, front view
Bust:  36"
Waist:  29"
Height:  5 feet 5.5" inches
Ease at bust: 2" positive ease

Elizabeth has an "hourglass" body type; the deep V-neck and empire waist of this pretty sweater compliment her figure perfectly. The 38" size, shown here, gives her enough positive ease to provide good coverage over the bust area, and the elastic nature of the stitch pattern gives the fabric enough memory so that the sweater hugs her curves nicely. The tiny shoulder pads give her shoulders a bit of vintage glam, especially from the back. Lovely!

The necklace and earrings being worn by our Gallery Gals in these photos is courtesy of our sister publication Stringing magazine (Winter 2008 issue), and was designed by yours truly, Sandi Wiseheart! (Did I mention the above necklace made the cover of that issue? It did!)

Toni Toni, another view

Bust:  34.5"
  Waist:  28"
Hip:  36.5"
Height:  5 feet 5.5 inches

Ease at bust: 3.5" positive ease

Toni has a more athletic body type, with a gentler curve at her waist. The empire waist shows off her more subtle curves, and the V-neck is a perfect frame for her dazzling smile. The sleeves fall just below the empire waist, helping to keep the eye moving; the bud stitch section falls smoothly over her hips without clinging or bunching. We all noticed that the dusty rose color of the yarn was a wonderful shade on rosy-cheeked Toni.

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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