Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Silk Cocoon Cardigan

Silk Cocoon Cardigan

by Connie Chang Chinchio

from Interweave Knits Spring 2009

 33" 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.


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Toni, front Toni, side
Bust:  34.5"
Waist:  28"
Hips:  36.5"
Ease at bust: 1.5" negative ease

  5 feet 5.5" inches

We all LOVED this sweater.

The bust ease measurements are approximate, of course, based on the finished bust measurement given in the schematic. You can adjust the tightness/looseness of this sweater very easily–in the photo above at left, we've tied the wrap a bit more loosely than in the photo above at right, for example.

The only comment I might make here is that the upper arms seem a bit tight on Toni. Either she needs to do fewer reps during her workout, or she needs to do a few more increases in the upper arm section of the sleeve, and adjust the armhole bindoffs accordingly.

The knockout necklace our Gals are wearing is from our sister magazine Beadwork (April/May 2009 issue), and was designed by Jean Campbell.

Stefanie, back Stefanie, front

Bust:  34"

Ease at bust: 1" negative ease

Here you can see how the wrap flatters a more rectangular body type–the tie gives the illusion of a deeper waist than Stef actually has. Stef also has muscular upper arms and would want to work a few more increases in the upper sleeve area.

Notice that this sweater looks equally great on both ultra-feminine Toni and urban rocker girl Stef! It takes on a slightly different look depending on what clothes and accessories you wear with it.

Allison Allison
Bust:  36"
Waist:  27"
Hips:  36"
Ease at bust: 3" negative ease

  5 feet 4" inches
Here's how the wrap style looks on someone with a fuller bustline. Notice that the fuller your bust, the lower those diagonals on the neck edge will fall. So if you have a very full bust, you might consider adding additional width on either side of that lovely sloping diagonal line for better coverage–or going up to a larger size.
Annie, side
Annie, front
Bust:  31"
Waist:  25"
Hips:  34"
Ease at bust: 2" positive ease

  5 feet 3.75" inches
Here's Annie, working the positive ease angle! The sweater wraps around the side more, but the neckline still forms that lovely V that frames her face. Annie moved the tie around to the center of her back, just for a different look (below right).
Elizabeth Annie, back view

Bust:  36"
Ease at bust: 3" negative ease

Waist: 29"
Height:  5 feet 5 inches

Again, Elizabeth's fuller curves mean that the edges of the V neckline do not come up as high as they do on the smaller-busted women above. There is a larger size, a 36.5", which would provide better coverage at both bust and hip. The larger size will also have larger armholes and larger shoulders, all of which would compliment her frame better.

Bust:  40"
Waist:  36"
Hips:  42.5"
Ease at bust: 7" negative ease

  5 feet 3.75 inches


You can see here how the sides of the V neckline are not really providing adequate coverage due to my larger bust. There's a size 40.5", which would fit me a lot better, without the need for alterations. 

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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