Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Whisper Cardigan

Whisper Cardigan

by Hannah Fettig

from Interweave Knits Spring 2009

  22" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the 20" size sweater is modeled on a woman with a 34" bust.

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


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Allison: Worn with jeans and a loose tee
Allison, side/back view
Bust:  36"
You will notice that there are no ease statements given for this sweater. Ease in the usual way of thinking about it–how closely the garment fits to your body–is not really applicable here. Think of this garment as a shrug with elogated fronts and that will help you visualize this one.

The pattern gives a series of finished measurements for each size of the shrug; use those, combined with your own measurements, to decide which size to make for yourself. We found that the fabric of this loosely-knit sweater (laceweight yarn knit on U.S. size 7s!) was very stretchy with a gorgeous drape.

We've shown the shrug worn several different ways here, with a variety of garment styles and colors. We found it to be surprisingly versatile. Once the Gals found out it was stockinette on large needles, I heard some of the girls plotting to go buy yarn so they could cast on for a shrug of their own right away!

Instructions to make the necklace worn by our Gallery Gals can be found in our sister magazine
Beadwork (April/May 2009); it was designed by Danielle Fox.

Annie Annie: Worn over tank and skirt

  Bust: 31"

Annie: Worn with a special dress Annie: back view

Annie shows two different looks which shows how versatile this sweater is.

Elizabeth, back view Elizabeth: Worn with tank and light skirt

Bust:  36"

The back is meant to swing loosely from the shoulders; as you can see here on Elizabeth. She's wearing the shrug over a close-fitting tee and skirt which is a perfect combination for a bright spring day.
Toni: Worn with khaki skirt and boots
Toni: back view

Bust:  34.5"

Toni decided that it was spring on the February day when we shot these photos, and so showed up in a playful khaki skirt and killer brown boots. She pointed out that the Whisper Cardi matched her skirt perfectly, and looked smashing on her, and thought that we really ought to just give her the sweater "because it was meant to be mine." Sorry, Toni. I think you have a lot of competition for the sweater here!

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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