Knits Spring 2009 Gallery: Zickzack Tunic

Zickzack Tunic

by Melissa Wehrle

from Interweave Knits Spring 2009

 36.5" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the sweater is modeled with about 2.5" positive ease.

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


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Allison Allison

Bust:  36"
Waist: 27"
Hips:  36"
Height:  5 feet 4 inches

Ease at bust: 0.5" positive ease

All of us who tried on the Zickzack Tunic found it to be very stretchy, flattering and comfortable without too much cling.

Allison's height and torso length is perfect for the hem length here; the ribbing at hem starts a couple of inches below the widest part of her hip, allowing the stretchier zigzag stitch to give her hip room before the ribbing starts. Measure vertically to see where your hips fall into relationship with the ribbing; make sure that the ribbing does not begin at their widest point.

Allison is wearing black underneath the tunic; in a garment like this, what you wear underneath becomes part of the style! (Notice that the magazine model is wearing a light green tank top.)

Stef, back view
Stef, front view

Bust:  34"

Height:  5 feet 5 inches

Ease at bust: 2.5" positive ease

Stef really liked this! It's cute on her just as is, but several of us thought that the ribbing could start lower for a longer line and a more curvy silhouette overall. 
Toni, front view Toni, side view with buttons

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

Ease at bust: 2" positive ease

At right, Toni is showing off the pretty button detail that accents the ribbing.

Great fit–notice the differing amounts of positive ease shown across all three models here! The lace pattern is very forgiving and accommodates a range of body types and sizes, so the one sample garment looks great on our multi-size Gallery Gals.

The ribbing starts at a nice place here, although different from in Allison's photo–on Toni, the ribbing begins about an inch above her widest hip measurement. Either way looks great! Have the ribbing start above your widest part or below it, but not right at it, for the most flattering look.

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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