Knits Summer 2009 Gallery: Grotto Wrap

Grotto Wrap

by Karen Kendrick-Hands

from Interweave Knits Summer 2009

  36" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the 36" size sweater is modeled with about 3" positive ease before wrapping and tying.

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


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Toni Karen
Toni says: This sweater would provide the perfect little coverup for a fun summer dress. I loved the soft feel of the mohair.
Bust 34.5”
Waist 28”
Hip 36.5”
Height 5’ 5.5”
Karen says: I loved the color and texture. I would wear it tied in front over a solid blue or green turtleneck.
Bust 32"
Waist 24"
Hip 38"
Height 5' 3"

Allison says: This wrap sweater feels so soft and lovely, and the color is gorgeous in person. I think that this would work especially well with a skirt (as it is shown with in the magazine) because it hits at my natural waist. It would show off the waistband of a skirt nicely. I would go up a size if I were planning to wear the wrap with pants, just to get a little more length and room.
Bust 36”
Waist 27”
Hip 36”
Height 5’ 4”

 Sandi's Notes:

I noticed that several of the Gallery Gals wanted to tie this one in front, instead of at the hips as shown in the magazine. I think a lot of women are sensitive about having big knots or ties in the tummy/hip area, but the cabled ties here are long enough so you can make a small knot at the back, as shown on the model, instead of directly at the side of your hip where you might not want to add the extra "width."

When tied as the designer intended, the cables form the illusion of a graceful wide belt, beginning at your natural waist, not the widest part of your hips. Experiment!

If that tie is just too long for your taste, the knitting police will not come after you for making it shorter…or even eliminating the "tie" entirely and using a button to form the lovely wrap silhouette. This is a sweater where the right "wrap" technique can make or break the look.

Specific tips for our Gallery Gals:
– See how there isn't enough fabric for Allison to form the front "wrap cross"? She needs a size larger.
– On the other hand, Karen has so much fabric that even the ties can't help her; she needs a size smaller. However, for her height, she has very long arms; she might want to lengthen the sleeves!
– The shoulders look too big for Toni–but notice how the hip section is pulled too low? If she tied the sweater up higher, near the top of her hips, the entire sweater would fit better.

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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