Knitscene Fall 2008 Opulent Raglan

Gallery: Opulent Raglan by Wendy Bernard

Knitscene Fall 2008As you can see, the same sweater looks very different on different women! We give general suggestions for customization for your inspiration. Only you can choose how you want your sweaters to fit and which customizations will work best for you and your beautiful self!


Overall Comments

"Wendy. We must talk. You simply cannot keep designing more and more cute sweaters, over and over, because I simply cannot knit fast enough to make them all. Really. Have mercy. Love, Sandi."

"Cute" hardly describes this one, however. "Beautiful"? How about "lovely"? Add to that the fabulous top-down construction and it's no wonder so many of you were entranced by this sweater enough to ask to see it in the Galleries. Large-busted gals: You may want to start the neckline at a higher point, to allow enough fabric to give yourself good coverage. Also take care with the height of the ruffle at the sleeves–don't let it fall at the same height as your bust, or it will emphasize the fullness there. Smaller-busted women: Make sure that the neckline is not too wide–you don't want it falling off your shoulders! Measure the width of a neckline you are comfortable with, and use that as a guide.
About adjusting the length: If you want a shorter or longer sweater, you can add or subtract repeats of the cable sequence on the front. However, each cable repeat is about 4" long, so this is not a good way to make small adjustments of an inch or so. If you need to make a small adjustment, then consider adding/subtracting a single set of rounds in the middle of each long cable (in the section marked as Rounds 1-20 in the stitch pattern). This will make each long cable longer or shorter by two rounds. You have to make sure to add/subtract the two rows to ALL the repeats of the cable all the way down if you do this. NOTE: This will change the proportions of the cables slightly. If you are worried about this, make a generous swatch first to try things out and see how you like them.

Opulent Raglan

Sample shown measures 34.75".

Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Toni   Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Toni


Her bust: 33.5"
1.25" positive ease

Size: Good–a bit large, but good. Why? Because Toni gets cold easily, and likes to be able to layer her clothing. The small amount of positive ease here gives her room for more layers; the sweater still fits her curves in an attractive way. If she wanted a closer fit, then she could make the next size down. Neckline: Toni felt this neckline was a bit wide for her, and also a bit low. She would want to work more stitches at the neck edges to bring the sides in, and to join for working the neck a few rows earlier than in the pattern to bring the neckline higher. Waist: The waist is too high, by at least an inch. She would start the waist shaping later in this top-down sweater; she might want to adjust the spacing of the decreases according. Sleeves: I'd like to see the top of the belled cuff hit Toni right at her natural waist, which means the cuff should be raised by about an inch or so.

Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Amy   Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Amy


Her bust: 39"
4.25" negative ease

Size: The large gauge and forgiving stretch of the gorgeous yarn give this sweater a lot of leeway for our negative ease girls. This sweater looks OK on Amy, but a larger size, perhaps the 36.5", with 2.5" of negative ease, would be more comfortable and still hug her curves. Neckline: The neckline gives Amy good coverage, and it's fine if she wants to wear something underneath. However, to wear this sweater by itself, Amy needs the sides of the neck to come in a bit (to cover her bra straps). So she would have to add more stitches at the sides of the neck to bring it in more. Waist: Perfect! This shaping accentuates Amy's stunning hourglass figure. Sleeves: The cuffs are at precisely the right height to help show off Amy's hourglass.

Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Kat   Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Kat


Her bust: 40"
5.25" negative ease

Size: I actually think this size fits Kat very well. Again, the difference between the fit for Amy and the fit for Kat is that most of Amy's circumference is in front, whereas with Kat, things are more evenly distributed around her ribcage. Neckline: The shoulders fit Kat well, and cover her bra straps without any problem. The bottom of the neck is a bit racy, but not a problem unless Kat thinks it is a problem. Waist: Perfect! Sleeves: Perfect.

Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Debbie   Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Debbie


Her bust: 34.5"
0.25" positive ease

Size: This size fits Debbie loosely but well. If she wanted a closer fit, she could go down to the 32.25" size (for 1.25" of negative ease). Neckline: The neck opening seems a bit wide to me, so I would bring the sides in about an inch on each side. The depth seems OK. Waist: Looks good. Sleeves: The cuff is a bit low, so I'd bring it up a bit. Overall length: I think this sweater is just a bit too long on Debbie. She could shorten it by working one less repeat of the cable pattern. (See note above about adjusting length.)

Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Stefanie   Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Sandi


Her bust: 34"
0.75" positive ease

Size: I think this size is fine, but again, if Stefanie wanted a closer fit, she could easily go down to the 33.25", which would give her .75" of negative ease. Neckline: Seems a bit wide to me, so Stefanie could bring it in by about an inch on each side. Waist: I'd bring the waist down by about an inch and a half to match Stefanie's natural waist. In a top-down sweater, you might also adjust the spacing of the decreases on the way down to the waist. Sleeves: I would then adjust the sleeves so they are a tiny bit longer and the cuff sits a bit lower. Length: The sweater seems a bit long, so I would ask Stefanie if the length was OK or if it was worth the work to make a small adjustment (less than 4").



Her bust: 40"
5.25" negative ease

Size: I like this. It's pretty darn form-fitting, however, so if I wanted something a bit looser, I could make the 36.5" and have about half the amount of negative ease as you see here. Neckline: Seems a bit big on me, so I would bring in the sides a bit. Waist: Lower those decreases! My waist is about one and a half inches further down. Sleeves: I like!

Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Erin   Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Erin


Her bust: 38"
3.25" negative ease

Size: I like this size on Erin, except for the obviously length issues. Neckline: If Erin wants to wear this sweater without anything underneath, then she would need to narrow the sides and raise the bottom a bit. Waist: The waist needs to be lowered here to match Erin's natural waistline. It looks as though the waist shaping here is almost "underbust" shaping! Sleeves: Longer, please, so that the cuffs are at her waist. I am also noticing that the sleeves seem a bit tight on her athletic arms, so Erin might want to make sleeves using the next size larger's numbers, adjusting the armhole fit accordingly. Length: Yep, it needs to be just a bit longer–not an entire cable repeat longer, though. Erin would be one of those folks adding two rounds to each long cable to get just a bit more length.

Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Bertha    


Her bust: 34"
0.75" positive ease

Size: This is pretty on Bertha, but a bit loose. Maybe the 33.25"? The neckline fits well and is stunning on her, considering that Bertha never needs to wear a bra. The waist is at precisely the correct height for Bertha's amazing hourglass. The sleeves…well. Too long, but actual arms might change that. (Sorry, B.)


Knitting Daily Hot Tomatoes on TV!

Remember Wendy Bernard's Tomato from No Sheep For You? Remember how I made a bright orange version with bust darts and called it the Hot Tomato? Well, several of you Knitting Daily readers also made your own versions of Wendy's Tomato. They were so cute that we asked some of you to send in your sweaters to be filmed for Episode 102 of the new Knitting Daily TV show! On the show, Wendy walks us through each sweater and what adjustments were made–I was so tickled to see something I'd made on television!  The show itself begins airing on select PBS stations starting next Monday… but if you can't wait, you can pre-order a DVD of the entire first season now –the DVD is available Monday, July 21st. Wendy is also featured in Episode 101 (can you tell I'm a big Wendy fan?). Wendy's patterns are irresistible–remember when I fell in love with the Elinor Tunic in Interweave Knits Summer 2008? I wanted to take that one home with me after we took the photos for the Elinor Gallery

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