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Jan 27, 2008

I love it when you readers surprise me. When I picked out the three candidates for today's free pattern and asked you to vote on which one you wanted, I thought I knew which one you would pick: Matador, because that's the one that is being chatted about on several forum threads and that has been oh-so popular since it was published.

The Sophisticated Rustic Jacket

I was wrong. The one YOU liked best, by an overwhelming vote of 58.2% is The Sophisticated Rustic Jacket, by Pam Allen. And so your wish is our command; the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket is our new featured free download.

Matador came in third, with 17.5%. Ann Budd's Hip Hop Coat won second place, with 24.3% of the vote. (We got thousands and thousands of votes, by the way, the largest response to any Knitting Daily survey to date! Whoo!)

Given that I guessed wrong about which one you would pick, I took another look, attempting to read your minds a bit to see why the vote went as it did. It's my job to pick patterns for the free library and for the store—patterns for YOU, to be blunt—and it's really important to me to give you Good Stuff That You Really Can't Wait To Cast On For, as opposed to patterns that make you say, Oh, That's Pretty, and then turn the page in search of something else that you really are going to knit. So let me see if I can get inside your minds a bit, and you tell me if I am on track or not.

The Sophisticated Rustic Jacket has classic lines that are familiar to any woman who has ever worn a feminine tailored jacket, and thus, most of us can picture how it would look on us. That's its first success: It's a familiar silhouette—a very pretty one, in fact—and it would look good on a variety of body shapes and sizes. Modify the buttons, the trim, and/or the colors, and you have a versatile, classic pattern that, sized appropriately, will look beautiful on EveryWoman.

Its second success is the ingenious "little details" that take it from ordinary to Extra Adorable: The little trim around all the edges. The graceful waist shaping, slightly flaring over the hips. The almost-but-not-quite ruffly edges. The belled cuffs. The tiny shawl collar that does not call overmuch attention to the bust area, but rather draws the eye upwards to your face.

You folks were absolutely right: This jacket is a winner!

OK, so now, you tell me: Why did you choose the sweater you voted for? The inquiring Mind Of Sandi wants to know... 

Substituting Yarn For The Sophisticated Rustic Jacket

It's a fact of knitting life: You find a pattern that you fall in love with, but the yarn is no longer available. Classic Elite Zelda, the main yarn called for in the Rustic, has been discontinued—so how do you choose a another yarn that will give you an equally great result?

Classic Elite Zelda: singles, 10 wpi

First, see if you can find out what makes that particular yarn special. Zelda is a thick-and-thin wool/linen blend; the thick-and-thin knits up as little "waves" of texture across the jacket. So if you like that effect, then look for a thick-and-thin singles. The second, and most important factor, is gauge: In this case, Zelda is technically a bulky weight yarn, calling for a gauge of 3.75 sts to the inch. Keep in mind that a bulky yarn with a consistent texture (not thick-and-thin) may have a slightly heavier drape than a bulky thick-and-thin yarn will. And finally, Zelda's 70% wool/30% linen blend would give the fabric a bit less bulk overall than an all-wool garment.

The key to successful yarn substitution is...Wait for it...Swatching. Here's my swatching checklist; and here's some more handy tips on yarn substitution.


Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.



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CheryM wrote
on Nov 23, 2008 10:44 AM
Sandi, did anyone find a suitable yarn substition?
Ilovetoknit wrote
on Apr 1, 2008 10:20 PM
where are the sweater patterns that are free?
MarlaB wrote
on Mar 31, 2008 2:21 AM
I just noticed that Elann will soon come out with a yarn similar to the thick and thin yarn used in this jacket. - the colours are not solid colours so I cannot imagine what it would look like done but maybe wonderful
CarolH@2 wrote
on Feb 10, 2008 12:23 PM
Sophisticated Rustic Cardigan yarn substitution....I found this today and think it would work beautifully. No association.

Carol in St. Louis
Dawn EA wrote
on Feb 4, 2008 8:37 PM
One of the reasons I chose the Rustic Jacket pattern was because of the photograph: I could see what the design of the jacket was like. I was unable to tell from the photographs what the other two designs were like and how they fit.
SuzannaB wrote
on Feb 2, 2008 1:22 PM
I made this sweater! I did make it from Zelda. I agree that the yarn is what makes it special. If there is anyone who can hand spin this or a yarn company that would consider making a replication, it would be great! This design deserves to be the winner!
LesiieZ wrote
on Feb 1, 2008 7:33 AM
I am making this jacket with Rowan Chunky Print 100% wool. It guaged perfectly. Just cannot understand why the model in the picture is wearing the "43" She looks statuesque. Can anyone explain the sizing
JudiB wrote
on Jan 31, 2008 6:25 PM
Anne P had a great idea! I would work up a few swatches if Sandi gives us a hint of what yarn might work (bet she won't offer another pattern with extinct yarn!)
ChristineL wrote
on Jan 31, 2008 5:10 PM
Wanted to add my 2 cents - it was between the rustic jacket and matador, but I think I can figure out how to do matador. The rustic jacket looked more complicated and therefore I needed the pattern more.
AveryK wrote
on Jan 31, 2008 8:01 AM
I have been trying and trying to think what yarn might be substituted for the yarn called for. I simply don't know of any yarn with that pronounced a variation between thick and thin. Perhaps the Malebrigo which has some mild variation, or Noro's Kureyon. I did thi yarn: one dk weight linen and one worsted weight wool.

HOWEVER, I looked carefully at the photo in my copy of IK Spring 2002, and a lot of the texture interest is caused not by the garter stitch but by the extreme variation in the yarn. Don't get me wrong, I love Sally Melville's book "The Knit Stitch" and I love the garter stitch, but I don't think garter stitch with a smooth wool would look sophisticated or rustic. The answer might be to introduce a texture pattern, preferably simple. My first choice in swatching would to take a worsted weight yarn (not heavy worsted) and swatch the Slip-Stitch Weave from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns page 22:

Odd number of stitches
Rows 1 and 3 (wrong side) purl
Row 2: P1, *sl 1 wyib, p1; rep from *.
Row 4: P2, *sl 1 wyib, p1; rep from *, end p1.

Key: P = purl
sl 1 wyib = slip one stitch as if to purl, holding yarn in back.

Well, that's my 2 cents.

Geophagy wrote
on Jan 30, 2008 6:22 PM
Same as some of the other folks: I have the other two patterns in my collection. I am far more likely to vote for older patterns than newer ones, simply because my issues are newer. Also, may I suggest we reclaim the more elegant and correct word "slub" yarn for those yarns that are "thick and thin"? It is less of a mouthful and just as accurate.
on Jan 30, 2008 1:05 PM
I voted for the Rustic Jacket because I thought it was the only one I was most likely to wear. I am also 50 something,as are many of the posters. I guess the 'baby boomers' are becoming the morjority!
AmyS@2 wrote
on Jan 30, 2008 10:24 AM
I mostly make sweaters for my kids, and I have fairly severe body image issues (though even I realize my body's not as terrible as I think it is), but when scanning for that elusive pattern I'd actually consider knitting for myself, I'm looking for only two things: A forgiving shape, and an interesting stitch pattern that will teach me something. This seemed perfect until I saw it was garter stitch. I might still consider making it if I fell in love with the perfect yarn. But the thought of all that garter stitch makes me antsy and I can't help thinking that the least bit of droopiness or squooshiness in the knitted fabric would totally cancel out the sophisticated shape. Could make for some interesting high-stakes swatching--maybe a tweed? I eagerly await the discussion of yarn types and substitutions! And despite my slightly cranky tone I adore KD. Thank you, Sandi!
MaryB@3 wrote
on Jan 30, 2008 9:23 AM
I like classic styles and lines. I'm sorry Sandy, but the other two patterns were just a little too trendy for my 44 year old body.
SharonV wrote
on Jan 30, 2008 7:46 AM
I chose the pattern because of the shawl collar and the feminine outline. Not to mention that making a sweater that looks like a jacket in any color I choose adds value to my work wardrobe.
on Jan 30, 2008 2:07 AM
on the need Mmmmmalabrigo!
SandraM wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 11:01 PM
Hi, Sandi! I chose the Sohpisticated Rustic Jacket because I felt it was the most stylish and versatile of the three garments. It also offered more options to add self-expression with colour schemes for individuality, as well as being shaped into the body. It is also more classic, which meant it could be worn at any age.
BarbH wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 10:55 PM
why did I choose this pattern? I wanted to get your substitute yarn input as I truly do want to knit it. I love the effect of the thick and thin yarn, the patterning with it makes it look more comples than it actually is. and it'd be great as one of the sweaters tried on various persons!
GayD wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 10:35 PM
I chose the rustic jacket because it IS sophisticated and classic - with a little bit of a twist - the flared hem. This will always be stylish.
LucyL wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:25 PM
Sandi, please, please, please offer a substitute yarn. Please.
COH wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:05 PM
My comment is not about this post, but a question to whoever might care to answer. Did anyone see the ad for Boss Tweed in the Winter 2007/08 Vogueknitting Magazine? ( The featured mittens are adorable, they are fat and short and I would love a pattern for them. But it turns out that these particular featured mittens are miniatures and created specifically for the ad. If anyone has a pattern for short, fat mittens, (for an adult woman's hand), I would love it if you'd share it with me. Thank you!
Ellen M.R wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 6:42 PM
Yes, your analysis was correct. Additionally, the other two patterns were very "trendy" and not timeless.
This could be knit with handspun yarn very easily and look fabulous. You just need to know the thickness of the yarn.
LollyL wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 6:32 PM
I didn't vote for it - that edging is too frilly for me so if I did make it I'd have to change it. And even though we have lovely wool in Australia I don't have a snowball's chance in hell of substituting that wool. Re earlier comments from other hotclimate knitters - I live in the subtropics so when it's hot and humid in summer I crochet, usually in cotton. Or knit small thingies for presents so they aren't heating up my lap. I knit with wool in our "winter" but usually with 5ply (sport weight to North Americans).
MistyY wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 6:19 PM
I voted for this pattern because I've maded it an dreally love it - but of course, I made tons of changes, inclcuding the yarn. I used Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille, which gave me the exact gauge called for (which almost never happens!) I also eliminated the slight ruffle; I just did a contrasting color single crocheted border all around. I added pocket flaps to give the whole thing a Chanel jacket look. I crocheted the buttons with a very narrow ribbon yarn, and then sewed sprakly beads around the edges. I definitely went over to the "sophistcated " side of the jacket, rather than the "rustic" side. I wear it almost once a week as a work jacket and never fail to feel good in it and to get compliments on it.
BeckyH@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:52 PM
Fearless Knitting...The only thing that scares me really is coming across a stitch i don't know how to do! I and my friend both decided to knit the Celtic Bag in Interweave Knit Magazine. I photocopied the pattern & even enlarged the chart pattern so it would be more portable, but later found that i needed to refer to the glossary so i could learn how to do the kitchener stitch and so that worked out fine as i had the magazine at home. Often, though, a pattern is passed on, or shared and you don't end up with the 'glossary' or the 'how-to' of a particular stitch from that particular book or magazine. This is a big problem because as everyone knows, there is no real standard for what stuff stands for. Since we started an informal knitting club that meets one a week, we have each other to turn to for help, direction or whatever is needed. Sometimes that is the advice to go to the store & ask at the store how to do a particular stitch. That only works if you bought your yarn at a nice knit store or have an ongoing relationship with one. I'll admit that i have ripped out and un-knitted plenty during this project, but because it is such a beautiful project, I have not let that get me down AT ALL. I have learned to be pretty good at both of these, doing this project, as un-knitting cables can be quite tricky. So, if i can do that, i think i can do anything! Some call it fearless; some call it foolish! ;o) Becky - One Happy Knitter!
LauraM@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:44 PM
I voted for the rustic jacket because, like others have said, I already had the other two patterns. I liked the pattern a lot better when I thought the texture came from the stitches themselves rather than teh yarn.

On a different note, I was looking at the pattern and was wondering whether there is a construction or fit reason to make it in five pieces (front left, front right, back and sleeves) rather than three (body and sleeves). In other words, is there any reason, for those of us who hate sewing seams, to convert it (or other patterns) to a three piece pattern?
JackieJ wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:20 PM
I think the reason this jacket was chosen is hidden in the title "sophisticated" which I interpreted a classic. I has the added benefit of being fairly simple in concept. I think people are looking for less extreme but attractive designs to better showcase the beautiful natural yarns available.
EleneB wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:20 PM
I love the Rustic Cardigan! I'm a painfully slow knitter and by the time I finish knitting something trendy...guess what it's not trendy and more. Give me the classics that my future children will try to steal any day.
GeorgiaP wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:09 PM
How about offering some choices for a substitute yarn since the yarn used in the pattern is no longer available? By choices I mean a budget friendly choice, a medium price yarn and then a luxurious choice for those who can afford it or want to splurge on something really special. The prices of the yarns used is my only quarrel with Interweave Knits and Vogue too to be truthful. I am sure many knitters are like me and live here in the real world where spending 200+ dollars on the yarn to make 1 sweater is not only impossible but unthinkable. I cant justify spending that much money to knit a sweater. I know cheaper yarns are out there because I use them. How about some yarn from Knit Picks or something similar in price? Help us have style but on a budget. Of course, if you would like to GIVB me some fantastic $10+ a ball yarn to make it with that would be great as well...y'all have a great day.
Bthan wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:08 PM
Sandi......How about some "fearless knitter" t-shirts?
Michèle G wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 3:29 PM
I chose it because it is a classic style that won't look dated in a year or two. The other ones were very hip, but for a younger crowd and will be totally out of style in a few years. I figure that if I spend that much time and money making a sweater, I want it to look good and fashionable for a long long time.
JoylaG wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 2:34 PM
I picked it for the very reasons you gave. It's a classic style & looks sleek & sophisticated. Thank you for sharing it with us.
JenniferS@9 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 2:04 PM
I love the pattern for all the reasons that Sandy expressed. You can see into my mind, girl! Keep up the good work! Jennifer
CarolD@7 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 1:42 PM
I chose this jacket because it is a class act, something I could wear for years, after the years it might take me to knit it up!
Eliza wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 1:36 PM
I voted for Matador, because it was so different and so cute. I think that it would really appeal to a narrower, younger audience though. The coat that won is more versatile. I would imagine it won for the same reasons you thought it did.
ClaireM wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 12:59 PM
Hey Anne P - great suggestion on swatching a variety of yarns.
JanL wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 12:53 PM
I think Rustic Jacket has the most versatility for someone my age - mid 50's - and it's adorable!
on Jan 29, 2008 12:30 PM
I really love the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket and am ready to move it right to the head of the line. But, given all the variables you describe in the yarn used for the original jacket, it sounds like it might be difficult to find a good substitute for Zelda. Would you consider using this sweater as a tutorial for selecting a substitute? You cite to your swatching checklist and to your tips for substituting yarn. Now, could you demonstrate applying them to a particular pattern. Given the positive comments on this pattern, you'd be doing us all a big favor! And, I'm sure you could enlist some volunteers to send in swatches made from yarns you identify as possibilities. If that's not a possibility, what about giving us some good suggestions to start with and asking your readers to swatch their choice and submit comments? I'm happy to volunteer!
JoanS@8 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 12:15 PM
I picked the Matador Jacket because I already have the magazines with the other two. I wouldn't knit it for myself but for my granddaughter.
EllenS wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 12:13 PM
I loved the Rustic Jacket's semi-fitted shape and the subtle edge trimming. And it CLOSES in front! I am very tired of the shrug look and styles that seem too skimpy across the front--they seem designed to expose and spotlight the tummy. I too would LOVE some yarn options, since it is hard to find unusual yarns in my area. The Matador collar is too bulky for my short frame and not as versatile in my California climate. Love KD and you, Sandi!
NancyS@4 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 12:08 PM
When I registered to get the free pattern it also asked if I wanted to get the newsletter. Since there was no choice---i clicked on it. But, I am already getting the newsletter---so I really don't want 2!
SusanS wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 12:00 PM
I voted for the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket precisely for that reason - because I like its simple, classic elegance.

SusanS wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 12:00 PM
I voted for the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket precisely for that reason - because I like its simple, classic elegance.

RebeccaH wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 11:49 AM
Sandi, I voted for that jacket because the other choices were far too trendy. Have you looked at the demographics of your readers? I bet most of us are too old to find either of the other designs suitable. But classic designs are always good, so we chose the jacket.
on Jan 29, 2008 11:38 AM
Sandi, I voted for the Rustic Jacket because of all the reasons you stated! It's a beautiful jacket that fits my more "mature" stature and something that I would definitely make and wear for myself. The other two items, while both beautiful, looked to me to be more on the youthful side.
LizS wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 11:37 AM
I doubt I'll knit any of these, but the whole matador style just bugs me, especially as pictured with a long-sleeved button-up. As someone else said, maybe over a tank in the summer, but...

I was torn between the other two. The hip-hop looked like something that I'd wear, and something that I already have (though not hand-knit). The rustic became the winner, as it seems the most versatile, though I'd probably wear the hip-hop more.
ConnieB wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 11:13 AM
I picked this pattern because the other two were relatively simple and similar to other patterns I have.
ClaireM wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 11:04 AM
I voted for the hip hop coat, but with your description of the rustic jacket, I am curious. I love the appeal of the yarn texture and fiber content and like some other comments above, would love to hear some of your suggestions on yarn substitutions. Maybe I will make the rustic jacket, but I think that a similar yarn would make a cute baby jacket!
MaryK wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 10:54 AM
Yes, the classic shaping and especially the small shawl collar attracted me. I'm considering making this my first sweater!
JuliaF wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 10:28 AM
Sandi, please allow me to add my voice to those calling for yarn suggestions! Your tips were great, but as there are a few of them (singles, bulky, linen/wool mix) it would be nice to have you weigh in on some possibilities, PLEASE!
EVJ wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 10:17 AM
I purchased enough Manos to knit this coat when it was originally published. What a perfect pattern, especially for a newer knitter. I fell in love with two of their colors and purchased them instead of the Zelda. I will search my stash, knit up a swatch, and let you all know how it compares.
DonnaW@5 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 10:06 AM
I liked the winning sweater design for exactly the reasons Sandi stated. All its features make it a garment worth spending the time and money on. Classic, not cutesy. And thanks for the yarn substitution advice. Very helpful, indeed.
HelenF wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:46 AM
Do you ever have patterns for a knitting machine?
687452959 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:43 AM
I voted for the Rustic jacket thinking that everyone else would vote for Matador. I'm thrilled it won. I didn't pick Matador because that one button shrug style and my...ahem...hourglass figure just don't mix. The Rustic jacket is classic, could be dressed up or worn with jeans and would look good on most figures, including bountiful ones. I imagine a lot of people--like me--have the issues that featured the Hip Hop and Matador since those were published more recently. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to vote Sandi!!
Joanne wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:38 AM
I knit very little for myself, but when I saw the Rustic Jacket I just fell in love w/it. It's versatile and modern, but not faddy (as my mother would say!)
TinaM wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:31 AM
I voted because I could actually see myself knitting and wearing the cardigan. I live in cardigans. And with different colors and buttons, it would look marvelous on me ;)
BarbaraK@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:25 AM
Why the cardigan? Well a bolero shrug just doesn't suit my lifestyle. Being more mature than most of your readers, classic looks with a touch of chic appeal to me. I live in a rural area of NJ (yes, they still exist) where styles are very relaxed and country. Te shrug just doesn't cut it at a horse barn, on a tractor, hiking, gardening, or out in a canoe on a chilly day. The cardigan can be worn to the market, library, bank, or a club meeting without feeling inappropriately dressed
LisaW@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:15 AM
I chose the hip hop coat, and I am really hoping that out of the goodness of your heart, you will release that pattern next. The rustic jacket was just not my style. Thoughts of that "ruffley" bottom skimming over my not so flat tummy are enough to give a girl nightmares. Also, it has a distinctive frumpy look to me. Not a good choice in my book. Thanks for the opportunity to vote. I'd love to try that again.
Korinthe wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 8:42 AM
I missed the poll but since you asked...

None of these patterns appeal to me, though the Rustic Jacket is the least unappealing.

I don't have any desire to wear something that has been fancified with almost-ruffly edges and big childish buttons. It says, "*Don't* take me seriously, I'm not really a big girl!" Which is very different from what a classic Chanel jacket or a sexy silhouette says.
Geminidream wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 8:40 AM
One of the main reasons I voted for the Rustic Jacket is that I know I have it someplace in my back issues, but thought it would be nice just to have it as a download - it's been on my list of 'things to think about making' since I first saw it. You're absolutely right - it's a classic shape but unexpected as a knit garment. I thought that I might try Debbie Bliss' Soho and adjust the pattern a bit - Soho is a bit bulkier but the yarn characteristic is similar.
I also love the HipHop coat but even thinking about spending that much money on yarn for one project makes me shudder.
I wonder if you guys would ever think about putting an index online - I have a ton of back issues but anytime I want to find something I have to go through them all...
cheers, Pat in Ottawa
Lisa wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 8:35 AM
I selected this sweater because first and foremost, stockinette is NOT for me. Too boring. This sweater has a pretty, feminine style and enough stitch interest to keep me going.
MegG wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 8:23 AM
Although a matador jacket is pretty, anyone with a bit of a tummy would not look good in it. I have found that long sweaters make my elementary students ask me why am I wearing a bathrobe? I think that many designers are looking to design cute sweaters with a sophisticated teenager or 20 something in mind, not a size 14 middle aged female. I have taken to designing my own things because I just don't look attractive in youthful styles, nor do I want to switch over to dumpy and frumpy. This sweater fits the bill, feminine, designed to fit an average sized woman and not frumpy.
AngelaT@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 8:10 AM
I choose this pattern because it is really beautiful first of all, but the second one was just too big and would take me years to do and the third one is cute, but not something I would wear. This is a classic beautiful jacket and I can't wait to start! Thanks!
AnneM@3 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 8:10 AM
Rustic Jacket . . . because the set-in sleeves give the top more seam structure so the garment may actually hold its lovely fitted shape. Thanks!
Chandra@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 8:04 AM
Well.. I picked the Rustic Jacket for two reasons. One - for the reasons you mentioned. Two - because I already have the Knitscene issue(s) with the other two patterns somewhere. 2002 was actually before I started knitting so I don't have any issues from back then!
Kucki68 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 7:33 AM
Classic lines, nice details = long time clothing, sure sounded good to me.
M.C wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 7:31 AM
Hello Sandi! I waffled between the Rustic Jacket and the Hip-Hop jacket but in the end voted for the Rustic Jacket for all the reasons you mentioned. It was the garment that I could most easily envision myself knitting and wearing. figure out what yarn to substitute! I hope others will share their yarn choices and results!
HazelH wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 7:22 AM
Pleae tell us what yarn to substitute for the Classic Elite Zelda for the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket. It would help tremendously.
Cavebear2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 7:05 AM
I thought the rustic jacket a little tame for my taste and preferred the fun styling of the hip hop coat. I agree with one of the other comments about the pics not being helpful in trying to assess one against another as it was hard to see exactly whether the coat was a straight up and down or had some shaping/ patterning of sorts.
BTW love the Interweave 1st 10 years book and have just completed Icarus. Looking at the entrelac shawl to complete the set as I appear to have enough yarn left....
LeslieR wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 6:49 AM
Re: The Best of Interweave Knits, the First Ten Years. A beautiful book, which I've already purchased and am salivating over. But I think the chart key is wrong for Marcel's sweater by Veronik Avery. At least in my copy it shows five identical blank boxes with no distinction between yo, or k tbl on RS; ptbl on WS; or p on RS; k on WS; I hate to be a brainless knitter, since I'm sure I can puzzle it out, but a doublecheck would be appreciated!
CynthiaH wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 6:30 AM
For exactly the reason you stated. It's classic and the whole look very appealing. I'd write more, but my cat stole the chair.
KatherineH@3 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 6:21 AM
Like so many others, this was the one I could see myself making AND wearing. And since I rarely do things for myself other than socks I voted for me this time.
jennantonnix wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:59 AM
I chose the Hip-Hop jecket because I've been looking for a long coat-jacket. I don't want any of the long sweaters I've seen in stores -- I want one in my color, to my specifications, with decorative details I choose. It's all about control for a knitter.
EJennifer Hall
Stillwater, OK
Janis wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:59 AM
Sandi, as you pointed out, the Rustic Jacket has shaping that makes it a good fit for a variety of sizes. Unlike the other two choices, I can really see myself wearing it. Besides, I already have the pattern for the Hip Hop Coat (too whacky and over-sized for my tastes) and the Matador is not something this large-busted gal will feel comfy in!
DeniseMarieS wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 5:50 AM
I chose the coat sweater because it is the only one that might be practicle for me. I think the bellero is for younger high school, college? type people; and to be honest...the winning sweater I found to be quite UGLY (sorry, Just being honest).
Joanna@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 4:52 AM
How about some yarn suggestions from "the pros" at Interweave?
Joanna@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 4:47 AM
I liked the classic shape, I liked that it was an older pattern & not already in my collection, I liked that it was something that would look good on lots of women, not just a young-and-twenty-something body.
CricketH wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 4:46 AM
Thanks for eth technique list, Sandi!
ArianneS wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 3:43 AM
Sandi, I'm sorry. I have to come clean. I voted for the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket not because I liked the design the best (though I do like it!) but because I already have the magazines in which all 3 of the other designs feature! I'm sorry. It was as simple as that. I just wanted the one I didn't already have. :(
jentina wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 2:22 AM
I only voted for this pattern because it was the one I least disliked. It's the only one that is flattering to a non-model body shape. I don't like the collar though, no real defined shape.The long, heavy and textured coat instantly adds 10 lbs visually and is more for very young people. I think it looks cute and cozy on a slim young lady, but is not for me. The Matador is a very chunky unrefined shape. Looks like a first time knitting project. I think it's non flattering and not practical. It's so thick, it seems too hot as a fashion statement, while on the other hand too little too really keep a person all warm and sheltered from really cold surroundings.
I would really like to see more patterns with lighter yarn weights, figure flattering designs and a more classic style so the garment doesn't look outdated too soon.
CarolM@6 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 1:46 AM
My pattern choice won so I am very happy! I only signed up for knitting daily recently and I am enjoying my daily jolt of knitting news. I had to find the voting page to remember what the other two patterns were (I have that 50+ "Can't Remember Stuff" syndrome).
I haven't worn a bolero in 20+ years so Matador was out immediately. I'm a plus size woman now :( and am resigned to the fact (sorta). I don't think a bolero, that emphasizes my heavy top, would look right on me. The Hip Hop Coat had possibilities (a more subtle color, different buttons, perhaps) but it's the kind of thing that would get tangled up in the wheels of my work chair. The sophisticated rustic jacket is just more my style. If I saw all three in a retail store, this is the one I would take off the rack and try on. The flare below the waist looks good on a full woman. The style is one that would go with many looks. If this one did not win, I would have wanted to purchase it!
GinaD wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 1:45 AM
As so many have already stated... This jacket style is simple and classic. If I am going to spend time knitting anything for myself, being a very slow knitter mind you, it needs to still be in style by the time I finish it. The other choices, though pretty, were just too trendy. :-D
KathyB wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 1:11 AM
I voted for the sophisticated rustic jacket because I like the flared shape. Everything is so fitted right now. I would use a trim that blended better, and maybe make the sleeves straight. By comparison to the other choices it is definitely classier and more universal. The hip-hop coat is just wild, and the matador is really kind of not much. Someone else said if she wanted matador, she could probably make it up. I agree. Thanks for doing this free pattern. It is fun.
Jessie Baird wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 11:39 PM
It's very pretty and classic. it would have been my choice regardless, but... it was also the only pattern I didn't already have!
DeborahA wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 11:35 PM
I voted for the "sophisticated" rustic jacket as I thought it was the best of a not particularly inspiring choice.
RonaS wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 11:09 PM
Sandi, just like many of the responses above, the rustic jacket was one I could visualze wearing. Matador is just fluff. Hip Hop tooo trendy and that bulky weight long look is not flattering on the certain body types. Just about every body type could wear the rustic and look beutiful doing so. Thank you for the ability to participate with the choosing.
CorcoranC wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 10:45 PM
I am fifty years young and although I tell students I am not as hip as I look (they always look at me strangely when I say this) I like to look nice and basicly current with my outfits. But I've learned nothing is worse than an older lady trying to look to young.

I couldn't imagine ever wearing the matador... to Judy Garland from "Meet Me in St Louis" when she was a young girl.

The longer sweater over my well padded with age backside would not look flowing like it did on the young model. Now I could shorten it, but not being able to see many details other than length, ribbing on placket and big buttons.... nothing stood out as flattering.

Just my two cents, but the jacket has classic lines and appears to flatter a woman's figure.
SharonJ wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 10:22 PM
I picked Rustic because I love the lines and my own handspun yarn looks exactly like the one called for. Substitution won't be any problem and I got gauge on the first try. No more trendy sweaters, it's back to the classics for me!
Lili wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 10:18 PM
The rustic jacket is the only one of the three choices that looks like it could be made attractive for women of different sizes and ages -- as soon as you lose the blah color, the ugly granny-style buttons, and the pointless ruffle at the hipline. The hip-hop coat looks like a large sloppy blanket in the photo, and I wouldn't invest my valuable time and money knitting something that will look stretched and ratty when it is finished.
Giraffeher wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 9:53 PM
I voted for this design because it was femine, and it was more fitted then the other two. I like that because I'm small and I like the way fitted things look and feel on me. =)
Happygoo25 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 9:52 PM
The model is wearing the 43" bust but the sweater is probably pinned from behind at her shoulder blades in order to make the garment fit.
on Jan 28, 2008 9:51 PM
I just thought the sophisticated rustic jacket was very pretty.
DebbieL wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 9:49 PM
It is so popular because it is a tailored classic design that fits many body styles. Also love the added touches - the trim, the buttons, the swingy shape. Kind of like the famous Chanel jacket - a classic that looks fun to knit! Thanks for the pattern.
ElizabethY wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 9:46 PM
I wonder if knitting patterns account for swatching when they give you yarn requirements. I often feel like I'm wasting yarn to swatch. What do you think?
Happygoo25 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 9:44 PM
I thought the rustic was a stitch pattern too. That is why I picked it. I don't really like the frills but thought the shape would be a good starting point for my own design.

I really couldn't tell what the hiphop cardigan looked like. I find that the photos in your magazine never really show a sweater but are more concerned with "photo styling". Patterns in the magazine shouldn't be thought of as advertisements. They are for instruction.

The matador looked too easy. I could figure it out for myself without a pattern.
NatalieA wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 9:27 PM
I chose the Rustic Jacket because it's a classic and classic never goes out of style. My thought is this, if I am willing to invest a lot of time, money and effort into knitting something, I want to wear it for as long as possible, so it's got to be a classic! I don't put too much effort into knitting 'trendy' things because they just go out of style quickly and don't always look great on an older body. I have come to the conclusion that I can't knit everything I like because I will never live long enough, so therfore, I have become very choosy!
JudiB wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 9:15 PM
Do you have some suggestions for the yarn to substitute for Zelda. Here in Scottsbluff we are rather limited in yarn selection, and I will need to order it. I am SO GLAD I found your website. You are helping me to get excited about knitting again.
LizL@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 8:54 PM
I'm not surpirsed at all by the choice; I expected it to romp in! Here's why:
Timeliness: a classic garment that offers much more diverse wear than the other two
Structure and style: has fit in all the right places; good set in sleeves, nice fluid ease at the waist, etc = wearability!
Modern but not gimmicky: nice details that take it beyond a ho-hum knit into something much more stylish without being fadish
Broad appeal: a knitted coat ? Risks sagging and bagging and there are limits to where one could wear it. That capelet thing? Is it just me or do I think that this type of garment would have a very limited appeal? The rustic jacket, on the other hand, where couldn't you wear it?
I could go on but that's just a quick 'heads-up'. I agree with other posts that suggest it woud be great if you could identify a substitute yarn when offering the pattern ... or invite people to make their suggestions?
JuliaE wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 8:52 PM
I chose the rustic jacket because it is classic, and has the best potential for looking good on my not-a-twenty-something-and-not-size-0 figure. I didn't like the orange buttons (eeewww!), but a more classic button would look great. My second choice was the hip-hop jacket, although I agree that an inset photo that showed the jacket from front view would have helped immensely. Bolero? Naa...I think those will soon follow ponchos back into the back of the closet.
SusanM wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 8:50 PM
OK inquiring mind..........I don't like fitted things so i voted for the 'flapper' hip-hop coat. Oh well, maybe next time :) Susan
EleanorC wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 8:22 PM
Why did I vote for the rustic jacket? I already have the pattern, so it's an oldie but goodie?let it out for new knitters.
Anonymous wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 8:12 PM
Thanks, I love the pattern.
RobinR wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 8:11 PM
i thought the jacket was a bit librarian (in the movie stereotype sort of way) but i had made the hip hop jacket prior for dd and it was smashing. it fitted her style perfectly.
BeverlyK wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 8:04 PM
I loved this jacket as soon as I saw it--classic,but not too. The slight ruffle trim and contrast buttons add just enough variety to move the jacket out of the ordinary. The trick now will be to find an appropriate yarn. I will be interested to see what others suggest.
on Jan 28, 2008 7:54 PM
I just felt the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket was more flattering than the other two--more likely to be knit and worn by me than the other two which both have a chunky, bulky look I'm not interested in.
Melodie wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:47 PM
I am a bit disappointed. I didn't vote for this project because it has some dated features that make look a bit frumpy. Maybe if it didn't have the frilly bottom I would like it more. I like the Matador but would need to add a little more length to cover the girls. It isn't really a shrug but not quite a cardigan either. I voted for the Hip Hop coat since it looked like something I would wear...maybe not in that color but it has potential. Granted this pattern has potential in a different color and minus the frills.

teewers wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:46 PM
I picked the sophisticated jacket becauseof the three, I would most likely finish and wear that one. I haven't yet seen a sit-on long knit that didn't bubble around the rear while / after being worn; and it would break my heart to spend the time knitting a coat and have that happen. The shrug is very cute -- maybe ok for one of my daughters, but not appealing to me for myself. Besides, I live in Western Maryland. A shrug in the winter doesn't cover enough!
DoraH wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:42 PM
I voted for the jacket because I liked the lines, but mostly because I already have the other two patterns.
Knit Musings wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:41 PM

You summed it up perfectly. I can picture this sweater in taupe with black trim and buttons. A classic. This pattern has been added to my collection. Thank you
VickieC wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:36 PM
I voted for the sophisticated sweater as I could really see myself wearing it! I like everything about it!
AudreyD@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:33 PM
I'm so glad the sophisticated rustic jacket was chosen! I liked the overall design, but it doesn't matter to me if the yarn is discontinued. I can spin something very close to what they have there(minus the linen content--I can't do wool and linen blends!).

On most patterns that make me go "oooooo," I usually follow it with, "wouldn't it be perfect in color X?" or in the jacket's case, a different color of trim and different buttons. I very rarely use the yarn called for in the patterns. This is because I either dislike the yarn or can't stand the colors used. But if you can spin, it opens up a whole new world of stash for substitution (also because my husband will say why are you buying more yarn, when are you going to use the stuff you just spun?). If I find a pattern I like, I brave the potential nervous breakdown and do the math for the increases for plus size. As I've mentioned before, ignorance of what I'm getting into is all the more reason for plunging right ahead!

BarbaraN wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:28 PM
This is a lovely jacket and I am disappointed that it doesn't accommodate a larger bust size. Again, we plus girls are left with the math or left out.
JaneM@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:20 PM
Please, Sandi! Can you, knitting/yarn guru that you are, suggest substitute yarns for the Rustic Jacket? I know you know more than me about what's out there for yarn possibilities and I would absolutely take your suggestions straight to my LYS!! Thanks!
AmyM@4 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:14 PM
I didn't vote, because I wouldn't knit any of the options. I get bored with too much stockinette or garter stitch. That said, I like the rustic jacket the best of the three. I'm a young knitter (23), but I'll take classic designs over trendy ones any day.
Workwoman wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:08 PM
I really liked the Rustic Jacket, but I also had the issues with the other two. Although I'm sure I would have voted for it anyway! In coming up with free patterns, I'd love to see some of the classic, timeless patterns from older back issues (ones that didn't make it into the "Best Of" book). Not only do I love to collected IK patterns, but I love seeing designs that have stood the test of time. If I can look at a 6 or 8 year old pattern and love it, I know it's worth taking the time to knit it!
TeresaW wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:07 PM
Well, although the rustic jacket is lovely, I am a large woman, and dainty little things like that don't look the same on me as they do on the uber-thin models. So I chose the Hip Hop Jacket, as something I might actually want to knit (and wear!). And it is more casual, which is how I usually dress.
Mary AnnP wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 7:03 PM
Oh Wise(heart-ed) Knitting One- This is one of my first comments though I fanatically read each KD post! You wanted to know how I choose a pattern...So here goes!! If the model looks 'fat' for sure it'll look just wrong when I knit it. If the pattern range doesn't include 'industrial strength' bust sizes there is no way I will put time into knitting it. The sleeves should be something with a true armscye(sorry- sewing term for armhole)NOT a manly body widening off the shoulder straight to knit may take more skill to finish the sweater, but wow- it will be so much more flattering for all types of bodies. I purchased the CP2 Hoody because the larger model looked like my daughter who would adore that sweater!! Not bad for the second day the purchase part of the site was up. You and IK have been unbelievably generous with all of us knitters/crocheters- I have a notebook FULL of the free patterns you offered before. Thank you all!! Any patterns from the fitting advice of the gals who wrote Big Girl Knits is gratefully desired- those gals have style, but aren't blinded to the things plus sized knitters need to work around(no pun intended ;-) Thank you Sandy for the hilarious terms you use for fitting your voluptuous self! It helps me feel that I can indeed make something lovely for my plus sized self. Keep up the gr8 work dear! I for one am so happy that you regularly express your love & friendship for your hubby- that is encouragement in itself for those of us who chhose to relate to our men as well as to our craft- You know what I mean- many people would rather have a relationship with their quilt, yarn, art than with the family surrounding them...even when it is hard & causes heart ache. People should aoways come first! Much joy in each day to you, Mary Ann P
Carol Y wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:59 PM
I like both the Rustic Jacket and Hip Hop; Matador is too similar to other patterns and even though I could, I don't wear boleros. I chose Hip Hop because my life is fairly casual and it looks like something I would wear a lot.

I do like Rustic for the timeless classic that it is (the added bonus that I don't have that IK). I really like the shaping, ruffles and edge treatment. I'm surprised to hear the yarn gives it that texture, because that's something else I like, and now it gives me the idea to consider these type of yarns. The design seems a little more dressy than my daily wear.
Liz wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:52 PM
I'm with the others who said they already had the two other patterns.
NancyS@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:48 PM
Please, please post some yarn substitute suggestions!
ElizabethM wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:45 PM
I chose the winning pattern for the reason you said, it was basic and would last after I put that effort to making it. Really none of the 3 cried out to me. The shrug was just too short and the other too long and I don't know if the style would remain in fashion for long. Also looked like so much yarn to buy.

The sophisicated rustic could be cute in many color combinations.
SarahB@8 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:43 PM
I voted for the hip hop jacket even though I wasn't crazy about the collar. I've always loved long jackets but they never look good on me. Over the last year I've lost a lot of weight so I have this fantasy it will fit finally. Maybe I should try one on at the store first?

Anyway. The matador just freaks me out and I didn't give much thought to the sophisticated rustic jacket at the time. I think it was mainly because I'm not crazy about the colors and I have a hard time seeing past that once in a while. Your description really made me open my eyes though! It is really nice and I think it does look more sophisticated, hence the name, heh! I've been thinking about upgrading the wardrobe and dressing a little older and more pulled together. This jacket would definitely qualify.

I'm pretty much a brand new knitter but I still would like to try knitting this. As of now my spare time is limited (whose isn't?!) so who knows when I'll get to try it. Ideally I could cast on after I finish my 2 projects I have going now, a scarf and my first sock. I'd really like to try this though, I like the shaping.
mljan wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:43 PM
Now that I've read the comments, I want to second Anne who is going back to Arizona. I'd like to see more choices for the hot states, too. I thought long before I subscribed to Interweave Knits, because the Fall and Winter issues of most knitting mags are pretty much a loss for me. Even the Spring/Summer issues show primarily heavy long-sleeved garments that are cotton instead of wool, and call that summer wardrobe.

Sigh. So it's socks or lace, and you can only use so much lace.
LauraS wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:41 PM
I picked the jacket for many of the reasons you listed...and I am a young (26 yo) knitter. As a teacher who works with students near her age or older, however, I certainly don't need to dress younger (either of the other two patterns). And, as many folks have said, Matador doesn't work with women with any kind of chest (ahem). I am excited about the jacket, even if the description kind of surprised me (I had only looked at the picture before).
SusanP@4 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:32 PM
I picked the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket because I like the lines and the unique features of the pattern. I can't knit all the time (darn!) and so any big project needs to be versatile. This jacket could be worn to work or with jeans for a casual but very chic look.
Charlene Gee wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:30 PM
How can I obtain the Matador pattern. I do not like the Rustic jacket at all. I have no idea why the Rustic won. It isn't attractive at all. You were right to have chosen the Matador. I would like to make the Matador. Can you help?

Charlene Gee........ Michigan
LindaC wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:30 PM
Hi Sandy,
I voted for the Matador because I thought I might make it for my daughter. I am even bigger than a "big girl" and I wouldn't look good in any of them. I know this may be sacrilige,or maybe I'm just not sophisticated enough, but I didn't like the Rustic Jacket all that much. To my eyes, the almost ruffles look messy. I do love the free patterns, and the newsletter, so I'm in it for the long haul!! Thanks for all you do. Linda
MichelleN wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:26 PM
There are a million shrug patterns out there, but I'd never make or wear one, and I don't think I've ever seen anyone successfully wear one. The long sweater is fine, but I don't wear wool, and something like that would really stretch like crazy in another fiber (except acrylic, I guess). But the deciding factor for me was the age of the pattern--I have the more recent issues of IK, and the rustic jacket came from an older issue yet is still appealing.
JulieT wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:24 PM
It feels so good to be able to give a vote for the free pattern. Thanks for listening to us! I liked this sweater in particular because the overall effect is tasteful, not loud or too unusual. It is a versatile jacket I can wear to work or play, and the color in the picture makes it easy for me to imagine it in whatever color I choose. It's feminine, smart, soft, but looks durable and even easy to construct. I just have to buy the yarn! It's my next project. (Thank you, everyone over there at Interweave)
Shivashiva wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:24 PM
I already have the matador, and hip hop coat just looked like it would take too much time to knit, even though it's cute. I thought the winner looked wearable.
SussinK wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:22 PM
The model wearing the Matador is 12. (Okay, she's older, but she LOOKS 12.) (Or so.) I am not 12, so the Matador is out.

The HipHop coat is too hot, too bulky, too much knitting when I have a cold (which I have. Now. Ugh.) So HipHop is out.

That left the rustic piece, which is better for my age (58, that is), and more likely to be worn. That's why.
CherylL wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:19 PM
I voted for the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket because the Matador looked too simple for me, and the photograph of the Hip Hop Coat wasn't sufficient for me to tell if I liked the style (it, too, looked too simple, though). Even though I voted using an elimination process, I do tend to want to knit and wear garments that are more tailored, so choosing the SRJ wasn't a difficult decision to make.
LiB wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:17 PM
I like the classic lines and timelessness. Can't seem to find the others but they looked like they'd be identifiable with a certain time period and quickly go out of style. Thanks for the download, I will add it to my collection,
LindaM@13 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:14 PM

I voted for this pattern for two reasons: it was the only one of the three I didn't already own (I don't have that issue) and it was the one I really thought I would wear. Classic.

I enjoy your emails. Knitting Daily is a great idea.

LisaD@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:08 PM
I voted for the rustic jacket partly by process of elimination. These are my impressions after viewing the small, undetailed photos provided.
The hip hop coat looks like just a very long cardigan. From the photo it appears like the fancy yarn makes it look special, and not the pattern.
The matador looks good over a tank or a sundress, but it is just a simple top down raglan cardi, and the same basic pattern was available on the internet for free before that version was published. I made one myself after seeing it on some years ago.
The rustic jacket appears to be a basic, but feminine, style that would look good in a variety of yarns. I'm on a budget, so I almost always substitute yarns. Also, from the photo, it looked like it was made in some sort of textured pattern.
Well, I downloaded and printed the pattern. After reading it, I was surprised to see that it's in garter stitch. I am also surprised that the model is wearing the 43 inch bust size, which would be a large amount of ease if she has an average 34-36 size bust, yet the jacket appears slightly fitted, and certainly not oversized or boxy. Is the amount of ease different for garter stitch? I'm puzzled; I thought garter stitch was very stretchy.
Thank you for the pattern --I do like it, especially the little collar and the flare at the hips and cuffs.
JudeM wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 6:03 PM
Another comment, Sandi: This could use a plus-size version--or several plus sizes!!
on Jan 28, 2008 6:02 PM
I am delighted that the Rustic Sophisticated Jacket won. I did vote for it! I do think that this is a good style for most bodies. I happen to be of a petite proportion and I think it would work well for me. It's worth knitting, in my opinion. It's classic, with a fashionable twist, yet feminine. These are the kind of garments I like to make and wear. Also, it looks as if it will knit up fairly quickly. Thank you Sandi.
Jennaudren wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:58 PM
In addition to already owning the pattern, I thought that the Matador pattern looked too easy. It appears to just be a simple top-down raglan, which I could easily figure out how to knit on my own. The Rustic Jacket has many more details that would be harder for me to figure out on my own. It's a design for which I would want the line by line directions.
Laurals wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:57 PM
I voted for this because I could see me knitting this soon but I'll have to work out how to make it slightly smaller which i didn't realise when I voted. It's a very flattering shape for all shapes & I love texture.In different yarns it could look smart or what's in my stash?
MomB wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:55 PM
I voted for the Rustic Jacket mainly because it was more versatile, but also partly because the other two patterns don't look "me".
ArleneB wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:52 PM
Sandi, while all your analysis of the winning pattern is correct, the real reason I voted for a pattern is that I already have the other ones - in my collection of Interweave Knits! Why would I pick a pattern I already own?

Of course, this isn't such a bad thing, since it means I am buying your magazine!

Arlene in Northern NJ
RayleneG wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:51 PM
The bolero would have been unflattering on my busty, hippy, middle-aged body.

The hip hop coat was cute, but being so long would probably take forever to knit.

Those are the reasons I DIDN'T pick the ones I didn't pick - the reasons I picked the rustic jacket were very similar to the ones you gave. It looked like the only one I could reasonably expect myself to actually knit.
GretchenM wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:50 PM
I chose Matador because it looked like the easiest to adjust to fit H cup boobs and that I might actually wear it!
LauraW@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:49 PM
It's the only one I could imagine wearing.
The picture of the hip-hop coat doesn't show adequate detail. Boleros/shrugs are sooo 3 years ago. I think the disconnect between the blogs you were reading and what we picked might have something to do with age of audience.
JudeM wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:48 PM
You're abolustely right about why we voted for this sweater, Sandi. I would add a couple of other reasons: the colors and their combination. People are subtly, often unknowingly, influenced by the colors chosen for the prototype. These particular ones are unusual and striking without being at all "weird." (I happen to love "weird," but I also like other combos!) One more thing: lovely texture.
SusanB@11 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:44 PM
I think a short-sleeved sweater is an oxymoron. The Matador did not get my vote because the cropped length would not be flattering on me, and I don't like short sleeves on sweaters--especially bulky wool sweaters. The hip-hop jacket is cute, but it is much longer than what I prefer, and I honestly couldn't see myself knitting and wearing it. To me, the sophisticated rustic jacket is a very classic shaped that could easily be modified to suit my preferences.
Carla K wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:44 PM
I also voted for the rustic sweater because I could see me wearing it. I, too, am a 50 something knitter (with only 3 years experience)and thought from the picture there would be a neat pattern to learn. I was surprised to read it is garter stitch and the yarn makes the pattern. That's even better!! My problem now is what yarn would knit up to look like this? I am still unsure of how to choose. Is there anything you could suggest to help all of us that are still relatively new to knitting to get an end product that is as stunning as the picture?
SaraR wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:41 PM
Like others, I voted for the rustic jacket because I already had the patterns for the other two. I'd love it if, when you are looking for patterns to add to the library, you could concentrate on patterns pre-2002. Interweave patterns tend to be classic, so styling shouldn't be a problem, and I'd bet that many readers don't have back issues that far back!
CarolS wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:41 PM
It's lovely & versatile in its styling. It's truly perfect for any shape, and it possesses a whisper of "olden days"...very feminine, yet incredibly timeless.

I win, I win, I win!!!!!!!!
ReneeS wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:41 PM
I voted for the Hip Hop coat. The Matador looked so simple, I figured if I wanted it, I could figure the pattern out myself (and frankly, being a big-busted person, I'd never wear it.) The Rustic Jacket is cute, but it doesn't come in my size. But I have a daughter getting ready to go to college, and the Hip Hop coat looks like something she'd wear around campus and feel great in it. That's the reason for my vote.
CatherineR wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:37 PM
You're on the right track: Classic pattern, flattering, nice details, adaptable to different yarns with different looks (I wouldn't knit it as shown). The other patterns don't have as much on the ball; nice, but not such a package. Also, I own the issues that the other two patterns are in!!
KelliR wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:31 PM
I like the pink edging and the ruffles.

Beadntat wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:28 PM
What did I choose? The Matador. Why? Well, it's cute and I could add to the length to make it work for me easily enough, and the most important reason: I didn't already own it! I just bought the back-issue of Spring 02 with the rustic jacket in it so I didn't need a free copy.
Lynn G. wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:27 PM
Ah, darn, it doesn't come nearly small enough after all--time for the pattern alteration tutorial please!
JaniceL wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:24 PM
I picked the rustic sweater, because like others, I wanted something I could wear with a skirt, pants or even jeans. If you spend a lot of time, swatching and knitting, it must be something that you will pull out of your closet time and time again. Also, I didn't think the other two were photographed well and I had questions about the styling.
Lynn G. wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:23 PM
I wasn't in love with any of the choice and agree that the quality of the photos impacted my choice, but I voted for the Rustic Jacket because it seemed like the only one that might fit a very teeny person. Of course, I don't know what the smallest size offered is, but the other two items, especially the coat (my second choice), looked like they might be too large (and too trendy). Though I voted for the jacket, I think I'd be afraid to make it because of needing to knit perfectly to gauge, possibly needing to alter the pattern to make it smaller, or having to do a lot of finishing. But it was the pattern that I most wanted to look at out of the three choices. I wish that there had been some non-sweater choices (baby blankets, afghans, scarves, hats, or shawls).
Anonymous wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:22 PM
I voted for the rustic jacket. Two main reasons. One is that I would never, ever wear the hip-hop coat. I MIGHT wear Matador, but I have no intention of knitting it any time soon - it's on about my C list. If I knit everything I already want to knit, twice, then I'll think about it.

The last factor, though, was that I already own the pattern for matador. Not only do I like the Rustic Jacket much more, it's not a pattern I can get any other way. I think you should consider the older patterns more.

Also, while I do like the jacket, I don't think it's on my knitting a list. If I want to knit something funky and chunky, I will probably go to knitty, or there are plenty of other free knitting patterns on teh web for that kind of thing. What interweave has, what it's hard to find elsewhere, and what I turn to you guys for everytime, is elegance of design and execution. Like you said - classic lines and little details. These are things that are hard to find.
LeslieB@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:18 PM
I'd like to suggest a future series in Knitting Daily on why certain yarns are categorized bulky when they appear almost fingering and vice versa. I have a difficult time going to my LYS and seeking substitutes by "look". Is wpi a better gauge? Actually, I wish more yarn manufacturers used the little skein symbol with the number 1 through 5 on it. It seems to be the only way I've successfully identified bulky from worsted, DK or other.
Stephanie wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:17 PM
I picked this one for the same reason as some others. I already own the other patterns because I subscribe to IK and buy KnitScene. This was an older pattern that is less accessible for me. Plus, it's the prettiest, I think. :)
MadameD wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:17 PM
I must be quite unusual, as I the three patterns did not appeal to me in the slightest! I was wondering which would gather the most votes...
jennsquared wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:17 PM
Well, I like it because it is classic. It is versatile and I can wear it with anything I want. The others are more "hip" and therefore is not exactly a "professional wear".
GeorgiaP wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:16 PM
Why did I love the rustic jacket? Well I found it everything but Sophisticated you betcha...but it's has what my hubby calls quiet sexiness..let's the shape of your body show..just not too much. It's beautiful and as soon as I can find the right yarn..I am knitting nothing else til its done.
on Jan 28, 2008 5:16 PM
As a knitter and handspinner, I think it's possible to compose a yarn that will match the swatch gauge and have a very special result. I would be interested in whether linen/cotton would be best.
SuzanneL@2 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:15 PM
I picked your pick, because I subscribe to IK & already owned the other 2 patterns.
Coley J wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:15 PM
I am a young knitter too (23 years old) and voted for the hip hop coat as well. Very cute and so me! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to vote (even though it didn't win, it was still fun to participate) - and everyone have fun knitting!
annekaelber wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:10 PM
Of the three suggested patterns, I selected the HipHop Jacket as the least painful choice. None were really what I wanted.

As a knitter soon to be returned to her beloved Arizona, I'm now officially on the look-out for garments that I'll actually be able to wear in the heat! I've been reluctant to knit any sweaters because I knew I'd go home someday...and now, it's true! Sure knitting is a hit in the colder states (and other cold countries), but what about us Warm-weather knitters? Am I only ever going to knit socks? Is there anything out there for a "Big Girl" who likes it HOT?

Anne, who has only 9 more packing days until the movers arrive!
berkleejean wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:10 PM
I voted for the Hip Hop Coat because I'm a younger knitter (30) and it's often difficult to find cute patterns for clothing that isn't, well, frumpy. There are so many patterns that my Mom and Grandma can make for themselves that just wouldn't work for me, so even though I knew the Hip Hop coat wouldn't win (my Mother would never vote for it), I thought I'd put my 2 cents in for the younger knitters out there.
GwenB wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:09 PM
I picked the rustic jacket because it was the one that I thought I would be most likely to knit and wear. That is, I would never wear the matador, and I don't know that I would knit the hip-hop. Maybe I'm not fearless enough for that yet.
SusanB@14 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:07 PM
I chose this pattern because it is both beautiful and practical. I would not wear that skimpy matador that emphasizes one's bust and seems to require a flat tummy.
BeckyGraves wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:07 PM
I like the shape of this pattern. What I don't like: the contrasting trim, the ruffle effect, and the smallness of the collar. So really, I like a classic, shawl-collar blazer shape.
Amanda@3 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:06 PM
I didn't have a chance to vote before you announced the results. However, of the three I would have voted for the rustic jacket because I have all the recent issues of IK/knitscene but before about 2003 my collection is spotty. The LYS in my hometown didn't carry IWP mags back then(gasp).
CathyannP wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:05 PM
I voted for this jacket because i liked it's shape but also because i own the other two issues and have also knit the bolero (fun, quick knit). I'm usually drawn to the older patterns because i wasn't knitting then and thus am seeing them for the first time.
PatK wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:03 PM
Honestly, I wouldn't knit any of these, but I voted for the winning jacket because I'm sick to death of the whole trendy sweater thing, and particularly shrug/bolero style, which looks horrid on all but a very few body types.
Zaz wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:02 PM
why did i vote for the jacket?
well it was almost an obvious choice, i am very visual and decide quick without going into the details, it's the general idea.
1) the red shrug-like seemed too common and sincerely i have tried my hands on others so it was enough.
the coat did seem like a second option but it just was not clear if it was shaped at the waist or not and if it was not i was not going to chose it, so that was out.
oh, this jacket has frills? i really did not notice, i saw the general shape that seemed alright to me, and the shawl collar which was not too "skinny" as some often are.
now that i look again, i notice things in the shape i do not like so much, it's alongside the upper half part of the chest but seems way too wide at the bottom...
hm, how can i use this pattern without too much change?
JocelynG wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:00 PM
I'd really appreciate some yarn substitution suggestions by name since the one person on Ravelry who has knit this said "I made this for a friend, but then got enough of the yarn to make one for me too. This is one of the rare patterns where I can?t imagine a good yarn sub. The original yarn is a pretty unique combination of fibers and texture." There must be some good options out there, right?
TinaK wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 5:00 PM
Sandi, you were quite right about most of my reasons for choosing that design as my favorite. For me I can't be a trend knitter (much). I need to know that the money and time invested will be a sweater that will bring years of service. Timeless. It also needs to be flattering, soft, just handknit looking ENOUGH with out looking like it was from Grammy! And that it can be worn with a lot of different things from the closet. Classic. Thanks for the pattern, I appreciate it!
RitaW wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:55 PM
I picked the rustic jacket for all the reasons mentioned; timeless and should look good on my figure type. The Hip Hop jacket is too long and bulky to look good on my frame and the Matador is too trendy and also too short for my figure. Thanks for the jacket pattern; it is one I really will add to my "must start soon" pile.
CristinaP wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:53 PM
Sandy, you are almost right about guessing why we picked that pattern over the other two. My reasons where, classic look but easy to give some pizzas to make for one of my daughters. Not that hard to adapt to personal measurements of prospective wearer. A good basic piece that would get a lot of use in any ones closeth. Frankly I am not into knitting a "fad" item that soon will be donated to good will as it is too dated. So you see, this was a great piece.
RebeccaSharp wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:51 PM
Of the three it was on the only one I would have actually worn. Matador doesn't work for busty gals -and the Hip Hop Jacket is too trendy - by the time I finished it, it would be out of style - besides, I didn't think it would look good on me or my teenage daughter.
RobinJ wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:49 PM
Like Rebecca W, I voted for the Rustic Jacket because I have the issues with the other two patterns!
AdrienneB wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:49 PM
I also choose the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket. It is the one of the three I would wear and can see myself wearing. The shrug...there are enough patterns for shrugs out there. The hip-hop coat, longer than I care for in a knit garment. I am 5'4", with some junk in the trunk. I would prefer not to have my butt highlighted by a sweater getting stretched over it.

I am the only 'girl' in my part of the office, and I am always cold, so I wear a sweater constantly, I would sit on the Hip Hop coat.

The rustic jacket, I can wear with jeans or I can wear with slacks. A huge bonus.
KimS wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:41 PM
Sandi - My choices were between the Hip Hop Coat and the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket. The matador wasn't really appealing to me. I love the "hippy" look of the Hip Hop Coat, but I saw stars when I looked at the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket. I felt that I would feel beautiful wearing it. Oh, and I loved it for *all* the reasons you mentioned. I love the belled cuffs and the almost ruffles. Simply Beautiful! Love your posts! Kim
Nephele wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:41 PM
Simple choice, the jacket was the only one with the potential to look good on me. Plus it was the more interesting pattern - I'm a bit of a process knitter.
Cleverknits wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:38 PM
i'm so sad! i was really hoping for the hip hop coat! perhaps upcoming free patterns can be the 2nd and 3rd place patterns? pretty please?

i think i can make this work with some major modifications -- perhaps making the collar not a fold-down, and doing ribbed trim. this jacket just looks more 'dated' than 'classic' to me, like something i might have worn 5-10 years ago (vs something that has a lasting charm). but the shape is good, and some serious modifications will make it a piece de resistance in my collection.
RebeccaW wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 4:25 PM
My reason was simple. I had hip hop coat and matador. I didn't have sophisicated rustic. *shrugs*

Maybe Manos would work well? I, too, am surprised the texture is derived from the yarn.
NinaB wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 3:53 PM
I voted for the Sophisticated Rustic Jacket for all the reasons you mentioned above plus the versatility. When I put in the time to knit a garment, I want to be able to wear it a lot! I could picture it with a collared blouse for work or thrown over a tee for a weekend jaunt. The possibilities are endless!

As for why I didn't choose the other two, I had to go back and review the photos to remember. The Matador while cute was actually presented rather oddly in the photograph. I think it is a cute sweater but it was hard to picture it as I would wear it. Generally I don't wear cardigans over things with longer arms than the cardigan itself. It looked funny to me so I didn't pick it. I bet if it had been shown over a silky tank or something I'd have liked it better. The Hip Hop coat looks cute, but again I couldn't really get an idea of its lines because it is all folded and flying back in the photo. I don't know how it actually hangs and drapes so I couldn't make a judgement call.

Thanks again for the beautiful patterns and for sharing your thoughts and experience with us. We appreciate it. :)
Elizabeth wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 3:42 PM
Sandi, As soon as I saw my three choices, I realized there was absolutely no choice for me. I fell in love with the Rustic Jacket. As a fifty-something knitter, I simply could not see myself in either of the other two choices, and this spring seems to be all about classics. As I read your reasons why I chose this jacket, I loved it even more. You put it into words for me better than I could myself.

I was very surprised about the yarn shown, I thought it was a difficult textured pattern, then sad to see it is no longer available.

Why not make it easy for us and just suggest some suitable thick and thin yarns that would work as you did earlier for the cashmere cabled sweater?

Keep up the good work, Sandi! I love KD!

AIRknitter wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 3:41 PM
Well, I voted for the HipHop Coat designed by Ann Budd because it looked like a project I would start and finish for the Spring that must be just around the corner.