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They're Here! The Knits Winter 2008 Galleries: Part One

Dec 8, 2008

Yes, it's that time again: Time for the Knitting Daily Galleries!

Each time a new issue of Interweave Knits comes out, a group of us in the Interweave offices gather to try on some of the wonderful garments from the magazine, and we take photos to help you see how the sweaters look on different women with different body types.


Here are three of the garments from Interweave Knits Winter 2008, worn by seven women from Interweave:

Blooming Cardigan by Sarah Hoadley

Climbing Vines Pullover by Joëlle Meier Rioux

Ropes and Picots Cardigan by Laura Grutzeck

 

Which sweater is best for your body type?


Let's say that you want to knit a sweater. Let's say that since you are clearly a person of extremely good taste, with a refined sense of style and beauty, you want to knit a sweater out of our new Winter 2008 issue of Interweave Knits.

And let's say that right now, you're not in the mood to make a bazillion adjustments and tweaks to a pattern to make it flatter you. Sure, you can make those adjustments, because you've been reading Knitting Daily and you have the Waist Shaping Calculator and the Bust Dart Worksheet and you know how to use them.

But not this time. This time, you just want to knit, more or less straight from the pattern. (A little length adjustment at cuff or hem is fine, you think; but no bust darts or anything like that.)

So. Which pattern from the Winter Knits 2008 issue would you choose, and how would you go about choosing it?

This week's post are here to help you do that, with the help of six lovely Gallery Gals and yours truly. We're going to take a look at body types, and what kind of sweater is flattering for which type "straight out of the box," so to speak--straight from the magazine, no major adjustments (other than size or length) needed.

So this time, the sweater fits everyone in our Galleries, but it fits each of our Gallery Gals a bit differently due to her personal body type; each sweater of course also looks different on each woman due to her individual style.

My question to you is: Which sweater is best for which body type? All of the sweaters are beautiful; all of our Gallery Gals are also beautiful, each in their own way. But if each of our Gallery Gals--Toni, Annie, Debbie, Stefanie, and two new additions, the lovely Bonnie and the amazing Meghan--wanted to choose the most flattering sweater for their body type, which one would you tell them to knit?

And which one would YOU knit for yourself, based on your own body type?

Body type and fashion are tough to teach in words. Therefore, I've cooked up something special this time for you: I've made pages for individual Gallery Gals, showing one woman wearing many sweaters, with comments as to what each style plays up--and plays down--for that woman. Here are three for today:

Debbie's Gallery

Meghan's Gallery

Annie's Gallery

Pages for other gals will be posted on Wednesday. Each woman's page includes a few garments from past Galleries (if available) as well as the new sweaters, so you can compare a range of styles for each woman.

Note that we're only looking at body shapes and types this week; so no measurements. You could be a really large-framed woman and have the same shape as petite Annie; you could be tiny and have curves like mine!

For each woman, leave a comment letting us know which sweater you think is best for her body type--and why! Hopefully, this will help you to find the sweater that is best for YOU.

-- Sandi 


Want to see more of the beautiful sweaters from Interweave Knits Winter 2008?

View the Knits Winter Preview, with pattern information, bonus photos from the magazine photoshoot, and more!

 

Give the gift of Knits!

Before I came to work for Interweave, a dear friend of mine gave me a wonderful Christmas gift--subscriptions to three Interweave magazines! I remember being so touched that this friend had gone to all the trouble to find out what magazines were out there, and to research the best ones (seriously, that's what he told me, he "researched the best ones"! Which magazines did he gift me with that holiday season? Spin-Off, Handwoven, and Beadwork--because I already had a subscription to Interweave Knits!).

If there's a knitter in your life, give them the gift of great knitting patterns and informative articles about all aspects of knitting--give them the gift of a subscription to Interweave Knits. And for the other crafters around you, check out the entire family of Interweave magazines--from crocheting to painting and drawing, from quilting to beading and jewelry making, there's something there for everyone who loves to create beautiful things.


 

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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carmel71 wrote
on Dec 24, 2008 8:39 PM
I love that I got to see the same sweater on different "real" women. I tend to make a sweater because it looked good on the model, then it doesn't look good on me. I always have a gift for someone else.
on Dec 12, 2008 1:43 AM
The Manchester Jacket looks very beautifull at her. The Jacket is longer, so it makes her slimmer, and the high waist looks very good. I like also the color of the Jacket for her.
Robing34 wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 5:08 PM
You know what? I think all of the styles are nicely slimming, except for the big, blue pull over.
LaurenS wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 9:58 AM
I like the new format, although I miss the bust size notations. Being a busty gal, that's what I'm most concerned with and it's very helpful to see info about the model's bust size vs the garment's (how much ease in the bust there is).
Betty BJ wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 8:41 AM
The gallery was a great idea, and now it's even better :) I appreciate the different women (*real* women) modeling different items - great perspective. And, yes, it does help to *see* how a sweater may flatter or not - depending on our body types. With your shaping/fitting techniques, etc... - it's almost like an online class - love it - please keep it coming. - great work, Sandi... oooh... 2009 has to meet (or beat) 2008 - but I know you and your team are up to that challenge :) Thank you ! (Oh, have you considered a model wilth a bit of snow on the roof for those of us that are of a certain age... ^.^ - yes, you give us great, and we keep asking for more... we're addicted to Knitting Daily, so we need our *fix* ^.^ )
KathieM@2 wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 7:01 AM
I am so disappointed in Interweave Knits winter edition. It is filled with "shlumpy" sweaters. We don't all look like all we do is knit. Some of us get out and move about and want sweaters that are not filled with lumps and bumps.
Chantal wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 5:47 AM
thank you for the pictures. It is very interesting to see the same sweater on different women. It is hard to not get influence by the color since it can change the way the sweater will look on you
Rebecca@2 wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 4:29 AM
I love this format with showing the various women wearing the same sweater. I think that most of the sweaters played up the best features each of these women have. Thanks for having patterns for us more curvey girls!!
LindaG@6 wrote
on Dec 8, 2008 8:28 PM
Was wondering where the pattern for the stocking in the knitting daily email came from. It is near the bottom and is a Christmas one. Linda Gerig
kay43026 wrote
on Dec 8, 2008 5:36 PM
Sandi, LOVE the new picture! You've done more shrinking.
SueJ wrote
on Dec 8, 2008 4:26 PM
Love the gallery with different sweaters on each girl! Great way to demonstrate the pros and cons of each sweater on different bodies. Many thanks to the woman who volunteered to participate. Sue
SallyD wrote
on Dec 8, 2008 2:48 PM
Sandi, Thanks for showing the sweaters on different body types. I am not a Size 2, but many magazines show garments on that type of body so it is hard to see what would look best on our own bodies! Love your daily emails!
feathersby wrote
on Dec 8, 2008 2:25 PM
Double bresated garments are flatttering ONLY to those with smaller bust. Those of us amply endowed avoid them like the plague as they make us look larger than we are already!