IWK Fall 2008 Braided Pullover

Gallery: Braided Pullover by Alina Khasanova

Interweave Knits 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!

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Braided Pullover

Sample garment measures 35.5"

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover Toni   Knitting Gallery -  Braided Pullover Toni


Her bust: 33.5"
2" positive ease

Notice Toni's reaction to this sweater…she's in love. Flattering shape, and a good size for her as well. I just keep seeing this in a lovely leafy green for her…

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover Kat   Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover Kat


Her bust: 40"
4.5" negative ease

Wow. I mean…wow. This color is GORGEOUS on Kat, and the long cable echoes the long fall of her copper hair…whew. So pretty. Now, notice how different the sweater looks on Kat than on me–and we have the same bust measurement. Different proportions overall, but same bust measurement. This size is very pretty on Kat as is. The sleeves could be a bit longer, perhaps.

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover Debbie   Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover Debbie


Her bust: 34.5"
1" positive ease

I'm getting nervous about using Debbie in these photo shoots. What if some Hollywood talent scout sees them and steals her away from us? Until that happens, we have her, she's ours, and just look how that side ribbing makes such a pretty silhouette.

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover  Stef   Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover  Stef


Her bust: 34.5"
1.5" positive ease

How cute is this on Stef? I love this on her. That side ribbing is extremely flattering.

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover  erin   Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover erin


Her bust: 38"
2.5" negative ease

The side views of Erin in this are adorable…but the front view shows that this sample garment is just a bit too small–the ribbed hem clings too closely to her hips, as well as running right across the widest part of her hips. A larger size, probably the 40", would give more drape to the sweater. To achieve the look in the magazine, Erin would want to lengthen the sweater by about 4", most of it in the section above the ribbing. This probably means that she would want to insert an extra cable repeat into the front cable. The look would be altered slightly, in that the final repeat would run parallel to the side ribbing. The other way to lengthen the sweater would be to insert extra rounds into each cable repeat–easy enough to do if you are familiar with cables, but a bit tricky for the rest of us. OK, those are my suggestions for adding length–anyone else have any other clever ideas for this?

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover  Sanid   Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover  Sandi


Her bust: 40"
4.5" negative ease

Even though I am wearing this sweater with quite a bit of negative ease, it's not bad…not bad at all! I particularly like the way the ribbing on the left side gives such a nice bit of shaping there. However, if I wanted to wear this sweater as the designer intended, with a lot of positive ease, I would choose the 44.5", for a comfy, loose fit. The detail that worries me in the smaller sizes is the lower band of ribbing–it hits me around my hips and tummy, an area I am self-conscious about. In the larger sizes, the positive ease would help the ribbing drape gracefully around my hips. Ooooo, I like the sound of that: "…drape gracefully around my hips". The "shawl collar" would also have a more graceful line to it; however, I'd have to make sure the sleeves stayed about where they are, because I like how they look in these photos. (Finally, I must apologise for the pink shirt I am wearing underneath. What can I say?)

Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover  Bertha   Knitting Gallery - Braided Pullover  Bertha


Her bust: 34"
1.5" positive ease

Bertha loves this sweater. Everything about it flatters her long, slender silhouette. (The fact that it is a cashmere/silk/baby alpaca blend does not hurt.)

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90 thoughts on “IWK Fall 2008 Braided Pullover

  1. This sweater is one that has really grown on me. The first time I saw it I was pretty neutral on it. Then when I took a closer look and read about the yarn–alpaca, silk, cashmere ummmm—I became more intrigued. Now seeing it on these ladies, I am sold. While the fit is different on each of them, I am impressed by how nice it looks on a variety of body shapes and sizes. I think it is best with some positive ease and I like the sleeves long. Very pretty!

  2. I adore this sweater and I’m happy to see it looks good on everyone!!!! A terrific design which I plan to knit after I finish the Estes vest. Thanks for the galleries.

  3. I’m with BonnieR on this one — I didn’t love it at first, but it’s growing on me, largely because of the gallery. I disagree about the fit on Kat, though — looks too small to me. It seems to flatter everyone else, though.

  4. I would like to see pics of the real life models straight on, instead of in the more flattering poses you show them in. Most of the time we see people full-on straight in front of us.

    Example of what I mean, the model in the mag wearing the little blue sweater, or whatever you are calling it. Her shoulders look like she’s a football player in the straight on view, and frankly I appreciate that, because I know that if she looks that way, then I should run run run away from that pattern for me. Which is a bummer because that was the one I would have knit. BUT, you saved me from that and that is definitely NOT a bummer!

  5. I like this one more than I realized. It’s good on everybody, but especially with a bit of positive ease. And here I was thinking that nothing in this issue was going to make it into my queue!

  6. This actually was my favorite pattern from this issue. I am so glad to see how good (great, even) it looks on everyone — I’ll be a lot more confident picking a size knowing that I can’t go too far wrong. Thanks for the galleries!

  7. Sandi, I enjoy your galleries and comments every day, but haven’t been moved to write until today. YOU LOOK GREAT! This design is very flattering on you, especially, of all those I’ve seen you wear from the beginning. I know that the garment is the point, but this time you are the star, even though the sweater is nice too.

  8. When I got my Interweave Knits a few days ago this was the sweater that caught my eye right away–I love cables. I’m very glad to see it featured in the gallery. I do plan to knit this in some yarn that doesn’t have wool in it as I cannot wear any wool next to my body–any suggestions? I will knit this FOR ME as soon as I get through with my husbands Christmas present–the Brick Pullover in the Summer 2008 issue–just hope I can get it finished before Christmas as I also am working on a pair of socks and a shawl–I’m never bored!!!

    Bev in TN

  9. Okay, I like this one. It really does look nice on pretty much everyone, even though it’s not a one-size-fits-all. Depending on how the back fits on Erin, it may fit perfectly in this size with the addition of some short rows at the bust line…

    I don’t get the sleeves, though. Are they supposed to look tight at the shoulders, semi-dropped, and gathered at the sleeve cap? With such a classic and tailored look in the rest of the sweater, I think I’d just go for a classic, ungathered set in sleeve.

  10. I liked this sweater a lot at first glance, and now that I see it on a wider variety of woman I like it even more. But I am curious as to why the sleeve caps look so sloppy – they have folds on the upper arm area on several of the models, including in the magazine. It detracts from the sleek lines of the rest of the sweater. What would make them smoother?

  11. I agree with the previous post; I was surprised that Eunny singled out the armhole for praise. While I like this sweater, my immediate reaction when I saw it in the magazine was “too bad about that messed-up set-in sleeve.” The puckering on top looks sloppy to me; if I made the sweater I would try for a smoother and a much higher on the shoulder bone seam.

  12. I love this sweater too! I am definitely going to make this one!However, (and I don’t want to enbarass anyone) it would be really nice to have all of a person’s measurements: bust, waist, hips and height, so we could get an even better idea of how a sweater fits a particular body shape. Sandi, as you nte< you and Kat have the same bust measurement, but your shapes are quite different. These galleries are wonderful! keri

  13. This is interesting, because I don’t think this sweater flatters anyone, even Bertha. The ribbing draws attention to the widest parts of the body, and the diagonal cable adds visual diameter to the body.

  14. I think the sleeves look a bit large for everyone – but otherwise,the sweater looks good on pretty much everyone. And Va Va Voom Sandy! You look spectacular! Thanks again for the Galleries, they’re really helpful.

  15. Here’s one item that I think looks way better on the models than Bertha. I like to see it with the curves; it really is more attractive than I first thought. Still ambivalent about the armhole seaming…

  16. Love the galleries, they are of great help deciding what to knit BUT I have to agree the photos are less helpful when they showcase the most flattering view of the individual rather than a straight on front view.
    What none of the comments in this gallery addresses is what Eunny mentioned in her comments: fit in the shoulder area is critical to this design and – sorry – it fits badly on every single model. If as Eunny states it is a “high, narrow 40’s armhole” the shoulder seam should fall at the shoulder and not over the shoulder onto the upper arm. Think military dress uniform, not casual wear.
    I wonder if some of the models – Erin especially as it comes closest to fitting her properly in the shoulders – might have been able to rearrange the sweater to fit properly by pulling the shoulder seams toward the neck which would then create more of the shawl collar Sandi mentions.

  17. I didn’t like this sweater when I first saw it in the magazine, but after seeing it on people who are not pro models, I LOVE IT. Thank you Sandi for making these galleries and giving us so many helpful tips about turning patterns into sweaters for ourselves. 🙂

  18. Gorgeous sweater on real models–wasn’t grabbed by it in the mag, although I love cables. However, I agree with the comments about the sloppy sleeve cap–is it a finishing problem, or a stitch-count/shaping problem? The first is easy to fix, the second could be a nightmare!!

  19. I just wonder – if this is a “40’s” style garment, maybe the gathered sleeve cap is intentional. In the gallery photos, it slightly resembled that “Gibson girl” look, but not so much in the magazine photos. I’d prefer a more straightforward armhole, but other than that, it’s a lovely sweater that really flatters everyone except Bertha. (Sorry Bertha!)

  20. VerityM is correct. The shoulder hits at the wrong point for a good fit. There’s too much fabric in the shoulder causing the creasing. The shoulder width needs to be decreased for a better fit. You’d have to knit the shoulder cap longer to compensate. Then maybe the gathers would look right. It’s as if the designer was thinking drop shoulder proportions for a fitted sleeve.

    I disagree that the diagonal adds too much visual width to be flattering. Most of the emphasis is vertical so it doesn’t bisect. If I was going to add a partial repeat to the pattern for length though I don’t think I’d want it to travel more, but just to drop straight down into the ribbing. I also thought this was kinda blah on the model but on the ladies I find it very flattering.


  22. These galleries are all wonderful. All of the sweaters shown in both the KnitScene and Knits galleries this fall have looked much more interesting on the “real people” gallery models than on the models in the magazine. There are several that I just passed over in the magazines without even noticing them, then when I saw them in the galleries I would think, “Wow – that’s a beautiful sweater! Was that really in the magazine?” This sweater is a perfect example. It seems as though the designers really do have real women, with real curves in mind.

  23. This is probably too trivial, but it seems that every time you show a sweater on Bertha, the bottom is stretched out. Maybe do her photo shoot first? It wouldn’t matter but there’s a slender someone I try to envision wearing these duds and the flared bottom throws me off. Just a thought.

  24. I love this sweater but hate the brown color — I think that it would look great in teal or deep red or a dark blue.
    As for the comments on everyone’s measurements — I seem to remember that in one of the early galleries everyone did bravely post their measurements but now I can’t find it. And of course Sandi’s measurements no longer apply. But height and bust and waist and hip would be great because then I could look at the model that best matches my measurements and figure out if the garment would look halfway decent on me.

  25. I agree about the awkward shoulder seam, but I actually liked the bit of your blouse under it. The lines would probably be slimming, but I don’t like that low a neck. Maybe with a light camisole under?

    I don’t know that I’d make it; when I saw it in the magazine, my first thought was that it wasn’t likely to look good on someone my shape (more curves than I would like, all being dragged down by 6 decades of living). Having seen it on some more substantial folk, it’s at least moved up to my possibles list.

  26. actually, it looks a bit stretched out on bertha. do you take her picture before, or after, every one else gets a try on? liked a lot of things in this issue… you’re allowed a dud like the summer issue every now and then… and yooo loook mahvelous, sandi!

  27. I wasn’t sure about this one in the magazine, but it was a good choice for the Gallery Gals — It is a rare garment that looks better on average women than it does on the model. This is one on them. Definitely in my queue.

  28. After seeing the magazine this was my favorite design and now I like it even more! I really appreciate the galleries, and now I only have to decide where to put this in my list of things to knit.

  29. i hate to sound like a broken record here, but the praise is deserved. a) for me, too, this sweater was a “no way” when i first saw it as both uninteresting and somewhat unflattering on the model in the magazine. however, the more i looked at it, the more i liked it. the gallery does it a huge service! the designer should be ever thankful for the gallery examples converting so many people.
    b) the brain behind the gallery should be given a raise! this is one of the best concepts from start to finish–EVER.
    c) sandi, you rock in many many ways. your comments make the gallery much more interesting and a delight to read. love the humor and the honesty.

  30. I am thinking that this will be my second sweater. I agree that there seems to be something defective about the way the sleeves were set in, in the sample sweater. That worries me a bit, since I have only set sleeves in once before, and if that comes out sloppy, it’s hard to fix.
    It is interesting how much difference color makes in our reaction to knitted items. Of course we can choose any color we want, but once you see it in brown, you tend to think of it as a brown sweater, and I think that’s why this sweater didn’t make much of an impression in the magazine to many of us. It may be a wearable color, but it’s a bit boring. It’s hard for most of us to abstract the design from the color.Now I can see that it’s a really flattering design on many ordinary, attractive women!

  31. I agree with FmS… and I have some questions!

    Why do all your sweaters make EVERYone look fat? If your tiny little model had a 34″ bust and looks fat, what hope do I have with a 42″ bust? (yes, sorry ladies. 16 yrs. of breastfeeding)

    Why do ALL your sweaters look like they are 3″ too short in the waist? Are you impatient to get finished?

    And why are all your sweaters oatmeal, beige, olive, bland tan? Are there not anymore colors out there? How are those of us who LOVE color (and hand dyed yarns, and Moda Dea Cartwheel) supposed to ever picture how wonderful (or horrible) that sweater will look?

    So far the only thing I find these galleries helpful for is to prevent me from wasting expensive yarn to make a horrible garment.

  32. Yum Yum! I thought this was the pick of the issue since seeing the Preview online. I will be substituting my favourite armhole shaping and sleevecap however.
    Re ribbing – no I don’t want tight ribbing hugging my round tummy! Either I will loosen up the gauge for that bit, or more likely eliminate it except for the ‘tassel’ below the cable – just do a tiny non curling edge then stocking stitch. Or perhaps substitute a ribbing with more knit st’s, that sits flatter.
    I *don’t* like the ribbing that comes right across the front to the braid, I will eliminate most of that too. But I’d like a couple of ‘bars’ under each arm, it does make for flattering fit.

  33. This sweater does look much better in the galleries than in the magazine. I really enjoy these galleries.

    Is there any chance that some day you might have a sweater that actually fits Erin? She is closest to my body build and I keep hoping to see one that fits here well!

  34. Sandi, have you lost weight? This sweater is so becoming on you. Even the color gives it a slimming effect. It is really beautiful and I’m going to try knitting it. I love brown so I’ll use that color, too. I like everything just as it looks.

  35. The sweater looks fabulous on all of you – and the colour is perfect for fall. I’m not fond of the gathered/puckered sleeves, but otherwise this sweater is definitely worth a second glance.

  36. I really love that you take some of the sweaters, and show us a gallery. It has helped me learn more about how to adjust a sweater to fit the “real” me. Unfortunately, you fell short with this set of photos. Showing only the sidways, flattering view, doesn’t help at all. You need to go back to showing the sweaters straight on. You don’t need to “spice up” the photos to keep our intrest. We WANT to see how these sweaters fit, so that we can better visualize if they will fit us. Thank you.

  37. I am a fan of anything with cables and this is no exception. My first geek reaction was,it looked kind of like a Jedi tunic. (I’m not the only one and I know it!)
    I’m just not a fan of bottom to top sweaters due to my short attention span knitting. I’d never get it done along with the two other sweaters I haven’t finished.
    But I love this one!

  38. Oh.
    I really hope the IK arrives here in Europe soon – this is a beauty, what a relief, looks like I am going to be spoilt for choice this winter ;))

  39. Oh, and I guess if I knitted this sweater (which I may well do in a different colour – it is beautiful!) I would probably check the shoulder width wasn’t too wide and then knit the sleeves straight in from the shoulders down for a smooth finish…

  40. I really like this one and its the only sweater i’ve ever seen in the galleries that looks good on all the models.

    I may be a bit late here, but having had my IK for 2 weeks just wanted to say THANKS for including a larger model. keep doing it please. Its so refreshing after seeing all these skinny models in British mags

  41. Hello,
    this is exactly how garments should be modeled, on real people of different shapes and sizes. Anything looks good on a size 2. I’m constantly disapointed with the garments I’m knitting for myself( being of the curvy variety), since I just can’t picture what it will look like on me even if they do fit exactly.
    It’s a georgeous sweater and will be next on my list.

  42. I love this sweater after seeing it on the models but I do agree with the other posts that the sleeves could be smoother in the cap area. I’d like to make it in a different color too. That blah color didn’t grab me when I saw it in the magazine.

    Sandi, you look great and I love these galleries.

  43. Just a quick question, Sandi–you comment in your section of modeling this sweater that the designer intended about 4.5″ of positive ease. How do you know that? Is it in the magazine? In the pattern somewhere? This kind of information on a consistent basis in patterns would be so helpful to knitters as we choose the appropriate size to knit for ourselves.

  44. This is a beautiful sweater. It is so nice to see it on “real” people instead of picture perfect models. This one really flatters everyone, it is a good look. Brava, Ladies, you all look lovely.

  45. Great gallery! Thanks especially for including KAT as a model. She has my same bust measurements and has about the same proportions as me overall. It SO helps to see a sweater on her even if it’s the wrong size. It still gives me a better idea than seeing it on the magazine stick figure. She also has my Irish skin coloring (though I somehow didn’t get the red hair) which helps me see how colors might look on me.

    Thank you also for that generously proportioned model in the magazine! She was a nice addition and shows how much you are listening and responding to what has been going on here all summer!

    I say ignore all the criticism of the color of this sweater. It may not be everyone’s color but it is a great, all purpose FALL color (this is the FALL issue) and it looks great on KAT which is of course the important thing. ha

  46. I love this sweater and am seriously considering making it in a plum color. I feel like the sleeves are a little low on the shoulder and will have to compensate for that…

  47. This is a sweater that I am considering making. I have a beautiful fleece that needs to be spun up that’d be perfect.

    I’ll put it on the list of projects to do.

  48. Wow…like so many other readers, I have to say that these galleries are fantastic! I am much more likely to knit a sweater after seeing it on so many shapes and hearing your recommendations for modifications. It’s great to see which sweaters can only really be pulled off on tall, slim, typical model bodies, and which flatter everyone. Like this one!

  49. Love the cable positioning on this sweater, the bottom hem, even the colour … but like others don’t think the fit of the sleeves is the best it could be. I’d love to knit this one but will need to adjust the shoulders as mine are fairly narrow. BIG thanks to the models and to Sandi for her helpful, humerous comments. I’m learning a lot from them. Love from UK xxx

  50. I love how the diagonal and the side ribbing seems to elongate the torso and make everyone look a tiny bit more slender.

    Now a lot of people have commented on the sleeves, but I’ll admit that I didn’t notice them the first time going through the gallery. It does look like some of the gals have a fair amount of fabric at the shoulder, but even then it doesn’t look bad on them. I would probably make it as is (I’m not very good at modding patterns yet) though I do like the idea of knitting the sleeve from the top down, because it takes me forever to sew in a set-in sleeve.

  51. I wouldn’t have considered this sweater from the pictures in the magazine. It hangs on the professional model! It definitely looks better with some negative ease, like on the IK gals. I might consider Sandy’s waist calculator to give it some shape on me. I’m a petite size (5’3″, 118 lbs), and a baggy fit makes me look as if I’m wearing a sack.

    Some of the earlier galleries gave the height of the IK ladies, and I think that would really help — together with the bust measurement — in deciding which size to knit.

    Thanks for the galleries! The pictures and fit suggestions are fantastic!

  52. I can’t wait to get my magazine now, that’s a really nice sweater. I know you get a lot of comments against brown, but that’s one of my favorite colors, it looks great on me. All taste are in nature and not everybody can wear the same color, but this one is for me! Sandy, you look great 🙂

  53. Thanks so much for doing the galleries. I love seeing the sweater on “real” people and there is usually someone that is shaped a little like me. It’s a great way to decide on a project and my favorite part is looking at the ease measurements.

  54. Actually, I think it fits Erin the best! Someone mentioned the fit in the shoulders, and that was the first thing I noticed about it on her. I thought it looked good on everyone, but when I got to Erin’s photo, I thought, WOW! I think the more fitted look dresses it up – it is a striking design, and that’s a different way to wear it. With more positive ease, I think it looks too casual, and a bit overwhelming even, on some of the models. Dunno if I’ll make it, but if I do, I’ll err on the small side… I really like that look!

    Just my $0.02!

  55. Please add me to the growing list of knitters who deeply appreciate seeing the sweaters modeled on real people, not professional models. It’s what convinced me that the Afterthought Darts cardigan was not worth my time and effort, although I loved seeing it in the magazine, but that the Braided Pullover was certainly going to be gratifying in the knitting and the wearing.

  56. The color of the yarn used is excellent for showing off the design details. I think the sweater looks best on Bertha. I do not like the underarm treatment and this can’t be seen on Bertha.

  57. It seems that I have also joined the ranks of the converted. At first I thought I did not like any of the patterns in this issue. But like others, after seeing the Gallery, this is my favorite. The cables are actually flattering to all body types. Thanks girls!!


  58. WOW! and Oh Dear!!!
    I love this sweater here but not in the magazine. I like it on everyone, and I think the tighter fit on Erin actually would sit a lot of younger girls’ style. I could actually see it knit shorter to show off the belly button rings/tattoos etc.
    Oh Dear though, its going to have to be added to the “list of things to make” and the list seems to be getting longer and longer…~sigh~ still haven’t started the Marilyn Monroe angora sweater from the ’64 McCalls…or the double-breasted shoulder pad sweater from the Dallas collection…JK!!! I’m not that bad!!!

  59. Great going Sandi!

    The gallery is fabulous, and so are the comments. Not sure if I will make this particular sweater but it did give me inspirations to either ‘adjust’ this pattern or change others to suit myself. Not into ‘designing’ but ‘adapting’ comes much easier. Thanks to all of you!

  60. I would love to make this sweater, but I agree, please give hip measurements for the models! My hip is two sizes bigger than my bust usually, so this would be so helpful. Thanks!

  61. I just love these galleries. It is such a good chance to see the sweater on different shapes. This sweater is really lovely. I really like the unusual shaping. Debbie is just the cutest model. She seems to look good in just about everything.

  62. I love cables, but I’m on the fence for this one. I don’t find the bottom ribbing attractive, though it might be better without the edge treatment. And perhaps narrower. The sleeves should be slightly more inset at the top. I like this particular style of sleeve and have a few sweaters with it. They sit more on top of my shoulders.

    I like the diagonal cable, the shawl collar and the side ribbing and underarm ribbing. I like seeing sweaters in brown/natural colors. I’m not one for brights. Very nice design.

  63. This was the one sweater in the Fall issue that I thought might work for me. I love the flattering V-neck and asymmetrical cable front. Diagonal lines which extend the full length of a sweater are almost always slimming and flattering–especially for full busted/curvy women. The biggest issue I see with the design is the width of the shoulder seams on the bodice. In almost every photo the wide shoulder resulted in a dropped sleeve that looked puckered. Such a fit is the kiss of death for those of us with sloping shoulders.

    I would increase the length of each individual cable to lengthen the sweater. Although I might not need the extra length, I will most likely lengthen the cables to compensate for decreasing the length of the ribbing across the hips. A shorter (1-2″) ribbed hem will keep the shape of the sweater while avoiding the unattractive effect of a wide cable band.

    One more thing…I echo the comments about color choices. I realize that dark colors like black and midnight blue make it difficult to see the detail in the garments, but too much brown and beige is oh so boring. We want to be stylish in living color! Teal or raspberry anyone???

  64. I LOVE the galleries – but I’m tired of reading about “compared to what’s in the magazine” when I haven’t seen the magazine. Has it shipped yet? Did my husband check the mail that day and accidentally hide it from me? Is this a ploy to have me more eager to cast one when I finally receive it?
    I love previews, but we seem to have been discussing these sweaters for a long time… And the “buy now” offer below is still showing the summer issue as well. Ah, well, I think there are online pictures of the magazine shots, right? I’ll go look for them…