Knits Fall 2009 Gallery: Nordique Swing





FALL 2009





Nordique Swing

by Véronik Avery

from Interweave Knits Fall 2009

  Cardigan shown measures 38", modeled with 3" positive ease

Inspired by 50s silhouettes, the wide jacket sleeves and boxy shape of the Nordique Swing Jacket are flatteringly feminine but super easy-to-wear. It's extremely versatile as a layering piece, and looks equally good open or closed-make sure to fine-tune sleeve length to your own arms for the neatest look.

 Interweave Gallery Gals
  Kiera Toni

Keira says: I liked the three-quarter-length sleeves and the length. But if I were to personalize it, I’d like it to be a bit more fitted. So I would either add some shaping through the waistline or add ties at the side that I could tie in back and cinch it up. The ties could be satin ribbons or knitted or crocheted strings.

And I’d also sometimes wear it with a long sleeved top underneath.


Height: 5’ 7”
Bust: 31 ¾
Underbust: 27 ½
Waist: 26 ½
Hip: 32 ½
Torso: 17 ½

Toni says: The length on this sweater illustrates a problem my short back frequently creates: the swing shaping ends at the widest point of my hip. I would make the next smallest size and shorten the length by at least an inch and a half.

One thing to watch for when shortening a garment with three-quarter-length sleeves is that shortening the sweater might place the hem at the same height as the cuff of the sleeves. This would probably make me look wider, so I might need to either lengthen or shorten the sleeves as well. I did fall in love with the simple wheat ear lace pattern. 

Height: 5' 5 ½"
Bust 35"
Underbust: 31"
Waist: 29"
Hip: 37"
Torso: 15"



Brenda says: The Nordique sweater looks like it was made just for me! The fit is perfect and the color, very rich and vibrant, is one that I have in my wardrobe. The sweater hits above my hip, my preferred length for sweaters–any longer and it make my torso looks too elongated.

As a staple in my closet, I would probably make a version that had full length sleeves to wear throughout the year.

Height: 5' 5"
Bust: 33 ¾"
Underbust: 29 ½"
Waist: 27 ¼"
Hip: 37 ¼"
Torso: 16"


Kathleen's Fit Notes

I live the swingy look of this cardigan, whether it's worn open or closed. Flattering on all three models, I think the sample size looks best on Brenda and Keira. Toni hit the nail on the head with her comments about adjusting the length of the sweater, including the arm length.

When you're adjusting a sweater, it's important to look at the schematic and compare your measurements to the schematic. If you need to make a bigger size because of the bust measurement, be sure and check the arm measurement, too, especially on a sweater like Nordique: a shorter sweater with three-quarter-length sleeves. You want the sleeves to stay three-quarter-length and not hit at a place too near your wrists (or hips, as Toni mentioned).

This sweater is a sweet, feminine piece that you'll want to wear like all of our gallery gals did–buttoned up, just a few buttons fastened, with jeans or a skirt–whatever works with your personal style.

I love the purple colorway used in the sample, but this would be a staple in black, cream, or gray, too.

 What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos






Other Things You May Like to Check Out:


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Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

39 thoughts on “Knits Fall 2009 Gallery: Nordique Swing

  1. I think the color is great and I love three-quarter length sleeves. I also like sweaters that provide different wearing options (open or closed or?). This is classic looking without being formal.

  2. We need a few more regular Interweave girls as models, please… preferably one or two with larger busts or some fuller figured gals so we can see how it fits on a better range of sizes. No one’s bigger than a 35″ in the Interweave girls’ gallery, and  all are within just  a few inches of each other.  The original model is bigger!  It would also be nice to see lovely Kathleen Cubley model if she has the chance. Love the pattern, though!

  3. I don’t normally like 3/4 sleeves *or* “swingy” things, but I LOVE how this looks on Brenda!  And the lace is quite fetching.  Since everything I own is black or grey, I’d like to do this up in a royal blue or purple, for a daring splash of color.

  4. I’m glad one of the girls folded the collar down, because that is how I would want to wear it. I love the yarn and gauge of this sweater–no one I knit for wears many things with a gauge above 6 or 7 stitches to the inch, and most patterns are around 5. I also love the sleeve length, because it would be very versitle for the weather where I live. I like how it looks on all of them, and how it doesn’t look too old or too young on anyone, even though the women are all different ages.

  5. I also wanted models that have a larger bust. Again, back pictures please! I liked this when I saw it in the mag., but I’d make it a little more fitted and slim down the sleeves.

  6. Like the others have mentioned, there are not enough differences among the models to make the  galleries useful.  It is no surprise that everything looks great on Keira and Brenda. I am well within normal weight limits for my height (5′ 5″), but that said, my bust is 39,” waist is 33″ and hips are 41.”  Right now I do not feel encouraged to make any of the garments for myself. If you are afraid to show them on women like me, why should I invest my time and money to make them (or continue to purchase your magazine)?  Susan

  7. I miss the ease being given on each gallery gal like they used to be. That was very helpful when deciding which size to make and how it would look on a body… Please add the ease next tim again!

    Otherwise, it’s a joy to look at real women getting stylish and playing with the fine knits you dream up. Thanks!

  8. i’m sorry, but this is a completely awful gallery series.  i’m 5/8 with a 42 inch chest and you’ve given me absolutely nothing to go on – not even ease measurements – why in the world would you change the format of something that has been such a favourite for so long?  really bad job, on all of the items.

  9. Again, I already know how this looks on slim women, I’ve seen it modeled that way in my copy of IK.

    There is no point to Gallery Photos without size and shape diversity.

  10. This is the one sweater in the current issue that I’d consider making, but I’d do a lot of tweaking — essentially restyling it completely. Anything vaguely resembling cropped does not work on short-waisted apple-bellied me, so I’d lengthen it to at least high hip, maybe even a bit longer. 3/4 length sleeves are okay, but I’d want to pull in the cuffs. Real subtle shaping, as boxy lines on top of sack-of-potatoes bod is a no go. I like the simple lace, but I’d do it in a DK weight.  But I love the collar. And the COLOR!

  11. I’m sorry, but this gallery series was a terrible disappointment.  All 4 of the models were similarly sized and shaped.  You could have just shown the sweater on one of them, and we would have gotten just as much information.  Did all of your plus-sized workers leave with Sandi?  She used to give us great variety, as well as lot more–and more useful–information.

    Please–acknowledge you have readers who are plus-sized, provide us with galleries that are useful to everyone, and bring back the ease information!

  12. Please stop complaining about the size of the girls. These are not professional models, they are who was available for these shots.

    Let’s stick to discussing the garment, please. I’m tired of wading through all the negative commentary on something that NO ONE can help, curvy or straight.

  13. I can’t say that this sweater is appealing on any of the models — including the one in the magazine.  The fit is terrible.  It is a poor swing jacket/sweater.  Toni wears it the best, but it is still too short for her.  It has the appearance of having been accidentally thrown in a drier…Veronik really missed the mark on this one!

  14. The proporations look best in Brenda’s photo, though she is more in an action shot. I would agree with Kiera’s notes about making the sweater more fitted to flatter better when closed. The overall shape is just very boxy.

  15. Charming, and can used effectively on most body types. For the fuller-figured among us, shortening by about 2″ and pairing with a long tunic would be very attractive indeed.

  16. Many knitters ask for plus sizes in the galleries, which would require either a second sample to be made, or that the sample be made only in plus size.  Could Knitting Daily devise a promotion or contest to get the yarn distributors to donate enough yarn to make the second sample, and could a knitter be recruited to knit the second sample (either the larger or the smaller size)?  Somehow, Knitting Daily might be able to turn this complaint into an opportunity.  There are so many plus-sized finished objects on Ravelry, we know there are lots of fleet-fingered plus-sized knitters.

  17. I agree with jenn.suz.hoy’s comments on everyone (ok, not everyone) complaining on the size of the models.  I also appreciate CarolK@17 acutally offering up a creative solution instead of just stating how unbelievably awful these galleries are. 

    The galleries, for me, are just another look at the garments.  There are 3 opportunities – First you see the preview of the issue coming out.  Second, when you actually have the magazine, you get to see the garment in a new light.  Third, you guessed it, the galleries.  I can’t believe how some of the pieces can look so different from one to the next.

    Those of you missing the ease – you have the bust measurement of the models and bust circumfrence of the sample garment from the details of each pattern.  The difference is the ease.  I know it’s not spelled out for you nice and easy, but life isn’t always nice and easy, sometimes you have to figure it out yourself.


  18. I hope you all take notice and do not dismiss us as sour grapes. I love the gallery but miss the diversity of sizes. Even if no “plus” size (over size 10) model is not included none of these gals differ much. PLEASE include the larger women in your gallery. They make the gallery useful to all of us.

  19. I hope you all take notice and do not dismiss us as sour grapes. I love the gallery but miss the diversity of sizes. Even if no “plus” size (over size 10) model is not included none of these gals differ much. PLEASE include the larger women in your gallery. They make the gallery useful to all of us.

  20. I hope you all take notice and do not dismiss us as sour grapes. I love the gallery but miss the diversity of sizes. Even if no “plus” size (over size 10) model is not included none of these gals differ much. PLEASE include the larger women in your gallery. They make the gallery useful to all of us.

  21. I think this looks best on, once again, a very thin model because of the boxiness and sleeve length.  I like the lace design and would lengthen the sleeves to the wrist or shorten to just at the elbow and make it considerably longer.

    Jenn.suz.hoy is off the mark.  The models themselves are not being criticized for their body types.  There is indeed something someone can do about choosing diverse models, namely,  the powers that be at IP.

    CarolK, I have offered up creative solutions which fall on deaf ears.

    There is nothing wrong with criticizing a publication that is marketing targeted consumers.  IP would be advantaged to become more diverse.


  22. I love the color, but………..what is the design in the knitting?    It looks like it might be lacy, but cannot tell for sure.   And I love lace.    As a silouette the sweater is okay.     If I could distinguish the knitted design, I just might love it.

  23. Not my favourite sweater, maybe because I can’t make out the design very well due to the dark colour of yarn.

    And yes, it would be nice to see a larger sample knitted in addition to the smaller sample, and see them modelled on different sizes of women. It would also be nice to have this issue addressed so that we don’t have to wade through the same comments over and over again, gallery after gallery.

    Maybe the meanness of the comments stems from the frustration of the readers.

    Maybe IK isn’t even reading the comments.

    Maybe these galleries are just another method of advertising.

    Maybe everyone bothered by this problem should delay renewal of their subscriptions, regarless of how pretty the patterns are, until someone comes to check what the problem is… and fixes it!!

  24. I agree that these galleries are providing us with another opportunity to see the samples modeled on different women.  Obviously, the sample cannot fit on a “plus size” woman.  At least CarolK offered up a solution.  Otherwise, all the moaning and whining is soooo ungrateful and childish.  Has anyone noticed that this website is provided free of charge? 

    Although I am not “plus sized”, I still have to know my body type and what looks best based on the sweaters I own and the ones I try on in stores.  Yes, it requires some legwork from ALL of us the educate ourselves as to our most flattering looks.

    Someone said offers many plus-sized images.  I also go on ravelry when contemplating a new project to see how it looks on “real” women, and its really helpful.  Why not compare these styles to the ones that you find flattering on a plus sized woman to get an idea of the fit on you. 

    At the end of the day, the only way to know if the sweater is a true success is by trying on a finished sample on YOUR BODY in YOUR SIZE.  You have to actually knit it to do that, though.  There are wonderful resources out there regarding customizing your knits to your body, e.g. “Custom Knits” by Wendy Bernard. 

    Good luck and happy knitting!

  25. I, too, am disappointed in this gallery.  Free website or not, the question is, does IP want this website to be useful and appealing?  I appreciated the wider range of information provided in the old galleries. 

    As to the comments on the comments, I assume that IP wants more from the comments than just a ‘love-in’ about how great everything is.   Personally, I really appreciate seeing frank and honest views posted in the comments.  To call these comments ‘whining’ is very unfair and, in my opinion, a childish and (if it’s coming from any IP staff) very unprofessional response.

  26. Please put me in the (apparently small) love-these-galleries camp.  

    I can understand why plus-size women might want a more diverse group, but come on — enough of all the “real women” whining.  Real women come in every size, including tall and thin. When I look at a sample on a model in the magazine or in the gallery, I can make the mental adjustments for how it would look on me.  Don’t we all do this every time we look at a fashion photograph?  To expect IK to show sample on every possible body type is unrealistic.  

    To me the best part of these galleries is seeing how each woman styled the garments to suit themselves.  Good work, ladies!

  27. This is lovely and versatile. I agree with Toni’s comments on the length, but it looks like it was made for Kiera and Brenda. It kind of reminds me of photos of Jackie Kennedy, and I can almost see it in a very light rose pink – like that Chanel suit she was photo’d in. I LOVE the sleeve length – I am not a fan of the short sleeve, but have short arms and am always pushing sleeves up. The 3/4 sleeve is ideal for me. Once again, I would like to see this on a larger model – size 16-ish perhaps?

  28. Hi KDers! Just want you all to know that I am reading your comments and I’ll take them into account in the next galleries. I appreciate all of your opinions and value your input!

    I agree about the larger range of body types–we’ll try to do a better job for you!


  29. If IK would use a plus-size model in the actual magazine, then they’d have a larger-size sample to wear in the galleries and everyone’s problems would be solved!  We’d all be happy!  hint, hint.

    Beautiful sweater, would be nice to see it on someone with a proportionally larger bust or tummy, even within this size range, but hopefully IK has gotten the hint by now.

  30. Well, apart from not being able to write Keira’s name consistently (or is it Kiera? maybe someone should find out?), I sure wish there were at least 1 Gallery Gal with a large bust.

  31. I haven’t really looked at the site in several months because I can’t stand the new layout.  It is just visually assaulting, hard to figure out and just generally too much going on.  That pop up about subscribing (which I already do) drives me nuts. 

    I popped in today to look at the galleries (once I figured out how to find them) and they are simply not useful.  I know you’re sick of hearing it, but maybe if you hear it enough times it will CHANGE.  We know what -how to put this delicately- not terribly shapely people  look like in these garments.  In my opinion, the point of having these galleries is to show us what the garment would look like on DIFFERENTLY shaped women.  If I’m going to spend $100+ on yarn, I’d like to have some idea if this will be something I could actually WEAR.  I realize you are limited by your size-nothing sample garments, but maybe that’s what needs to change?  Most of the garments I see are clearly DESIGNED FOR and modeled by super small people and, unless shown differently, I can only assume it will look like crap on me so why would I bother to knit it?  I’ve seen pictures of many of the designers.  Perhaps if you would ask them to design a sweater FOR THEMSELVES you would get more useful garments that we could tell by the magazine picture whether it would work on us.  I personally don’t care to see actual plus sized models (size 18+).  I like to see healthy, fit looking women in magazines.  I don’t necessarily need to see a 50″ bust, but a size 38″ or 40″ would sure be refreshing.