Knitscene Fall 2008 Riding to Avalon

Gallery: Riding to Avalon by Connie Chang Chinchio

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

Riding to Avalon

Sample garment shown measures 34.75".

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Toni   Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Toni


Her bust: 33.5"
1.25" positive ease

Size: Love it! Sleeves: Good. Unless Toni wanted them to come to her knuckles (also a cute look), these are fine. Waist: Could be just a bit lower so the shape sits more easily on her hips. Length: Great. Hood: Someone please call Hollywood, because we have a gorgeous blonde elf woman here for their next installment of Tolkien.

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Amy


Her bust: 39"
4.25" negative ease

Size: Why does Amy look adorable in every single sweater, even if it's too small for her? I don't know, but she must have inherited the Adorable Gene. All right, back to business: This size is too tight on her, so there are two options, depending on how Amy would like the hoodie to fit: she could go for the 38.75", which would be a smidgeon of negative ease, or she could go for the 42.75", which would give her some room and fit more comfortably (especially if she wanted to wear a shirt underneath). I think the larger size, with the extra positive ease, would be more cloak-ish, and look more as Connie The Designer intended it to. Sleeves: The sleeve length here is perfect! Look how it comes down to her knuckles–I love that look. Waist: There is very gentle waist shaping in this hoodie, and I think in the larger size, it would fall at a better place on Amy. Currently, it is too high, almost under her bustline. Hood: The hood height is fine, but the depth (front to back) seems a bit shallow–see how it doesn't quite come over her hairline? If it's too shallow, she'd feel as though it were always falling off; plus, it would not give her any coverage for her eyes and face in the rain. That might be remedied in the larger size; if not, she could add increases as described below for Debbie. Length: Whoo! Short. At least an inch, if not two, longer would be good.

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Kat   Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Kat


Her bust: 40"
5.25" negative ease

Size: This is quite curve-fitting on Kat–see how the waistband of her jeans shows through? I'd recommend the 42.75" for comfort and breathing room! A larger size would also give her more room in the armhole, which right now looks a bit tight. Sleeves: On the one hand (sorry…), Kat works with her hands quite a bit, so a sleeve that comes to her knuckles might get in her way too much. However, Kat loves period details in clothing, so the longer sleeves might be fun for her! Either way, I think the sleeves need to come down at least to cover her wrists. Length: She needs about an inch to an inch and a half more, methinks. Hood: I just love these "hood-up" photos. There's something about the way a hood frames the face that just brings out the loveliness in all these models. Perhaps that's why we love hoodies in the first place–they are lovely, knitted frames for the best part of each of us. Well. Anyway. This hood is a bit short on Kat–she has a longish neck, but she also has long hair and likes to wear it up a lot, so she needs extra height in the hood. ("Gimme extra height in the hood, baby." Yeah, right. I am soooo street.) This would be accomplished by adding extra rows before beginning to shape the top. She could also throw in some extra increase rows to add more depth as for Debbie below. Voila!

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Debbie   Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Debbie


Her bust: 34.5"
0.25" positive ease

Size: Absotively Too Cute. If Debbie wanted to wear this just as is, it is really adorable. If she wanted it looser, so she could wear something underneath, or just have a more comfy fit, then she could go up a size. Sleeves: Great length. Hood: The height is good, but the depth seems a bit shallow. The hood depth is created by working an increase row every few rows; to increase the depth, she could either work (a) more increase rows (and work them more frequently, so the shaping remains over the same vertical distance) or (b) work more increases on each increase row. (The first option would make the shaping a bit more gentle than the second.) Length: I think it's perfect!

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Stefanie   Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Stefanie


Her bust: 34"
0.75" positive ease

Size: I love this! (Stefanie loved it too; I thought we were never going to get her out of it.) The closer fit and styling matches Stefanie's slightly edgier, more artistic, personal style. Sleeves: Great length. Waist: I think the waist shaping needs to be dropped a bit to match Stefanie's natural waist. Length: This cropped length suits Stefanie's love of the layered look, but for warmth, she might want the hoodie a bit longer. Hood: Adorable. The shape of the hood opening exactly matches the shape of Stef's face…sooo pretty.

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Sandi   Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Sandi


Her bust: 40"
5.25" negative ease

Size: Although this is cute as is, I would make at least the 42.75" so I could have a bit of positive ease to play with. Waist: I think it is a bit high in this smaller size, so for the larger size, I'd do some measuring and compare with the schematic. Sleeves: I'd like mine a bit longer, down around my knuckles, so I would check the measurements of the larger size and adjust accordingly. Length: More, please. The larger size would probably help with this. Hood: Someone make a second call to Hollywood, 'cuz this time we have ourselves a gen-u-iiine Hobbit.

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Erin   Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Erin


Her bust: 38"
3.25" negative ease

Size: Wow. Um. Does the phrase "close fitting" apply here? Yep. The next size up, 38.75" would be much more comfortable for Ms. Erin. (The 42.75" size would be almost five inches of positive ease, which is a bit much.) Sleeves: She needs about another two or three inches here. And just a wild thought: Since Erin's arms are so long, what if she made the textured cuff section a bit longer, long enough to add one more button? Remember that in clothing, it is often the proportions as well as the actual sizing which one must pay attention to. Longer arms might look more graceful with longer embellished cuffs. It would be something to try, right? Waist: Well. The larger size will definitely help here, but the waist probably will still need to come down a bit. Length: She needs to add about four, possibly five inches at the hem. Hood: Tall folk often have longer necks, and this is the case with Ms. Erin. Extra rows would need to be added before the top shaping to add height. Also: A deeper hood would help to balance the extra height, so Erin could add increases to add depth as explained for Debbie.

Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Bertha   Knitting Gallery - Riding to Avalon Bertha


Her bust: 34"
0.75" positive ease

Size: Awww. This is very, very cute on Ms. B. She doesn't wear layers much, so this is a good size for her. Sleeves: Next question, please. Waist: Looks a bit high here. I'd bring it down a couple of inches. Hood: I just couldn't resist that photo. (Poor Bertha. The things she has to put up with from me.)

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29 thoughts on “Knitscene Fall 2008 Riding to Avalon

  1. This sweater alone will make this issue worth purchasing! And I have to say, it’s the one in the gallery that looks the best on all of your models, too.

    BTW — why is every sweater we’ve seen in various shades of oatmealy beige? Come on, just because we’re knitting for fall doesn’t mean we have to be afraid of real colors, do we? A little green, a little blue, a little rosy red, and even Bertha would be smiling. 🙂

  2. The sweater is great, but the color doesn’t do much for anyone, at least in my opinion. I agree with MirandaJ about the various shades of “oatmealy beige.” Let’s brighten things up just a bit, what do you say?

  3. This one looks good on everyone! Sure, there are a couple of models who might like to breathe a bit easier, but I’m sure it would look great in a larger size, too!

    This one’s a keeper.

  4. Ok, maybe this is a dumb newbie question to ask… but how do I know how it will look on me BEFORE i sit down and whip up a sweater in a sample size? I’ve done a few sweaters where I measured and adjusted and it mostly fit, but still didn’t look perfect. How do I know where the waist shaping will fall in relation to The Girls? How do I adjust for a short waist but personal taste that likes long sweaters? Helllllp!

  5. I absolutely love this sweater – it’s adorable. I will definitely be knitting this one, and soon. Now if I can just find Knitscene in a local bookstore…it hasn’t quite made it to the newstands here yet. The one thing I would change are the buttons – maybe it’s just the photos, but they don’t do the sweater justice because they look too average (and too modern). I would try to find some buttons that keep the medieval flavor – I don’t know what that is exactly, but I’ll know it if I see it.

  6. Not only is the text very informative but the light and humorous tone in which it is written makes it a really pleasant read. I’m not much for hoodies, but the models show this sweater off at its very best. I agree on the color issue. I think only blondes and redheads carry off beige and brown well. Thanks for these galleries — I look forward to them with each new issue.

  7. I look forward to these galleries so much. Not only is the text very informative, but the humor is great! I agree on the color issue — I think that beige or brown can be worn very well by blondes and redheads. I have dark hair and I feel most attractive in bright colors. And after all the time it takes to knit such a beautiful sweater, I want to be noticed when I wear it!

  8. I’m with you, MaliaM. Adjusting is swell, but knitting isn’t quite like tayloring where one is expected to sew a practice/muslin jacket or other garment. The recommended yarn is usually expensive (by my lights) and a really nice sweater has lots of detail — hardly something one just whips up of an evening or even a weekend. The gallery has already demonstrated that just because it looks like a box, doesn’t mean it will drape like one.

  9. I love the style of this sweater – it does look like one that will suit a lot of body types. I’m kind of glad that many of the sweaters are done in neutral colors this time. When you discuss the sweaters, could you also remind us what the yarn is (or include the direct link to the preview page)? I don’t have the magazine yet and I like to know what kind of yarn to be thinking about. I think I know now how to measure and adjust for my body shape, but I really haven’t a clue about the hood, especially since I don’t know how this one is constructed (yet). Sounds like it’s from the neck up?

  10. I love that sweater. I always wanted to knit something with shell buttons. However I don’t have that knitscene issue and rather expensive for a single order for overseas. I’ll be watching the PDF downloads closely;)

  11. I have enjoyed the galleries very much as well. I am with the women who asked about how to go about measuring for these things before knitting. The idea of finding some of these measures is confusing for many I am sure. Perhaps you have a place on the site somewhere that explains this already as well as recommended ease amounts. I am new an have not found this yet. Perhaps a link at the end of each gallery to such a page would help.

  12. I want to agree with two previous comments …let’s spice up the color. Grey and beige are much too drab for most people. And, the buttons used on the sample seem too big or not the correct style for the tone of the sweater. Overall, though, I LOVE this one…


  13. Did Sandi lose a bunch of weight?!?! She’s melting away and this hoodie shows it. I agree with her comments that some positive ease would have been nice, but it still looks great!

  14. Darn you, Debbie, darn you!! Are you completely incapable of looking bad in ANYTHING??

    Whoo! Now that I got that off my chest, I really like the Riding to Avalon Hoodie. I agree with the others that have suggested another color for this. It would be awesome in a light, buttery yellow. Or red. Or blue or green. Or pretty much any other color the mind can imagine.

  15. I too, love these galleries, but wonder about correcting measurements BEFORE I start knitting. I inhaled your waist shaping series so I feel confident about the lower part of the sweater but am wondering if there is a schematic for the hood. Otherwise how would you know if it needed adjustments?

  16. Love this. Can’t wait for the issue.

    In response to all the complaints about the ‘drab’ colours. I like the tones because it lets me see more easily what the actual garment is like, rather than just being bowled over by a great colour/yarn.

    Also, you had to be pretty upper end to afford colour in the medieval period, so the natural shades have a certain accuracy to them 🙂

  17. I love love love this sweater. I think I’ll make the 34″ size for a couple inches of negative ease and then add some bust darts to keep from looking like a stuffed sausage (not that any of the lovely gallery girls look anything but super chic)!

    About the color: I actually really like the color, and I think all the browns in the magazine make for a cozy, cohesive feel. If you don’t like the color the sample is done in, pick a different color! That’s what makes knitting so fun!

    Also, I don’t know who this gets directed to, but when I click the “general suggestions for customization” at the top of the page, I am directed to the Ivy League Vest page. Is this correct? It doesn’t seem so, since the IL Vest (pretty as it is) fits differently than most sweaters. Anyway, just wanted to point that out.

    Thanks Sandi and all the Gallery Girls!

  18. How can I get a free pattern for a hoodie? I have tried to get a copy of “central park hoodie” but can’t find it anywhere. can any help as I am on a very limited budget. If i buy the pattern, I can’t afford the yarn and vice-versa. So if anyone could help, I would appreciate it very, very much. If anyone needs a pattern that I have, I’d be more than happy to exchange with you.
    Thank you.

  19. I love this sweater (although not the color – couldn’t the yarn companies send yarn for the sample garments in COLORS rather than drab beiges and browns?). I love the stitch and button detailing. Great weekend sweater!

  20. I just ordered the wool for the A. Bodice (can’t recall the correct name) in a luscious claret color with the center portion done up in 3 (I hope!) harmonious tones, while working on the gypsy dolman featured in the Winter07/Spring 08 issue of KnitScene. The sample for the Dolman was also done up in an expensive but drab taupe color in Naturally Tussock DK yarn. I could not afford to spend in the neighborhood of $120 US for this so substituted Debbie Mumm Reminiscence in a yummy butterscotch color, on sale at JoAnn fabrics for $1.97/skein. I needed to use an H versus G hook to get the right gauge (note that this garmet does not need to be fitted, so switching yarns is not that risky, especially at this price). I must also note here that except for edgings and things, I have not crocheted in about 20 years or so, and it is going splendidly. I forgot how FAST crocheted projects go!

    I sit here in a sea of neutral colors (pieces of almost finished projects in various tones of linen, oatmeal, confetti speckled oatmeal, etc.) thinking of what wonderful color to use for this awesome hoodie. Now I can stop stressing about which color to choose for the Kaftan shown a few days ago, which I can’t really afford anyway.

    We are in the midst of a horrible heat wave with heat indices up around 100-105 F, and my husband wonders what all this knitting iand guffawing is about. He really would NOT understand about Bertha.

  21. Adding next item to knit this sweater, however, I am going to lengthen the waist line down to the thigh area to cover up and keep warmer. And I think it would look glorious in a earthen tone of browns and greys. Cannot wait, excitement, excitement, knit, knit and away. Thanks to everyone. And I cannot wait for the book “French Girl Knits”. That is the style I truly enjoy and wish Interweave would have more books on these types and styles of clothing. Have a great week!