Toni: Find The Best Sweater Type for Her

Interweave Knits Winter 2008


Shoulders a bit narrower than hips

High waist and longish torso

Subtle, less defined hourglass shape

Killer smile and beautiful complexion

Knitting Gallery - Climbing Vines Pullover Toni Knitting Gallery - Ropes and Picots Cardigan Toni

Climbing Vines Pullover
from Knits Winter 2008
Climbing Vines Gallery page

Color matches the roses in her cheeks!
Ribbing at hem does not emphasize hips
Vines help give more "curve appeal"
Feminine style is perfect for Toni's own style

Ropes and Picots Cardigan
from Knits Winter 2008
Ropes and Picots Gallery page

Petite styling is in proportion to her body
High hem helps take eyes away from hips
Delicate front details match her style
Perfect amount of positive ease on her

Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Toni Knitting Gallery - Manchester Jacket Toni

Blooming Cardigan
from Knits Winter 2008
Blooming Cardigan Gallery page

Bobble panel at sides lengthens her without adding width
Belt hits at a natural point and defines curves
Collar widens shoulders and frames face

Manchester Jacket
from Knits Winter 2008
Manchester Jacket Gallery page

Collar widens shoulders and frames face
Waist detail defines curves
Flared hem shapes without adding too much shape!

Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover

Shows off the pretty dart at the center back which helps define curves even more

Dainty Pinstripes Pullover
from Knits Winter 2008
Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Gallery page

Darts define curves and give shape
Wide neckline frames face
Narrow ribbing at hips does not add bulk
Stripes show off her height

Knitting Gallery - Little Blue Sweater Sandi Knitting Gallery - Victoria Yoke Pullover Toni

Afterthought Darts Cardigan
from Knits Fall 2008
Afterthought Darts Cardigan Gallery page

Slender silhouette shows off her curves
Darts help define her waist
Wide neckline widens shoulder area

Victoria Yoke Pullover
from Knits Winter 2008
Victoria Yoke Pullover Gallery page

Gorgeous color on her!
All details are in proportion to her size
Smooth fabric lets her figure shine through
Tiny hem details define but do not call attention to hips
Waist shaping and sleeves show off her "hourglass" style!


Knitting Gallery -  Braided Pullover Toni Knitting Gallery - Opulent Raglan Toni  

Braided Pullover
from Knits Fall 2008
Braided Pullover Gallery page

Side ribbing helps define curves
V-neck frames her face
Collar detail balances hips
Front cable also helps lend curviness

Opulent Raglan
from Knitscene Fall 2008
Opulent Raglan Gallery page

Beautiful front panel leads up to her face
Sleeve detail helps create balance & curve
No extra details at hem to draw eyes to hips
Feminine style matches Toni's own style


Here are some questions to consider as you look at these photos:

  • How do you think the garment compliments each woman's individual body type and personal style?
  • Which body type would this garment look best on?
  • If you wanted to knit a sweater straight out of the magazine, with no pattern adjustments except for sleeve and hem length, would this be the sweater for you and your body type?
  • Would it fit your personal style?

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


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Knitting Patterns

51 thoughts on “Toni: Find The Best Sweater Type for Her

  1. I like the Ropes and Picots Cardigan best on Toni.

    The Dainty Pinstripes is a good shape, but she’d need different colors. I’m going to make mine in plum and a golden-tan color.

  2. She looks at least decent in almost all of them – her high waist probably helps her with the Manchester Jacket, because it comes closer to her natural waistline. But I cannot get over how good she looks in the Victoria Yoke Pullover.

  3. I thinks she looks absolutely adorable in the Opulent Raglan! The Braided Pullover, Afterthought Darts Cardigan and Dainty Pinstripes Pullover are also really great on her.

  4. Just based on fit, I vote for the Dainty Pinstripes Pullover but the color is too pale for her – I think that color washes her out. The subtle stripes elongate her body & hug her curves in the right ways, while many of the other garments look too boxy on her (in my opinion).

  5. the victoria yoke pullover is stunning on her. the color-wow. i think the opulent raglan just looks like something she would really like, another color definitely, but it just looks like her style.

  6. Wow….She looks sooo good in many of them. The Victoria Yoke Pullover, however, shows off the curves she does have and creates the look of more. I also like the Dainty Pinstripes Pullover….the change from the stripes to basic at her waist defines it and creates visual curves. I also like the Braided Pullover. It attracts attention to her face. And it gives her a very sophisticated look.

  7. Ropes and Picots Cardigan. It is no longer the box that it seems to be on many others. The length is perfect and there is a drape that emphasizes her waist that is most becoming. The open neckline flatters her face.

  8. Ropes and Picots is fantastic, and…bonus…it ramps up her bust! It makes her figure look more hourglass, still in a delicate way. Very nice. Climbing Vines looks good on her, although I think she’s a bit lost in it (knit smaller size?) I think she’s a bit overwhelmed in all the cardigans except Ropes and Picots, and especially the coat. Opulent Raglan looks good on her, and she looks very happy wearing it, so it’s even more flattering.

  9. She looks darling in all of them. So heres my question, are we supposed to pick the one that looks the best without any adjusting? I thnk the braided pullover is great on her but the sleeve is a wee bit long. The ropes and picot cardigan is also really great, the colour is very good for her besides the fit.

  10. I like her best in the Victoria Yoke. Great color for her and great (but not excessive) emphasis of her assets. I like how the Ropes and Picot fits her but don’t like the colour on her. The Opulent Raglan is sweetly feminine on her and the colour flatters her hair, pulls up the undertones and makes the highlights shinier. Same for the colour of the Braided Pullover, but I think the sweater is the wrong size or the wrong proportions for her.

  11. Gosh – she’s cute in all of them! I think I like the Opulent Raglan the best, but it’s a hard choice. The Dainty Pinstripes is cute on her, but not in that color.

  12. Oh yes the victoria yoke! I am so jealous because I could never carry anything resembling a turtleneck off, nor anything that is form-fitting. The color looks best on her too.

  13. I just love the Afterthoughts Darts Cardigan on her! The fit looks like it was made just for her. This is also true of the Dainty Stripes Sweater, but the color just washes her out.

    I would like to see the Victoria Yoke Pullover a bit longer on her, to balance her waste. Otherwise, it’s beautiful.

  14. The Braided Pullover is fantastic on her, as is the Ropes and Picots. I love the galleries – seeing what looks good on a wider variety of women gives me hope that it would look good on me too.

  15. Love love love the Victoria Yoke Pullover; man, she looks *gorgeous* in it. Also like the Braided Pullover, Manchester Jacket, and the Climbing Vines Pullover for her, but I must say, the Victoria Yoke Pullover she looks great in–wow, that color. I saw a comment saying if she made it for herself, she might make it a little longer, and I agree, though I also like the semi-cropped effect.

  16. I think the color and style of the Blooming Cardigan look great on Toni; it’s a great color and casual look. But for dressier occasions, she should wear that Victoria Yoke Pullover — va va va voom!

  17. Toni is the first person to look great in the Manchester Jacket, but most particularly she is stunning in the victorian yoke, I think it’s the red color that makes her pop!

  18. Toni’s long waist makes the belt of the Blooming Cardigan sit perfectly on her, as does the rest of the garment. The only gallery gal to be flattered by this pattern. And what’s with all the love over the Victorian Yoke? Almost everyone looks strangled by the tight high neck, although the yarn color and stitch pattern of the yoke are gorgeous indeed.

  19. First, Victoria Yoke, then Afterthoughts Darts a close second. Ropes a Picots would look better with waist shaping. And, yes to the Opulent Raglan (in a different color).

  20. I haven’t liked the Victorian Yoke on anyone except Toni, but I like the Braided Pullover best on her. Ropes and Picots actually fit her. I think both the cardigan and the jacket are too baggy on her.

  21. The first thing that strikes me about Toni is her beautiful delicate coloring. I would choose a delicate, soft color for her, such as the beautiful pink in the Climbing Vines or lavender in the Manchester Jacket, or a soft blue. The color of the Braided Vines is very nice.

    As for sweater styles, I would choose the Braided Pullover or the Ropes and Picots(but not the green, a different color.) I don’t like the intense red of the Victorian Raglan on her at all, although she looks very pretty in this shape sweater.

  22. Toni looks wonderful in so many of these sweaters, it’s hard to choose a favorite! if pressed, I would pick the Victoria Yoke Pullover. The shape is beautiful on her, as is the color. The high neck draws the eye right to her finest asset–that lovely smile.

  23. I am amazed how much what these ladies are wearing underneath their sweaters totally affects how they look. the victoria sweater in red is really ruined with the white tank below. I guess it makes us all aware that it is important what we wear under our sweater as much as how they fit us.

  24. I love the opulent raglan for Toni but in the color of the victorian sweater – that vivid crimson looks killer on her. the taupe of the raglan sweater also looks lovely on Toni – the only one I didn’t really care for was the thin knit and that was because the color washed her out. Ah, to be thin and look good in any and every thing….

  25. Four of these look fabulous on Toni: Climbing Vines, Ropes & Picots, Victoria Rope and Braided Pullover. All others don’t do her justice. What a lovely smile, hair and skin!

  26. If I were Toni I would be sporting a sweater every day. She looks particularly good in both the Ropes and Picot cardi and everyone’s fave Victoria Yolk. Strangeley, I never thought a person who looked goos in that style of boxy cardigan could also look smashing in a tight fitting pullover. How wrong I was. One more thing the arms of the Opulent Raglan – they look really good on her. They are fanciful and playful, but not the least silly.

  27. I am sure you are way past counting votes on this but I will put in my votes as well. I like her in the braided pullover tied with the ropes and picot cardi. I like the neckline on the pinstrips pullover but would like to see it on her in a different color. Unlike most I don’t much care for the Victoria Yoke–maybe it is the short sleeves and the high neck combo.

  28. Victoria Yoke has my vote. She looks amazing! Where di dyou ladies find time to knit so many such pretty things in such a short time? It takes me a month to knit a sweater.