Winter Knits 2008 Gallery: Blooming Cardigan

Interweave Knits Winter 2008

Blooming Cardigan

by Sarah Hoadley

(cover sweater from
Interweave Knits Winter 2008)

 40.5" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine; the images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.


 Interweave Gallery Gals
Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Annie Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Toni
Annie Toni
Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Meghan Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Sandi
Meghan Sandi
Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Stefanie Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Debbie
Stefanie Debbie
Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Bonnie Knitting Gallery - Blooming Cardigan Bonnie
Bonnie (belted) Bonnie (no belt)

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 does 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!


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51 thoughts on “Winter Knits 2008 Gallery: Blooming Cardigan

  1. I think it looks great on all of them, the girls who are a little heavier on top look best with it open, no belt. Worn that way, anyone could wear it, the thinner girls can use the belt, no problem. I personally would wear it no belt (since I’m a little heavier) but I love it and I love the color.

  2. The sleeves on this sweater are way too long! They would look better turned back on everyone – including the model in the magazine.

    This sweater definitely looks better on a longer-waisted body type (like me), at least with the belt. E.g. looks much better on Toni than on Stefanie. It’s also too long and hits at an unflattering place on Meghan.

    Also, only Toni and Annie can wear it with the bottom button buttoned. Of course, it’s too big for Annie, but it looks like the bottom ribbing might need to be a bit more generous.

  3. I fell in love with this cardigan as soon as I opened my mailbox. It looks terrific on all the body types, and being a short waisted, heavier person (I just had a gastric bypass, though) I think it is just the thing I want to knit for myself. I’m looking forward to starting it soon.

  4. This sweater looks better on all of them than I’d have thought and it doesn’t seem to add girth to any of them. A person with a matronly figure might be able to wear this garment. Perhaps folding the cuff back would overcome the extraordinary length of the sleeves.

  5. I think it fits Annie the best, although it doesn’t look like something that would be her style. The sleeves are way too long on everyone and for the others, it looks best without the belt.

    I like my sweaters a little looser and since I’m disproportionate, (smaller on the top than on the bottom), I wouldn’t particularly wear this sweater as belts seem to cut me in half, although I’m not short , I’m shortwaisted.

  6. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t like this sweater on ANYONE, including the cover model. I think it’s too long on most of the ladies, and it visually flattens them out and hides their shapes. To me, the length looks best on Stefanie because you can still see a little of her shape underneath, but the belt hits her too high (either she’s high-waisted, or the belt makes her look so, but it’s not quite at the right spot).

    Sandi, your new-ish haircut is really cute. I noticed it in your new sidebar photo right away.

  7. I like the sweater better without the belt. I think it adds bulk to an already bulky garment and breaks up the nice vertical lines of the side panels. In general, I think belts of that type are hard to carry off — especially for those of us who are oddly proportioned. I have a very long torso and inherited my Czech grandmother’s enormous bosom. My clothes must have either an empire waist or a drop waist because a “normal” waist makes me look like a big rectangle on legs.

  8. The sleeves need to be shortened. They are too long on all of the models. A sweater that is featured on the cover of a knitting magazine should have correctly sized sleeves.

  9. When I saw this sweater, I thought it was gorgeous, but figured I would never make it because I suspected it would look bulky on someone with a large bust like me. These photos confirm my suspicion.

  10. I loved this sweater as soon as I saw it and I hoped you would do one of these articles, so I could see the fit.

    I think this sweater looks great on everyone with a long waist, regardless of bust size. Like other folks have commented, I would not wear the belt and shorten the sleeves. I really think it looks just as nice on Annie as it does on Bonnie. If I was pressed to choose, I think it looks most ideal on Toni.

  11. This sweater doesn’t flatter anyone; everyone looks chunky in this sweater! It looks as if it were made backwards. It would be much more flattering to have the “bloom” panels in the center. With the panels at the side, it accentuates the width of each model’s figure.

  12. I agree with PaulaL. I thought this sweater would be unflattering on me and a lot of others because of its bulk that is accentuated by the bulky bloom panels and the belt. This gallery confirms that. I m 5’10, broad shoulders and large framed and I would look bigger and heavier in this. I thought it might look good on a slim small framed person, but it doesn’t flatter Annie either. The color is beautiful and looks nice on everyone. The sweater looks best on Bonnie (no belt) and Debbie.

  13. I don’t really like this on anybody. The sleeves are too long and it doesn’t seem to fit through the shoulders. It does look better without the belt but I think I will take a pass on this pattern…

  14. I’m firmly in the “don’t like it on anyone” camp. The sleeves are long, yes, but that is the one plus in my mind, as I have big long gorilla arms and would perhaps not have to recalculate anything. I think the bobbles make everyone look bulky and wide. The belt over that bulk is not even flattering on the thinnest of yoru gallery girls. It might be improved if the bobble bit ran along the button band and the stockinette bit down the sides? I dunno. I think it’s a real miss. Nice blue, though.

  15. I think it looks best on Bonnie – belted and not. Annie, too, but the sleeves are too long and it’s not really her style. Stefanie’s cardi is too short. Really, the belt only looks good on Bonnie. I really don’t “love” it on anyone even though it seems to fit everyone properly and is expertly knitted. I didn’t really like it on the cover model either. Just not my style.

  16. Sandi, you look absolutely gorgeous. But you should belt this sweater higher, above your natural waistline to balance your torso. This sweater actually looks best on Toni.

  17. I think that the sweater looks best on Annie, Debbie, and also Bonnie in the unbelted picture. Too often a sweater like this can make a person look heavier than she really is. Notice how much better the sweater looks on Bonnie when she does not button it or belt it. The strip of white from the shirt under the sweater tricks the eyes into seeing slim, but the button makes the sweater look as if it is too small. That gives the illusion that she is heavier than she really is.

  18. To my mind, the sweater looks far the best on Toni – the fit is neatest and most even, as far as proportions go and the colour is really nice on her.
    It’s ok on the others but I would think too bulky for most with all those bobbles. Also the straight cut doesn’t suit everyone, well, doesn’t enhance the best features, anyway! And this sweater needs to be generous enough and not pull ANYwhere without being a huge bag. Hmm. Difficult.

  19. To my mind, the sweater looks far the best on Toni – the fit is neatest and most even, as far as proportions go and the colour is really nice on her.
    It’s ok on the others but I would think too bulky for most with all those bobbles. Also the straight cut doesn’t suit everyone, well, doesn’t enhance the best features, anyway! And this sweater needs to be generous enough and not pull ANYwhere without being a huge bag. Hmm. Difficult.

  20. Darn that Debbie! She looks good in everything! I liked it unbelted on Bonnie. Annie and Toni looked good, too. I thought the collat made Stefanie’s shoulders look wide. It was too small for Meghan to wear buttoned, and too short for Sandie! What a fabulous color! I wouldn’t make this for me–all the bobbly things are too much. But it’s a pretty sweater.

  21. Sorry but I do not like this sweater. I would not spend the time or money to make it because it looks like sweaters made in acrylic that you can buy anywhere. I am not saying I wouldn’t wear it but I prefer either classic or funky (original ) type sweater patterns if I am making it.

  22. My 2 cents worth:
    1. gorgeous garment, beautifully designed, beautifully knitted’
    2. YOU LOOK MAHVELOUS, DAHLING!! (Sandi) You look younger, prettier and your new haircut makes you look so professional and “put together”. You’re inspiring me to get this weight off!
    3. I’m firmly in the “It looks GOOD on everyone” camp. I would definitely wear this. It’s an OUTER garment and I would not expect it to define every curve. I think it is flattering on every person shown.
    4. I would skip the bobbles completely. In every case, I think they are ugly and just add bulk to garments. I omit them from any pattern I knit.
    5. I agree that the sleeves should be cuffed on all of the models (or if they knit it for themselves they might want to shorten them). I am with a previous poster in having gorilla arms so this would probably be a rare pattern that I would NOT have to modify the sleeves.
    Great pattern, well deserving of its cover shot.

  23. I lke the sweater best on Bonnie, worn open and without the belt. I agree the sleeves are too long. But having short arms, I usually have to turn the cuff up on all of my sweaters. For myself, this would definitely be a casual weekend sweater to be worn with jeans. I wouldn’t wear it to work.

  24. Sandy, I was going to say how much I liked your new picture, but now I see the reason why (big smile here) I lost 15 lbs. this year too.
    On to the sweater, I like it closed on Annie only. Open on Bonnie. That’s more my body shape, being Apache I have hips. I don’t wear belts on sweaters unless they’re long, like a robe.
    Luckily for me I like sleeves long so I’d be good there.


  25. This is Stephanie’s sweater – Annie’s too. They are the only ones flattered by this garment. Both look lovely in it although I would shorten the sleeves for both ladies. The bulkiness is my concern as it is with several other readers. The panels add bulk & draw attention where I suspect most wearers would choose to minimize their size, not emphasize it. It’s just too much sweater on most models, although the color is quite flattering to everyone.

  26. I’m not a fan of this project; I didn’t like it on the model, and I don’t like it on too many people here either. The main reason: I think it’s too busy, and it distracts attention from the wearer. If anyone has to wear it, though, it definitely looks best on the more buxom gals, who have a chance of wearing IT, instead of it wearing THEM. Meghan and Sandi are the only ones who can get away with this sweater.

  27. I love bulky sweaters but I personally don’t like this sweater and would never knit it. Annie can pull it off because she is so slim. Debbie seems to look good in everything. The placement of the bobbles draws the eye to the widest parts of the body. ick!

  28. Now see, I don’t like this one at all either. Another poster called it “busy”, I agree. On Annie it hangs loose and she might be able to wear it, instead of it wearing her. On Debbie, who has narrow shoulders, the vertical lines flare out a bit from top to bottom, softening the overwhelming boxiness of it. On everybody else, it’s just too much and, sorry, I think it makes everybody look fat.

  29. I’ll join MelissaC’s minority: I don’t think this sweater flatters anyone. But I really appreciate seeing it modeled since it really brings the point home that I would never make this sweater.

  30. Everyone needs to lose the belt. The sleeves need shortened on everyone. Annie and Toni are the only ones who should button the sweater. Other than that, I think everyone can wear this one and the denim color looks great on all, espcially Meghan.