Winter Knits Gallery 2008: Climbing Vines Pullover

Interweave Knits Winter 2008

Climbing Vines Pullover

by Joëlle Meier Rioux

(from Interweave Knits Winter 2008)

 38" 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 - Climbing Vines Pullover Annie Knitting Gallery - Climbing Vines Pullover Toni
Annie Toni
Knitting Gallery - Climbing Vines Pullover Bonnie Knitting Gallery - Climbing Vines Pullover Stefanie
Bonnie Stefanie
Knitting Gallery - Climbing Vines Pullover Meghan Knitting Gallery - Climbing Vines Pullover Debbie
Meghan Debbie

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!


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, Sweaters

40 thoughts on “Winter Knits Gallery 2008: Climbing Vines Pullover

  1. I would really like to see this sweater in all of it’s different sizes on women for whom those sizes were meant to fit. Putting a 36″ sweater on a 42″ or 32″ woman doesnt really help.

  2. This is Annie’s sweater – color, fit, sleeve length, everything.

    The sleeves are a difficult length. On Debbie they look like long sleeves that shrank in length – I would have the same problem.

    I also like it without the layering, which I find distracting and not attractive on many of the others.

  3. I agree – the sweater is beautiful on Annie. But seriously, does Toni have to look great in EVERYTHING?!?! I have yet to see her in something unflattering! (Although, lose the undershirt for this sweater)

  4. I agree with KellyKubicz – the models should wear sizes that are made to fit their bodies. I understand that knitting multiple sizes would increase your work load, but it sure would help getting a better idea of how the correct size sweater looks on different body types. I am a plus size woman and would make this sweater for me.

  5. Yes, Annie totally owns this sweater. It appears by looking at the models, regardless of the size the knitter chooses to work, the sweater needs to hang from the shoulders and drape nicely over the bust without any pulling, and drape over the hips. If it were knit to be fitted in the bust and at the hipline I think it would make the wearer seem bulky because there isn’t a tapered waist. This is why it looks so nice on the magazine model, Annie and Toni. With adjustments it would look nice on Stephanie and Bonnie. With a few more adjustments to take in the waist it would also be beautiful on Meghan and Debbie, since the neckline is really flattering to all of the models. I would choose this for myself since I don’t have the bust necessary to make most other sweaters flattering. Whine, whine.

  6. To me, it looks best without the layering. Most of them look pretty in the sweater, but Annie wears it better than the original model does. Seeing it on her and the others opens my mind to the possibilities of this design. I didn’t care for it in the magazine.

  7. Because of the asymmetrical nature of this sweater, I think it looks flattering on all the models. Sure the sleeves, shoulder caps, etc. could use some tweaking on some of the bodies, but overall this silhouette looks great!

  8. I agree that the sweater looks best on Annie. And I’m glad to see the new pictures, because I didn’t care for the majority of the projects in the Winter Interweave as they were photographed for the magazine. This one actually looks like something that would be fun to wear — although I’d ditch the three-quarter-length sleeves for long ones.

  9. This does look good on everyone–even in the wrong size! With my plus size in my bust and tummy, this probably would look good with zero to -1″ of ease in the bust, and I like the 3/4 sleeve about where it hits on Annie.

  10. While Annie does look great in most everything, this is not “her” sweater. It is too shapeless for her small frame. IMHO Bonnie hits this one out of the park.

  11. These galleries are so helpful — thank you. While I’m okay with not seeing the sweater in every size — that does seem like a prohibitive amount of work — what I do miss from past galleries is a note for each wearer as to their measurements. The big help for me is knowing how much ease gives a particular fit for a sweater.

  12. I think this is one of the more flattering sweaters you’ve featured. It looks pretty good on everyone. I’d like to know how much ease is on each of models though. I think it looks better without layering because layering adds bulk. I’m wondering how big the lace holes are and whether too much shows through without an underlayer

  13. I think this sweater looks good on everyone, much more so than the Ropes & Picots cardi. Seeing it here, I think I should make it for myself.

    What makes it look good? The vertical “lift” due to the knit-in pattern, I think, plus the color is very complementary to everyone except Meghan, just because of the clash with her hair color.

    I’m surprised the unusual neckline looks (well, to me) good on every wearer.

  14. I love this sweater and in fact it’s the only one in the mag that really said “Knit me”. I think it looks great but on the girls with bigger “girls” it does seem to pull the leaves pattern out a bit. I think that you could solve this with some short rows so the girls have a little more room and the leaves can sit the way they are supposed to.

  15. I think Annie wears this sweater bests of the bunch. The shoulders look a little “off” on everyone and I’m not sure why. And the neckline can’t seem to decide whether it’s a scoop or a crew or what… needs soem tweaking to my mind. I love the leaf pattern and would definitely add it to something else.

  16. I love this sweater, but, after seeing it on the models, I think Annie is the only one it looks perfect on. I think the off center pattern could not be worn by a big busted girl like myself.

  17. I noticed when the mag arrived that all the sample garments appear to be in larger sizes than in previous IKs… therefore I think all the models look better in the sample garments than in previous galleries. Very few people (and none that I know) are in the 30-34″ bust range, so I think these new samples are far more realistic. On the whole, I think the models look better in more generous sizes, more positive ease for everyone, please!! All knitted goods look better on well-proportioned bodies, big bust, tummy or hips is a fundamental problem with this kind of garment and can easily look bulky. The very slim with hardly any body fat all look good (Annie…). But lovely as they are, are they “real women”?!!

  18. Everyone looked good in this sweater, but Debbie and Annie looked best. I’d need longer sleeves. I find 3/4 length sleeves annoying. Great color. I wouldn’t normally go for such a deeply scooped neckline, but I rather like this one.

  19. I think it looks good on everyone, but Bonnie carries it best. This is my favorite kind of knit, not too complicated, but with an bit of detail to keep it interesting. I’ve purchased yarn for this one!

  20. This sweater is Toni’s color and Annie’s fit! The only one that I think it fails to flatter is Meghan. It may be the inappropriateness of the color for her that is distracting me or she may need a bigger size. Otherwise, I think everyone else could wear it with minor tweaking.

    I loved this pattern from the first time I saw it. I think it would look good on me. I prefer 3/4 sleeves and these would probably hit me just right. My only gripe about this pattern (and I have this gripe about 9 out of every 10 pullovers I see these days)- What’s with the 3 foot wide neck?? I think every model shown would spend the entire day of wearing this sweater trying to keep it on her shoulders and keep her bra straps covered. I understand the urge to layer (even though this sweater looks MUCH better without the layers) just to keep from showing your girlie bits every time you bend over! I would have to choke that neck BIG TIME before I would feel comfortable wearing it. Other than that, it would be a great sweater to make and wear and would dress up and down quite nicely.

  21. I think this sweater looks best on Stephanie. It’s a good fit, not too loose and not too snug. The neckline isn’t gaping or too low. The body and sleeve length also seem right for her.

  22. This sweater is a winner. It looks better on all of the Gallery Gals than it did on the model in the magazine. And it not only looks good on all of them, it looks GREAT on all of them. The neckline is a bit big for Debbie, but other than that, great.

  23. this looks good on Annie who has classical delicate features and can sport flowers easy. it would age other girls her age but is good on her and its shape is good on her since she has an hourglass figure on the slim side.

  24. I like this sweater on Annie. I don’t like the color on Toni, but sweater is okay. I agree with the crowd, this one really needs to be sized right. Doesn’t flatter everyone, which I thought this one would.

  25. I think the neckline and fit across the shoulders is an issue for several of the models, especially Debbie and Meghan. It takes fairly broad shoulders to manage the wide neckline while still having the sleeve cap fit properly. I really like this sweater, and would try it for myself. Clearly, I would need to check the sleeve length against a sweater I already own. If the sleeves are intended to come to the wrist, it looks like they are designed to be too short for most people.

  26. In spite of the issue with the shoulders I thought this sweater loved Debbie the most. The leaf motif design running down the front looks good and the fit on the torso is great. It’s a happy sweater for her, and it’s an awesome color for her. Annie comes in second as looking good in the sweater.

  27. I find it quite remarkable that a major magazine can accept for publication a pattern that is not only a copy of an already well known contemporary pattern, ie Pull #460-T6-275 by Phildar, but is also an such an inferior copy.

    Shame on you, Interweave Kints!

  28. This looks best on Bonnie. If Annie, Debbie and Toni went down one size it would be great on them too. Most unflattering on Stefani and Meghan. The color suits all of them quite well.