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Knitscene Fall 2008 Dirndl Raglan

Jul 16, 2008
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Gallery: Dirndl Raglan by Amanda Furlan

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!

Dirndl Raglan

Sample garment measures 38.25".

 
Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Toni   Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Stefanie

Toni

Her bust: 33.5"
4.75" positive ease

Size: This size makes a nice, cozy, comfy weekend sweater on Toni...but it's really too big on her (see the underarms? see how the shoulders hang off of her? Yep). The next size down, 35", is really going to fit her better. Length: The next size down is going to be 1.75" shorter, which will help--this size is too long on Toni, at least in my opinion. I think she could easily bring the hem up by two or three inches. If the cabled hem sat right at her hips it would help to balance the top of the sweater better. Sleeves: Here, they are too long--they pull the eye downwards and emphasize Toni's hips, instead of highlighting the curve at her waist and helping to keep the eye moving up towards her face. You want the beginning of the cuff to sit just about an inch or so below the elbow. It's about a half-inch to an inch too long on Toni. Also, note that the sleeves overall are a bit too full--this can be remedied by having Toni make the next size smaller. Neckline: It seems a bit high to me, but that could be just me.

 

Stefanie

Her bust: 34"
4.25" positive ease

Size: Again, as on Toni, this size makes for a comfy, roomy fit; but she might want to try the next size down for a closer fit. Sleeves: Almost the right length, enough so that I'm thinking the next size down would put them at exactly the right height. Length: Shorter, methinks. Two inches? Neckline: The width is right, but the depth could go a little deeper on Stef. That means she would work a few more rows at the top before joining at the neck to work in the round.

 
Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Amy   Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Amy

Amy

Her bust: 39"
0.75" negative ease

Size: This is adorable on Amy. The trim compliments her playful nature, and the smooth lines accent her curves in lovely ways. It's a great size on her--just enough negative ease to skim her curves, but not so much that she is uncomfortable. Sleeves: Fine--there is a bit of extra fullness in the upper arm, but that is the intended style of this sweater. Length: I think this is fine, or it could be a bit shorter, just an inch or so. Neckline: Perfect!

 
Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Kat   Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Kat

Kat

Her bust: 40"
1.75" negative ease

Size: I love this on Kat. It looks like something she'd actually have in her closet and wear all winter long. Length: Perfect. Sleeves: Perfect. Neckline: Perfect-o!

 
Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Debbie   Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Debbie

Debbie

Her bust: 34.5"
3.75" positive ease

Size: Too big, methinks. The 35" would still give her a bit of positive ease and give her better fit in the underarms and sleeves. Sleeves: Too long and too big overall. Going down a size will definitely help with this, but Debbie will want to make sure the top of the cuff comes just under her elbow so that it is closer to her waist curve. Neckline: The neck opening seems just a bit wide on her, so I'd add extra stitches at each side of the neck to pull things in a bit. Length: I'd like to see this a bit shorter on her.

 
Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Sandi   Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Sandi

Sandi

My bust: 40"
1.75" negative ease

Size: Good for a close fit. If I wanted things a bit looser, there is a 40". But I like the fit of this one. Sleeves: Good! They hit just below my elbow and just at my natural waist. Neckline: I personally would like the neckline a bit lower--not much, just a bit. The width is good. Length: Shorter, please.

 
Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Erin   Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Erin

Erin

Her bust: 38"
0.25" positive ease

Size: Pretty darn perfect. If Erin preferred a more clingy look, she could go down to the 35", but that would be a lot of cling! Sleeves: Tall Erin needs about another inch or so to drop the cuffs to below her elbows. Neckline: Good width and depth. Length: Well...dare I say it? I think the length is GREAT here. She could even (gasp!) shorten this a bit.

 
Knitting Gallery - Dirndl Raglan Bertha    

Bertha

Her bust: 34"
4.25" positive ease

Size: Wow. Too big. Very comfy, for those long chilly weekends in the office when everyone else is at home, but still: Too big. Next size down would be much more flattering. Sleeves: (ever so politely:) No comment. Neckline: It looks too wide on Ms. B, as well as a tiny bit deep. Length: Too long, which the next size down should take care of to some extent.

   

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Comments

Sumac wrote
on Feb 12, 2009 2:46 PM
Who out there wants to draw attention to their hips and stomach by putting cables and cables around them? This looks like my great grandmother's crochet-edged pillowcase. Don't get me started on the color.
Yarnsnob wrote
on Aug 13, 2008 9:13 AM

In my opinion, Kat is the winner.  I'm more of an "apple" shape, rather than a "pear" and can see myself in this sweater.  I had planned to knit it with positive ease, but after seeing it on live women (what I love about the gallery), I will go with a snug fit.  Being larger on top than on bottom, that will mean (for me) I won't need to adjust it at the hip.  I think that I will keep the neckline in the MC, and work it in tubular rib with tapestry needle bind-off.  I think that the contrast is what bothers me about the neckline, because I love the shape.

PaulineK wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 11:37 AM

Thank-you so much for showing us how the designs fit on Real people! It just goes to show how many garments are designed for and on the clothes-horse (Sorry Bertha!)

ChristineN wrote
on Jul 23, 2008 5:10 PM

It looks great on Kat.  It's a keeper for her.  I like the style quite a lot.  I'm in the process of losing weight, but still have a little too much around the middle and feel this style would look pretty good on me.  It's definitely got me thinking of making this.

PamelaV wrote
on Jul 21, 2008 5:26 PM

Yuck. I think this only looks good on Erin and Bertha, although the color is bad for both. And the fact that those baggy sleeves look OK on Bertha seems to be telling me something...

gaugequeen wrote
on Jul 21, 2008 3:49 PM

I generally like raglans and square necklines, but those baggy sleeves look bad on everyone.  I don't think the interpretation of the dirndl top works in  a sweater, especially with a raglan sleeve.

AnneG wrote
on Jul 21, 2008 6:28 AM

It looks schlumpy on everyone, and that colorway does nothing for any of your models.  Too boxy in the body, too square in the neckline (square necklines just aren't flattering to the majority of women, I think) and the sleeves look out of proportion - wider sleeves look better with more length.

UteL wrote
on Jul 20, 2008 11:00 PM

From the sweaters presented so far, I think I like this one the less. It looks kind of saggy on everybody, especially the sleeves are to wide compared with the overall sweater fit. For a correct "Dirndl-fit", there should not be a raglan sleeve but "puffed" sleeves, which have a close, straight fit further down.

And I agree with those, who are looking for more color in your sample sweaters. Following the color proposals of the magazine, fall is not going to be very happy......

But thanks for the presentation on all the different body shapes. It surely helps a lot!!

Michèle G wrote
on Jul 20, 2008 10:14 AM

To my eyes, the only one who looks good in this sweater is Erin.  The emphasized raglan seam and the trim at the hips makes it hard to wear for pear shape bodies with sloping shoulders.  So, it is not for me, but thanks for the galleries.  

AndreaG, you may want to adjust your screen resolution to a higher setting, that should solve your problem.

SusanH wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 1:47 PM

I'm not wild about this sweater.  It looks boxy and I agree with ErinR that it looks a little frumpy.  

I totally love the gallery concept.   Something I like to do is look at the pictures, make my own decision on whether it suits the model or what it needs, and then read Sandi's comments.  We don't always agree, which just goes to show it all comes down to individual preference.  

One thing the galleries with the analysis by Sandi has taught me is this (please don't throw anything at me!):  There is apparently a point like the Great Divide separating knitters.  On the one hand you have people who can talk about and actually make various changes like adding darts or shifting waist positions or mixing one set of instructions for the body and one set for the arms and actually get them to come out right in the end.  In other words, what I would call semi-professional knitters.  And then on the other hand, you have people like me, who can generally follow the instructions and can make relatively minor adjustments mostly related to the fact that the instructions just don't make sense at a certain point and I can figure out what is needed, but who wouldn't even think about making the major alterations often mentioned to make the knitted garment perfect.  

Sometimes I am discouraged by that, but mostly my enjoyment of the act of knitting over-rides.  

AndreaG wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 11:21 PM

Just a small technical comment--when two different galleries are shown side by side, the text for each person becomes a very long skinny paragraph and I'm unable to see both the text and the photo at the same time, which is kind of annoying. I prefer the galleries with two shot per person because then the text spans the full column and I don't have to keep scrolling up and down to see what each fit comment is referring to!

DBarton495 wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 10:02 PM

i'm not sure I like it on anyone...so it will look terrible on me.

Maybe the color?

AmyR@2 wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 9:45 PM

Ok.  I'm buying this magazine as soon as I see it at good old Barnes and Noble.  I wasn't planning to from the preview-- there were only a couple of things in it that I liked and several that I thought were quite heinous.  However, after seeing the galleries, I have changed my mind.  One sweater that I initially liked, the Bodice, I don't really like now.  One sweater that I thought was icky, the Brocade Leaves, I now see is quite pretty and flattering.  The Dirndl Raglan was a bit "Eh.  Whatever." until I saw it in the gallery.  It is now on the top of my list followed closely by the Riding to Avalon Hoodie.

JenyferJ wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 9:13 PM

Now this sweater is great for someone like me...not ALOT of waist shaping since I have a thick waist and don't want to emphasize it. I prefer my sweaters loose, with the details on the top, sleeves or bottom. I love the raglan sleeve details because of my wide shoulders...this would look great on me. The neckline isn't so low that it's shown with another shirt under it (us "experienced" women who have hot flashes occasionally really don't like to wear too many layers!! At least this one doesn't.)  I really like this sweater but would probably knit it in a dark purple main colour with light purple as the accents or red as the main colour with black accents. You definately need to spice up your colours!!

on Jul 18, 2008 7:23 PM

I think the sweater looks best on Toni and next best on  Debbie.  

On all models, the waist band treatment draws the eyes down to the hips and emphazes this area.    If the hips are a feature one does not want to emphasize, probably should choose another pattern.

I agree with the comments about spicing up the colors chosen for the samples.

AleksW wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 6:32 PM

This looks very cute on all the models, the only issue I have is the accentuated shoulder seam which makes the shoulder look bulkier than they are.  The borders at the hips and cuffs balance each other without emphasising the hips and draws attention away from the chest. The oipen neckline suits all. I will have to add my voice to the praise of the gallery. It has made me look at patterns which I otherwise would have skipped. Thanks.

AdrienneB wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 4:39 PM

Waist shaping. I really like the sweater, but it CRIES for waist shaping, unless there is negative ease in the bust and no ease or positive ease at the waist.

Personally, I think this size looks great on Stefanie, but it needs shaping.

GraceJ wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 4:00 PM

Yay! The one that's definitely going into my queue looks great on the tall busties!

Rewind wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 3:50 PM

For future galleries, could you put more pictures in that show more than just the front of the garment?  I'd really like to see what something will look like from other angles before I spend the time to make it.

ErinR wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 3:03 PM

to me, this sweater looks too "frumpy", and not becoming on anyone. the square neckline just looks baggy and the little bell-sleeves just draw attention to the mid-section. UGH!

Carol Y wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 2:21 PM

hmmm, I think this sweater needs positive ease like the model in the magazine. I love it on her. And I love the yarn it was knit from! Let's hear it for superwash.

JudyK wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 2:02 PM

I vote to give this sweater to Kat for keeps!  Wow, she makes it look good!!

Trixie wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 1:30 PM

I don't like the neckline on this one - it doesn't seem to go with the raglan shaping details. Maybe a V-neck that is in opposition to the direction of the raglan shaping. And I would definitely do it in another color, or should I say SOME color - the beigy-oatmeal color doesn't work for me.

on Jul 18, 2008 12:55 PM

That was my thought too -- although it seemed to me that the sweater was most flattering on the models who are more apple shaped than pear shaped.  There was a really good contrast in today's galleries between how flattering different sweater shapes can be to these two body types.  Thanks to all for being willing to model.  :-)

pencraft wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 12:18 PM

This looks fantastic on Kat and Erin--taller gals this one's for you!