Interweave Crochet Fall 2008 Galleries

Sep 26, 2008
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Interweave Crochet Fall 08Take several beautiful crocheted garments. Add the cast and crew of one magical local yarn shop. Flavor with a fun and stylish Interweave Crochet magazine editor, a wacky Knitting Daily editor and a fun-loving mannequin named Bertha. What do you have? A recipe for the first-ever LYS Knitting Daily Gallery!

Here are the first four garments...look for more on Wednesday.

 

Lara's Dance Skirt by Doris Chan

Dusk Sweater by Amy O’Neill Houck

Pretty Little Dolman by Annette Petavy

Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl


Thanks to all our gorgeous local yarn shop models: Kathryn, Jeanette, Joanne, Chelsea, Cherie, Erin, Crystal, Barbara, Lucy, Eleanor, Pam, and Grayce. You folks made our garments glow!

 


Lara’s Dance Skirt by Doris Chan

Afraid of wearing a crocheted or knitted skirt? Yeah, well; me too! Not all of us have flat tummies and perfectly shaped hips, however, no one says that you have to show off the top part of the skirt, right? Wear the skirt with a long belted over-tunic, so that only the swingy bits below the knees show. Add some kicky boots and you're a star! Sample garment measures 30"

Sizing: There are a couple of ways to add or subtract stitches if you do not fall into one of the size ranges given. You can add/subtract panels to change the circumference at the waist and hips. You can work the top section with a larger or smaller hook size. Or, goodness: Who says you have to add/subtract an entire panel? Make each panel one stitch smaller across (or one stitch wider!). Make every other panel one stitch wider/smaller. See? There are many possibilities.

The secret of making a knitted or crocheted skirt fall gracefully: Do not make the waist/hip section too tight! Allow the skirt to skim your hips and fall from the widest parts, instead of clinging tightly and hugging the widest parts. This means adding a bit of positive ease to the waist/hips area, NOT negative ease (not unless you truly want that curvy goddess look, then go for it!). A bit of positive ease will add extra swing at the hem as well.

Knitting Gallery - Lara's Dance Skirt   Knitting Gallery -Lara's Dance Skirt
Bertha needs the waistband to be a bit tighter to lay flat--it is a bit loose around her waist. She could work the waistband section on a smaller hook to achieve this.  
Kim is flaunting the mermaid look here, with lots of cling at the top and a bit of swing at the bottom. If she wanted less cling and more swing--and thus achieve a more flattering silhouette overall--she could make the top part a bit larger using one of the methods outlined above--or simply make the next size larger.

Dusk Sweater by Amy O’Neill Houck

This is a classic pullover, worked side to side, with each sleeve picked up at the armhole and worked downwards. The ribbed cuff is worked separately and attached row by row to the sleeve as you go.

Tricky bits: The wide boatneck collar can cause concern for some people--perhaps you want to cover bra straps, or it is not flattering on you. You can narrow the neck opening by connecting the mesh sections at the shoulders.

The long ribbed cuffs may call attention to your hips--they cause the eye to see a wider silhouette at that level. If this is problematic for you, shorten them, either by rolling them up, or by actually working fewer stitches across each row.

Sizing: This sweater looks best when it falls from the bust with a bit of positive ease around the hips. If you are smaller up top than down below, you can still make this sweater, but consider: Are you OK with it clinging to your hips/tummy area a bit? Then make the size that fits your bust plus a bit of positive ease for comfort. Would you rather skip the cling? Then make the next bigger size and have a nice comfy pullover.

Knitting Gallery - Dusk Sweater   Knitting Gallery - Dusk Sweater
Eleanor: The long ribbed cuffs pulled the entire silhouette down, instead of framing her face, so we rolled them up a bit. Much better. The body size is good for her, but the sleeves are very puffy--she could get away with fewer stitches around the sleeves to make a slimmer sleeve that balances her overall look. The wide neck shows off the pretty colorful blouses Eleanor likes to wear.

Erin: When Erin put this sweater on, we all gasped: It was perfect on her. So beautiful! (You can see that little secret smile of hers that says, "Just wait till no one is looking, then I can spirit this one away for my very own...")
Knitting Gallery - Dusk Sweater  
Bertha: The 36" sample is a good size on Bertha for the loose, weekend look, but Bertha has a lovely figure and can show it off--so I would make the 34" for her instead.

Pretty Little Dolman by Annette Petavy

A dolman sweater gives you wings! You might think that having all that fabric near your upper body would be a bad thing for anyone but skinny minnies--not so. As you move, the wings flow and change shape, thus creating a gracefully moving "frame" for the rest of you. Think about the way Oprah dresses: She decorates her full bust area, and her upper body, in such a way that her clothing becomes a decorative "picture frame" for her face. A dolman can do that, if done cleverly. And this one is very clever. The "wings" come from the empire waist, keeping the eye away from hips and true waist; the wings are proportional to the rest of the garment so that they don't call undue attention to the upper body. Nice!

Neckline: Check the schematic measurements against your own shoulders and the neckline of a favorite top. If the shoulders on this sweater are too wide for you, start the neck shaping a couple of rows later than indicated. How many rows? Use your own measurements, your favorite top's measurements, the schematic, and the row gauge statement to work this out. You can bring the low neck up a bit by adding more stitches to the center front rows.

Sizing: Don't use your bust measurement to pick the size--use your underbust measurement, as that is the key to good fit for this particular sweater. The top section is meant to be loose-fitting; if you need more room up top than provided by the underbust size you choose, you have a couple of options: Go up a size; work the top section in a larger hook; or add more rows to the center front section (adjusting the neck opening accordingly). Realize that the first option will enlarge both the back and front sections; the second and third options can be used to enlarge only the front, if you work the back as written.

Lower Body Section: Check the hip measurement on the schematic, and compare to your own hips. If the size you need for your upper body does not leave enough room for your hips, you can do one of two things: Either add more stitches in multiples matching that of the stitch pattern for the lower body (if you need a lot more room, or if you need room all around) or add stitches to the hip shaping section (if you need a little bit of room, or room just at the sides). You can do the first option by working more (sc, ch 1) pairs in the set-up row, spacing the added pairs evenly around.

Knitting Gallery - Pretty Little Dolman   Knitting Gallery - Pretty Little Dolman
Bertha, as usual, looks adorable. Note that the sweater has a slightly different look on her due to the fact that the empire waist of the sweater actually falls closer to her true waist. If she wanted a REAL empire waist, she would compare her own vertical measurements from underbust to true waist to those given on the schematic, and subtract stitches on the top section, making it shorter. She would also then add rounds to the lower section, making it longer so that the hem fell at the same place. (Whew! Got all that?)
Kim: The hem is higher on Kim, giving the top a more modern "shortie" look, the kind of top you could wear with a lacy something underneath that showed at the hem. The neckline is too wide on Kim and the sleeves are a weensy bit short. Other than that, super cute!
Knitting Gallery - Pretty Little Dolman   Knitting Gallery - Pretty Little Dolman
Lucy: The top looks a bit big on her, especially considering that she's wearing a (gorgeous handknitted by herself) vest underneath. A smaller size would help the neckline come in a bit, which would suit her smaller frame better. I keep thinking I want the hem to come lower, not much lower, but lower. And the sleeves could be longer. The color is to DIE for on you, Lucy. Makes you glow!
 

Me: (I look like I am ready to direct a choir or something.) OK...this is cute on me, I do say so myself. I'd bring the neckline up and inwards to cover the little camis I like to wear under lacy things like this. I would add some stitches to the lower section so it did not cling so much to my hips and tummy. That's all, though.

Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl

It's top down. It's EASY top-down, with only one (ONE!) row of increases and then straight all the way to Tuesday. It's cute. What more could you ask for?

Neckline: If you want a smaller neckline, use fewer foundation single crochet stitches when you begin. Use the schematic and a favorite shirt in your closet as your guide.

Top section: If you need a little more room in the upper chest area, work alightly longer foundation chain and/or work a few more increases on the initial row. (Likewise, if you need things a bit smaller, you can work fewer increases in the initial row.) You'll need to increase/decrease by an even number, in order to keep the pattern stitch straight. Easiest way I can see to do this is to work the first row, the increase row, entirely in single crochet, increasing three single crochets in each foundation stitch, adding (or subtracting) additional single crochets as needed. Then work the next row in the spike stitch pattern as indicated. Don't try to add or subtract too many stitches to this first row, or the sweater will be distorted--if you need more than an inch or so, or less than same, go up/down a size or adjust the initial foundation chain to make things the size you require.

Sizing: If you want to wear the sweater closed, as in the magazine, you might want  to choose a size that allows for more positive ease than if you want to wear it with only the top button done up. The sweater looks adorable either way! Check the schematic measurements and compare to your own measurements (plus or minus ease) to determine which size is best.

Knitting Gallery - Stepping Stones Cardigan   Stepping Stones Cardigan
Cherie: This is an adorable style on Cherie, but a bit small. For this to fit her better, she needs more room, particularly across the back. This would allow the fronts to come a bit closer together and the sweater as a whole to hang more gracefully--give it a bit more "swing"! She probably would want to make the next size up.

Crystal: Gotta love her spirit here, folks, with the one-armed approach! Crystal needs to make a larger size--but which one? She would compare her measurements to the schematic, figure out how much ease she wanted, and find the closest match. I'd like to see he wearing this open, top button done only, with the fronts having only about two inches between them. The fronts should not fall straight down along the fullest part of her bust but rather fall closer to the center on her. Likewise, the fronts should cover the bust for her best look--but not necessary button all the way down. A fully buttoned sweater, with buttons and potential gaps, would keep the eye away from her incredible light-up-the-house smile (Crystal, you make me happy just looking at that smile!). Also, a fully buttoned sweater makes a full bust seem bigger, because it looks like one continuous, and thus visually larger, bit of landscape. Break up the landscape by having the sweater drape open, with a pretty shirt underneath, and a full bust seems less full.
Knitting Gallery - Stepping Stones Cardigan   Knitting Gallery - Stepping Stones Cardigan
Joanne: There's a couple of clues here. Notice how the bottom does not fall straight at her hips? Notice how the top button is pulling? And then notice how big the shoulders and sleeves seem? Interesting. Joanne needs a larger size, but what to do about those sleeves? I'm going to say: Go with the larger size, but do fewer increases in the front shoulder area to cut down on the bulk and looseness there. You can control shaping in this sweater by WHERE the increases go as well as how many there are. Color: When we were talking with Joanne, we all agreed that a lighter gold color would be more flattering, less heavy, on her than this brown. See the highlights in her hair? Pretty! She could match one of those tones for a look that echoes her delicate face better.

Me: Wow! Tooo small. Next size up, please. And I'd want to make sure the fronts fell closer together so that they covered my full bust a bit better.
Knitting Gallery - Stepping Stones Cardigan   Knitting Gallery - Stepping Stones Cardigan
Kim: It is too small to be worn buttoned up; the one-button-at-top look is better. The sleeves and shoulder area look big on her, as with Joanne; Kim also could work fewer increases around the shoulders in front to have the top lay a bit more gracefully.

Bertha, don't you ever look bad in anything? Imagine this with a little skirt and a silk tee and she can waltz right into the boardroom. (She'd have amazing shoes to match, of course.)
 

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T.S.B wrote
on Dec 14, 2008 2:38 PM
Thank you for the crochet galleries and the wonderful crochet patterns. I have fallen in love with crochet again thanks to IC.
SusanG@4 wrote
on Oct 4, 2008 8:28 PM

I have enjoyed looking at crochet items in your gallery instead of knitted ones.  Hopwever I allthough I usually only crochet these days ( I occasionally knit but don"t enjoy it) I still always look at and enjoy ALL of your galleries. As many people have said, you are demystifying the whole fitting thing, whether its sewing, knitting, or crochet. I just love all the effort and extra things that interweave are doing for us ALL. Incidently I  am starting to always go up a size or two in hook, and down in weight of yarn, and have found that drape is greatly improved in crochet garments.  I would"t have been game enough to try altering patterns without all the learning  I have done from Knitting Daily. LOVE IT.

DawnM@2 wrote
on Oct 3, 2008 8:28 PM

Thank you so much for the wonderful gallery of crocheted items.  I am both a knitter and crocheter and I am having so much fun drooling over and dreaming of trying out new patterns from both IK and IC (I'm a subscriber to both).  I'd love to see a gallery that includes the Ridge Swing Cardigan and the Northern Dreams Pullover PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!

Thank you again and keep up the great work ~ I'm learning so much from your newsletters and enjoy each and every one!!

KayW@3 wrote
on Oct 3, 2008 8:24 PM

I learned to crochet as a kid. But I learned to knit about four years ago and enjoy it tremendously, more than I ever liked to crochet. I'd love to hear from some crocheters about why they're fond of the craft or prefer it to knitting. I'm sure there's plenty to love about crochet, but I haven't been able to discover it--I feel like I'm missing out!

Kay

LisaD@6 wrote
on Oct 2, 2008 9:55 AM

Thanks so very much for remembering those of us who learned to crochet before we learned how to knit! I started crocheting at 8 and didn't learn to knit until age 38. While crocheted sweaters were always too bulky I decided to learn to knit. Can do both now, but still love crochet. Being short and pearshaped, needed help to make those crocheted sweaters fit me...THANKS SO MUCH!!! I finally understand how to do it! Now I can start a project for me and get attached to it instead of finishing it (and realizing it looks awful on me) and giving it away! Keep up the crochet and newsletter please!!!

TennielleL wrote
on Oct 2, 2008 8:38 AM

It's true that alot of crochet clothing is more bulky, but just be careful about the yarn.  I prefer crochet because I've been doing that for 25 years.  I'm a new knitter I had an awful time learning to knit 2 years ago.  I just could not get the hang of holding my working yarn in my right hand.  If I had not found this tutorial sight  www.knittinghelp.com/.../knit-stitch showing me the continental method I would never have learned to knit.  Because truely everyone I know who knits uses the English method and I would just get frusturated with a tangled mess.  I like knitting, but I agree crochet is so much quicker!

I love this gallery! Thank you!  It is great to see so many beautiful crocheted items!  Are you going to do the Northern Dreams Pullover?

IrmaK wrote
on Oct 2, 2008 7:06 AM

normally, i prefer to knit garments .i found crocheted apparel

thick and bulky.however, the picture of the skirt is tempting me to give it a try!

SandyW wrote
on Oct 2, 2008 5:19 AM

I did not take the negatively perceived comments about crocheting seriously.  I do both and prefer knitting because of the drapiness of the finished fabric. (Thanks for the heads-up about chosing yarn for the same crochetted effect).  If everyone agrees on everything all the time, nothing new would be designed or developed since everyone would be happy with the staus-quo.  How boring is that?  Anyone with a creative bone itches (no pun intended for the woolies)  for new and innovative designs.  I thank everyone for their comments.

Marikorose wrote
on Oct 1, 2008 10:06 PM

First off, let me say that I think the Stepping Stones cardi looks adorable on you, Sandi!  I understand why you comment on it being too small, but it really caught my eye when you modeled it.  The other thing is that I'm an obsessed knitter, don't know how to crochet at all, but this gallery and these patterns made me think I should learn!  It looks like the magazine has some gorgeous patterns in it!

RuthK wrote
on Oct 1, 2008 7:05 PM

I've gone to several "camps" for knitting - and enjoyed them immensely; however, I think I've learned more from Sandi's KD newsletter than all of the almost $1000/per camp trips combined.  Having real people showing the garments along with Sandi's comments turns the craft into something that real people can be confident to do!  

I've crocheted since I was little (yikes! MANY years ago) and knitted for about the past 20 years or so.  I'm more comfortable (...think about macaroni and cheese or  other "comfort foods") with crochet, but have to admit that I've tended toward knitting because it usually drapes better for clothing.  I am SO happy to see IC and,especially, the inclusion of IC patterns in Sandi's gallery.  

Thank you so much and keep up the wonderful commentary - whether it be about knitting or crochet,

HelenM wrote
on Oct 1, 2008 11:58 AM

Oh I love the skirt. Doris, you are a genius ;-) Once I work out what to put under it I may just have to have a crack at that, I love flirty hemlines. This gallery has been really useful, as I'm starting to get the feel (entirely thanks to KD!) for tweaking knit patterns to suit me (and what I should probably just plain avoid!) but crochet patterns were a bit beyond my tweaking skills. However this is making me feel a bit more confident about having a go. Just need to lay hands on a copy now! I love the Dolman as well, I wouldn't have thought of actually making it, but seeing it on real people I actually think it could work quite well.

So keep up the good work, a lot of us are polycraftual when it comes to yarn, and even if you don't crochet then the principles of fit and flatter are just the same, and always useful. I think the more you study it the better your understanding. For those who haven't leapt into the world of the hook, have a go - I taught myself in about 2 hrs with the Happy Hooker and the Internet - probably wrong but it seems to work :-)

Rae Deane wrote
on Oct 1, 2008 11:24 AM

I am not a crocheter, but I loved the gallery.  Now how do I fit in learning to crochet with knitting and spinning and weaving?? :-)

And I have to agree with the ladies who have commented on Sandi's appearance.  Girl....you are looking hot!  You keep doin' what you're doin' cause it is working!!!

CarolineB wrote
on Oct 1, 2008 6:50 AM

Thank you, thank you for doing an IC Gallery.  I always read the Knitting galleries for shaping ideas, even though I don't knit. Okay I can knit but sooo slowly that a hat takes me weeks to make - I crochet much faster.  

Loved Stepping Stones and this is great to see how to fit it.  I may even make Dusk as well with your tip on narrowing the neck opening.

Thanks again for the crochet gallery and can I ask that this might be a semi-regular occurance- please.

Hopefulle

Ritzimitzy wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 4:46 PM

As a crochet only person, I REALLY have to thank you for the crochet gallery!  I've tried learning to knit a couple of times, but I'm just not getting it (probably not motivated enough yet).  I have enjoyed KD though as I also don't sew.  I've learned a lot about things like Ease & such by reading the KD.  Its great to have crochet showcased like this & has actually given me more interest in making some items from this issue.  Thanks so much!  :)

Liena wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 4:40 PM

Yay for the Crochet Gallery!! This one seems to be quite a success. I think there needs to be another gallery for every issue of IC.

Thank you for doing these. It looks like a lot of fun for the Interweave team, and all the galleries are so helpful to me. I'm not scared to alter patterns anymore, knit or crochet.

And where's the Northern Dreams Pullover? That's the one I really want to make. Is it coming?

Peggan wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 4:06 PM

So many comments I hesitate to add mine but will anyway. I love these Gallaries with normal women and the LYS idea is great.  And someone up there higher in the comments had a good point, since so many things are too small for so many (is Bertha about a size minus 2?) why not use some more normal size people as models for the magazine?   Anyway it is encouraging to me to see normal sized people in these (knit or crochet) gallaries.  

seajai wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 12:50 PM

Oh, where, Oh, where did Sandi go???? You're wasting away in BC! Seriously - you look great & while I don't crochet, my co-worker does and we go through each other's Interweaves together.

IngridS@2 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 11:51 AM

Yipee!!  From your single-hook fans, I love love love it!!  

JillW wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 11:30 AM

Thanks for the galleries - always fun and very helpful!  Maybe more knitters will try crochet if they are exposed to different patterns and looks.  I love to do both!  I have one suggestion for the galleries:  I find myself going back and hunting down the original picture from the magazines to compare how it looks on the models most of the time.  I have to switch over or open another window to do it, and often the color/texture is easier to see in the original photos and the "extras" that are shown on the website.  So if you could include the original photo from the magazine in the gallery, I think it would be even more helpful in the discussions of fit.  

KathrynR wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 11:11 AM

I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 6 - about 42 years.  Although I prefer knitting for sweaters, I crochet my  jackets, as the resulting sturdier fabric looks better (IMHO).

Sandi - you are the BEST!  I LOVE the comments on fitting, especially figuring out negative and positive ease. This has made making my own designs so much less scary.  Although I only liked the skirt from this gallery, I LOVE seeing the projects from IK and IC on *real* people.

Kathryn in CT

AshleyK@2 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 11:00 AM

To draw from a fave childhood song:

you've got to accentuate the positive

eliminate the negative

latch on to the affirmative

don't mess with mr. in between

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, however why must we broadcast our negative outlook on anothers craft of choice. If you don't like crocheting, or you don't crochet...why bother looking at this gallery just to make a negative comment. Noone is saying that the whole world has to crochet, but maybe, just maybe, this gallery was intended for those who do.

AngelaB@4 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 9:42 AM

I am sooo excited to see a gallerie for the crocheted items! I think The Pretty Little Dolman looks greatt on "Me" (I forgot your name. I think I will have to make it.

M.M wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 8:52 AM

I knit and crochet and the galleries are always great.  I do admit that I have preferred knitted sweaters while I both knit & crochet accessories & blankets, pillows, etc.

I am in the businessworld, but I don't think it takes a business mind to figure out that we all get to enjoy everything/anything  on this free website because Interweave sells publications and needs to promote them all whenever possible.

so stop yer whinin' about the crochet already.

Gina wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 8:52 AM

peanut and Christie,  

I don't think anyone was being negative and snarky.  They were giving their thoughts on the subject.  If only positive comments and feedback are published then it becomes meaningless as far as helping the designers and editors gauge the wants and desires of their readership.

We all want to see new ideas and techniques.  

This has always been a very polite forum and this edition has been no different.  ~smiles~

PauletteM@2 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 8:45 AM

I was thrilled to open up today's KD and see IC galleries.  I primarily crochet and haven't knitted since my teens, but recently subscribed to IK for a friend who just started knitting again, because both magazines are so beautiful and informative.  I enjoy  the knitting patterns, discussion and information on KD but, I would really appreciate more crocheting galleries and fit information on KD,  However, I understand that it may be more cost effective for Interweave to have only one daily.  Sandy, thanks for this change of pace.  I enjoyed it and look forward to more.  

LucyT wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 8:35 AM

Love the galleries and fitting tips! I learned to knit first but found it to nerve wracking (to small needles). Have crocheted 30 years now, love it. The larger the hook the better the drape.

Sandi the help you give with fit is the reason I started making my own clothing (I'm short n wide).  I came to this sight originally looking for newsletter,now Im getting "hooked " on knitting again. I made a small bag, just to practice, not bad (larger needles)!

I'd still like to see the Crochet newsletter! : )

Keep up the great work!!!!!

sv36 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 7:52 AM

I would like to say a great big THANK YOU for all of the info and wonderful photos from Sandi and all of the people involved.  I have been knitting and crocheting for around 50 years.  I learned crochet at 6 and picked up knitting at 18.  They both have their place.  I recently had 7 (count them) projects going, 4 knit and 3 crochet.  I am down to 2 and dying to finish so I can start more.  As I have an injury, crochet is sometimes painful and challenging.  Thus, I do more knitting.  However, I just want to say that I applaud the work & skill that go into everything that you produce.  KEEP IT COMING!!!!!!

LaurenO@2 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 7:47 AM

THANK YOU for these kinds of features!! I am a crochet only girl, so these always help inspire me! I live in Lansing, and am SO bummed that I couldn't make it to the event. I was doing a craft show. Modeling would have been so neat!! Come to Lansing more often! ;)

meowdancer wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 7:23 AM

I agree that I don't understand why we have to be so snarky about crochet - I haven't seen a better collection of crocheted items in one magazine EVER.  I told my husband that he better be ready for me to get the issue today!  Thank you, thank you for showing these beautiful items in a gallery - as a knitter and crocheter (leaning now more towards crochet) I appreciate the sharing of knowledge of adjusting fit and seeing items on real people (and Bertha, too!).

Heidi@2 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 7:16 AM

Wow, I am so excited to see this CROCHET gallery. I can hardly wait to get my magazine in the mail so that I can start working on that skirt. Thank you for all the practical sizing tips too; being that I am on the small end of the spectrum, knowing how to make a garment smaller will be very helpful.

ChristieC wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 7:16 AM

As much as I wouldn't want it to be my rear view, I would love to see some shots from the back in the gallery. It's so important that clothing look good from the back as well as the front.

HurriedHwfe wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 6:55 AM

I'm more Crystal's size.  I would like to know how to make those alterations.  I know how to crochet.  I just can't seem to get anything to fit and look nice on me!  Would love to have a sweater like that in a size 56, apple shape.

SABradford wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 6:17 AM

Great gallery!  I knit and crochet, and it disheartens me to see the very first comment is a snippy comment towards crochet.  Quite frankly, IC is turning out to be better than IK, lately.  I felt like I could crochet most of the items in it and they would look flattering on me.  IK on the other hand, seems to have garments mostly for little tiny people, both height and weight wise, since Pam Allen left. I'm not trying to be all down on IK but just thought I would give my two cents. Anyway, the Dusk Sweater is definitely on my to do list after I finish my current project.

Gamermom wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 6:11 AM

I am not fond of crochet as a whole; using it as an accent to my knitting.  However the Dance Skirt is gorgeous.  I think it is so wonderful to have a publication dedicated to crochet...now everyone is happy!  

LauraW wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 5:57 AM

Thank you for the comments from the PeanutGa11ery1!  Nor do I understand why it is necessary to comment simply to say what one does not like, whether it be a particular craft or a design.  What I like is good, solid information about sizing, adjusting to fit, how and why things look good or not.  I can use this information regardless of my personal taste to apply to my own (in my case) knitting.  It's all garment making, after all and that can not be anything but very personal.  If we expect KD to give information for all types, then it stands to reason that they will give us information for all tastes.

Kate M. wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 5:53 AM

To Hattie H: Crochet fabrics' thickness and stretchiness/drape depend a lot on the yarn selected.  Try it with various weights and fibers of yarn.  Needle size is also important.  As with knitting, always do a swatch first to find out whether you like the way it looks.  I knit loose, so I always need a smaller needle, but I crochet tight, so need a larger hook.  One of the things I like most about these fiber arts is the wide range of variables I can combine to make a garment that is truly my own, even if it did begin in someone else's fevered brain.  Case in point: the Wakame pullover.  I made it with yarn from my stash.  It's the same gauge yarn but different fibers, and my favorite blue.  It's nearly done, and I can't wait to really try it on!

DonnaW@3 wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 4:59 AM

OK, I know what I'm crocheting for the next couple of weeks - the dance skirt and the dolman! I can't knit to save my life, so I'm always thrilled when you feature crochet (I can just barely cast on). My only complaint is that IC only comes out four times a year, so that's about the only time we "happy hookers" get some yarn time in your blog. It's a shame, too, there are so many wonderful crochet patterns out there - for those who think it's "too granny", check out "Double Stitch" from Interweave Press or "The Happy Hooker" from the lady who brought you "Stitch n' Nation"; one of my other hobbies is bellydancing, and I've gotten raves for the garments I've adapted for the dance. Give it a try!

SherryP wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 4:42 AM

It's great to see crocheted pieces beyond bulky-sweaters/coats or fine thread work.  The picture of Eleanor in her colorful blouse modeling the Dusk Sweater gives me another idea for wearing that sweater: a colorful scarf at the neck. The Dancing Skirt calls for a brightly colored underskirt--made of a light, non-clingy fabric.

jennantonnix wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 4:06 AM

Pretty Litttle Dolman is beeyooteeful, abd the Dancing Skirt makes me wish I could crochet.  I nean, I can edge, but for those, I might learn to do it better.

TrishaG wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 1:43 AM

Loved the gallery!!!  I did, however, miss the comparisons of size of the garment to the amount of ease on each person--I always find that so helpful. And Sandi, you are looking good, girl!

AlisonM wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 12:39 AM

It's wonderful to see IC finally achieving gallery status - there have been so many gorgeous crochet designs published lately I feel positively spoiled for choice compared to where things were a couple of years ago. I am both a crocheter and a knitter, and I have been far more inspired by the designs in IC over the last year than in most of the knitting magazines I read. Thank you to Kim and all the fabulous crochet designers for raising the bar!

I really hope crochet continues to be a **regular** part of Knitting Daily after this gallery series is complete, not just the one-or-two-posts-in-ten-months-in-case-some-knitters-get-grumpy. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this Gallery series, especially the Northern Dreams pullover!!

ConnyL wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 12:24 AM

Thanks so much for this gallery. Now I know, why so many knitted clothes look so funny at me. I think I will read the measurement helpings again. Greetings to Berta, she looks great in everything!

HeleneM wrote
on Sep 30, 2008 12:00 AM

Thank you for this great gallery.  I LOVE the skirt!

camanomade wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 11:50 PM

I think it is important for people to see designs on real people and not just models...Nice to see an effort at showing crochet, however it's not much of a bone.

It's too bad that so many stick users are afraid to try to expand their skill set in crochet and thus have to be so negative about it. Honestly I think the designs in both realms are about equal...

Helen wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 11:36 PM

Well I love crochet but it definately needs an image update.  Knitting has such a sexy image (just look at Vogue Knitting)  

on Sep 29, 2008 11:23 PM

It astounds me and saddens me that people find the need to publicly comment when they don't have something nice to say.

I would just like to say, as a bi-craft-ual type person (try-craftual actually--I"ll try anything!) I really appreciate all the hard work everyone puts in for these galleries, and I love, love love the new IC (although my subscription is having issues, but I'll work it out).

Thank you IK/IC staff and designers for a fantuabulous issue!

LizC40 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 11:18 PM

Thank you so much for these galleries-I am a plus size lady and it helps me so much! I mainly knit, but I have been adding crochet and now I'm loving it more and more!

YvetteR@2 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 11:14 PM

Yippee!  I just getting back into knitting and crocheting.Thank you for this new crochet gallery. I appreciate and applaud the suggestions on fit. It's fun and useful to see the garments on real models. Bring on the crochet!  I love the Dance Skirt and would wear it over a pair of leggings with a pair of ankle boots. The  Stepping Stones Cardigan is sweet. Keep up the great work and I hope we'll continue to see more crochet galleries in the future. : )

GinaD wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 9:53 PM

Thank you for this newest gallery.  I learn something new about fit, each time you have one.  It was GREAT to see crochet included in the gallery.  I am one of those who does both knit and crochet, and I am always looking at how to improve both.  Terrific job!

SandyS@3 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 9:41 PM

Thanks so very much for finally doing a gallery from Interweave Crochet. I subscribe to both mags and enjoy both of them very much. I'm sorry some of the other knitters aren't open to crocheted clothing. They are missing out.  Please keep the galleries (both crochet and knit) coming. They are very helpful.  

---Sandi,  The blue dolman looks fabulous on you!

LindaP wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 8:58 PM

Sandi you look fantastic!  Canada obviously agrees with you.  

Linda in Italy

luckwo wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 8:56 PM

I too knit and crochet. I also like knitting for garments. But I do have to say that with todays yarns, it is changing the way crochet is looking and draping. I think crocheting is coming to its glory finally and making its place in the garment industry. I thank you for making the task of fitting and flattery easier.

on Sep 29, 2008 8:39 PM

I'm a kntter, not a crocheter, but I love these designs. I'm looking around to see who I know who'd be willing to make something for me! Thanks for the different viewpoint. The fit/flatter comments are always enlightening. I wish we could have someone come to MS for a Gallery Show!

DeborahC wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 8:24 PM

I enjoy both knitting and crochet but much prefer knitting for garments. Aside from the fact that knitting nearly ALWAYS requires less yardage, most crochet garments end up looking too "home-made" rather than HandKnit, if you get my drift....  But - the designs here are very pretty, so MAYBE, just maybe, I might get my crochet hook out for that pretty twirly skirt!!

CarolJ wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 8:22 PM

What a concept.  Just loved it. I crochet and knit so was very happy to see some really neat crochet items.  Keep up the good work.

Sandi, you're looking good

Carol J.

ConnieR wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 8:20 PM

FYI -crocheting is thicker than knitting, so for the exact pattern in both knitting and crochet, the item would not drape the same. To achieve a better drape with crochet a thinner yarn would help.  ( like a DK in place of a Worsted weight. )  Sometimes garments are designed with both options.  I don't let the galleries discourage me from making anything, as the size of the garments  being modeled is not the size of the model.  I knit the Wakame Lace Tunic from the last Interweave Knits despite all the negative comments after the gallery, and it is as gorgeous in the proper size as it is on the model in the magazine.

MichelleH@6 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 7:54 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the focus on crochet!

MWilser wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 7:36 PM

The skirt design is inspired-- can't say the same for the sweaters. I love BOTH knit and crochet, so don't listen to the naysayers :)

MinnieO wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 6:42 PM

this minnie isn't so skinny, but i wanna try that dolman myself!

DennineD wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 6:18 PM

Thanks for the Gallery.

I'm glad to see any and all information on achieving proper fit.

Also - another magazine to pick up!

And Doris, thanks for your additional input. That is useful.

JudeH wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:57 PM

Thank you so so so much for the galleries of the knit and crochet items in the Interweave Crochet and Knit magazines.  It is so tremendously helpful to see these garments on different people.  You do a great job with Knitting Daily.  And I love the new Interweave Crochet!!

avanta7 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:48 PM

Huzzah for the Crochet Gallery!  It never ceases to amaze me that crochet gets such disrespect and that some knitters are afraid to try a new craft.  I knit and crochet equally and wouldn't have it any other way.  Thanks so much for showing off the versatility and beauty of crochet in this gallery.  Crochet:  It's not just for blankets and doilies anymore.  Get your hook on!  :D

TammyT wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:40 PM

If I'm not mistaken, the beagle's name is Busby.  Rob and Matt, the owners of Threadbear Fiber Arts have two dogs who hang out at the shop.  I've never made it up to Lansing, but they used to have a shop in my town and I always loved that they had their dogs with them.  It gave such a homey feel to their shop.

NicholeK wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:39 PM

These are very enlightening galleries for a newbie knitter and crocheter.  I love how Sandi is always so positive about the models and tells how to draw attention to their best features.  

KimberlyD wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:28 PM

I am so HAPPY to finally see the crochet items!  I didn't know about the show I am only a few hours from Lansing and went to college there!  I would of gone, would of loved to meet Bertha! LOL! I haven't knitted in years, so please keep showing the crocheting projects along with the knitting.

aschemidt wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:24 PM

Thank you, thank you for a crochet gallery!  How exciting!  I think the gallery idea is brilliant, especially since these are real gals with real bodies wearing them (sorry, Bertha).  I love the comments about what adjustments need to be made; I just need to figure out how to determine all that before I make the garment.

Lynn G. wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:24 PM

I'm equally a crocheter and a knitter, but I don't find these garments at all flattering, except for the skirt, which would have to be worn with some kind of underskirt or slip.  The bottom half of the Dolman sweater is flattering, for the same reason that the skirt is (it follows the body's lines instead of straining against them).  The idea of these galleries is great, and I think, in general, that there have been a few great items in each Crochet issue, but overall it still seems to be hard to put together an entire issue of "hits" rather than misses.

Dorisjchan wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:14 PM

As a crochet designer, I have always been asked to provide garment samples in model (smallest) size.  If the sample is not small enough I have witnessed the stylist using clips to pull in the back.

Not everyone is bigger than the models, just different from models.  I can wear my own samples, but need to shorten everything.

And, Sandi, FYI, the waistband of the skirt is elasticized.  I always leave the elastic on sample skirts loose and adjustable, saftey pinned, to allow for hips.  And that's the reason you do NOT want to make the waistband too tight. That 30" mentioned is the finished waistband circumference.  The hip size that corresponds to this size is like, 35-36".  The crochet is stretchy enough to allow you to pull on the skirt, but not if it is crocheted too tightly.  Therefore, for a snugger waist you could simply shorten the elastic in the casing before permanently stitching it together. Hope that helps.  Yours, Doris

Jamison06 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Really like seeing crochet getting a little respect. I've crocheted since i was 12. I also knit. Love the Dolman top and the skirt. Not so much the Dusk Sweater. Seeing it on real people really helps me decide if it would be a project for me. The Stepping Stones Cardi is cute and I might just make it for one of my daughters. I don't get the snotty comments from knitters. Both arts are worthy of admiration.

mljan wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 5:09 PM

Very nice gallery, and the best crochet garments I've seen. I knit and crochet, mostly knit for garments, and crochet for accessories, trim, lace. As long as it uses yarn, I'm there.

Maureen

on Sep 29, 2008 4:47 PM

This just goes to show, everyone is bigger than the models. Please consider more REAL sizes and more REAL styles. I have noticed classic styles are classic for a reason; they flatter and fit more people.

StevieQ wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:28 PM

What a blast. Everything looks great!

Stevie

Elysbeth wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:19 PM

I love this LYS concept, the ladies look as though they had great fun, and I see a few projects that might get my hook out.

Nancy@3 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:19 PM

I'm a knitter.  I don't mean to be negative about crocheting but I can't seem to get the hang of it.  I would love to see these patterns for knitters too especially the dance skirt and the stepping stones cardigan.

Any way to convert these patterns??

Nancy from NY

nwoodkfh@hotmail.com

ArleneT wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:18 PM

Its very helpful to see the garments on all the different women.. And I love the crochet even though I also knit. Thankyou for this comparison. Also, Kendra looks like she is quite a dish and since she is a cousin to Bertha she probably is also one of the lucky (but annoying) ones that looks good in everything ! You all looked great by the way.  Arlene

DataKat wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:05 PM

How did I miss this????!!  Lansing is only 2 hours away from me.....

Sigh..........

cpow1 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:02 PM

Not sure why the negative comments from knitters.  I knit and crochet.  I appreciate that these garments have given you some concrete ideas on how to make a more tailor-made garment according to your body type.  One thing I can say for sure that crocheting these items sure takes a lot less time than knitting and I really appreciate that!

TriciaS wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 4:00 PM

I like seeing these designs in crochet, I'm not a big fan of crochet, though I think for edging on knitted pieces it's great. Seeing these designs broadens my respect for it and as always LOVE the knittng gallerys.

Lauren wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:57 PM

I love the gallery-- I'm so happy to see crochet stuff on here! I think the skirt looks fabulous, and I don't think it would swing any beter if it were knit-- crochet can be wearable too!

Thanks for putting this gallery together-- it was really helpful, and I can't wait to make the patterns with your tips!

jkaymac wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:55 PM

Thanks so much for the crochet gallery.  Thanks so much for the altering ideas.  I've always been scared to try garments, but this may just get me to try. I'll be looking for this issue soon.

EmilyD wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:55 PM

This is so great!  I am so sad I missed it...I live about 1.5 away and didnt know about the visit in time!  I knit and crochet and definately prefer crochet; these are just more fabulous reasons why!  These patterns are so great and your commentary makes them so much more versatile, if that is even possible!  Fab!

karen@3 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:48 PM

Kim made the skirt look terrific enough for me to want to try it for myself.  I wish I had been in Lansing on Saturday!!

Babslnm wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:37 PM

This is great!

And I just want to say how much I enjoy you, Sandy. Always enlightening and always, ALWAYS fun!!!

CandiR wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:35 PM

I have never been much of a fan of crocheted garments for adults, but I have to admit that these are some cute things.  I like the blue dolman top, and the stepping stone sweater.  I like that you've taken the time to explain about altering to fit.

on Sep 29, 2008 3:33 PM

I love this gallery for Interweave Crochet!  I've been waffling on a couple of patterns and this will really give me (and has already given me) a good idea of what I want to do.  Just a quick note for HattieH - Crocheting usually ends up giving you a sturdier fabric than knitting, so you have to judge your yarn carefully before starting a project.  I always swatch a large square (at least 8x8) to get a good idea of what the yarn will do with my crochet needle.

OsmiaL wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:23 PM

Such fun!  Love this gallery and am imagining that Pretty Little Dolman with a neckline the same as the black undershirt that Kim is wearing.  That would look soooo sweet :)

SarahG wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 3:18 PM

ohmygoodness. that skirt is to DIE for. i just wish it was knitted, because crocheting and i aren't real close friends.

hmm. i should design a knitted version....

on Sep 29, 2008 3:10 PM

I love the galleries. They give me such good ideas for the patterns, and I use them to talk with customers in the LYS where I work part-time.

on Sep 29, 2008 3:00 PM

This issue of Interweave Crochet is amazing!  I am convinced that  I must renew my subscription. The fit discussion/suggestions are wonderful. I often think the patterns are great, but I would do a little tweaking.

Mary Ann K wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:58 PM

This is why I love crochet!!  I think crochet is as beautiful as knit when done right!  Now, where is the crochet newsletter that's supposed to be coming?  I keep getting the knitting one, which I enjoy, but I would enjoy a crochet newsletter so much more.  There's so many new yarns and patterns available and I love to hear about what everyone is making!  

EssieB wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:53 PM

I knit and crochet, and I feel that both have their beauty and function.  I love seeing garments on different body shapes, and reading the discussion on fit and flattering various shapes and sizes.  I hope galleries will always be a prominent part of KD.

on Sep 29, 2008 2:52 PM

Thanks so much for this Gallery.  I loved it and all the discussion of fit really taught me a lot.

Thank you

HattieH wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:52 PM

Is crochet less stretchy? Is the fabric less drapey or just thick?  I've never considered it for garments because it just doesn't seem to behave as nicely on different forms.  This is a fun post, though.  Thanks.

SueB@2 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:51 PM

Bertha looks fabulous in everything, but I feel kind of sorry for her, since she has no arms! Everyone has something they don't like about their own body. (Oh, wait! She doesn't have a head either!)

NicoleG wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:51 PM

a crochet gallery!! woohoo. I love to crochet as much as I love to knit, but tend to knit most of my wearables. I am very happy to see that crochet is getting some love here now (even though, as kcrochet said, that we can expect more negative comments). I think the stepping stones cardigan is really cute and plan to be making that one this fall!

JudyS@4 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:50 PM

I buy both IC and IK but do not crochet except for edging for my knitting.  At least not yet.  While I would rather see knitting I say bring it on.  the more the better and the more we can learn from  

ChristineB@3 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:37 PM

I like to add some crochet trim to my knitting, it can really make a nice finishing touch.

CarolynG wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:35 PM

Being a fairly new knitter I learn so much viewing these galleries with real models and the comments connected with the garment on them.  Please continue to inform and teach us.

kcrochet wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:35 PM

Well, I'm sure there will be more negative comments to come about crocheting  (as I type there is only one).  But those of us who subscribe to IC magazine are surely glad to see this!  As Sandi noted, issues of fit are not exclusive to any technique.  I applaud KD for doing this crochet gallery and hope to see more and more crochet here in the future.  

RobM wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:34 PM

There's a beagle on the red sofa in the picture of Sandi wearing Stepping Stones.........who's that beagle?

weises1 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:34 PM

Amen to Linda S.!

ShawnW wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:33 PM

This is great!  You should do more traveling LYS pieces - especially one to my hometown, please!

LindaS@2 wrote
on Sep 29, 2008 2:26 PM

Now I know why I prefer Knitting!