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Winter Knits 2008 Gallery: Dainty Pinstripes Pullover

Dec 10, 2008
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Interweave Knits Winter 2008

Dainty Pinstripes Pullover

by Emilee Mooney

Interweave Knits Winter 2008)

 36" 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 - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Annie Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Debbie
Annie Debbie
Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover
Toni (back)
Toni (front)
Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Meghan Knitting Gallery - Dainty Pinstripes Pullover Stefanie
Meghan Stefanie

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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Sandra77 wrote
on Mar 14, 2009 5:39 PM
I'm new to this site, so reading comments/commenting on this pullover is an exciting exercise. I, too, was surprised the sweater flatters all the women, but learned the most from others' insights into how they'd modify the pattern to best suit their figures. That's a lot of what knitting is all about!! The way the model and Meghan coordinated the color of their top and skirt under the pullover would work equally well for pants and a top or even for a lightweight dress. The neutral color is versatile, but it IS pale for these women. This neckline BEGS for a great SCARF or the right jewelry. I like the pullover best on Stephanie and Debbie (i prefer the band starting above the waist). While I'm too full figured for pullovers myself, I'd knit this with modifications for sleeve and hem lengths only for my daughter or one of my nieces.
Sumac wrote
on Feb 12, 2009 10:14 AM
Annie is the only one who can wear this one. But she needs to go down one size for it to be at its best. She even looks better in it than the magazine model. The color is dreadful.
JoannaA wrote
on Jan 17, 2009 9:40 AM
I agree with the comments on the colors. Just not the most flattering for any one. The sweater is cute thought, even for the fuller figures. But what I would alter for myself would be to lenghten the top and start the wide band lower on my waist, plus lengthen the whole look any way just to keep it from shortening my torso. I am an average hight woman of fuller figure and know that to make my torso longer I have to lengthen some sweater patterns to keep from looking shorter than I already am.
NildaP wrote
on Jan 9, 2009 8:17 AM
I don't think the color is flattering for any of the women, though the style seems to suit all the models.
charli wrote
on Dec 16, 2008 7:15 PM
This is definitely the sweater for Meghan, she looks great in it!
on Dec 16, 2008 10:53 AM
Very few people have mentioned the neckline on this sweater, which just sucks. I have to wear a bra, and if I don't want the straps to show, I don't wear this sweater. I love the body of the sweater, but the entire neckline would have to change. I agree with the person who said the sweater looks better when the ribbing change matches the wearer's waistline. Also, this porridge color is not really appealing on ANY of the models, including the mag. Marcia
CateL wrote
on Dec 15, 2008 12:35 PM
I agree with those who like it best on Meghan and Annie. I love that it looks so good on two completely different body types.
Laura wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 7:11 PM
Meghan! This sweater fits her perfectly. Although I'd probably change the color (her gorgeous hair looked great with the green and blue sweaters in her gallery).
Elizabeth wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 12:45 PM
This sweater looks best on Debbie and Meghan. But I never know what to wear under this kind of boatneck sweater and I need to wear layers due to our everchanging weather here in front of the Rockies. I usually like cream or offwhite but this color looks kind of blah,surprisingly. I'm not good at calculating waist placement, which seems important to this sweater, and because of that and the aforementioned neckline, I would never make it for myself.
Elizabeth@2 wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 9:22 AM
This is definitely a versatile sweater, but it's kind of boring. I do like the neckline though. I agree that a different color would help.
MissyW wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 6:28 PM
Annie looks great in this sweater. It gives her a lovely hourglass type of shape. But it's also very flattering on Meghan. But I agree with those who said the color is blah - it really does nothing for any of the models.
MichelleM@2 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 4:53 PM
Actually, (in a diferent color) to me this works on everyone but Debbie. She needs more shoulders for this sweater.
Lois2037 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 2:21 PM
I'm not particularly fond of this sweater, and I really dislike the blah color. That being said, it looks pretty good on everyone. And I really like the neckline.
Mary carrR wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 12:27 PM
This is a great sweater design. It is so flattering to every figure. I would suggest showing it in a different color combination though. This color doesn't look good on anyone. I plan to make it in the future.
GemmaL wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 12:17 PM
I'm not a huge fan of this sweater, but Annie looks like a knockout in it!
DonnaP wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 11:34 AM
Again, the undershirts do nothing but detract from this sweater. Why wear them with a sweater that was not meant to be worn with an undershirt??? Is there anyone who would look good in this color? Meghan comes closest, but it isn't great on her either. I bet the photographer had fits with the lighting for the magazine pictures! All that said, the style does look better on everyone than I would have thought. The question is "why?". What is it about this sweater that makes it so versatile?
MelanieD wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 11:31 AM
Maybe because this is such a fine-knit sweater it is dainty enough to suit real women. They all look very nice, in my opinion. However, anyone with more of a spare tyre around the ribs (like I have!) wouldn't do well with the deeply ribbed welt - I love that look but sadly can't wear it, just look like a MIchelin man. But for most normal women without being totally skinny, it looks very flattering and is both smart and elegant. To be honest, I'm having trouble imagining it in another colour than this dainty creamy beige, don't know why!
KimG wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 9:19 AM
The colors of this sweater wash everyone out. It looks best with something dark underneath (as in the magazine pictures or Meghan's picture). It would also probably look fabulous on a woman of color. I agree with everyone else about the band too. The pinstripes do look awesome coming right at the waist.
DebB wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 8:40 AM
I just cannot get past the washed out colors of this sweater - it makes it so blah. But looking at the fit, I would say it is perfect on Annie and Meghan, pretty good on Toni, and too big overall on Debbie. I think the location of the bottom stripe band looks good on Stefanie, but the length is too short and the neck seems too wide. I think the bottom stripe band looks most flattering when it is either at or above the natural waist. It is nice on Stefanie, but too low on Toni. Also, I find I get a more accurate picture of the garment when the Gallery Gals are not wearing their clothes underneath.
RasaS wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 7:39 AM
Annie and Meghan have very different figures but look the best in this one because they have distinct waists and the waist falls exactly in place on both of them. Having seen the sweater on a variety of bodies, I'd be tempted to try it for myself in darker, low contrast colors, maybe that great red of the Victorian Yoke and a burgundy or brown. I'm top-heavy, short-waisted and hefty, but with a distinct waist, and would be willing to bet the time and yarn that the vertical lines would play to advantage.
M. D.H wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 6:56 AM
This to me looks like a sweater that screams to be made from the top down, so you could precisely place the transition to the waist pattern.
on Dec 11, 2008 6:22 AM
I'm pretty surprised to see how this sweater looks flattering to all the figures! It seems to highlight curves, without showing every lump and bump like most ribbed sweaters. Perhaps it's the lighter weight yarn and the alpaca that help?? I think this would really look lovely with a bit more color.
Tillieknits wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 5:56 AM
Looks better than I would have thought on all, but especially great on Annie.
LauraR@2 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 5:33 AM
This sweater looks best on Meghan. I think it's too loose on Annie. You'd also have to be careful what you wore it over. On Debbie, her jeans are making it look lumpy around the waist.
KathleenK wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 5:07 AM
This is the most versatile sweater of the lot. I happen to be fond of the color and the fit ijs forgiving on all models. Also the length is decent for most shapes and ages. It's not qite right for my shape, but I'd be more likely to try this pattern than any of the others. I think it also might be a good rik to knit as a gift. I can't stand anything around my neck, so that feature is appealing to me.
LisaW wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 11:12 PM
THIS is the sweater for Meghan, IMO. She looks fabulous, shows off her curves really well. The negative ease works well in this pattern. Looks pretty good on Annie, too, with her lithe figure and long waist. Seems too big/loose on the others (look at the wrinkles in the sleeves). I could see the sweater looking OK in a different size on Annie and Toni in another size. One does need broad shoulders to wear this style. I'm short-waisted, so probably wouldn't make this as it visually splits the torso in two (as it seems to do on Stephanie).
Cheryl S wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 9:01 PM
The color is not great for anyone except maybe the magazine model - but I like the style on several of the ladies, especially Meghan. I think Stephanie is too broad-shouldered for this style, and Debbie too narrow-shouldered.
TammyT wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 8:08 PM
Annie clearly OWNS this sweater. If I were you (and able to do so) I'd just give it to her! Once again, this is another 10 foot wide neck sweater that I would never make in a million years because I have better things to do with my day than be adjusting the neck of my sweater 800 times. I've made a couple of these giant boat necks and they only flatter girls who look like ballerinas and are a righteous PITA to wear. It is such a shame because I LOVE this sweater otherwise. If it had a reasonable neck I might be tempted. I am tall with a long waist which I think this sweater flatters (the shorter waisted girls do not look as good in it, IMO). I may sit down with the pattern and see how hard it would be to make the neck smaller. With the raglan seams it may be doable.
CaroleL wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 7:52 PM
Looks fantastic on Annie! Toni looks great in it too.
MariaE wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 7:44 PM
I am just not wild about this sweater. Maybe it's the colour. I do like it on Annie, but not on anyone else, even the magazine model. I won't be making this one any time soon since my figure is nowhere near as svelte as Annie's.
SharonA wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 6:55 PM
PERFECT for Annie - in a COLOR - coral? A pretty sweater on her - agree with Roadrunnr especially. I'd like to make this in forest green for my daughter, who has a figure much like Annie. For the fuller-figures, I also wonder if a change in neckline would be a help - more of a jewel or crewneck perhaps?
MaryF@2 wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 6:55 PM
Great sweater on everyone.
on Dec 10, 2008 6:50 PM
Careful measurement of one's waist length is obviously critical for this project turning out well. On the Gallery Gals whose waists match up to the beginning of the waist pattern on the sample, it looks great. On everyone else, it shortens their torso and widens their figure. Given my inability to predict these things (accurately) in advance in own projects, I would be too scared to try this one.
Lauren wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 6:30 PM
This sweater is very flattering, but the colors are two bland, like others have mentioned. I think the cut looks great on everyone-- except that the stripes should come down a little further on Stefanie, then I think it would look great on her too. If I had to pick the best, I'd say Debbie. She's gorgeous! ( I like the curls, too :) )
roadrunnr wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 6:00 PM
I only like this sweater on Annie. She has a well defined waist, longer distance from bust to waistline, and the switch from plain to stripes is set perfectly. Her picture is the only one in which my eyes aren't instantly drawn to hips and belly. She might need to abscond with this sweater...
Gaye wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:43 PM
It appears that when the stripes begin at the waist, the sweater looks better. That's why I think it looks better on Annie, Toni and Meghan. I'm not crazy about the color, but I like strong colors.
mljan wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:36 PM
The color fades just about everyone out, except Annie, and the style suits her best, too, though in another color, it would look good on Toni, too.
Dusty wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:31 PM
I can't say I care for this sweater on anyone, even the professional model. The large contrasting band at the bottom just isn't attractive, IMHO.
CathyW wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 12:21 PM
This looks pretty good on everyone, but just absolutely awesome on Meghan and Annie. I might make it in a slightly darker color for Annie.
knitomatic wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 11:25 AM
never would have thought, but this sweater looks great on everyone, especially the fuller figured!