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Winter Knits 2008 Gallery: Victoria Yoke Pullover

Dec 10, 2008
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Interweave Knits Winter 2008

Victoria Yoke Pullover

by Jennifer Lang

(from Interweave Knits Winter 2008)

 34.5" 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 - Victoria Yoke Pullover Victoria Yoke Pullover Annie Knitting Gallery - Victoria Yoke Pullover Toni
Annie Toni
Knitting Gallery - Victoria Yoke Pullover Stefanie Knitting Gallery - Victoria Yoke Pullover Meghan
Stefanie Meghan
Knitting Gallery - Victoria Yoke Pullover Debbie Knitting Gallery - Victoria Yoke Pullover Debbie
Debbie (front) Debbie (side)

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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CharleneC wrote
on Apr 3, 2009 4:24 PM
Okay...This is a Toni item. It is definately not for everyone as it. This is like so many sweaters, it will need adjusting! As this is a top / down garment, the adjustments to lengthen should not be an issue. As to the sleeves, the same goes. Not everyone is designed to wear short-sleeves. I am a 3/4 lenght person. Too short and I feel like it is all under my arms. This sweater looks like it will bunch there without a little more length. And I agree with Sumac, it does nothing for the mag modle!
Sumac wrote
on Feb 12, 2009 9:57 AM
Contrary to the norm, the magazine model looks frumpy. Toni is the only one who can pull this one off.
charli wrote
on Dec 16, 2008 7:05 PM
I think the gallery gals look much better than the model. However, I'd like to see a gallery gal with a little more meat on her bones, because for me if it's just more slender women modeling the sweater, it really doesn't help me all that much.
CateL wrote
on Dec 15, 2008 12:33 PM
I think this looks terrific on everyone! A really flattering color as well.
Laura wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 6:55 PM
I like this best on Annie and then Meghan. For both Toni and Stephanie, the neck looks too high and the hem too short. The length is right on Debbie, but I think she looks better in the scoop and v-neck styles.
Elizabeth wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 12:33 PM
I agree with SandyB. It would be nice to see galleries of sweaters that you would choose for each body type. I would never knit this garment myself. I need layers since I live on the front range in Colorado where the temperature changes constantly. Generally I like pattern where the buttons go up the raglan seem like this one, but this sweater seems rather uninteresting. I don't like red and black for myself. It looks best on Annie: good color for her, nice fit. Too short, too tight on most others.
SandyB@5 wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 10:26 AM
I am never sure whether a sweater is right for me--short waisted with a full bust. I would never have selected this sweater, but after seeing the gallery, I think I'll give it a try. It would be nice to see galleries of sweaters that you would choose for each body type. Keep those galleries coming.
Elizabeth@2 wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 9:19 AM
I wasn't sure about this one when I saw it in the magazine, but now I want it! Toni looks especially beautiful and I love the color-looks good on everyone!
Francesca wrote
on Dec 12, 2008 12:54 AM
This looks good on Toni -- the problem I see is that on most it looks like they don't have a supportive enough bra and they look kinda saggy.
kathy b. wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 6:44 PM
As I mentioned in another comment about this sweater, the neck is too high and tight for most people. Also the SET of the shoulders counts a lot here, as well as how they relate to the neck. Annie is the only one who passes muster in this unforgiving garment feature. Most of the rest of us need a lot more help.
MichelleM@2 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 4:44 PM
Annie; definitely Annie!
Kasoli wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 4:24 PM
I was surprised but pleased to see this gallery. On the model I thought that this sweater was vaguely interesting but not something I particularly wanted to make. After I looked at the gallery pictures I wanted to make it. Thank you for doing this! I also think Toni looked best in this sweater.
CherylS wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 4:11 PM
This style & color looks amazing on Annie & Toni. I also like it on Meghan. The sleeves are unflattering on Stephanie - cuts her arm in an unflattering way so maybe 3/4 lengths sleeves for her? I like t he side view on Debbie but not the front view as it emphasizes her triangle-ness so maybe under a jacket for her. But here is my over-riding question - why knit this in the first place? Knitting time seems too precious to me to knit something so pedestrian. Classics I get, but just plain ordinary I do not get.
Lois2037 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 2:17 PM
Unlike the Manchester Jacket, this sweater looks good on everyone. If I make it I'll probably make it with long sleeves, but otherwise it is just a good design. I especially like the buttons.
LauraR@2 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 11:29 AM
Looks great on all the models! It must be some kind of magic sweater just like those jeans in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.
MelanieD wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 11:28 AM
I personally HATE this kind of incomplete turtle neck, so I don't like the sweater. I don't think it does anyone any favours. You'd need to have a beautifully lithe figure with perfectly shaped arms and bust, narrow ribs/waist but enough figure to even to begin to look decent. The buttons make it look stiff and old-maidish. Yuck. The colour however is gorgeous.
DarcieG wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 10:50 AM
Would need to add about 4 inches for a long torso. This would be a belly sweater on me.
CatMyers wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 10:47 AM
The neckline looks too high for everyone except Annie. I think Annie pulls this sweater off the best. On everyone else it's either too short, too tight, or the neck looks like it's choking them.
JodieD wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 10:17 AM
I miss seeing the ease on each sweater! That gives me so much info based on my own size vs. the model and others. Please bring this info back!
DebB wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 8:30 AM
This sweater BELONGS to Annie! It looks good, but a little too short on Toni and Stephanie - and maybe a little tight in the arms for my taste. I think Meghan needs a size up. And of course Debbie looks annoyingly good in everything. I agree that a smooth silhouette is probably best for this, and to not be shy about your "girls" getting a lot of attention!
KimG wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 8:00 AM
I agree with Lauren that this sweater definitely looks better on women with larger busts. I think the monochromatic color and high neck just end up making it look like you have absolutely no chest if you're less well-endowed. I think Meghan and Toni look best in this sweater for that very reason. The curves give the sweater its interest. With no curves, its just bleh.
RasaS wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 7:32 AM
Lovely on everybody. But I'd be concerned about it for a short-necked person like me. Knockout color!!
jenn.suz.hoy wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 6:26 AM
I think this style overall compliments all of the Gallery Gals beautifully. This fit is for Toni, and for most I would make it longer than shown here. But then, I'm a tall girl and can't stand short-waisted tops.
NicoleE wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 6:21 AM
I think this looks great on everybody. I may be biased by the color--it is my favorite. =) For Stefanie, if it were lengthened a bit it would be even more fabulous. I'm glad to see this looks so nice on all people, particularly Debbie, as I am also petite and curvy. I am DEFINITELY making this for myself!
Tillieknits wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 5:54 AM
This looks fabulous on Toni.
Lisa@11 wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 5:12 AM
I looked through all the pics and this sweater is amazing! It looks great on all of you. I didn't think it possible because you all have such different body types and sizes. But here's to a great design!
KathleenK wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 5:03 AM
Only seems to fit Toni. I'd feel strangled with those tight sleeves and neck. I'd like to see it a size bigger on her. If her body had any flaws they'd look very nasty.
HopeH wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 4:56 AM
Toni, hands down. I agree with Tammy, a 'smooth' silhouette is the key to looking good in this sweater. But for those who can, it's a great design.
Victoria S wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 4:03 AM
I really only like this on Annie (best) and the magazine model (second best). It's a beautiful color, and the style is nice, but it makes pretty much everyone else look thicker, especially in the arms. I really prefer the previous gallery format that gives us not only the measurement for the finished sweater but the amount of positive or negative ease it has on each of the Gallery Gals. This is interesting, but less helpful in practical terms.
Carrie wrote
on Dec 11, 2008 2:01 AM
I think that thin arms are the key. Mine are similar to Meghan's, and I have several sweaters that have a bulge-of-sorts in the middle, then tighten at the cuff. I don't wear them much, because they make my arms look bigger. I like the body of this sweater on all the girls.
LisaW wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 11:03 PM
Looks great on Annie and Toni. They appear to be fairly slender, and I think that's the figure you'd need to wear this well. Too short for Stephanie, too small for Megan. But seeing it on Annie and Toni makes me want to make this for myself, as my body type is similar to theirs.
Lee AnnR wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 10:03 PM
It looks super on Toni, Annie, and Debbie, though I think Toni's sweater could use some length. Stefanie looks like she's wearing her little sister's sweater - it's way too short - and for Meghan...I don't know, it just kind of looks like she's in a giant A costume. It's a lovely sweater, but I don't think it would work for me as I carry extra weight on my midsection.
TammyT wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 7:49 PM
Annie ROCKS it, Toni ROCKS it and Debbie isn't chopped liver in it either. I think you need a "smooth" silhouette to pull this one off. The negative ease is what makes the sweater look amazing, but if you have any bulgy bits, they SHOW SHOW SHOW. I think this item would look good on any size that has a sleek body- a little hourglass shape doesn't hurt! I'd avoid this myself since bulgy bits are about all I have. This design would be great for work or dressy casual wear and could be dressed up (depending on the yarn) to be really dressy. Great design!
MariaE wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 7:42 PM
It doesn't DO anything for Stephanie. It's not bad, it's just not great. I love it on everyone else. It's a gorgeous color that most women can wear. The angled line of black buttons point to the face. You can really see the difference between negative ease (Toni & Meghan) and positive ease (Annie) in this sweater. If you want to flaunt your assets, fit it like Toni's.
MarqueL wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 7:08 PM
I think this looks good on most of the ladies,great colour! but I must add that some of the girls might want to extend the length a little. Definitely shows off who has a long waist.
MaryF@2 wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 6:54 PM
This sweater looks good on no one!!!
on Dec 10, 2008 6:48 PM
I'm actually pretty impressed with the Gallery results-- this was another style which, when I saw it in the magazine, I guessed would not look too good on many non-model bodies. However, I think both Annie and Meghan look fantastic in it, and they have pretty different body types. I think it looks good on everyone in here.
Lauren wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 6:25 PM
I was very surprised to see someone say that this sweater only looked good on stick people... when I saw this sweater in the magazine, I thought it was uninteresting and definitely wouldn't make it. But, after seeing the gallery, I realized how great this sweater looks on real women. I honestly think this sweater is the best on ALL of the "Gallery Gals". The color is beautiful, the turtleneck directs your attention to the face, and the sleeve length comes down to the smallest part of the waist, making them all look thinner! I love this sweater, and after seeing the gallery, I want to make my own (in a forest green, since I have red hair). Thank you for the galleries, they're so helpful!!
Gaye wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:36 PM
It definitely looks best on Toni - it shows off her beautiful figure. It seems to need wider shoulders, a nice waist, lovely breasts and slender arms. If there are any lumps that you don't want to show, they will show with this one.
mljan wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:33 PM
This is a good style for everyone, but you can tell, can't you, that Toni knows she looks hot. Gorgeous color on her.
shar wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:33 PM
Toni takes the prize here in this sweater
Dusty wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:30 PM
This is a great sweater for those who have some curves they want to show off. Several of the ladies look great, but Toni is a classic "sweater girl" in this.
Sandra wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 5:24 PM
Like I've said in previous comments, Meghan and Debbie both look great in this pullover, but TONI steals the show. Beautiful!
Holly wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 2:08 PM
I think this looks great on everyone above!
JulieE wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 1:48 PM
Toni, this is your sweater!
CathyW wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 12:24 PM
Looks amazing on Toni and the magazine model.
knitomatic wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 11:27 AM
eek! strictly for stick people!