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IWK Spring 2008 Sylph Cardigan

Feb 14, 2008
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Gallery: Sylph Cardigan, design by Robin Melanson

Interweave Knits Spring 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!

Sylph Cardigan

Sample size garment is 35".




Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Debbie
Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Laura

Debbie

Her bust: 34.5"
0.5" positive ease

Debbie is wearing the recommended amount of ease for this sweater. Too cute. I would shorten the sleeves on her so that the top of the sleeve ruffle lined up with the top of the waist "ribbing," pulling the eye upwards a bit more, away from her hips, giving her a bit more hourglass magic.


Laura

Her bust: 33.5"
1.5" positive ease

Laura looks stunning in this. I don't think I'd change a thing. If Laura wanted something that was a closer fit, she could make the smallest size, a 33", and then she would have 0.5" negative ease, which on her small frame would be lovely too.




Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Toni
Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Trish

Toni

Her bust: 33.5"
1.5" positive ease

Toni has the same bust measurement as Laura, but she's a bit longer in the waist. I might make the waist "ribbing" an inch or so longer on her, thus dropping the ruffle down so that it sat more easily on her hips.


Trish

Her bust: 34"
1" positive ease

I like this on Trish, although it is a style I don't think she would have chosen for herself. It gives her willowy figure curves and interest. Trish could wear the next smallest size, the 33", which would have 1" of negative ease; however, I think that this size is great on her. Maybe shorter sleeves? That would be up to Trish!




Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Bertha
Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Sarah

Bertha

Her bust: 34"
1" positive ease

Bertha is wearing the recommended amount of ease for this sweater. Notice how the bottom ruffle falls lower on her, so that it skims her hips? That's a nice look on her, one I would recommend for gals who are concerned about their hips, belly, or backside. Start the ruffle just below your narrowest part; let it flare over your widest parts. Voila! Bertha and you both look fabulous, darlink.


Sarah

Her bust: 35.5"
0.5" negative ease

Um. Adorable? Is that the word I am looking for? Yes. Adorable, definitely. Sarah rocks this style, wearing it high above her hips as shown in the magazine. If you can pull this off, do it. I might raise the sleeves just a bit, just to keep the ruffles staggered at arm and hem and keep the eye moving, but that's a personal preference.




Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Sarah
Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Annie

Sarah

Her bust: 35.5"
0.5" negative ease


Sarah

Her bust: 35.5"
0.5" negative ease




Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Annie
Knitting Gallery - Sylph Cardigan Sandi

Annie

Her bust: 31"
4" positive ease

It has been said that Annie looks great in everything. She does. However, 4" is a lot of positive ease, and there is a smaller size (33") which would be closer-fitting and show off Annie's slyph-like figure a bit more. Thus, I'd make the smaller size for her.


Sandi

Her bust: 39.5"
4.5" negative ease

For those of you paying close attention: Yes, Sandi has lost a lot of weight, and yes, her bust measurement is now 4" smaller than it was six months ago. However, the 35" sample garment is still a tiiiight fit, tight enough so that I wore it for as short a time as possible because I was worried about stretching it out of shape. What size would I choose for myself? Hm. There's a 39.75", which is 0.25" positive ease; then there is a 43". However, most of my curves are in the front, and looking at how the 35" fits me, I think I might do something wild and make the 39.75" back and the 43" front and adjust the side, neck, and armhole shaping accordingly. It's a fair bit of math, but for a fitted sweater like this, it would be worth it. I'd also make shorter sleeves, and drop the ruffle to skim my hips.

General notes on the Sylph: I'm not supposed to have favorites in Sweater Land...but I love this one, absolutely adore it. The yarn, a silk/alpaca blend, has a lovely drape and feel; the stitch detailing and shaping are really fabulous. I think this sweater, with its clever shaping combination of stitch pattern, decreases, and short rows, looks pretty (different, but pretty!) on all the women who tried it on for the Gallery. The key here is choosing the right size for your body and your styling preferences. The magazine photo shows the amount of ease that Robin recommends: Zero to one inch positive ease, which means choosing a finished bust measurement that is close to your actual bust measurement plus about an inch. Do you want something with a closer fit (negative ease)? Look at how it fits on Sarah with 1.5" negative ease; choose a finished bust measurement that is your full bust measurement minus about that amount. Do you prefer a looser fit (positive ease)? Bertha, Toni, and Annie are all wearing the Sylph with varying amounts of positive ease; choose your full bust measurement plus 1-2" as desired. Those who are self-conscious about their belly or hips may want to lower the hem ruffle (and lengthen the body) so that the top of the ruffle falls just at the place where your hips start to widen. "Hippy," "booty," or "belly" gals will want the ruffles to skim over their widest bits, rather than end at the top of the wide bits, or in the middle of the wide bits

 


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