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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Knitting Daily post

Check out Monday's Knitting Daily post featuring my Henley Perfected on a variety of women. Katie Himmelberg's Citrus Yoke Pullover is also featured and today's gallery showcases Mari Lynn Patrick's Bon Bon Pullover.

To add another real person picture to the mix, here's a picture my husband snapped of me wearing the henley. You can tell I was a bit rushed because the picture is taken literally outside of the Ithaca, NY FedEx building just before I sent off the sweater to Interweave.

For the record, my bust size is 32" and I was wearing a camisole under the henley.

I read some people's comments on Knitting Daily expressing concern about the button placket gaping. It shouldn't gape as long as you work some positive ease into the garment. For me, I like sweaters that have 2-3" of positive ease, but that's mostly because I don't like any tight clothing. For example, I shy away from anything that has any lycra content in it.

When I was designing the henley, I did consider doubling the button band placket so that it matched the turned hems of the sleeves and body. Doubling the button band placket would also make it sturdier and less likely to gape; and it's certainly an easy enough modification. In fact, Jen has a great tutorial on how to work a doubled button band easily which I tried with this design. The doubled button band instructions worked like a charm (thanks, Jen!), but ultimately I felt that it took away a little from the delicacy of the design and decided instead to work a rolling single layer placket edged with i-cord to stabilize it. But the great thing about Interweave is that they really encourage knitters to customize their garments to fit the individual (witness the new 'Designer's secrets' articles inaugurated by Pam Allen's great sleeve cap tutorial in the winter issue and Katie's useful suggestions for mods in the Knitting Daily sweater galleries) and so I would encourage anyone who has doubts about the placket to try a few different things to see what effect they like best.


Blogger Veronique said...

I saw that on Knitting Daily! It looks like they all had a blast trying on your sweater :)

1:36 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I think the sweater looks great on you--seems to be the right amount of ease for that particular design.

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Kylie said...

C'est magnifique!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Ellen L. said...

It seems like Interweave Knits has removed or changed the link to the gallery - I'd love to look at it (I'm a 36" bust and need to see examples of women in my size trying on the 39" HP), but the link is broken. Maybe put a good word in? :)

3:34 AM  

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