Monday, January 17, 2011

"Sweater Girl"

Picture the image this iconic phrase conjures up, the fitted pullover accentuating the bust line with a cardigan casually draped over the shoulders worn by a Hollywood starlet or pinup girl. Celebrate your inner "Sweater Girl" with one of these updated classics.

A beautiful hand knit cardigan is a wardrobe staple and Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops & Heather Dixon of Army of Knitters bring you a wealth of styles you can dress up or down to suite your needs and flatter your figure.

Washington Square

Play with cables, Kirsten's new cabled and ribbed Washington Square is knit in The Schaefer Yarn Company's 100% merino wool yarn Miss Priss. Washington is worked flat in one piece from the bottom up to the underarms with a 3x1 rib that gives a bit of contour to the body without shaping. The sleeves are worked in the round and joined to the body at the yoke. Simple slipped stitch ovals begin the yoke, with a ridge stitch completing it. Finishing work is quick and soon this comfortable piece will be your "go to" cardi!

Save on Miss Priss - 10% Off per skein & 15% Off a dyeloted bag of 6. Washington is shown in the semi solid Thistle and many of Schaefer's Memorable Women colorways are in stock and all can be special ordered.


Enjoy your knitting with these four cardi designs by Heather, but enjoy the compliments you'll receive when wearing one even more! Howlite puts a new twist on the time-honored cabled cardi, its a very knittable and wearable adaptation of an Oscar de la Renta design featuring a mix of cables and seed stitch. It sports a lacy collar and cuffs and is worked as flat pieces and seamed together.


Rhubarb & Custard

While the contrast of chunky cables and large-scale lace play happily together in Heather's Rhubarb & Custard sleeveless cardi. A wonderful layering piece that can be worn either, open or tied with an i-cord belt.


And if you want to play with cables, lace and stripes in one cardigan project cast on for Nougat. Totally seamless, worked from the top down with set in sleeves, its an elegant deep V-neck cardigan.

Chambord Truffle

And both cozy and elegant, the seamless Chambord Truffle cardigan features interestingly textured bands of beaded silk which add color and sparkle to its long and slender silhouette.

Every sweater girl needs a little fitted top and Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs pays tribute to two modern Sweater Girls with these designs.

Jamie Lee

Jamie Lee was inspired by the sexy mock t-neck tops Jamie Lee Curtis wore in the 80's. Its a fitted tank, with a lacy ribbing at the hem and neckline, waist shaping and a shell lace panel traveling up each side. The lace pattern is interesting and the body knits up fast, you'll have Lee finished in no time at all.

Janet Leigh

While Janet Leigh is a more demure, less revealing version. Its a fitted seamless shell with similar lacy ribbing at the hem and neckline, a shell lace panel on each side and waist shaping but it also features raglan cap sleeves and is an 1.5" longer than Jamie Lee.


Stand out in a crowd, but be warm and cozy at the same time with one of these new pullover designs by Heather Dixon. Fitted with a dash of brilliance Malachite is a very wearable sweater featuring sequined shoulders and stripes for a bit of everyday sparkle. Its completely seamless and knit from the top down with saddle shoulder, set in sleeves. Malachite hugs the curves in all the right places.


For a little lengthier pullover knit Parfait, its a tunic length sweater knit in a beautiful lace stitch featuring a modest V neck which can be worn at the front or back. It has Biba-esque sleeves knit down from the dropped shoulders, making Parfait a completely seamless knit.

Pumpkin Pie

And if you're after a relaxed fitting sweater, but still desire a little sex appeal, gorgeously soft Pumpkin Pie is worked in one piece from cuff to cuff. A double cable runs up the first sleeve, divides at the neck opening, then joins together again to proceed down the second sleeve. Heather strategically used dropped stitches on both sides of the cable to create more textural interest and reveal a glimpse of skin.

Visit Cardigans & Pullovers to see all the styles available on my website.

And Madelinetosh Tosh DK is a great machine washable DK weight yarn perfect for cardi and pullover projects and its also On Sale. Have you seen the latest Knitty, Winter 2011? Tosh DK is the yarn used in the new free cardigan pattern "Turn of the Glass" available in this new edition.

1 comment:

Turtle said...

great sweaters! I also love the slouchy hat on the model wearing washington square.