I am an equal opportunity sweater lover. I
love wool, cotton, silk, and alpaca sweaters. My queue is filled with
colorwork, Tunisian, cabled, and uniquely constructed sweaters to crochet. And
then there's the variety of sweater types to choose from-pullovers, cardigans,
and jackets to name a few. Like so many crocheters and knitters, I am addicted
And this is the time of year, when a nip of
cold seeps into the air, that I start thinking about the next sweater that will
find its way onto my hook. Now I just have to choose a pattern. The first step
is to pick a sweater type.
I know several people, including my own
mother, who wear cardigans exclusively. They prefer how easy they are to put on
and take off, and they're stylish but functional. Cardigans are also a great
choice for large busted women. One of my favorite cardigans is the Riverstone
Cardigan (above right). This sweater is flattering on most body types as well. The
length is flattering on pear shaped women (or any woman who does not want to
add width to her hips), stopping short of the hips. The two button closure creates
a pleasing triangle, drawing the eye up to the yoke which frames the face. I
have found that the one or two button swing jacket creates the illusion of a
more hourglass figure on my straight figure as well.
When it comes to crochet, the main difference
I see between cardigans and jackets is the thickness of the fabric. Jackets are
generally designed to be worn outdoors for greater warmth. Sometimes, as with
the Curried Cable Jacket (above left), they are fastened with a zipper, but
like the Aspenglow Jacket (at left), buttons or toggles are also used. Because
it stops short of the hips, the Curried Cable Jacket could be very flattering
on a pear shaped body and the Aspenglow Jacket is beautiful on a straight figure.
The Aspenglow Jacket is a combination of Tunisian stitches and cables, making
this jacket extra thick and warm. While the cables and Tunisian stitches create
a beautiful and warm fabric, they also are thicker. This translates to more
volume on you.
And then there are pullovers-I love a
beautiful pullover just as much as a classic cardigan.The drape and vertical
stitch pattern of the Trellis Pullover (at right) would make this a great multi-season
sweater. I would wear a short-sleeve t-shirt or tank top under it during the
fall and spring and a long-sleeve shirt under it in the winter. The tie and
drape just above the hip makes this a great choice for those of us with a
straight figure who are trying to create an hourglass silhouette. The Northern
Dreams Pullover (below left) draws attention away from the hips
with its beautiful colorwork yoke.
Do you have a favorite type of sweater? Take
a look at your the sweaters in your closet to determine the type of sweater
flatters your figure. Then check out the sweater patterns at the Crochet Me Shop and download your perfect sweater today.