Interweave Crochet Summer Galleries

Jul 11, 2011
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When I walk into a clothing store and spot an adorable cardigan, I immediately find it in my size and head for the dressing room. But when I spot a pattern for a magnificent crocheted top, determining if the design is a good fit for my body type becomes more difficult. We don't all look like the models pictured, thankfully, and a cardigan that accentuates someone else's beautiful curves, may not flatter my straighter figure.

I gathered a few friends at work for a little dress-up party with a few of the sample garments in the office, and we photographed four summer tops on each of us. Laughter and suggestions abounded as we shared advice for altering the garments for each of our figures.

Best wishes,

P.S. We would love to see the garments in sizes other than the sample sizes. If you have crocheted these tops, please share pictures in the Member Photo Gallery.
     
 

Inspired by the vintage doily, this short-sleeve top was made using bamboo thread crochet. This intermediate level raglan tee is constructed in the round and features a V-stitch bodice, picot edged sleeves, and a pretty lace edging.

Ideas for color, flower placement, and the number of buttons proved that this was an easily garment to personalize. 

Arboretum Cardigan
Annette Petavy

  • Finished Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" bust circumference, buttoned. Garment shown at left measures 36", modeled with 2" ease.

  • Yarn: KnitPicks Cotlin (70% tanguis cotton, 30% linen; 123 yd [112 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #24836 lilac (MC), 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) balls; #24835 cerise (CC1), #24467 blackberry (CC2) and #24462 sprout (CC3), 1 ball each.

  • Hook: Sizes E/4 (3.5 mm), G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: Yarn needle; three 13 mm buttons.

  • Gauge: 8 V-sts = 4" and 8 rows = 3" in V-st patt with larger hook.


   

 
   

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

Kathy is wearing this cardigan with 2" of negative ease. If she wanted to crochet the 36" sample size I would recommend only working one button loop at the neckline. I do love the way the A-line shaping leads your eye to her smile. The length is perfect, and she loved the length of the sleeves, though they would also look adorable several inches shorter.

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

Amy is a few inches shorter than Kathy, so the bottom of this cardigan stops just below her hipbone. Shortening the length would be Amy's first modification for this top. She also chose to button only the top button and shared lots of ideas for different placements for the flower motifs.

   
   

Toni is 5' 5½" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 31½"
Hips:39"

Although I am about the same height as Kathy, I have a short back. So my first modification would be to shorten the length by about an inch. I might also try shortening the sleeves by several inches for a bit of a different look.

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

At 5' 8" Whitney needs to add length to most projects, and this embellished cardigan is no different. It looks almost like it has shrunk up on her. Lowering the waist and adding at least an inch of length would fix the appearance of a too small fit.

 

 

Broomstick lace integrates beautifully with regular crochet pattern stitches in this cap-sleeve cardigan with a soft collar that drapes around the shoulders and folds over to form the open V front.

We loved the flexibility of the lace pattern in this comfortable cardigan. Each person who tried this versatile sweater on moved the placement of the belt, creating a customized fit.

Chamomile Cardigan
Doris Chan

  • Finished Size: 35 (39, 43, 47, 52, 56)" bust circumference, includes ease for front overlap; finished length 25 (25, 25, 27, 27, 29)". Garment shown at left measures 35" modeled with 1" ease. Garment is meant to be worn with relaxed fit.

  • Yarn: NaturallyCaron.com Spa (75% microdenier acrylic, 25% bamboo; 251 yd [230 m]/3 oz [85 g]): #0010 stormy blue, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins.

  • Hook: Size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: Size 35 (19 mm) knitting needle (14" length) or other ¾" diameter rod or tool for broomstick technique; st markers or safety pins for markers; yarn needle.

  • Gauge: 15 sts = 4" in fsc or sc. In broomstick and V-st patt: 4 reps broomstick eyes or V-sts and 8 rows = 4", unblocked. In no-stick broomstick of belt: 1 rep = ¾"; 4 rows = 4".

   


 

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

After belting this cardigan at several heights, Kathy decided that she preferred to wear it open in the front. The length is perfect on her and this would make a great, comfy cardigan to throw on with a tank top and jeans.

 

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

I love the way Amy has styled the collar here. You can see that each one of us styled this simple color differently.

   

Toni is 5' 5½" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 31½"
Hips:39"

The V-shaped neckline and then upside down V opening below the belt of this cardigan creates an illusion of an hourglass shape. I would shorten the length by about 2" as well as perhaps decreasing height of the collar by about 2" to remove some of it's visual weight from my shoulders.

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

Worn with 1" of negative ease, this relaxed lace cardigan is beautiful on Whitney. She moved the belt up to the base of her ribcage and really added her own personality to this broomstick lace top. Because the belt is not attached you can wear it at any height, making this a truly versatile garment.

 

Inspired by the vintage doily, this short-sleeve top was made using bamboo thread crochet. This intermediate level raglan tee is constructed in the round and features a V-stitch bodice, picot edged sleeves, and a pretty lace edging.

An elegant adaptation of the t-shirt, this top was everyone's favorite, and color ideas were flying as we photographed.

Pinecone Top
Annastasia Cruz

  • Finished Size: 28 (32, 36, 40, 46, 50)" bust circumference. Garment shown at left measures 32", modeled with 2" negative ease.

  • Yarn: Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread size 10, (100% bamboo, 300 yd [274 m]/2 oz [59 g]): #0320 mushroom, 4 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls.
    Yarn distributed by Coats & Clark.

  • Hook: Size 6 (1.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: 4 st markers (m); yarn needle.

  • Gauge: 8 sh and 16 rnds = 4" slightly stretched.

   

 

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

Kathy loved this doily inspired top, though she would probably make it in her favorite mint green. The bamboo thread makes this crocheted t-shirt nice and thin, perfect for summer weather, but as Kathy commented as she sucked in her stomach, you do not want too much negative ease. So after she picked up her favorite color of thread, Kathy said she would definitely go up to the 40" size for a little bit of negative ease.

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

This raglan t-shirt inspired top looks fabulous on everybody. This length is great on Amy though she would want to go up a size to eliminate the stitches from becoming too stretched. If she wanted to narrow the neckline, she could also add a few more rows of single crochet.

   

Toni is 5' 5½" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 31½"
Hips:39"

I took one picture of myself in this top and frowned. But it is still going in my queue. On me this top is trying to accommodate 4" of  negative ease at the bust. I also have a broad ribcage and thick waist which makes the fit even tighter, causing the lace to ride up and the fabric not to appear smooth. But like your favorite favorite tee this design will flatter any body type. I have some beautiful rose bamboo thread that will make a lovely top in the next size up.

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

This lace top is stunning on Whitney. The only change I would suggest is a darker color. What do you think this would look like on her in a beautiful green?

   

 

A woman's lace tunic with a drop waist motif band, this easy tunic pattern is worked in an open stitch pattern and is sized to 54".

We all loved the retro quality of this tunic, and styling opinions were varied-from a bathing suit cover-up to a tank top and jeans to the little black dress worn in the magazine.

Trillium Tunic
Natasha Robarge

  • Finished Size: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)" bust circumference to fit 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)" bust and 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" hip circumference. Garment shown at left measures 38", modeled with 4" ease.

  • Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton (100% organically grown cotton; 150 yd [137 m]/2¼ oz [65 g]): #312, 5 (7, 9, 11, 13) skeins.

  • Hook: F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

  • Notions: Yarn needle; 4-8 st markers (m).

  • Gauge: Band semicircle = 2" wide; 8 tr and 5.3 rows = 4" in main st patt.

   

 

Kathy is 5' 5" tall and usually wears a size 8 top.
Bust: 38"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 39"

This tunic is in Kathy's favorite color, but she would want to go up a size when crocheting it for herself. By going up a size, the motif belt would naturally settle lower on her hips as well.

Amy is 5' 2¼" tall and usually wears a size 6-8 top.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 38"

I love this tunic on Amy. Again, she might think about shortening the length by about a repeat above the belt, raising the motif belt a bit higher on her hips. But her naturally hourglass shape creates a beautiful flow in this unshaped tank. This size 38" is designed to fit a 34" bust and 36" hip, but I really like the 2" of negative ease illustrated here.

   
 

Whitney is 5' 8" tall and usually wears a size 4-6 top.
Bust: 34"
Waist: 29"
Hips: 35½"

The length was a perfect fit for Whitney, placing the belt at her hips, but she found this tunic a little loose for her personal taste.

 
   


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RuthS@3 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 3:21 PM

While the gallery gals weren't models in the strictest sense of the word, they were all about the same size.  Show me some curvy ladies, please!

knitter@74 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 3:27 PM

This gallery is useless to most women.

Janet Brown2 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 3:30 PM

Thank you for the suggestion of curvy ladies, I was just about to write the same thing. I have never worn any kind of top in that small a size, even when my bust was not as endowed as it is now (66 yr). I love fashion, but please suggest something in a style that flatters those of us who have a large bust (not hips, just the bust). I am thinking of a pattern that does not cling or fit tightly over a camisole or t-shirt, does not emphasize the bust as the first thing one sees when a picture is taken. Color is always a factor, solids always better. There surely are enough of us in cyberspace to be worthy of attractive models and attractive design styles. I purshase clothing that is fashionable and reasonably priced and I would love to try my talent on crocheting a garment that flatters and fits nicely at the bust and covers the waist/stomach area gracefully.

 

Yogawithnan wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 3:32 PM

Really?  36" bust for most of them, but they wear a size 6-8? 

Need to show more curvy people, please!

on Jul 14, 2011 3:35 PM

Thanks so much for this, I really enjoyed seeing the patterns this way, it's nice to see them on different bodies even though they're not too different.

taina54 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 3:47 PM

I love these patterns, fabulous!

Katneedle wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 3:47 PM

I agree with all of the above! Nice to see these lovely designs on different shapes and sizes although more difference would allow for less speculation on what it would like on US, the majority who are bigger, curvier and less straightforward! I'd be so glad to do a model shoot for you, if someone's willing to pay my expenses for travel! (That's a big ask, I'm from the UK!) Seriously, these are beautiful patterns and lovely models but sadly, not a representative sample of the crocheting public.

Claudia G. wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 3:48 PM

This is so helpful!!!  I do agree with RuthS though - but then, you'd have to make the samples in more than one size.  I'm guessing you used the same sample on all 4 models to show the differences.  Keep doing this - it's very, very good!

 

on Jul 14, 2011 4:09 PM

I would definitely like to see the samples on these lovely ladies, and, AT LEAST, one fuller figured model.  That would help me, and, I'm sure, many, many others.  Thanks for the sample and the great suggestion/tips for changing the patterns.  Keep up the good work!!!

 

on Jul 14, 2011 4:14 PM

It is nice to see the models, but what about plus size models? We are not all thin. Thank you.

 

TinaW@12 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 4:16 PM

I agree with everyone, but these sizes are for women who are roughly the same size. I was very dismayed at the size of these models,when the article says "for ever size". Please.  Show some curvier women,please. Partly the reason i do not crochet the stuff i see, is because I am way more curvier than these models: i wear a size 16-18 in womens,and for a more relaxed fit, a size 18-20, aka XXL. If i do make anything I see, I automatically adjust the size to suit me and make it a tad larger,for a more relaxed fit.

jesvenable wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 4:19 PM

I agree that you should have women who are actually larger sizes. I haven't worn a 4-6 size in too many years so as good as those ladies look in the cardigans it was no help to visualize any of the cardigans on me.

AnneS@48 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 4:25 PM

I truly appreciate the "truth in advertising" above.  It would be so refreshing to see publications (and their designers) showing photos of the pattern as constructed in the largest, smallest, and "medium" sizes per the instructions.  Designers should recognize this as good customer service, rather than our not trusting future patterns from them; they should have prototypes, for how else would they know their pattern is successful in the different sizes they specified?  Photos of the front and back of the model in a natural pose (without shoulder padding not called for in the pattern) would also be very helpful! 

Thank you.

ElaineC@32 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 4:26 PM

I liked this gallery.  While I am bustier and rounder than these gallery gals, it's still very helpful to get an idea of how these garments translate to 'real' people.  Would like to see more of this.  

franlee46 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 4:26 PM

Ok I love the patterns Who would not I would have to get out my calculater to make them fit me as I always do so lots of time I do

not make sweaters unless they are plus sized Could we see some of those fashions better yet Show us how to make these for

us plus size ladies I have never been small ever even at my smallest I was always a 36-38/28/38-40 so I was never small I

always have worn a size 14/16 and had to adjust length and the buttons

Thanks for reading

Linda

lu* wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 4:45 PM

I loved the idea of this "photo sesion"... it's great to see the same garmet modeled by regular people with different bodies and not just by the nice and fit model that gets a lot of shots and then we only get the best of them.

I agree with RuthS@3 in that it'll be nice to see some curvy ladies too, but I imagine than then the same garmet wouldn't be used size wise.

I'm currently working on the Trillium tunic and hope to have a great final garmet... and hopefully later will come the Chamomille Cardigan... thanks for the lovely patterns!

Marti-Lee wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 4:46 PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!  I've had to adjust EVERY pattern I've ever come across that I think would look good on my small frame.  Usually written for ladies with real figures, patterns have been a trial for me.  These are the first I've seen in 42 years of crocheting of knitting that will not enhance that fact that I'm still waiting for normal body parts to show up.  I'm 44, with 4 grandchildren.  Just as a matter of interest, there are ladies in my parents' community who due to breast cancer haven't the same figures after  dbl-mastectomy that they had before.  They come to me for pattern adjustments.  I've never had breasts, so I can fit them with perfect pattern adjustments, having become quite proficient at it over the years.  These patterns I will gratefully share with them.  I believe CrochetMe has impressed and made happy an entire retirement community today, Thank You ever so much!  Marti S (PS: I'd like to see more of this type!  It would be a blessing to just sit and follow a pattern instead of having to re-write it first.)

on Jul 14, 2011 5:03 PM
pwkam17 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 5:15 PM

This was fabulous!! I have been crocheting for over 40 years and have mostly done thread but am just starting to try yarn clothing. I look at all the beautiful patterns and am never sure how it will look on me since I'm not the perfect figure model. The patterns always make a big deal about instructions in plus sizes but we never see the finished product on anything but a size 2 model. It would be nice if along with the instrucutions the designer would give us an idea of what body type the pattern would look best on and what you might do to make the pattern more feasable for other body types. Thanks for the pictures. You can do more of this type of thing, anytime. 

Shessosweet wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 5:19 PM

"Patterns For All Body Types" is a little misleading, don't you think?  With the largest woman you showed being a size 6-8 (a size small in many brands) you left out a significant portion of the population there!  I agree with all the other comments.  This is one reason I shy away from crocheting anything other than accessories.  Crocheted garments are not designed for real women of all sizes.  Sadly, I expect more from Interweave!  Get with it and include some beautiful, fuller figured models that everyone can relate to!  

Kathy wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 5:28 PM

Unfortunate truth, but Americans are by far the most well endowed when it comes to body size compared to all other nations.  Please design for us too!  I am 5'9" and a 2X, but have a daughter who is a very statuesque 6 feet and well proportioned to go along with this height.  Another daughter is a SHRIMP at 5'7"!  I applaud your honesty in this gallery and wish info was published for all patterns as to the height and measurements of the person modelling the design.  Surprises are not welcome when it comes to the high prices of yarns, let alone all the time spent on making something that ends up being donated.   Please create designs that are flattering to the rest of us!  And it would be very helpful to have a more mature figured model as well!

on Jul 14, 2011 5:31 PM

Thanks for trying to show what these garments would look like on different size bodies.For a true show,though, couldn't you find models that are sizes 12-14-16-18-20???  Remember, ours is a nation with people who eat super-size fries,and then there are those of us who inherited the tendency to be short and fluffy. I would love to buy patterns that are already designed to be crocheted by the larger,rounder women,instead of having to adjust ,crochet, try on, and it still not look right. Thanks.

on Jul 14, 2011 6:22 PM
on Jul 14, 2011 6:23 PM

PRECIOSO, PERO NO SE INGLES, POR FAVOR SI LO PUEDIERAN ENVIAR EN CASTELLANO, NO SOLO PARA MI, SINO PARA TODAS LAS PERSONAS DE AMERICA LATINA, GRACIAS MIL, UNA PERUANA CON MUCHO AMOR, BENDICIONES A TODOS.

TinaF@2 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 6:49 PM

Thank you for this.  It helps so much to see how they fit on "real" models.  I think the tunic just works much better with the black long sleeved top under it.  I wonder if it would have looked better on Whitney and Kathy that way?  I found it interesting how different Kathy, Amy and Toni look in each garment, given they have 'similar' measurements.  It helped me to see how an item I thought might look good on me, might not given my shape rather than my size.

coastaltwo wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 6:55 PM

Your models are lovely but as most comments are not representive of most of your readers as shown by the comments below.  It is like receiving a catalogue for plus size clothing with models that wear a size 6.  I commend these ladies for keeping their figures but it would be very helpful for those of us who wear a double diget size to see how these would look on us and not  size 10 or 12.  Let's get up into the 18-20 which is where most of these patterns go to.  Your other hints were very helpful but since we have not made many of these due to not knowing how they would look on us can someone explain negative 2".

DJK wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 7:35 PM

This is helpful, as usual, but as many other readers have commented we are not all sizes 4-8.  The pinecone top is very appealing, but will need a lot of adjusting to fit my curvy, and short figure.  i am determined to give it a try  and make it work.

helenpat wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 7:44 PM

No, this doesn't work very well.  The sizes are obviously too small for most of the people shown and it ruins the look of the sweaters.  If you had the correct size for each person, they would certainly be more flattering.  This way, you think they don't look good on most people and they are actually lovely sweaters and would be great if they were the right size. 

 

The Trillium tunic would be much better over a more complimentary color where the lace would blend with the undergarment for a lovely romantic look.  I'm thinking blue or turquoise or lavender chiffon.  Or even camisole and slacks in any or all of those colors.

Your high contrast shows up the lace pattern very well but does nothing to compliment or enhance the colors of the tops.  All of these tryons make me think they don't look good on anyone but it's just the way you are presenting them, not even trying to make them look pretty.

 

paula55 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 8:10 PM

okay what about a 50 or 48 bra size with the tunic.

paula55 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 8:12 PM

how do i get the pattern for the long tunic?

lehman71 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 8:41 PM

I have to agree with most of the comments that I see here.  It is nice to see patterns modeled  on slightly different heights, etc, but if they all usually wear a size 4-6, well that wont help with my size 2x woman's body, either. I've always admired crocheted clothing items, but in the end I guess this is why I've been making afghans for 45 years!!  I've seen  more (at least 2) pattern books for "plus sizes" in recent Annie's Attic catalogs, but have not yet purchased any to try them out.

bellestarr12 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 8:57 PM

your models all look like lovely people, but we don't all wear size 4-6 or 6-8, and the instructions reflect that. Please, get real and show us what these pieces look like on women with a little more meat on their bones. This is insulting.

bellestarr12 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 8:57 PM

your models all look like lovely people, but we don't all wear size 4-6 or 6-8, and the instructions reflect that. Please, get real and show us what these pieces look like on women with a little more meat on their bones. This is insulting.

on Jul 14, 2011 9:04 PM

I can crochet; I can knit; but I don't know how to "fit"

I am a little embarrassed to ask, what does  "negative ease"  mean?

It is so wonderful to see the same tops on different people, even tho they are similar in size

(some of us really are that size, so for us it's great---but it would be more useful to more people if you could figure out how to show outfits in multiple sizes...)

Thank you, and keep tinkering with this great idea.

hawc4 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 9:42 PM

i agree with most of the comments. You said in the email something about for all body types, yet you use the same 4 models. Where are the "plus" size bodies?

luckyjoysee wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 10:00 PM

This was very helpful. Although the women were basically the same size, they were not models, so it was easy to see how different they looked on their bodies.  And...for those that commented they'd like to see different sizes, can you imagine them having to make those patterns in different sizes to accommodate your desires?  I think it's great they gave us a glimpse of possibilities as it was.

 

luckyjoysee wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 10:00 PM

This was very helpful. Although the women were basically the same size, they were not models, so it was easy to see how different they looked on their bodies.  And...for those that commented they'd like to see different sizes, can you imagine them having to make those patterns in different sizes to accommodate your desires?  I think it's great they gave us a glimpse of possibilities as it was.

 

PipneyJane wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 1:49 AM

At last!  Someone who is built like me.   PLEASE get Toni to model more garments.  I have the same challenges she does and there isn't a lot of examples out there for people our shape.

- Pam

CarlyShayne wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 2:15 AM

Hi there - thanks so much for the gallery - so rare to see garments on real (though lovely) women. I'm really grappling with the idea of negative ease - does this mean that when I read "Garment shown measures 32” and is modeled with 2” negative ease" that the model measures 34"...? So, if I measure 36" then I'd want to crochet a size 34"? Any help with this would be great! Thanks!

beauchet wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 2:49 AM

j'aime bien cette idée de faire poser plusieurs personnes avec le meme modele,par contre quand je veux imprimer un model en français  je n'y arrive pas? en tout cas merçi pour ces beaux modeles il ya beaucoup d'imagination.

   Anne-marie. 

IvernaM wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 3:16 AM

I like the patterns, but this is yet another comment wishing for a larger variety of sizes and shapes in your models! I'm pretty sure it's one sample garment, so the size differences of women who can squeeze in or swim in is limited. The color of the Trillium tunic is a very good color for Kathy, although I'd hate it on me. Good thing materials come in different colors. So do women. I'm 50, so a certain amount of gravity - well, we don't need to discuss that.... 5'6", 46-38-42, very muscular thanks to genetics and a lifetime of farm work, and haven't worn such small sizes since, ummmm - maybe 5th grade? It does seem that several years ago there was a busty woman or two shown, with comments about where and how to add for better fit. I've worn plus sizes most of my life, and so has my statuesque 6'1" daughter. A little help for those of us in the real world, please?

SOLANGE wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 3:57 AM

wow, beautiful collection !

 

Thank you very much.

BDrinkut wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 5:21 AM

I agree that there is not a wide range of sizes.  There is a small variation in body shape but true size difference there wasn't much.

mmarta ortiz wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 5:43 AM

como se puede obtener estos patrones, me lo pueden enviar a marta5591@hotmail.com.      Gracias

 

PocketSize wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 7:10 AM

These ladies are curvy, in the classic sense of the word - not all curves are convex.  Like me, Amy has a nearly 10" difference between waist and hip.  It's true, for a real spectrum they could have included at least one plus-sized woman and for that matter it would be nice to see one truly skinny woman too.  But that's why in the Crochet Me email they've asked members to post pictures in the Member Galleries.  At least they're making an effort.  I certainly appreciate this gallery, because now I see that the Chamomile Cardigan would be good on my petite hourglass frame, the Pinecone Top is my best bet (the only one sized to fit my body), and the Trillium Tunic, which I love, is NOT going to suit my ample hips. 

Ladies, thank you for putting together this gallery of women with similar measurements but clearly different body shapes.  If you do one of these again, may I suggest chosing more varied sizes and having each model crochet her own top, at the size she thinks will fit her best?  That would probably best simulate the way we work at home, and end up with finding the same hidden issues we all find with our finished projects.  And yes, please do yourselves a favor and find some plus-sized women to feature in a gallery like this - you will find you get a lot fewer complaints.  But if/when you do expand your sizes, also consider those of us who are smaller than average.  We're not usually as outspoken as our plus-sized counterparts, but we're out here, and we want to look good in what we make too.  But still, thank you for your effort.

Carol@66 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 7:37 AM

Beautiful patterns, but not helpful to have a gallery where the people shown are no bigger than a size 8!  Different body sizes and types are needed here to make me at all interested in trying these patterns.  I'll look forward to seeing your next gallery though......:)

Carol@66 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 7:37 AM

Beautiful patterns, but not helpful to have a gallery where the people shown are no bigger than a size 8!  Different body sizes and types are needed here to make me at all interested in trying these patterns.  I'll look forward to seeing your next gallery though......:)

Carol@66 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 7:37 AM

Beautiful patterns, but not helpful to have a gallery where the people shown are no bigger than a size 8!  Different body sizes and types are needed here to make me at all interested in trying these patterns.  I'll look forward to seeing your next gallery though......:)

CynthiaA@7 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 7:58 AM

This is complete CRAP MARKETING! 

ALL of your "models" are no more than a size 8, which is not anywhere near the size of the average US woman who wears a size 12-14-16 on top.  Don't do us plus size women any more "FAVORS" by showing more skinny women wearing crocheted items.  You can apply this to your magazine too -- I'm so sick of seeing scrawny models wearing crocheted items that go up to a size 52 chest -- will this look good on me?  Probably not.  I've got no way of knowing.

GET A CLUE, IWC!  BIG GIRLS IN THE PICS SO WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE US -- cause we gots money and we put it where we feel comfortable -- which is why I so very seldom buy IWC.

sewbee42 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 8:14 AM

I agree with previous commentators, let us see size 14 and up women models.  Or...wonder of wonders...some of us seniors who love to crochet but time or accident has left us with less than perfect posture.   I would love to see a top that takes into consideration a 30 degree list forward, cart usage for walking, or (altho I do not need it) a "widow's hump" on the back.  Sandy

Georgina@8 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 9:00 AM

I would love to make the purple cardigan where can I find the pattern?  Thank you for your help.

on Jul 15, 2011 9:06 AM
on Jul 15, 2011 9:08 AM

What a great idea!  Could you have a model in a 1X pattern?

Thanks,

Melissa

SoilLady wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 9:10 AM

This is a really great exercise. The comments elevate the pictures from interesting to useful. Well done. Now go out and find a 40D with a true hourglass figure and show us how to adjust patterns. Great job.

meganka54 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 9:10 AM
horselove wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 9:32 AM

I'm seeing a lot of comments about including plus sized women here and I agree. I am young and a bit overweight. My doctor has also confirmed that I also am big-boned so my ideal weight is actually fourty pounds over what the charts say a girl my age should be. I have a curvy hourglass figure and the Trillium Tunic has that belt on it that would emphasise my hips. I have wide hips and that feature would make them look even bigger! Just like some others have mentioned I also don't want by bust area emphasized because I have a bigger bust as well so the Pinecone Top would not flatter me either.

I do like the Arboretum Cardi and the Chamomile Cardi. I have worn things like that before and they would look pretty good on me. I'd have to be careful of the sleeves though because if they are too short they just make my upper arms look even bigger. I do wish there could be some more curvy models in this gallery.

CarmelL2 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 1:00 PM

It is a great idea to show the items on other size people.

allora619 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 4:03 PM

I definitely need to know where all these patterns are!  Thank you for posting this for us!

 

hildis79 wrote
on Jul 15, 2011 5:33 PM

all your blouses are wonderful!

on Jul 15, 2011 7:27 PM

I have read the comments below and concur that special sizes are needed. I am 5'8 and a size 1-2x. I realized that I have bought knitting and crochet magazines and books for 50 years and have made only one or two garments for my children and grandchildren. Nothing for myself. What we need is a really good book on how to customize sizing. I read the entire magazines for the special stitches, etc., but do not expect to use the patterns.

It is important for us to read the height, weight and measurements of the models. This might make it hard to find models, but this is all among friends who would be grateful for their sacrifice.

Since I don't find patterns to use for myself, maybe I should just not buy the how-to magazines.. They are just" Wish Books", like the old Sears and "Monkey Wards" catalogs of yesteryear..

 

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rajithanair wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 2:53 AM

Nice work

How do i get the pattern instructions for Chamomile Cardigan?

rajithanair wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 3:04 AM

Nice work

How do i get the pattern instructions for Chamomile Cardigan?

rajithanair wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 3:04 AM

Nice work

How do i get the pattern instructions for Chamomile Cardigan?

 

rajithanair wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 3:04 AM

Nice work

How do i get the pattern instructions for Chamomile Cardigan?

Tricie wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 5:20 AM

It was a wonderful idea, even though all were tiny women. It gives me ideas as part seamstress, avid crocheter, for ways to alter the patterns to address my particular challenges.  Who knows? I may end up a pattern designer for us "curvier" (my husband calls it "fluffy") gals.  Thank you. I love these!

TeresaDGA wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 8:33 AM

Goes to prove my point that crochet/knitted garments look better on thin ladies. 

Twisted1 wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 9:03 AM

I agree with all the other comments here - you need to show garments on fuller-busted women, too. We already know everything looks good on tall, thin people. Surely someone who works for the magazine has a 42" bust?

dak1220 wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 12:16 PM
dak1220 wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 12:16 PM
dak1220 wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 12:22 PM

I don't know why some people are getting so worked up.  While all these people are small, they never said it was going to be an exercise to cover all sizes.  I wear a 2 or 3x because I have a large bust and am in an apple shape, but you can still get some idea of how it would look as some of these ladies are thicker waisted than others.  I applaud their willingness to not only model, but to share their measurements with us.  In this day of thinner is better it is refreshing to see less than perfect people comfortable in their own skin. 

janzkatz wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 1:41 PM

I think there must be a mis-print. Can Toni really wear a size 4-6 top??. Check out her measurements with the other models.

janzkatz wrote
on Jul 16, 2011 1:47 PM

I think a lot of people who commented on this fashion show missed the point of what you were illustrating:

This is the same top being worn by people who were a similar size but have different body shapes. In your discussion you told how the model would alter the pattern to fit her shaper better. Very informative.

demiurge wrote
on Jul 17, 2011 7:46 PM

Please show more varied size women; smaller and much larger not weraing the same size tunic!,,,wearing tunics that fit them appropriately! Love the styles and designs but the gallery currently is a little useless!!!

linda cee wrote
on Jul 19, 2011 9:58 AM

How do I find these patterns?

madhuri27 wrote
on Jul 20, 2011 1:51 AM

Wow they are pretty awesome..these are hand made i think so..they were just amazing..we love to wear it on any kind of attire as it was transparent.It looks like a new model of attire. web design company

3Kz wrote
on Jul 21, 2011 10:26 AM

It would be better to see a few Big Beautiful Women in these frocks to judge the fit to the more full figured woman.  I love the Pinecone Top and the Trillium beauty, but what would the look like on a BBW?

3Kz wrote
on Jul 21, 2011 10:26 AM

It would be better to see a few Big Beautiful Women in these frocks to judge the fit to the more full figured woman.  I love the Pinecone Top and the Trillium beauty, but what would the look like on a BBW?

Janet Nibb wrote
on Jul 21, 2011 6:39 PM

A step in the right direction. Most full figure women have a hard time finding delicately handmade clothing that fit well.

Julie.anne wrote
on Jul 23, 2011 5:50 PM

Thanks for going to the trouble of doing this.  While it is true the women were about the same size it is interesting how differently they all look in the garments.  Love to see this done again .

chromophile wrote
on Jul 27, 2011 4:42 PM

It seems a lot of people who are agressively complaining in the comments aren't too clear about how these galleries come about. The 'models' in these galleries are often just women who work at Interweave (for example, Amy is the editor of Spin-Off and Toni is the editor of Crochet Me) and they are trying on the same sample garment used in the original magazine shoot. They don't have any other sizes knit up, nor are they likely to be able to make them since these galleries are just an extra curtesy for the readers to start a discussion about how to alter patterns to suit different body types. They likely wouldn't be able to show models in larger sizes because a) there might not be such models available in the office at the time this casual 'shoot' is taking place, and b) the original sample size would not fit larger women. Seriously people, these are not professionally created galleries that have the funds or means to have a bunch of different sizes and models.  This is just a curtesy to us readers that the very generous staff at Interweave do.  Enjoy it for what it is and appreciate all of the hard work that goes into making these galleries and realize that it is certainly not something that the Interweave staff are required to do.

gertzse wrote
on Jul 27, 2011 9:11 PM

I agree about curvy ladies. Why is everyone a size 6–8?

DenaC@2 wrote
on Jul 27, 2011 9:26 PM

In a time when we know about 50% of Americans are "obese", why aren't we seeing more patterns for the X-sizes?  While most women would probably like being a size 4-6, I'd say more don't fit in that range than do!  I'd love to see more of the large sizes and in flattering patterns rather than stuff that just hangs from the shoulders/bust line.

leemcf wrote
on Jul 27, 2011 9:38 PM

I think this is a great way to explain fit to crafters.The one garment fitted to 4 body shapes certainly gives a good indication of of what to expect from a garment of that size, therefore enabling them to crotchet the size appropriate to their figure type. Thank you, Lee McF

leemcf wrote
on Jul 27, 2011 9:44 PM

Dear crochet me, I tried to rate your article at 4 stars but your rate this article box kept reverting to 3 stars only. LeeMcF

lneal wrote
on Jul 28, 2011 6:40 AM

Gallery would have been better with a variation of models in all shapes and sizes, the models make the designs look drab!

unicorn09961 wrote
on Jul 28, 2011 6:55 AM

Whitney would look great in a beautiful green or even any color that is not white or a variation of white. I even would think a blue or light purple would look good also in the pinecone top.

unicorn09961 wrote
on Jul 28, 2011 7:11 AM

I have read many  of the reviews here. Most have a valid complaint. I am not skinny by no means and am not heavy either. I do  however agree with the more robust women, they should be included also. I have a good friend who is heavy and many items even the ones I have patterns for would not fit her comfortably or flatter her in any way. More curved woman should be featured and used as models so that they can also see how it may look on them. I also would love to have the pattern for the pinecone top. I am on a fixed income and have no extra money to buy the magazines either in store or the emag. Like donna asked what is negative ease. I have heard this term many times also in knitting. And of course how do u figure the negative ease when adjusting a pattern (which I have no idea how to do either).

glorianne2 wrote
on Jul 28, 2011 7:54 AM

Those are great assessments but how do you modify/know how to modify a pattern without a sample already made to try on and adjust?

 

I made the Petals Pullover and had to work it 3 times in order to figure out the proper width and length for my size and shape. It was a bit frustrating to frog half a project twice.  Information on adjusting garment fit that way would be a stellar tip!

 

glorianne

Joyannerose wrote
on Jul 28, 2011 10:31 AM

I'm wondering if maybe I should make a pattern (like they do in sewing), to see it it would fit.  Has anyone done that?  I've been trying to find a vest, and did come across a site to help you figure out how to do the measurements, but I don't know if I can post that here.  It is interesting looking at these pictures how different the tops look on the different girls, who are all similar in size.  Makes me wonder if it would even look good on me if I ever got it right. :(   Even though I wished for some plus size women to model things, this still gave me some insight to styling an item, and I hope they keep improving this gallery.

VonVonne wrote
on Jul 28, 2011 10:57 AM

Not as helpful since they're about the same size; no featured plus size women with curvatures!

bev_bennett wrote
on Jul 28, 2011 1:44 PM

Not really impressed with the gallery. I'm about the same height as Amy, but heavier, so I'd like to see it on someone who wears a size 18. Also, I love the Trillium Tunic, and want to know where I can get that pattern!

on Jul 29, 2011 11:29 AM

I love seeing the various body types modeled in the shirts - it is a help.

But I also echo what others have said.  I"m not even a plus-sized woman, but I've not been a size 8 since high school so it's hard for me to picture myself in those garments.  Especially considering I prefer a looser fit and am not sure if it would look right. 

Is there any way we could get a view of what a looser hanging fit would look like?  Thanks!

on Jul 29, 2011 5:16 PM

All of your models are truly beautiful, but it would have been a bit more interesting and helpful, if there would have been some plus sized models, and also some very slender models.

Even though "sizes" may be close-it doesn't mean that bust sizes are... I'm 43yrs and after a lot of dieting and excersize, I'm down to 240lbs with a 38C bust and a fairly hour glass figure-which I thankfully have always had.  I normally wear a 1x for comfort, and because the fit is better over my larger shoulders-which are that way from being athletic in my non-handicapped Youth.

My daughter is 21yrs with a 38DD bust but can wear misses large tops and looks great in them.  She doesn't have quite the same middle as I do-mainly because her generation wears their jeans too low, even if a higher waist would look better... :)

If you had both of us wear the same sweater in a xl-we would look wholly different in it...but my daughter's best friend is a size 2 with a very small bust-who has a larger rib cage and a lot of muscle from an athletic lifestyle-the same sweater design would dwarf her-even though she usually buys large tops also...???

I realize that your models were the actual makers of the sweaters above-but are they the ONLY people that can crochet on your staff?  And couldn't the sweaters have been made for someone else on the staff?  Just a thought...

Blessings-keep up the great tutorials...they do help!

 

 

 

 

AngiesSong wrote
on Jul 31, 2011 9:19 AM

Thank-you sooooo much to the models and showing us what these garments would look like on different built women. I think you got your point across great. Some of us larger women should make these and show you what they look like after we have altered them for ourselves. I would love to make all of them!! Would you please let me know where I may get these patterns? I could not seem to find out where to get them.Great job ladies and Thank-you to you all who have put an effort into it.

jayadevi wrote
on Sep 14, 2011 4:27 PM

Sorry - had to laugh!

My bust is 46" my hips are 47" and my waist is only 36" - if you combine that with the fact that there is only seven inches between my lowest rib and my hip bone, you'll see that I'd have to do a lot more adjusting than that.

Mostly I don't bother with bought patterns, I make them up myself- I see a pattern that I like and then have to waste hours working it out or adapt the motifs to an entirely different shaped garment.

 These ladies have no problems with basic patterns- they all just have minor tweaking.

jayadevi wrote
on Sep 14, 2011 4:33 PM

Mind you, having said that- I do realize that it's only who was available, and thanks to all participants. It's a very interesting exercise to do, and very informative. 

jayadevi wrote
on Sep 14, 2011 4:33 PM

Mind you, having said that- I do realize that it's only who was available, and thanks to all participants. It's a very interesting exercise to do, and very informative. 

on Oct 5, 2011 4:21 AM

Gosh, why are you all complaining?  These were ladies in Toni's immediate circle at the time of the shoot!  And I think many of you have missed the point.  It was to show how the same size garment can look different on differernt or even silmilar bodies, and then to give suggestions to modify the garment to make it a better fit in  each instance.  It is not intended as a  cross section of the population.  And yes these women do represent a large portion of the population.  I fall somewhere between Toni and Kathy, so suggestions for both of these women are helpful to me, not only for these garments but for modifying others too. 

Bravo to Interweave for at least trying to show their garments on real womens bodies.  How many other magazines even offer this service?

colerich wrote
on Jun 27, 2012 9:38 PM

these are great patterns  i am from jamaica how do i get these patterns

dianemaureen wrote
on Jan 7, 2013 11:38 AM

where can i obtain a copy of the modern granny square jacket,please 

Nickiie wrote
on Jan 26, 2013 11:04 PM

What a fun day at the office! This is fantastic. Thanks for showing me what these tops might look like on my shape and size. Great suggestions too. Thanks.

on Jun 20, 2013 3:03 AM

I wear a size 12 and have a 32K bust (no, that's not a typo), so these gallery pics of flat-chested, skinny women are all useless to me.  Where's the curvy gal love?

rosalisa wrote
on Aug 11, 2013 7:12 AM

Son tutti belli i modelli che sono postati....sapessi l' inglese..............

rosalisa wrote
on Aug 11, 2013 7:12 AM

Son tutti belli i modelli che sono postati....sapessi l' inglese..............

Vallees wrote
on Jul 15, 2014 7:03 AM

Hi all,

I'm a new member here. Is there anyone who can tell me where and how I can get the pattern for these?

thanks,

 

Shahid1 wrote
on Sep 29, 2014 5:12 AM

its looking original because of its purity and simplicity.

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