Yesterday I posted about the release of my new sweater design Jilted. You may have noticed in pictures that Jilted appears styled differently around its various homes on the web. Part of that is thanks to the innovative approach of Holla Knits, which shows every published design in two versions – one knit up in a yarn from Knit Picks, and one from an independent dyer – and always in two different sizes. It’s so helpful to see how a sweater looks on different people and in different colors, to spark the imagination of how YOU would wear it. In the case of Jilted, there’s a bonus presentation of one size worn two very different ways based on fit.
I knit the vibrant Fairy Tale magenta sample in Knit Picks Capretta; “Let’s go BOLD!” said Allyson from Holla Knits, when we were discussing yarn colors, and I loved the idea of this unapologetic color for a sweater conceived as a statement of girl power self-confidence. The original sketch shows the design concept of a partly fitted, partly slouchy, body conscious knit. I knit the 39.5″ with the intention of 4-5″ of ease for my 35″ self; then I tried it on my 34″ daughter and thought it captured the look I was going for so well, that we styled it up to match the girl-going-out vignette from the pattern. That’s her in the first picture above, looking fierce on the street.
Of course I sent my sample off to Holla Knits with the pattern, and when photoshoot time came around, another styling opportunity arose. The lovely model with the 36″ bust also stands a statuesque 6′ tall, which is 6 inches taller than my model; you can see how the sweater looks in the picture above right, with about 3.5″ of positive ease, but a cropped effect – very modern over a long tank top. The average female adult height in the US is about 5’4″, but whether you’re average, petite, or tall, NO WORRIES – the body of Jilted is knit topdown and straight with no shaping (the rib hem pulls it in), so you can knit it as short or as long as you like.
Meanwhile, Allyson was knitting her sample in the beautifully subdued Don’t Blink color of Roman Hills Gissing, which to me really plays up the casual chic Flashdance element. Have I mentioned that grey is my absolute favorite color for apparel? Allyson knit the 36.5″ which is just about her exact size, so she’s wearing the sweater with no ease and knit to a medium length. I like the way this makes it the ultimate in versatility; you can go for a drink, to the grocery, to the park, anywhere, and be appropriately garbed as well as be able to layer a coat or scarf over if it’s chilly.
And so there you have examples of three styling options, with of course as many infinite possibilities as there are knitters – that’s why we knit our own stuff, right?
Now for even more fun, I’m giving away a free copy of the Jilted pattern; take a look at the photos on the pattern page on Ravelry for inspiration, then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me how you would size and/or style your Jilted. Fitted? Flashdancey? Subtle? Bold? Deadline for comments is wednesday September 26 at midnight EDT. One entry per person EXCEPT: for an extra chance, tweet a link to this post or like The Knitting Vortex on Facebook (dont forget to come back and leave your second comment if you do!) I will announce the winner, drawn by random number generator, on thursday September 27. And may the odds be ever in your favor!
To check out the other fabulous designs and yarns, take the Holla Knits Fall/Winter 2012 Blog Tour:
Sept 10th: The Sweatshop of Love – entire collection & New Girl pattern giveaway
Sept 11th: I Knit 2 Purl 2 – Devon Cardigan pattern giveaway, and subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 12th: Wooly Wonka Fiber – Devon Cardigan pattern giveaway, free shipping when you order a sweaters worth of yarn
Sept 13th: Stash, the Knit Picks Blog
Sept 14th: Knits in Class – Bombshell Shorts pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive discount
Sept 17th: The Owl and the Bee – Sexxxy Librarian pattern giveaway, and subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 18th: Periwinkle Sheep – New Girl pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 19th: Knitting Vortex – Jilted pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 20th: Roman Hills – Jilted pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive discount
Sept 21st: Under the Red Umbrella – Bombshell Shorts pattern giveaway
Sept 24th: Springtree Road – Henri pattern giveaway, 2 skeins Praline DK giveaway
Sept 25th: Magical Grammar – Henri pattern giveaway, subscriber exclusive yarn giveaway
Sept 26th: Dirty Water Dyeworks – Sexxxy Librarian pattern giveaway, free shipping on all orders with coupon code ‘Holla Knits’