Ahhh, the community. Doesn't it seem like all the knitty-istas are skinny young things? Who design sweaters for other skinny young things? But, there are a few goodies in Deep Fall . . .
Pleased to introduce you to Lia. She's got a lot going for her. A fitted shape to show off her curves. A deep v-neck to elongate the neck and add height. And, beautiful cable patterning which pulls in just below the bust to accent the girls. But . . . bulky yarn? In my view of the world bulk = fat. The designer, Mandie Harrington, says she chose the Malabrigo Chunky to make the sweater a quick knit. However, to be it doesn't matter how fast you can finish a project if, the first time you put it on, you think , "this makes me look fat". Because then it gets shoved to the back of the closet and never worn and there's all the knitting time down the drain. So, I really want to love Lia but I just can't, baby.
This is the Carnaby skirt by Nikol Lohr. I love knitted skirts (and in fact I just finished the sidewinder skirt from the fall issue). What I love about this one is the very strong vertical lines. The skirt is knit vertically with a heavily textured stitch to help prevent sagging. The patterned panels are interrupted by short rowed stockinette stitch sections which cause it to flare out and create the A-line shape. The gauge of 19 sts over 4" is just on the edge of what I prefer (since, as I said above bulk = weight) since no one wants extra pounds on their hips and bottom, but I think the vertical design elements help counteract the horizontal spread. The designer was even thoughtful enough to acknowledge that not everyone is comfortable wearing a 17" skirt, and to give directions for lengthening (or shortening).