This is one of the most enjoyable patterns I have worked with for a long time. It was really interesting learning how to knit a box pleat and sew it together afterwards, and I think it creates a very flattering line over the hip. I did build extra waist-shaping into this pattern, and knitted it with one inch of negative ease. Those were the only changes I made to the pattern.
Military-style jackets and cardigans are everywhere. It feels like this is the year of the sweater! Very exciting, but I feel panicked at the same time, as if I have to knit non-stop to keep up with this exciting trend towards knitwear dominating fall fashion this year! I felt very much on my own knitting my sweater girl style V-neck last year:
But thanks to Mad Men, the sweater girl look seems to be totally in—did you see the retro sweater spread in September Vogue? It was unbelievable!
All of the double-breasted cardigans and jackets now have been intriguing as well. How long has it been that double-breasted anything has been popular? Perhaps it’s been out so long because it’s easy for it to go wrong. Without enough waist shaping, that style can look really boxy, in my opinion. What I loved about Kim Hargreaves’ design is the way she gave the masculine military cut a feminine twist with the waist-shaping and box pleats. The design is filled with fully fashioned detailing, and aside from sewing on 18 buttons, I enjoyed every minute of it!