This week we’re featuring two patterns from 2012 that were hot then and just as hot today. Today we’ve got a guest post from designer Jennifer Dassau of The Knitting Vortex, who takes a look at her Jilted, then and now.
From Jennifer: As Jilted approaches its fourth anniversary, I found the time was right for me to reserve it a place in my personal wardrobe reevaluation program. You know, where you pull out an older piece and try it on with all the new stuff you’ve acquired since then; see if it works with the new jeans style, your current haircut, or your unforeseen urge to purge everything of a certain color out of your closet.
Recently I subjected Jilted to this test, and it performed amazingly. At the most elemental level, it’s a simple topdown raglan, with clean lines and smooth untextured fabric – so really it can go with anything and not compete. I’m finding the uncomplicated vibe of it very modern. The neckline is wide enough to layer successfully over a collar, or over a tank with a casual bit of strap peeking out; the 2-row purl neck edging can be encouraged to roll ever so slightly for an undone look that goes with beach hair and not-trying-too-hard.
The dropped stitch columns on the front and sleeves provide just enough visual interest – and knitting fun! – to make you that girl with style, and maybe just the hint of an edge . . . but not so much that you’re scary or in danger of getting snagged on something. My teenage daughter has recently taught me how to do a deep smokey eye, and Jilted stands up to that just as well as pairing with a tinted lipbalm plus sunscreen, natural face.
Jilted has always been a bit of a Janus, with two potential fit personalities depending upon how you choose your sizing. I still am a fan of the original design concept, which was slouchy, boxy and cropped. How many boxy sweaters have we seen in the last four years? It’s a huge design trend that keeps going strong, as we embrace our millennial casual lifestyles. The thing I like about Jilted that’s different than the (many!) other boxy tops I have, is the wide rib hem and cuff that change up the usual silhouette – can you say high-waisted jeans? Or bodycon skirt? I love the juxtaposition of loose and slouchy at the top with a fitted and slinky hip.
A lot of knitters have embraced Jilted’s other personality, as a very versatile, more traditionally fitted sweater, by making a size with no ease. By reducing the boxyness but keeping a cropped sleeve and length to the high hip, you have a modern sweatshirt fit (so popular!) that’s nice enough to go to the office or out for drinks. Someone might even choose this sort of style to wear in her video podcast!
In terms of materials, the suggested MCN fingering weight yarn remains an excellent choice – just enough softness so that the sweater feels and looks great on the body. My sample was knit in the now-discontinued super bright Fairy Tale colorway, but Knit Picks Capretta currently is offered in both burgundy Wine and Regal purple colors that play on Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. Capretta also has an array of other deep saturated colors that appeal, like blues, woodsy greens and earthy browns. Allyson’s sample is in indie hand-dyed grey, always a fabulous choice; specific indie yarns like the Roman Hills Gissing may be hard to find sometimes, but with so many lovely dyers out there, there are myriad choices. Jilted’s simple style makes it extremely suitable for a lovely tonal or semi-solid indie yarn, and we all continue to adore those.
I love it when a handknit is a longterm success, and I’m delighted to report that my Jilted is is as fresh as ever, fitting in nicely in my updated closet. After this investigation, I decided there was no reason to wait until fall to wear it again, so it became the perfect light layer to wear out to this year’s fireworks.
A big thank you to Jennifer for guest posting for us today! And remember you’ve got until Sunday at midnight to snag Jilted for only $4.