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achrisvet
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  2:57:28 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Most garments are designed symmetrically. The 2 sides of a cardigan are mirror images of each other. Some, however are designed o be asymmetrical. Sally Melville has one where one cardigan front is longer than the other. Or in a Vogue last year there was a cabled cardigan where one side was wider and the fronts were longer than the back. I always feel that if I made one of these it would look like I made a mistake. The Vogue sweater is growing on me, though.

I was wondering how others felt about asymmetry, does it attract you or put you off?

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purlthis
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  3:18:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't like it. I feel it looks like the stereotype granny knits that were always out of wack.

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A10CO
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  3:22:16 PM  Show Profile Send A10CO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hate! Well, hate is strong. But I like symmetry.
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knitwitch39
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  3:27:30 PM  Show Profile Send knitwitch39 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Don't like it. I am one of those who want/need/prefer balance.

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kat0926
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  3:29:00 PM  Show Profile Send kat0926 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't like asymmetry at all. I another one who prefers balance.

Kim
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azblueskies
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  3:33:11 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't like it either.

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mokey
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  3:55:01 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like it but for my body shape it isn't very flattering.

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JulieB
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  4:29:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit JulieB's Homepage Send JulieB a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't like it. There's a sweater in the current IK with a symmetrical v-neck which looks like someone just knit it wonky. i keep looking at it thinking it's a nice, plain v-neck, but then noticing that there's something a little odd about it.

Julie.

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orangina
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  4:36:31 PM  Show Profile Send orangina a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm glad you started this thread! I am not fond of the asymmetrical look in knitting. Looks like a knitting mistake or like someone who has their buttons lined up with the wrong button-holes, you know? I'm hoping this trend will soon fade away.
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suzannevh
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  5:00:03 PM  Show Profile Send suzannevh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't like it either but I recognize that my tastes tend towards the simple and basic.

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diamondgirl
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  5:03:04 PM  Show Profile Send diamondgirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Hate it violently.

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Kathleen-NYC
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  5:06:05 PM  Show Profile Send Kathleen-NYC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm one of the minority that likes the asymetrical shape. I made the Sally Melville one last year and plan on making another.
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careynev
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  6:04:29 PM  Show Profile Send careynev a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am really attracted to asymetry, but have never made an asymetrical anything. Not sure why. I think I'm too chicken to declare that I did it on purpose, maybe. I don't know.

But I really like the concept and the way it looks on others, so I guess I should just bite the bullet and make something for myself.

Judy, the Nerdy Knitter
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azknitter
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  6:16:16 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The only asymetcrical shaping I like is in the front of a cardigan where one side overlaps the other and is fixed/closed...at the shoulder or just below it while the hemline is still even.

Otherwise, I don't think it's very flattering to any body shape. It just looks sloppy most of the time.

Trish
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diantha
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  6:18:25 PM  Show Profile Send diantha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've never seen any of those patterns. I can't imagine why anyone would do it. I do like assymetry normally, but not in the shape of a garment - more in a decorative design. Are these sweaters attractive at all?
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elizh
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  6:59:35 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think it looks sloppy, like a sweater buttoned up wrong.
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abt1950
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  7:24:25 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like some assymetrical designs & would love to knit one. But I'm not sure if it would work for me. You have to have the right kind of body for assymetrical stuff to hang properly and not look sloppy.

Anne in NJ

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firymist
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  7:25:46 PM  Show Profile Send firymist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I really think it depends on the design and how it's carried out. It can look sloppy if done poorly, but if done well it should have a balance and be well executed.

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lizknit
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  7:57:41 PM  Show Profile Send lizknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I appreciate asymmetry in a painting but not in a garment.

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glccafar
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  7:58:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit glccafar's Homepage Send glccafar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Don't like it.
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bfaye
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  8:06:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit bfaye's Homepage Send bfaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've seen some garments that might look right on someone with the right body type and personal style, but it's not my style.

benne
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