What to Knit: Ashley

If you’re like me, you may have noticed the oversized sweater trend and thought, “I could never pull that off.” Unfortunately, I sometimes “think” out loud. Norah overheard and was determined to prove me wrong.

Last week, I got to spend an afternoon being personally styled by Norah (I know – I really have the best job!) in several of the oversized sweaters from our Spring/Summer 2013 collection.  I tried on Takla, Enter, Knicknack, Vizcaya and Leatrice, and Amanda got it all on camera!

I’ve already cast on for a Vizcaya of my own. I hope our video convinces you to keep an open mind about oversized knitting, too.


  1. you are all so cute – I like the side slits in the Takla top (hopefully the slits will stop the shirt from riding up in the back if you know what I mean)

    1. So glad you liked the video, Jennifer! I was really surprised with how nice Takla felt and looked when I had it on. I think it’s a great option for a variety of body types.

  2. I think every sweater looked great on you and like it was knit just for you. My problem is my stomach and I’m short. So I feel like everything will make me look like a round ball.

    1. Thanks, Dana! I have the same concerns with being short and having wider hips and chest. I’ve always stayed away from oversized looks because I was afraid it would make me look wide all over, but this experience really changed my mind. Something like Leatrice might be a good option, because I felt like the center panel was slimming and the longer sides made me look taller.

  3. How nice to see a “real person” modeling those beautiful sweaters instead of a willow tree/stick figure. Ashley looks lovely.

  4. Oh my goodness, every single one of those sweaters is beautiful. I think I actually would look good in any one of them, and I’m chunky, Norah you are a genius, thank you. I want one of each! 🙂

  5. I am working on the sweater Twin from Volume 11 on the right front (armhole split) it is quite confusing. I am making size 38, and when it comes time to bind off for shoulder with 38 stitches. I have to many stitches for that if I just decrease at neckline, and not enough if I decrease both at armhole and neckline. It just states continue neckline decreases as est. K3,k2tog work to last 5 sts ssk, knit 3. What am I missing???? help, help, help

    1. Lynn, I’m sorry to hear you’re having troubles with a pattern. Please contact Martha (patternsupport@berroco.com). She should be able to help you out.

  6. Hi, I really enjoyed seeing all of the oversized sweaters being modeled by Ashley Palumbo. I also liked the Vizcaya for myself, and would like to purchase the pattern. Would you please help me to find it so I can purchase it. So far I have not be able to locate where it is. Vera

    1. In this case, “oversized” actually refers to a style trend that’s been popular lately, though I can see where you might get confused! It’s up to Norah if she wants to be the model, but we do have another “What to Knit” video coming out in a week or two with a size 10 model.

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