Fall 13 Spotlight: Oshima
Posted by Jonathan on
Oshima design sprang out of my desire to use Brioche stitch to accentuate the beautiful shoulder details of a fully-fashioned pullover. The chiseled knit columns highlight the stitch pathways as they shape this part of the upper body. The soft spongey nature of the stitch pattern also inspired me to think about design details that would amp up the comfort factor to achieve the perfect "knockaround" sweater for fall and winter. A tiny hint of waist shaping and a slim upper sleeve keep the slouchy fit from swallowing up the wearer. The brioche cowl neck – which is picked up and worked directly from the pullover's crew neckline – along with the turned-back ribbed cuffs on the sleeves add both drama and a sense of coziness to the design. Though some of these details create a more memorable silhouette, I know they may not be for everyone, so I liked the idea that customization would be easy. If you don't like wearing cowl necks, try subbing a simple ribbed band when finishing the neckline. Or, work the sleeve cuffs to half the instructed length to achieve a standard (non-doubled) cuff. These types of modifications can produce a more classic, understated look while still featuring the strong graphic elements of the yoke shaping. It's always nice to have options.