Good old drop sleeves. Since their glory days in the massive-shouldered 80’s, drop sleeves have been a bit neglected by designers, perhaps for good reason. Arguably, no other sweater shape is more associated with the cliché “unflattering hand-knit sweater” than drop sleeves.
Basically, drop sleeves reduce a sweater to its most elemental: a big tube, with two little tubes attached to it at a ninety-degree angle. They can be fun, and easy to make, and they lend themselves well to elaborate color and cable patterns. But, flattering to the human form? Not so much.
Until recently. I’ve been on the look-out for cute drop-sleeve sweaters ever since I finished my Davis this summer. With short-row shaping, a cropped length, and very slim little sleeves, this sweater manages to avoid all the pitfalls of the drop-sleeve sweaters of yore, looking polished and modern while still slouchy and casual. Browsing through Ravelry’s “Hot Right Now,” I noticed the list was littered with drop sleeves. They are back in a big way, as are boxy, 80’s shapes in general, and lots of designers are doing beautiful things with them.
A couple weeks ago, my friend Deni approached me with an amazing opportunity.
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This sweater showed up in my Ravelry highlights yesterday (it’s like they know me).
I love the subtle shirttail hem and sweatshirt collar detail. And the texture!
Also, the story behind the name (from the pattern details page):
“Shinobi is another way of saying ‘Ninja’. My children, who are big fans of a Japanese Anime “Naruto’, named the pullover Shinobi when they saw my sample. (Shinobis wear a chain-mail like top underneath their famous black costume.)”
Maybe this is the Pacific Northwest talking, but I’ve always loved vests. I love how they fit nicely under jackets, and I love wearing them in the kitchen, and staying warm yet unencumbered by sleeves.