Simply Marilyn


Pattern: Simply Marilyn [.pdf], Interweave Knits Spring 2004
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky, Color 20, 8 balls
Needles: US 11
Completed: June 6, 2004

Notes: Geez louise, I finished this ages ago! You may remember that Marilyn helped me to complete my exams last year.


Yes, it's been that long. I wove in ends sometime this summer then just let her sit in the bottom of my drawer until sweater weather arrived.

Now that said season is here in all her coldness and dampness, Marilyn has emerged. She's heavy and soft, and extremely comfortable. Her sizing has been modified to hell and back. Virtually everyone who made the sweater as specified speculated that the one on the model was either not to spec according to the pattern, or pinned back to appear less shapeless, or that their viewing of the sweater on the cover of Interweave was just sheer hallucination. This sweater has schloompf potential. Modification was in order.

Stacy, however, having traveled this road before, was a wonderful guide to sizing Marilyn down. As a result, petitifying the sweater was easy as pie. Like Stacy, I cast on 8 stitches fewer for each side, and 4 fewer for each sleeve.

The only other modification I made was to the cuff ribbing. You can kinda see the sleeves in this photo:

Simply Marilyn Avec Sleeve

The ribbing at the cuff is long, like that pictured in the pattern photo, but I considerably lengthened the amount of ribbing suggested in the actual pattern, which definitely did not produce the cuff on the model. That's really annoying. I ribbed for 6" instead of the 4" the pattern suggests. Yes, who's a moron now? Laura wisely points out that the pattern actually has you ribbing for 8", 4" on smaller needles. Um, yeah.

My only other observation is that, although there are subtle differences in shaping that affect the way the neck hangs, I can no longer tell her back from her front. She may be backwards in the photos above, but no one will ever know for sure.

I think Marilyn will definitely be a frequent winter wear, on days when I'm not feeling too shapeless. She's a great snuggle piece.

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Posted by jess at October 22, 2005 1:41 PM

Super cute! That's a great colour on you, and I'm sure it'll be worn lots :)
Btw though, the pattern has you rib for 8" - 4" on the larger needles then 4" on the smaller needles; that's why the ribbing looks so long.

Posted by: laura at October 22, 2005 2:23 PM

Oh, the sweater looks a million times better on you than the IK model (maybe because you have a shape? - or because you gave the sweater some shape?). Stunning color... I wonder if I can still find that issue and wonder if I could afford the yarn. The sweater would definitely not have to be sized down for me. ha

Posted by: Laura at October 22, 2005 3:17 PM

Your Simply Marilyn looks simply smashing. I love the color. The DB Cashmerino Superchunky looks so snuggly.

Posted by: Gina at October 22, 2005 3:27 PM

Marilyn looks fabulous. Great color, looks wonderful on you!

Posted by: Jenn at October 22, 2005 3:36 PM

It's the colour choice too!

Posted by: Roxanne at October 22, 2005 3:52 PM

It's really, really lovely. Your photos help me to understand the neckline much better than the pattern's photos.

Posted by: Colleen at October 22, 2005 4:42 PM

Oh the sweater is just stunning and it looks amazing on you!!! Beautiful color and the neckline is so flattering - great job.

Posted by: Esther at October 22, 2005 4:53 PM

Ok, you look SMOKIN HOT in that sweater! I am thinking I might have to make it, although I am worried about the potato sack affect, as I am not thin or petite.


Posted by: Skylar at October 22, 2005 5:20 PM

I'm so impressed with the way your Marilyn turned out. I am so much more attracted to this color rather than the pink. Gorgeous.

Posted by: Jenn at October 22, 2005 5:24 PM

I was just coming to post exactly what Laura said...that sweater looks a million times better on you than it did on the model! The blue/purple color is definitely a better choice than the pink as well. Very well done!

Posted by: Natalie at October 22, 2005 5:43 PM

those are some faboo modifications there, jess. you look gorgeous in that sweater. you got me totally wanting to make knit that up now. as if i don't have enough on my knitting queue. thanks a lot!


Posted by: Sandra at October 22, 2005 6:38 PM

Absolutely lovely. The way it exposes the neck and shoulders is very flattering, I think you successfully avoided the "schloomph potential". ; )

Posted by: Julia at October 22, 2005 7:39 PM

very cute and kinda sexy on you, if i can say that!! ;)

Posted by: lynette at October 22, 2005 8:30 PM

Marilyn looks fabulous! So much more attractive than the original. I love the color you chose and the way the collar hangs. Fantastic!

Posted by: Karma at October 22, 2005 8:42 PM

It was worth the wait. Beautiful!

Posted by: kellyt at October 22, 2005 8:49 PM

Beauteous! It looks so warm and cozy.

Posted by: Lesley at October 23, 2005 9:38 AM

Ha! I had the same problem, I sewed a little tag to what I assumed was the back.

I did not modify mine and it's a sack. Witness:

Yours looks great! I have to say, I still wear mine for the same reason you cite, but I won't go out in it because it tends to just fall to the ground.

I link to your site on my new blog, I hope you don't mind. Let me know if you do, I'll remove it.

Posted by: Cirilia at October 23, 2005 11:24 AM

Wow - super hot. Incredible color - and you look great in it, which I didn't think was possible for any mortal being to do.

Posted by: eunny at October 23, 2005 12:03 PM

Wow! I saw that sweater on the cover on IK and thought -- too oversized for me. But now that I've seen your version I am really inspired to think about it again. It looks gorgeous on you!

Posted by: Julie at October 23, 2005 12:10 PM

You know what I'm going to say: Fabulous! I must say that I love the color and the cable in the middle...gorgeous!

Posted by: chica at October 23, 2005 11:38 PM

I love it! You did a great job resizing it and it looks fantastic on you. I was seriously thinking about knitting this last winter, and decided not to... now your lovely Marilyn has made me rethink that decision. :)

Posted by: Elizabeth at October 24, 2005 10:45 AM

ok so I was out of town and Im the last person to finally see this, but great job! I love how you took it from a sack to a beautiful sweater

Posted by: yahaira at October 24, 2005 1:02 PM

Hey, sweater looks great and all of the other stuff said already. I am about to embark on this pattern myself and have been going crazy-mad for three months (in between writing final anthropology paper--about knitting) trying to figure out the sizing adjustments for moi and my non-existant figure. I think I will mooch off your blogwords if you don't mind (let me know), thanks.

Posted by: Jessica at October 27, 2005 2:36 PM

Hey, I already posted a comment to this entry, but I have been searching the net for other peop's opinions on simply mary, and I found your neck to be the one closest to my liking. Possibly, would you mind sharing just what you did to get the boat neck so boaty?

Posted by: Jessica at October 27, 2005 3:02 PM

Your version of Marilyn is fantastic and it has inspired me to knit it as well with simmilar modifications. I am having a bit of a problem with the cable pattern though; it's missing row 4. I downloaded it of the Interweave site, and can't (locally) find a copy of that issue to see if it is complete. Do you mind letting me know about row4?

Posted by: Melissa at November 4, 2005 3:41 PM

I'm making your Marilyn sweater and wonder if you decreased the collar at all. I'm reading that it doesn't stay up? I love the collar and think it's sexy, but wouldn't be able to stand it if it were constantly sliding off. If you have details on what you did there, I would love to know. Thanks!

Posted by: Christy at November 11, 2005 9:08 PM

Great job and I love the color.

Posted by: Kang at May 7, 2006 4:12 AM

God you are delicious and the jumper, the Keep up your most excellent work dear, you really are hot!


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please e-mail me the directions for the Marilyn sweater. i love it.

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