As a wise man once said: “the best time to wear a striped sweater… Is all the time.” Words to live by, as user Crafty of PlanetMinecraft might agree. Or maybe not – regardless, this Kawaii Sweater Skin features a striped sweater that I instantly fell in love with.
There is only one minor negative for this skin which I wish to clear right away. Her arms do not show any shading near the edges to differentiate them from the cloth on her torso. Granted, such a visual effect is not entirely impossible in real life, but it does not lend itself well to the Minecraft universe.
Moving on: I know I say this often, but this is my new favorite female skin. It is simply fantastic. The patterns on the sweater are adorable and make excellent use of the limited area. Plus that hat (beret?) truly rounds out the skin and provides a visual connection back to her boots.
Now, if you have been following my reviews for a while you know there is one thing about long-haired skins that bugs me: glued-to-legs syndrome. Skins may look fine with long hair or dangling accessories while the player remains still, but since they are painted onto the back of the legs, running just looks strange.
Crafty clearly did not do this; along with the overall quality of this finely crafted skin and the judicious selection of hair length, I award this skin ten out of ten submerged pineapples.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
Leave a comment with your own rating out of ten and explanation why. I would love to see others join in on my critiques of skins.