I have been knitting for about a year & I'm beyond frustrated. I am ready to knit a sweater for myself but it seems that every sweater I find needs some sort of modification. My biggest frustration is that lately I'm finding patterns that are only for one size bust line - usually a 36. I have a 42 inch bust line which from what I have figured out, generally translate to a size 20 in most sweater patterns. I am a size 12. So I have been told to put bust darts or similar suggestions but I don't know HOW. I live in the Dallas area & have scoured my many many LYS & no one offers a class on pattern mods. I have also inquired about PAYING for private lessons but haven't gotten any response. I get a general "I'll help you comment" but it's usually from someone in a group & there isn't time to sit & concentrate with me specifically, which I need.
Also, I hate to say this on this board, but I am 34 & dress pretty trendy - I have had several older ladies help me but then it seems to end up...well, old lady-ish. I realize I can learn a ton from these ladies & I do appreciate the help, but I don't want them taking the trendy out of say...a Vogue Knitting pattern & I have found that to be true of the people I've been dealing with. No offense, but I think you can understand where I'm coming from. I don't want a boxy sweater damn it!
Any suggestions? Online resources? Help?