Hey guys! I've gotten a few pms about how I increased the Ballet T to fit my, um "generous" curves (why, yes, my chest *is* 53 inches thanks for asking
) so I thought I'd post it here in case anyone else was curious about it.
I think Mizuriro explained it pretty nicely so I certainly don't want to detract from her post either! I'm just explaining it in different words
re: resizing the Loop d loop ballet T
It was totally easy to resize this pattern to fit! Bear in mind, I bought the pattern directly off the website (http://www.loop-d-loop.com/productspages/summertops/tb.html
) before buying the book and I've never taken the time to compare or find any differences between the two.
I was aiming for a size 22-24 and the original pattern is for two size groups: 1-8 and 8-14. So I had to increase by two increments to get to my size group.
A good rule of thumb for increasing a pattern is to just count the difference in the number of stitches between the sizes.
For example, in casting on for size 1-8 the pattern says 56 stitches, for 8-14 it says to cast on 62 stitches - the difference being six stitches. So for sizes 14-18 you should cast on 68 stitches, or for size 20-24, add another 6 stitches for a total number of 74 stitches.
Then whenever the pattern gives a number of stitches, with the stitches for the larger size in parentheses, just add the difference between those numbers to match your size. With this pattern the difference was usually only 1-4 stitches.
Believe me, I'm "Math is Hard Barbie." Not that I can't do it I just have no patience whatsoever where math is concerned. So the fact that I did the math on the fly for each and every number in the pattern with no writing should indicate just how easy that math was to do.
I also did a few extra shaping rows where I added a few decreases to accomodate the difference in row numbers between the sizes and rows at the bottom to add some belly coverage since the original pattern is a bit cropped for my taste, and belly size.
The particular kind of yarn I was using (two strands of Textiles a Mano "Atlanta" cotton held together) is pretty stretchy and doesn't have much "memory" so it's sort of become less fitted over time so definitely check the elastisity of your yarn too! And, as others said, that is some bulky yarn so definitely consider how that thickness will look on you too.
So this is what it looks like
I also have a flickr set with some other photos of it if you're curious: http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/594702/