Ok here's a question...I'm trying to get started on this and I just got done measuring myself...I am 42 3/4" above my chest where the shirt will sit but the fullest part of my chest is 46" should I go ahead and knit for the 42 3/4" measurement and the elastic will stretch or should I knit bigger?
Also another question... my hip area where the shirt will end at is 49"...does the pattern allow for it to be bigger there or would I need to cast on for that measurement and then decrease more?
I had these issues as well. But I realized you pull the thing over your head to get it on, and if you knit the stockinette section long enough it will just go over your chest. My tip is to put on whatever bra you plan on wearing with it (or just any old bra if you don't) and measure from the point that you want to be the top to the point underneath your bust where the ribbon/eyelet section will be. For me this was nine inches...you might have a lot of stockinette to knit! lol
As for the hip part...well I'm not sure how far it will stretch. The slight ribbing effect the purling creates allows for a little stretch. You can't tell in my pictures but it's stretched nicely in the front. What size are you planning on making?
I plan on following her directions for doing it based on your measurements. I just realized that when I have my jeans on (which is what I will be wearing with this top) my hips are roughly between 46 and 47" so I should be alright as far as that goes. I'm also knitting straps to cover my bra strap and to make sure I don't get a ticket for indecent exposure.
Thanks for the tip about measuring how long the stockinette should be!