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« on: July 18, 2007 06:49:30 AM »

on the quest for the perfect fitting tank top, i've been disappointed by not one, but 3 different patterns (one was too small, one was too big, the last one looked awful). i've decided that it's time for me to just bite the bullet and design my own tank top.

i'm curious how the designers in here go about turning an idea into reality. i really want to make it in the round so there's no seaming; so, if working bottom-up how would i go about calculating my CO stitches? how would i figure out waist shaping? bust shaping, short rows or increases? how would i add a v-neck?

i'm thinking of making it look like this

any info would be appreciated greatly.

thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2007 08:15:17 AM »

Make swatches.  Do the math for your hem, make swatches for increases and decreases to figure out how many you need to reduce or expand, say a quarter inch, and pay attention to how many rows it takes to get there--one of the things I kept going back on while making my R2D2 hat freehand was the sizing. 

And really, this isn't a designer's question. I modify patterns all the time to work for me.  Some of it will be trial and error (sometimes other people's wearable patterns aren't functional--like the flaw in Anti-Craft's Snowball's Chance...armwarmers--it doesn't take into account that in order to put them ON, the hand needs to fit through the wrist section, too--I knit 2 & 3/4 armwarmers before finding a solution).

Doing the math beforehand will save you a LOT of trouble.
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007 08:26:48 AM »

thanks...

i was thinking of just coming up with a whole new pattern, hence why i want a designer's take.

i really suck at modifying patterns but i should look into it more b/c it would save me a huge headache.

i'm frogging my sophie top sometime soon and reknitting it. based on what you're saying i should not only knit a new size but add in a bit more shaping. cool. thanks!

now i really wish patterns had waist and hip size, not just bust size b/c it could fit me perfect at the boobs but huge everywhere else, i need to know what to take out and add in.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007 09:10:25 AM »

You would look at the number of stitches in the waist and hip sections of the pattern and figure out what they would be in inches according to the gauge. Which may not help much if the number doesn't change. I'm very generous on top but have a thick waist too, so I don't do shaping. Instead, I make a pattern to my high bust measurement, which is a couple inches of negative ease for the real bust measure and they turn out okay. It probably helps that I prefer using larger needles which makes stretchier stitches (no they're not see through) and that helps with the negative ease.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007 09:32:05 AM »

You should buy or get a copy at the library of Stephanie Japel's "Fitted Knits".  It'll give you lots of ideas and clearly shows how to get your things to fit.  Plus which -- excellent patterns!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007 09:37:09 AM »

You should try and read "Stitch N Bitch Nation".  The first section has an AWESOME guide to modifying patterns or designing your own!  It shows you how to figure out where you need increases and decreases,  how to make different necklines, etc.  It will definitely answer all of your questions!
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007 11:04:05 AM »

thanks everyone for the input.

i have SnB Nation and i've read it a bit, it does have some good info in there

and i really want Fitted Knits, i'm just waiting for borders to send me another coupon (or if they'll give me one when i go to the Harry Potter release on Friday)
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007 08:18:46 PM »

Borders sends out their email coupons late Wednesdays.
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2007 06:32:35 AM »

Borders sends out their email coupons late Wednesdays.

there's no coupon in this week's newsletter  Cry

hopefully they'll be giving out coupons at the release party like they did for HP: HBP. i would so use that coupon to buy Fitted Knits.
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2007 07:15:06 AM »

Yeah, I got mine just after I posted here. All HP related stuff. Except clicking on More Coupons, but only discounts for SB Diet books....
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