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Topic: Yoke sweaters... for busty ladies? How?  (Read 1251 times)
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hyerac
« on: September 22, 2007 07:39:22 AM »

I've looked at various sweater patterns with yoke details, and wondered, "How could I wear one of those?"  I've always been a bit afraid of them, because the detail would bisect my chest.  I'm a C-D cup, and wouldn't want the pattern hitting me at the nips, if you know what I mean.

The most recent pattern I was thinking of is the Cobblestone Pullover from the latest IK.  I recently saw that a woman had made (and modeled) a version for herself.  She was not as endowed as I, and the fit seemed fine.  But it made me think again, "How could I make that look good on me?"

So this time, instead of letting the question regrow cobwebs in my head, I'm bringing it to the brains that make up Craftster.  Any ideas on how to make a yoke sweater pattern work for someone with a larger chest?
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007 09:23:45 AM »

The yoke detailing generally starts above the underarm so I don't see how that would affect the bust area at all.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007 09:56:51 AM »

I'm in the same boat trying to make the U-Necked Back to School Sweater from Fitted Knits.  It has an empire-waist type line under the bust, and in commercial sweaters, those damn things always seem to hit me at nip height.

You can go two ways -- either end the pattern at armpit length or extend it down past the boobage so it ends after the widest part of your chest.
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hyerac
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007 10:06:00 AM »

The yoke detailing generally starts above the underarm so I don't see how that would affect the bust area at all.

Yes, but it if you draw a line from one armpit to the other armpit, it cuts right across my chest.  I don't want my chest chopped in half by a change in texture or color, because I think it would look... less than flattering.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007 10:31:32 AM »

Yeah, thats never a good look. Ever. I could use this info too.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2007 01:05:21 PM »

The most recent pattern I was thinking of is the Cobblestone Pullover from the latest IK.  I recently saw that a woman had made (and modeled) a version for herself.  She was not as endowed as I, and the fit seemed fine.  But it made me think again, "How could I make that look good on me?"


This might be too simple, but for the Cobblestone, couldn't you just switch from stockinette to garter at a level that looks good on you? Or are you looking for ideas to adjust any kind of sweater?
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missknitty
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2007 01:09:22 PM »

I'm a DD cup and there's no way around having to try on the sweater for me (and altering the fit or pattern). I'll change the fit and pattern, so that it doesn't interfere with my boobs. Wink These ladies have some good solutions. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2007 01:49:59 PM »

The most recent pattern I was thinking of is the Cobblestone Pullover from the latest IK.  I recently saw that a woman had made (and modeled) a version for herself.  She was not as endowed as I, and the fit seemed fine.  But it made me think again, "How could I make that look good on me?"


This might be too simple, but for the Cobblestone, couldn't you just switch from stockinette to garter at a level that looks good on you? Or are you looking for ideas to adjust any kind of sweater?


I could just switch at a better time, you're right.  The only thing I'd be worried about is the fact that stockinette and garter have different row gauge, so I'd have to figure that out...

And I was looking for ideas in general, mostly... just picking the brains of the Craftster peeps.  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2007 01:59:04 PM »

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And I was looking for ideas in general, mostly... just picking the brains of the Craftster peeps.  Thanks!

Try the book "Big Girl Knits" by Jillian Moreno. There's a section about making sweaters to fit. Also, try "Sweater Design in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti - it has lots of info about fitting adjustments.
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2007 03:53:51 PM »

I absolutely agree on the Big Girl Knits. I'm currently trying to figure out if I can use their short-row bust shaping on a top-down sweater...I'm going nuts!
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