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« on: January 08, 2008 05:35:33 PM »

I've been knitting for a while now, and I really thought I knew what I was doing until I finished my last sweater. I made a Dollar and a Half cardigan and I hate it. I really think it just looked better in the magazine. I'm ready to frog it already and I just finished it two days ago.

The biggest issue is the sizing. It fits alright around the bust, when it gets to my hips that's another story, but I decided not to put any buttons on it so I wasn't too concerned. However on my arms it is very tight. I've noticed this happening with a few of the sweaters I've made. I consider myself average-sized and well-proportioned (except for my abnormally long torso, but I find ways to make that work), but for some reason when I make knitted things meant to fit my size bust-wise, I end up feeling like my arms are big fat sausages or something. It's horrible. I've thought of making the arms bigger but I feel like that would make the rest of the sweater look bad. I wouldn't even know where to start.

I measured myself and with my normal bra and t-shirt that I would normally wear under a cardigan, my bust is 37" (a far cry from what my measurement is without support, but you didn't need to know that). If I want a sweater that fits, ie it hugs my body without suffocating it, what size should I be going for? It seems no matter what I do I can't get anything to fit me just the way I would like it to. Any recommendations at all? I'm running out of ideas... Undecided

« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2008 05:30:04 PM »

I'm still working on making a nice-looking sweater (I'm close!  I just need to do the neck edging and my first flattering sweater will be done), but I've learned to ignore the "to fit bust size ___" and just measure the (okay, store-bought) sweaters that are flattering and knit to that size.  I've found that adding extra stitches to the front helps to accommodate my bust (and then I decrease to what my band size is so that I don't have a lot of extra fabric at my armpits). 

Also, I've shied away from a lot of patterns that I liked because the sleeves measure about two inches wider than I'd like them to, but I read the sleeve tutorial in the Winter '06 IK and now I know how to rejigger the sleeves to fit my arm and the sleeve cap.  So you might want to look into that. 

And I'm more interested in making sweaters that will look good for my body than to put difficult techniques in (although I'd gladly do something hard if I think I would look good in the end result), and Ravelry has been a great help because now I can look at a bunch of modeled pictures of a sweater that I'm interested and see how it looks on different body types.  I apologize if you're still waiting to get in, but it really is a cool site (not just entertaining but helpful too -- how often does that happen?)

Someone here (the maker of the Herringbone Sweater?) had a detailed tutorial on how to make a sweater that you'll really love, but I've been too lazy to do it since it involves pinning down jersey fabric and trying it on several times, but it sounds like a great idea to have a life-sized template to measure and work off of. 
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2008 01:47:55 PM »

I've been on Ravelry for a while but have just started to look through the different sweaters I've made/want to make (they're the only thing I knit anymore) and it's definitely handy for looking at how they will fit on different body shapes. However people rarely mention what size they're making.

I've also read several different places that it's best to measure a sweater that you already have that fits you well & make the size that best matches that measurement, but never thought to actually do it. I will probably have to get on that. However I have very few store-bought sweaters anymore. Maybe I'll just have to go shopping!

Thanks for the suggestions.  Smiley

« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2008 04:43:38 PM »

Make the sleeves bigger. It won't look weird if it fits you properly. In fact, it will look better.

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