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« on: March 19, 2008 02:05:46 PM »

I would like to make a sweater for my mom for Christmas but she lives far away so I can't snoop through her clothes and I would like it to be a surprise so I can't ask her. She is a tricky shape though; depending on the brand I have seen her wear anything from a 2 to a 10. She's probably a 6 or an 8 on average, she just has to bump up sometimes because she's "well endowed". I didn't inherit her boobs so I don't know how to work with knitting around them...

Anyway, this is a roundabout way of asking what type of sweater I should make. I was thinking a wrap sweater, but I wanted some feedback about whether this would be appropriate for her body type and how to guess the right size to knit.

I was thinking of knitty's IVY http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/PATTivy.html
but I'm not quite sure I'm ready for the world of cables...
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008 02:18:12 PM »

Well, I have no advice other than cables are easy!  They take a little finesse at first, but you'll get them in no time and wonder what you were doing avoiding them!  Check out videos on knittinghelp.com and Grumperina has a picture tutorial on how to cable without a cable needle.  Don't let cables hold you back, if you can knit and purl, you can cable, there's nothing more to it.

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 03:08:50 PM »

Could you ask your dad to snoop for you, perhaps?

In any case, Ivy looks like the way to go.
Cables aren't bad at all Smiley
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008 09:55:36 PM »

If you can get someone to measure a sweater she wears a lot, it would be better to use those measurements. Measure the body just under the sleeves, arms at the widest point (usually at the underarm) the length from underarm to hem, the sleeve length from underarm to hem, and the length from shoulders to hem.

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