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« on: June 11, 2012 07:32:33 AM »

I have a lovely yoked sweater which I want to remake, but modified. the one I have is shaped and has darts and shaping for a lady waist and breasticle area.... I was wondering if, with these removed therefore making it a straight sweater, the shape would look ok on a man?

« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2012 10:41:46 AM »

On a man, the widest part of the torso tends to be the chest, whereas on women, it tends to be the hips. You'll have to study the measurements and instructions carefully, because your approach will be different depending on if the pattern is written from the top or the bottom.

If it's from the top, select the size that gives a "to fit a ___ inch" chest measurement that matches his biggest measurement, even if that's his tummy. That way, you know the sweater will be wide enough to fit his biggest bits. For example, if his biggest bits are 42 inches around, select the size that is intended for a person with a 42 inch chest.

From the bottom is a little more complicated because of the shaping. The hem (as written) will likely be slightly wider than the chest to accommodate female anatomy. If you're lucky, it may be exactly the same as the chest, in which case, choose your size as above. Otherwise, if the hips are wider than the chest, you'll have to study the instructions carefully to determine where the widest part of the chest is for the size you need and cast on that many stitches at the hem.

Your quest is achievable, you'll just need to make a lot of notes to yourself to stay on track. Best of luck with your sweater!

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012 02:16:34 AM »


the gentleman in my life wants a fairaisle style sweater, but with the "fornicating deer" design along the yoke lol. It's gonna need some maths....
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2012 05:30:31 PM »

BUAHAHA! I LOVE the fornicating deer! I haven't ventured into fair isle yet, but those naughty cervids are one reason to try it Cheesy

Best of luck on your awesome sweater!

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