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A knitting question! 
24th-Jan-2011 10:32 am
Knitting: Morticia
Knitters! A question for you!

I want to make this cardigan.

Sizing is as follows: XS (S, M, L, XL) to fit bust sizes 34 (39, 44, 49, 54) inches.

**narrows eyes**

Those are mostly not regular band sizes. So ought I to be measuring around my widest bits, not my band size? I'm a 32D, so there's a significant enough difference that I'm not going "oh, 34" automatically.

Please help because it is so pretty and if I spend all that time making it and it's the wrong size I shall weep.
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24th-Jan-2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, this, exactly.
24th-Jan-2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
I add: sweaters tend to actually be measured in inches. It's worth measuring a *sweater* that fits the way you want the one your knitting to fit, if the sweater pattern has a "finished measurement."
24th-Jan-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, good idea.
24th-Jan-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
It looks doable. Is it totally hubris that it looks doable? It's a three-row repeat, patterned on both sides.
24th-Jan-2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
It's doable. I say that without having looked at the pattern, but I have faith in your abilities. If you want it enough, you'll get it. Plus it's not like you don't have plenty of troubleshooters around. :)
24th-Jan-2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely and tactful way of pointing out how stubborn I am. :)
24th-Jan-2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Ha, I honestly wasn't thinking about that. :) I just know that it's true for me! I mean, my current project? Why can't I do things the easy way? Instead I decided to learn double knitting on 3mm needles with fingering weight cotton yarn and a chart I designed myself. High five! But it's turning out awesome and the person it's for is going to lose her mind over how awesome it is.
24th-Jan-2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
The fingerless mitts I'm making for sindrian? I am afeared. I keep squinting at the pattern trying to make it make sense. Which has not been working thus far. I'm going to have to Learn By Doing, which is argh with fingering-weight yarn and size 1 needles, because by the time I realize I've screwed up I'll have done a lot of knitting already.
24th-Jan-2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Feel free to poke me if you want help on those.
24th-Jan-2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
*pokity poke poke*

24th-Jan-2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ha, what's the pattern?
24th-Jan-2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
24th-Jan-2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'll download it tonight and take a look at it.
24th-Jan-2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
24th-Jan-2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll forgive me for butting in, but you are a BRAVE woman. Double knitting is cool as can be, but I hate working with cotton yarn.
24th-Jan-2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ha, thanks. :) It's for a friend who is really and truly allergic to wool, so her hat needs to be plant or synthetic, and to do the design I wanted to do it really needed to be fingering weight. So I'm using the Knitpicks cotton/acrylic blend, and it's really not so bad.
24th-Jan-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
A little acrylic under those circumstances is a wonderful thing. I'm a total yarn snob, but I'm practical, too.
24th-Jan-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
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24th-Jan-2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Cardigan knitting is where the hourglass thing has me going argh. So many cute cardigans... that fasten at the top and flare out, creating the illusion of no waist whatsoever! This one, at least, hugs the waist.

There's no shaping - start with a lot of stitches, bind off a bunch at the armpits, knit straight down. It's laceweight and cashmere/silk, is where the drape comes from, I think. I'd do it with either the yarn it was designed for or Malabrigo laceweight.
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24th-Jan-2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Cute! Yes, measure at your widest point. It looks like there's some negative ease in the pattern. A little bit big won't hug your curves, but a little bit small would be unwearable.

Mind if I gak your knitting icon? I have a friend who thinks I'm an Addams.
24th-Jan-2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
firebirdgrrl made it; I think it's shareable if you credit her!
24th-Jan-2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
24th-Jan-2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I'm still new enough to the knitting world that I'm still only on scarves and hats.

That cardigan looks AWESOME though!
24th-Jan-2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
You can do it! Hey, if I picked up knitting after a 20-some year hiatus (Mom taught me when young but I never enjoyed it) and my first project was a highly successful cable knit v-neck sweater for my Dad, you can do this. You have made laceweight shawls, which is something I cannot do. I'd love to see pics of your progress!
24th-Jan-2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, the shawls are lace, but not laceweight - they've all been fingering weight so far!
24th-Jan-2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
By the way, if any of your readers are in Nashville and know of a place that's hiring, I find myself in need of a job. I was let go Friday night and have no intention of sitting around waiting for something to come to me. Time is of the essence! I've done call center work for many years, but also have a solid background in things like secretarial work, warehouse/shipping/receiving and such and I'm a very quick learner. I would also greatly appreciate whatever good energy anyone can send my way because the alternative is moving back to Chicago and living in the parents' basement. It wouldn't be pretty.
24th-Jan-2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
There's a book - "Knitting for curvy people" maybe? - that has advice about how to adapt patterns to fit your curves.

I see knitting as both production and entertainment. If I have to frog something because it's not going to fit or I've made a mistake, I try to just see it as increasing the entertainment value I get out of the yarn I bought.
25th-Jan-2011 05:30 am (UTC)
Big Girl Knits, maybe? I know that the introductory part where they talk about shaping and adapting patterns made me extremely optimistic about being able to knit clothes that fit my generous frame.
24th-Jan-2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, measure around the widest part of the bust, wearing the bra you'd wear with the sweater.

*And* check the pattern for a measurement called "ease" -- the actual circumference of the sweater will be the bust size stated in the sizing *plus* ease. The picture looks like that sweater was designed to be fairly figure hugging, so it might not have any ease, but it's better to check.
25th-Jan-2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Also, check Ravelry for other people who have knit it - and see if the pattern knits true to size.

Do the maths for adjusting the sweater to you, as one of the other commenters said, and make sure your maths fit into the pattern, as well. I find it quite odd that the pattern goes up exactly at five inch intervals - never seen one with sizing that accurate.
25th-Jan-2011 03:01 am (UTC)
I checked on ravelry - 9 people have made it.

Ah. Cardigan is lacy, so will have stretch. I'd gauge swatch in pattern and see what you get so that you can make sure you don't have a tight band around your chest.
25th-Jan-2011 03:44 am (UTC)
What they all said. My finding in the past is that bust = around the bustiest part of the busty bust. Where as band = actual band. To coin a phrase, "Hold the measuring tape over your nips, and pray you don't go up a cup size."
25th-Jan-2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oooh now *I* want to make that sweater. *grin*
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