Friday, October 18, 2013
Alterations: neckline brought up a bit higher, and short row bust darts made, in addition to the vertical bust darts called for in the pattern.
This pattern is a scoop neck, three-quarter length sleeved pullover with set in sleeves. Worked in stockinette stitch, with a simple lace pattern at the hip and lower sleeve. The neckline has a simple rolled edge finish. Knit in pieces (back, front and sleeves) and sewn together. Actually, I used a crocheted chain stitch to join the pieces, as I wasn't sure about sizing, and I thought it would be easy to 'unzip' the seams and re-do if necessary. The fit seemed fine, and the seams looked good, so the crocheted seams stayed. I love when things work out that way!
As can be surmised from its title, Amy's book is all about fit -- by identifying our particular body type, then choosing styles that will best flatter each type (she profiles three types -- top-heavy, bottom-heavy and proportional). She gives instructions for techniques to customize to your individual shape, and there are patterns for sweaters -- geared to each of her three types. I haven't studied the book well enough to give an in-depth review, but I have liked what I've seen so far. I think it would certainly be helpful to any knitter who is interested in customizing, and adding shape, to their knitwear.
Amy favors what she calls vertical bust dart shaping -- basically the front is knit wider than the back at the bust (hip and waist measurements remain the same), but she also covers how to do short row bust darts. I like that she advises waist shaping done in the interior of the pieces, rather than at the edges, a technique I first encountered in a Lily Chin class years ago -- it's a sleeker look I think. At any rate, take a look at this book if you are at all interested in learning some basic fitting techniques for knits.