Monday, September 12, 2011

Knits That Fit

It sounds so simple. You follow a pattern from a magazine or website for an absolutely adorable sweater. Size medium sounds good, that is what you normally buy from the store..... and several months later you have a sweater that is cute - when it isn't on you. A HUGE MONUMENTAL disappointment.

So, what did go wrong?

Our good friends at Potter Crafts come to the rescue with a new book that addresses this very issue that knitters encounter time and time again. Knits That Fit is a conglomeration of instructions and tips to create knit items that fit as well as how to alter those that don't currently fit into something that will.

The first thing I learned was that there are 5 places where individual fit should override the pattern (this seems obvious, but is often ignored):

  • Garment length
  • Waist length
  • Sleeve length
  • Cuff width
  • Shoulder width

Knits That Fit also provides some guidelines for how to match certain shaped sweaters to appropriate bottoms, whether skirts or pants or leggings.

The big take away I had from this book is math is your friend and don't be afraid to override the pattern to get a better fitting result.

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