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.