Fit your body: things going not-pear shaped.

You know how female bodyshapes are often compared to food? Apple, pear.

Well, I always thought I was a door with a crocheted shopping bag holding two melons from the market:


Yesterday I learned I am not a door with produce hanging of it. If I was I could have succeeded knitting the square back panel of Flower Doily Cardigan and just extend it towards the front.

As it turns out my shoulders are broader than the square at the top and I’m missing a chunk of knitting if I started the sleeves right next to the square. I miss about this much on either side of the square. That’s 5 cm (2 inches) per side:
Which explains why the cardigan WIP did not sit comfortable at all this week. The arm holes were digging in the front.

Yesterday I learned you cannot have a proper look at your back by yourself. You need another knitter to look at the fit and point things out to you and then take pictures when you don’t believe her.

That knitter yesterday was FiberRachel and these are the pictures that proved to me that my upper back is a triangle:
See how the sides of the square veer off towards the front straight from the bottom? It fits at the waist, where my hands are, but not higher.

I am very triangular at the back.
The square needs to go from 22 cm (8,5 inches) at the waist to 38 cm (15″) at the top over a short vertical distance of just 30 cm (11″)

I never knew because my waist is size 36, 78 cm around. At the back it’s about 36 cm  (14″) from side seam to side seam. Then comes the mellon-y bit at the front asking for a size 42-44. But the back would continue to be size 36, I assumed. Confirmed by the distance between my shoulder points at the back being 38 cm (15″) —-> “That’s about the same as the 36 cm (14″) at the waist. So straight up then.”

Only it isn’t. Taking the side seam as the edge of the back panel it first has to accommodate the armhole and then the fabric has to give room to the shoulderblades, making the upper back wider. It is not a straight vertical line at all! It’s a triangle.

“You have the upper back of a swimmer!”, Rachel said. A triangular swimmer. How can that be? I never swim! I do happen to carry a pair of melons though…

So I am not a door. A triangle then. On top of a squarish base (I have no waistline, no buttocks, no hips to speak of)

I am this shape:

What is that?!




Ah yes. Food shaped.

……(fancy hairdo)


that other cardigan WIP: purple flower doily cardigan

The sleeve does not sit well. I think I need more room across the upper back of my back.

Also the transition from the back flower doily panel to the sleeve is not neat:

I will frog the sleeve, give the back panel a nice finish and then pick up stitches for the sleeve.

When the sleeves are done I will pick up stitches along the fronts and give it a wide shawl like “button band”. Close it with a shawl pin.

Once, twice, Little Flower Cardigan

It’s happening again…

Is it a knitting law?
That whenever you knit a fitted garment you actually knit it twice. Knit once, wisen up, rip it out, knit it again, better.

This is my Little Flower Cardigan. The one from my handdyed sportsweight, where I start with a lace backpanel and then improvise a cardigan, inspired by Dahlia Cardigan. Two weeks ago I blocked the back panel in the cabin:

And then I spend all the time I didn’t knit on the green handspun rolls vest calculating and knitting the two front panels to the back panel. I had to figure out the rate of increases and the armhole and where to pick up the parked stitches from the back panel.

I used Grande Plage cardigan  by Claudia Geiger as my guideline since we share gauge and it has sleeves you knit after you knit the bodice:

And now I have two front panels and am at the bottom of the back panel and should start some waist decreases soon (or a bust dart) and I haven’t knit at it for a few days mainly because of distraction by thrummed earmufflers but also a bit because I was unsure about it:

These front panels are a bit skimpy. I reasoned: “I’m going to add a shawl collar, just like with Grey Pumpkin Ale. It’s going to be beautiful!”

But it’s not the front that’s the problem. It’s the sides. That armhole is very big.
“It’s allright. Your Grey Pumpkin Ale has big armholes too!”

So I showed my friends the picture and asked: “Are these arm holes too big? What would you do? Would you reknit the front panels?”
And they said: “Yes, they are too big. Reknit.”

😡 I don’t want to go back to where I was two weeks ago. I want to wear this cardi, now.
So I said: “My Grey Pumpkin Ale has big armholes like this! I’ll just pick up stitches and start decreasing in the round before I knit the actual sleeve. Here, like this:”

And they said: “They are too big on your Grey Pumpkin Ale too. Look at all the fabric at the underarm.”

Stupid hobby. Stupid knitting laws. I’m bound by this gorgeous yarn. I want that nice cardigan, with a nice fit. So I will reknit. After I recalculate everything.

In the mean time I’ve cast on for a loose fitting sweater. With a bouclé yoke. With sparkles. Without a pattern:

And I’ve bought fingering weight for another cardigan. With speckles. And stripes. (I don’t like stripes.)

And I’m ignoring the three vests and four cardigans I already have on the needles. They are in the closet.

I feel there are some more knitting laws in play here and that I’m not using any of them to my advantage.