I hope you were encouraged to jump into lace knitting with both needles after reading my post yesterday, how to make lace knitting fun! I told you it was possible to love lace knitting.
Today I’m sharing with you some of my secrets to making a top that fits you perfectly – not someone the size of the model in the photo, but beautifully, uniquely shaped you.
Every Body Is:
- Perfect just the way it is, today
- The right size
I’ve been called fat all my life. For most of my life, I thought this meant I was bad, ugly, and lazy. I don’t believe these lies anymore, and knitting has helped me turn my beliefs around. When I learned how to make my own clothes I realized that I could make garments that fit me instead of feeling bad for not fitting clothes that were designed and manufactured to clothing industry standards. Nobody is average. Everybody is unique. With years of knitting experience, I have learned to adjust patterns to fit my curvy, hipcentric shape.
Find a design that will suit you
The first step in getting the right fit is to choose a design that works for your body type. I’m a triangle or pear shape, so A-line garments that flare out at the waist work well for me. I chose the Graphite Tank top because it’s an a-line design which means it’s already designed in a way that suits me. Click here to get more information on different body shapes. Before you even consider casting on the first stitch take time to truthfully and with great kindness assess your body to decide if the pattern you are thinking of using will compliment your shape. If I’m not sure, I’ll often go to the pattern in Ravelry to see if someone else of a similar size and shape has knit it to see how it looks on them.
Know your measurements
Yes, you have to gauge
Not enough stitches to get gauge – go up a needle size or two. Too many stitches – go down, and try again. Yes, I’m serious; you’ll have to knit another one.
Nothing will help more to ensure you get the right fit. Really. I’m not kidding. Go do it. I mean it.
Changing the fit from 3x to 1x in one top
The Graphite Tank uses only bust and length measurements to size the top. Unfortunately for me and my fellow pear-shapers out there, our key measurements are the lower waist and hips as our bust size is smaller than this area. Taking my hip/lower waist size into account I determined I would need to knit a size 3X at the bottom of the tank top, but I would need to go down a size at the by the bust, and one size more over the shoulders.
To fit me, I needed to make a few important adjustments. The first was to cast on for a 3x size since this top is knit bottom-up meaning I was casting on at the hips. The biggest challenge was to adapt the pattern as it moved over the lower waist up towards the bust. To make my size decrease, immediately after the lace section, I switched from 4mm to 3.75mm needles. Changing needle sizes is an easy way to adjust the size of a project.
I completed the required decreases for the 3x then needed to decrease ten more stitches to get to the 2x size for my upper waist and bust. To make the smaller size happen I added 5 more decrease rows every fourth row.
Finally, to fit my shoulders I decreased one extra row to get my shoulder seam to the 1x size.
Here’s the long and the short of it
Use blocking to your advantage
Although my top fit right off the needles, blocking can add extra inches to a project that seems a little small. Yarn that has wool in it can block up to a third larger than before blocking if you can believe it! The wool content in Unity Yarn was easy to block, so I imagine you could add some extra size to your project, especially in the lace section, if needed.
Tomorrow is my final post about the Graphite Tank in Unity yarn, and it’s the icing on the cake. I’ll tell you about some of the finishing techniques I used to pull it all together and add a little extra “wow”.
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How to make lace fun to knit!