Sunday, May 28, 2006

size issues?

Hi everyone. I am at the point on my Sunrise where I am up to the WS knit row before I start the hem for the left front. Problem is, the front of the jacket looks too small (too narrow). Yes, I swatched before starting and tried many needle sizes to get it right (and my gauge was perfect!), but as I've knit this (back piece included) I seem to end up with a row gauge that's different. Meaning, the back piece, while OK in width, is a bit short in length (about 2 inches, total). I'm OK with the shorter length, but problem is that as I've been knitting in a radius (some rows 'sideways') it seems that this problem with row gauge has affected the width of the front. Just wondering if anyone has any clever ideas for how to make it wider across the front without mucking up the whole thing. I guess I could continue on with the pattern for the next size up and knit another 10 or so rows, but I'm concerned that then the length of the front pieces will then be longer than the back piece. I know I could get a little bit of extra width by blocking, maybe that's a better solution?

Thanks in advance for any help!


At 5:43 PM, Blogger Mintyfresh said...

I would measure from the armpit horizontally across, where the bustline woudl be, and then hold the tape measure up to my body and see if that width seemed right. I also felt that it looked a little narrow, but note that they don't really overlap all that much. If you feel it needs to be wider, you will run into the problem of the back being shorter along the sides than the half circles, and for that, I'm not sure what to say! If it were me, I'd take the back out and add more length to match however the fronts turn out, once you're satisfied with their size. Good luck--hopefully someone else will have other more helpful advice!

At 8:38 PM, Blogger noisy girl said...

Thanks Mintyfresh! I pinned it out last night and measured across the bust from the armpit, and it seems that although it does look narrow, it will probably fit ok. I compared it to a very tight cradigan I wear, and that's a good 6 inches narrower across the chest (mind you, it doesn't overlap!), so I presume this will work out. I'm making the 37 when I have a 38 inch bust, and I didn't realise til last night that there was any ease in the jacket, but there is.

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, I had perfect gauge (for the first time ever) and I knit the 35" size because I really wanted to knit this and only had enough yarn to do this size even though my bust measures 37", and I've gotten it to overlap as much as it shows in the model picture (I don't know how that works either).
But then again, I was only wearing a camisole underneath. At any rate, if it's in a blockable yarn, you should probably be able to stretch out the fronts a bit to fit.

At 7:53 AM, Blogger noisy girl said...

Thanks for letting me know this! It's reassuring. I think I'll block the piece this evening and stretch the width a little...


At 7:29 PM, Blogger noisy girl said...

Good news! I'm blocking the left front now and it's looking like it will surely fit. I've managed to stretch the front out a little in width - so the total front will now measure about 24 inches across, without overlapping. I should get at least 3 inches of overlap on each side, I figure. Was also worried that the sleeves would be too tight, but they look fine blocked to the correct measurement.


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