You have to love a Victorian spring. 35oC one day, snowing on the mountains the next. Considering the summer we are likely to get, I relished the cool weather while it lasted. Today is back up to 37, but the brief reprieve got me thinking about starting a jumper (sweater) for next winter.
I’m a very slow knitter so if I start now, it might be ready in time. I’ve only completed three jumpers even though I’ve probably started at least a dozen, maybe more. I tend to lose interest when I realise that it either won’t fit or won’t suit me. The crazy thing is that I still just pick a pattern from a book and knit as directed. If it was a sewing project that I’d be spending so much time on, I’d be doing a few sketches and working out what alterations I needed before hand.
With that in mind, I’ve been doing my homework. A recent gift of Blueprint membership has been put to good use watching a couple of knitting courses. The first was “Wear what you Knit” by Sally Melville. It piqued my interest because it featured a section on croquis, along with tips for adjusting a pattern for a better fit and gauge changes. While the maths for checking the fit was really handy ( ie I know what I’m doing now and have tweaked my schematic), the advice on figure flattery seamed to conflict with what I’ve learnt from sewing. She suggest, that the most flattering length is to finish at the widest part of you hip. I’m not so sure that is good for a short pear like myself. To me that would highlight the widest part of me and visually cut me in half making me look even shorter.
Next up was “Knit to Flatter” by Amy Herzog. I’m only part way through, but she is giving examples for top-heavy, bottom-heavy and proportional figures. Plus, she uses a model with each figure type and shows some good and bad style examples. So to balance a bottom heavy figure, I’m to look for wide necklines ( or neckline interest), short hem lengths and short sleeves. Seems reasonable to me. I need to avoid narrow necklines and narrow vertical panels. Waaaa! For a jumper, I’d like cable panels and cosy neckline. But it would seem that it would not like me 😦 I haven’t got into the pattern change sections as yet.
Here is the application of the theory so far—
My yarn is Paton’s Inca (wool, acrylic, alpaca mix) in a blue/black mix. It’s been in my stash for a while and I’d really love to make a cosy jumper for around the house. I only have 15 balls and it’s since been discontinued. From the Inca pattern book, I was going to make the jumper shown below, but decided not to as the cable placement and neckline, according to Herzog, isn’t my best choices. Bummer 😦
Plan B, is to modify the double moss stitch jumper show on the left below to suit me. Keep the stitch pattern, but adjust the length and neckline (I’m trusting that my maths ability can overcome my lack to knitting patternmaking experience here). I’m also drawn to the zippered jumper on the right, but there are those panels again.
The croquis sketches
I had a bit of fun drawing these and trying to get the texture and colour variations in the sketch. The options are:
|Middle||As per pattern||Widest point of hip|
|Right||V neck||Above hip|
My questions for you
Which neckline and which length do you think suits me the best?
Thank-you to everyone who voted or left a comment. The jumper on the right (V-neck, short length) was the most popular by a big margin. As of 14 Dec, I’m about to start the armhole shaping on the back with the shorter length.