What I hate on just about every ready to wear shirt and sweater I buy is that they ride up in the front. It’s so unflattering but it’s really hard to buy a top that’s made for someone busty.
Since I’m making my own though, I knew I’d be putting in some short rows so I get a nice straight hem.
I’ve avoiding using short rows for bust shaping for no real reason. My years of pattern making training (albeit in sewing, not knitting) told me that they’d work well. But I was afraid to go to all that trouble and have to frog it back and keep tinking until I get them right.
Not any more!
I followed the instructions for the shapely tank’s short rows and it worked like a charm. I did 12 short row rows, which she said is for a D cup. I’m definitely a DD*, but any more would have made the sweater curve down. I have the same gauge too so I’m not sure what’s causing the discrepancy. No worries though because this sweater’s edge is perfectly straight!
I wasn’t sure how many rows to do so I tried it on every few rows. Once the bottom edge went straight across my body (no more upside U shape across my chest) I stopped and knitted across all the stitches, picking up the wraps as I went. The hardest part of the whole process was digging out the wraps from all the black yarn. Definitely something to do in sunlight.
I’m very pleased about the way the body is shaping up.
The neckline? I’m not so sure. It’s definitely a tiny bit wide but I planned on doing an edge anyway. I’ll wait until I’m done with the body to see how that turns out. There’s a little nagging part of me that says I’m going to have to frog the yoke and do slower decreases on the sleeve than the body to get the properly proportioned neckline (which is what I’d do if I were to start this top again). But, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make it fit well enough with some ribbing and a few well placed decreases to pull it in just enough.
Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK?
*I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this on the web, but some of you have emailed me asking about fitting for larger busts so I decided to share. Believe me, there’s no bragging going on here. While I do certainly love my curves, it’s definitely a love-hate relationship. They’re heavy and make buying well-fitting clothing really difficult. But, when I find something that fits really well the curves can be fun and really sexy, too.
See, there’s that love-hate thing again.