After working on this for a week I’ve decided this design is indeed Heidi (Lisa in Chicago — thanks for the suggestion!)
I’ve knit the yoke a couple times now. I’ve changed gauge twice, and decided to give more ease in the top. Here’s where I am now.


I’m really happy so far. I’ve pinned the sleeves and front top to simulate the size once I knit the neckband. I think it’s going to work.
I thought a lot about how to size the yoke, and where to put the band that separates it from the bodice. As you all know I’m busty. I went to the mall and tried on a variety of tops and confirmed what I already knew — if you’re busty, you won’t want this yoke to go all the way down to the bottom of your bust (well, unless you want to bring new meaning to yarn ho). So the top hits me about 3/4’s down my bust. I think this will be a good length for most people (as your bust decreases, it will outline and accentuate it even more.
Still, I plan to include instructions on how to lengthen/shorten the yoke area. It’s a simple adjustment and gets to one of my primary goals for my patterns — explaining where and how to change fit.
I’m also concerned about making my patterns too complicated and therefore cause someone to feel overwhelmed (can you tell I’ve been thinking about this a lot?). So I’ve been working on the layout and structure of the pattern. I want to strike the right balance.
OK, off to knit the neckband!

24 thoughts on “Heidi

  1. I think that as long as the pattern is well written, it can’t be too complicated. The Rogue pattern is 40 pages long, but so many people have said that it’s the best-written pattern they’ve used. I would rather get your extra info, even if I don’t use it, instead of having to figure it all out on my own…

  2. i agree with danielle, more info can’t hurt… especially if it is tailored to explaining how to adjust the pattern to make it fit well. it is looking great so far!

  3. Me three. I would much rather read your directions that will result in a well fitting, well constructed garment, than someone else’s vague and sloppy directions that won’t work for me. You go, girl!

  4. …So, are you going to write the pattern so us gals with flat chests can wear it, too? (heh heh)
    You are such the pro! I love what you have so far and can’t wait to see more! It is honestly so flattering.

  5. It looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the final version.
    Here’s my suggestion for avoiding confusion with pattern info. It’s ok to have a longer pattern but visually distinguish between the “easy” instructions and the more advanced “extra” info. You can indent stuff that can be skipped, or make it a different color. Put a little note that if you are a beginner, you can skip the next section if you’d like, or try it out and see how you do.

  6. The more detail, the better. A pattern that has very few instructions might look simple, but I prefer pithy directions.

  7. I too love a nicely detailed pattern. And I’m pretty busty too, so patterns that are made for my amplitude are much appreciated. It looks great so far. Also, I really found your modifications to the Somewhat Cowl very very helpful. You rock!

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