After toiling on my NaKniSweMo project, I figured it was safe to actually try this thing on to see how the project was coming.
My first response seeing myself in a mirror in this thing was ‘ugh, I look like a bag of sausages under a knit tarp’. Alright, I don’t exactly have stellar self esteem here, but really–how big and comfy is too big and comfy for a sweater?
This is a really really comfortable garment to wear and all, but with these wizard sleeves and the waist-decreases that didn’t seem to amount to very much at all on my figure, I’m beginning to think there’s more to sweater sizing than, idk, carelessly matching the bust measurement in the pattern and just going for it.
Expecting some positive-ease to my sweater, I thought it was safe to do just that and get enough yarn for the Large size. 45″ can work well with my 42″ bust, but the waist on this thing is 37″ (I’m something like a 32), explaining clearly why my sweater feels like a blanket with sleeves.
So where can I comfortably sit on the scale between snuggly and actually flattering? I can opt for a noble path of (UGH) unraveling this entire thing and casting on a medium size (39″ but..I guess I can mod it)?
Or just finish this project that I’m itching to see done, wear comfortably (even if it’s not a thousand percent form-fitting and flattering), and enjoy a size down on my next sweater project?
I’m pretty sure I can pull off a cute oversized-sweater + leggings sort of get-up anyway, but I also have this pressing feeling that the Good-Knitter-And-Someday-Maybe-Designer thing to do is to stop whining and just tink and redo the whole thing. Just to learn some weird important lesson about achieving “perfect results” in knitting, buddhist sand mandala style.
There’s still a tiny bit of time left before my self-imposed deadline arrives. I think we all already know what the answer’s gonna be.
I spent many knitting years following directions for "standard ease." All my sweaters were just too baggy. Many friends got great gifts! It turns out that if it's not outerwear (big jacket cardigan), zero to one inch ease makes me happiest with the fit. Good luck with your sweater!
Thanks! And this might be some advice I will take on my next sweater project.