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7/12/2011 5:34:14 PM
What would Dolly (Parton) do? I just finished making a completely straightforward, vanilla-style raglan sweater with the jj handpainted mohair yarn that elann had on sale recently. Problem is, a colleague of mine loves it so much she desperately wants me to make her another one just like it from my leftover skeins. I'd love to do it and we put her into mine to check out the general proportions - everything fine, except for one thing. She has gigantic boobs, and I most certainly don't. MY chest hurt looking at her once she got into it. She's just got these - well, you get the idea. And she's just a colleague. I don't really want to stand around in the workplace with her harping on the subject out loud and making painterly measuring moves with my hands, whether she joins in or not. It's not really a corporate kind of topic, you know?

Thing is, I'm pretty blessed in never having to consider cleavage when I knit for myself. I'm not over sure how to adjust for this colleague/friend. The pattern I worked from basically just divides the whole garment into four equal quadrants (front-sleeve-back-sleeve), and I don't feel it will work to simply increase the overall circumference for her chest and then divide that new number by four. The sleeves are already kind of baggy on her so an extra 3 inches on either side won't look right. On top of that, she actually has a really small frame - from behind her ribcage and shoulder-to-shoulder range are actually smaller than mine. So if I just distribute the increase, I feel there's a risk of having the raglan line bisecting her breasts instead of following the line of her shoulder. If you see what I mean. Should I just start at the waist and try to gradually build extra 'space' into the front? And then what - gradually decrease it again as I move up towards the top of the sweater? The mohair isn't really the kind of stuff you can keep working and then pulling out if it doesn't go right, because it felts up or clumps down. And of course I don't want to make her something she hates but feels like she has to wear or she'll hurt my feelings/embarrass me. I do want her to be happy with whatever it is.

Is there anyone here who might be able to help?
7/12/2011 5:44:24 PM
Grafting - Kitchener Stitch I tend to do it the lazy way: I just reverse my sewing directions for the stitches that have to look knit (bumpy) when it's all done. I push the needle through the BACK of the leading stitch I'm working on the front needle (towards the front of the stitch, so the yarn comes out pointing at me). Then for the leading stitch on the back needle, I put my yarn through from front to back. It forms a set of knit stitches when it's all done, instead of the smooth-fronted ones you get with a purl. Then when I get back to the smooth-fronted part of my work, I go back to the 'correct' way. I could try to write it out in more detail if you think it will help.

Discovered this by mistake when I really didn't intend to put a row of bumps in the middle of my work, so I didn't see why I should waste the discovery later on.
7/19/2011 10:50:57 PM
What would Dolly (Parton) do? Thank you, these all look great. It's weird how limited my mind is for certain things. I know all about short rows from shaping socks and so forth, but transpose it to a different angle or body zone and it's like my brain just breaks. I blame it on lack of Lego in my formative years Big Grin Something like this to walk me through the initial ideas is exactly the kind of starter I need.

Real life has been catching up on me these past couple of weeks, but when we get normal enough again for me to approach this project I'll definitely be coming back to this thread for the references. Thanks again.
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