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Knitting it right can be all wrong

April 26, 2021 2 min read

Lovely Risa just posted in the Facebook group that she had lengthened the body of a sweater she'd knit last summer. it was just too short. She cleverly picked up and knit a split hem at the bottom, and it looked great. But it was her post that made me smile the most.

(note to self: knit for my body; there is no prize for knitting the pattern “right”)

So true. We are all so intent on following the directions exactly, measuring length and width so carefully, when those lengths and widths are not at all relevant to what we need in a garment to fit our actual body. Right is only going to work if you have the same measurements as the average body template the designer is using. And here's a clue - no one does. No.One.

Similarly, we sometimes see a model wearing a garment, and think, well, I certainly don't want it that long/short/wide/loose. Off we go deciding what size to make without ever consulting the pattern's schematic or our own measurements. Pictures are very powerful communicators, so I can understand how this happens. 

There is not absolute right or wrong with making sweaters, or with knitting in general.  There is only what's right for you.  

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Warmly,

Ellen

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