Perfect Fit: Crochet Sweater Gallery, Part II

Feb 18, 2010

Welcome to Part II of our crocheted Sweater Gallery.
In last week’s newsletter, I explored how the Butterscotch Cardigan fit four women with different figures.
This week, let's look at two more sweaters.

First let’s look at the Aubrey Jacket from the Winter 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet. This jacket is a top-down raglan worked in Tunisian crochet.

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This jacket fits Sharon beautifully, though it could be a shade longer. To do so, Sharon could move the waist shaping down or simply add length at the hem. 
  This is a fine fit on Erin. The waist shaping nicely skims her waist, and the bottom of the jacket ends just above the widest point of her hip.
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On Sarah the waist shaping falls perfectly and the jacket ends nicely at her hip. But the bulky yarn and wide collar overwhelms Sarah’s petite frame. Making the collar shorter would reduce some bulk.
  On me the Aubrey Jacket is too long, hitting me about 2 inches below the widest point of my hip and the waist shaping begins too far down my torso. I would begin the waist shaping sooner (since it's worked top-down) and make it shorter at the hem.

Now let's look at the Forest Flower Pullover from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet. Worked in linked crochet from top to bottom, this garment is shaped at the hem with a clever length of chain.

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The length is perfect on Sharon. She would want to alter the circumference of the sleeves.

  The motif edge is very flattering on Erin. And with 2" of negative ease, this pullover looks great on Erin. The pullover is a bit short on Erin. To lengthen it, she can add to the number of foundation stitches.
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The sleeves on this sweater work perfectly for Sarah. To ease fit at the hip, she can extend the length of the chains at the hem opening.
  I love the fit of this sweater! Of course, I'll need to shorten it a bit by working fewer foundation stitches.

Modifying a garment to fit your body may seem scary at first, but it's amazing what even a little tweak can do to create unique garments shaped just for you.

Best wishes,


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hampton300 wrote
on Feb 18, 2010 1:42 PM

These comments are nice for hindsight, but how do you know from a pattern how it's going to fit? Not many people will crochet the same garment twice, with the first one a throwaway.

on Feb 18, 2010 5:10 PM

I completely agree with hampton300.  Checking the patterns measurements and getting precise measurements of the wearer could help with the tailoring but even that can be a challenge for all but your closest friends and relatives ;-)  

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Feb 19, 2010 12:18 PM

Good point hampton300, having the sweaters handy to try on is a huge advantage, but there are other ways to find some of the same information. I just know that certain styles of clothing fit in certain ways on me. I know that tunics will almost always be too long and I know the best length on me. Take lots of measurements of yourself. Maybe a measurement from your waist to the proper length of a garment for you. Trying a garment on as you go, especially if it's top down construction, is truly helpful. You could even try keeping a little notebook with your measurements and notes about sweater fit on you.

on Feb 22, 2010 10:28 AM

Something that I've found helpful is to take measurements of my purchased clothing that I love the fit of and compare it to the pattern's measurements and schematics (love the schematics diagram!). I've found I become much more aware of my clothing's silohuette and shape (and how it  hangs on my plus size figure) by laying my favorite tops out flat and really studying the construction. I find that helps me to imagine the pattern garment even more than how it might look on the model in the photo. Especially since with all the effort that goes into making a garment I really want to not just wear the garment but feel good in it too!

on Mar 13, 2010 8:59 PM

I'm really pleased to see you addressing this issue.  From my perspective as a woman who is 6ft tall, even this doesnt go far enough.  Being 6 foot, so I have tremendous difficulty finding any kinds of clothes that fit me.  I'd love to crochet myself a cardigan, but am so daunted by the need to make pattern alterations when I am a really just a beginner.  I only got into this about a year ago.  Perhaps you could run to a little more detail in your comments about the alteration side of things.  eg with your comments about sleeve fit on Sharon, there's a whole world of difference between saying 'alter the circumference of the sleeves' and actually knowing how to do something like that in practice.  Similarly, sticking with Sharon, how do you shift waist shaping down?


mozarella wrote
on Jul 5, 2010 1:22 AM

it is very beautiful and very nice Sweater i like it

RainS wrote
on Jul 10, 2010 3:48 AM

Yes, it is perfect fit. As for me, I love the forest floe\wer pullover very much! It is so beautiful and very feminine. It is great that you can look your best wearing worm clothes. We all want to be pretty women (like in the song Pretty woman which you can easily download from music search ) in any time of the season.