Perfect Body + Perfect Gauge = Perfect Sweater

To paraphrase one of the podcasters I follow (who was paraphrasing Amy Herzog): when you buy something off the rack or a pattern for a garment, it says your body is wrong. When you custom design your own based on your measures, it says your body is perfect. (Personally I think I have the perfect body…just a bit fluffy is all) When I “design” a sweater I work from my measures. I also work from my gauge. I’ve posted recently about designing sweaters that have features that I like, and another part of this is that I get a finished piece worked to my gauge and to my body measures so I don’t get surprised by a garment that doesn’t fit like I thought it would. Gate City Yarns, my LYS, has invested in Amy Herzog’s program , Custom Fit, that allows us to put in our body measurements, our gauge and the design features we want and get a pattern that fits out body and gauge. While I haven’t yet used it, those who have commented about how good it is to be able to work to personal gauge and measurements get a garment that fits just right. While you can access the program onlinee, I highly recommend finding a yarn shop that subscribes and can help you with the measuring/swatching process. Gate City Yarns is planning to have a workshop built around this program so watch the website for details. Even without workshop attendance, the staff there is ready to help with measuring and pattern “designing.”  If you’re not in the Greensboro, NC area, find a shop nearby. My plan is to use the Classic Elite Majestic Tweed that I’ve swatched and repurposed several times with the program to make a barn/chore coat style sweater after Christmas. So stay tuned…

That being said, I swatched and double checked gauge on my just (k)nits for fun, Shaken or Stirred, and am a bit disappointed that I don’t have nearly the ease that I’d planned (4 inches). I’m hopeful that once the button bands are added and the piece is blocked that I’ll have more ease. I think this is more a function of my poor choice of “standard” size.I’m between two sizes and went with the smaller as I thought the next size up would have too much ease. I’m using Quince and Co Chickadee in Frost, Crocus and Delft on US size 3 qnd 4 needles. 2014-08-08 08.48.51 As you can see I’ve one more sleeve and button bands to go. I’m not a fan of shawl collars (no neck). Next time I’ll make a larger size and I do plan to knit this pattern again in Liberty Wool Lite solid and print for the striping.

I’ve decided to cast on just (k)nits for others Gothic Lace Cowl using US size 7 needles and Cascade Tangier. This is a thank-you gift (maybe). I’m throwing caution to the wind and omitting the swatch process. It’s as relatively small piece and, as I do with socks, I figure I can knit a good bit in the time it takes to swatch. If I don’t like it, I’ll frog and start over. This will be my “afternoon” project while I finish the sweater and socks.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

 

1 Response to “Perfect Body + Perfect Gauge = Perfect Sweater”


  1. 1 Missy's Crafty Mess August 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    That’s a beautiful sweater. Can’t wait to see it completed. I need to try designing my own sweaters.


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