|Oooh, pretty lace and cables!|
|Admit it, these darts are the cat's ass.|
|Don't look too closely at my face and it's all ok.|
|Obligatory close up of the Ferragamos|
|The back is a mirror image of the front so, you might want to sew in a label. Fortunately, I made a tiny error on one side so I'm using that (clever me) as the delineator.|
OMG - I am IN LOVE with the Rondeur knitted t shirt. It took a week to knit and it fits perfectly. Yes, my friends, before you put it on it's like a tiny-child garment. But when warn, the grow-y yarn perfectly accomodates.
Y'all know my bust measurement is 37" and my waist is 30" (well, these days it's 28.5, but there's more than enough give in this sweater regardless). I got exact gauge when knitting the Rondeur on size US6 and US4 needles - seriously, exact. Flat measurements of my top indicate the top fits a 30 bust and 26 waist, with the presumption of zero negative ease. However, when worn, the top is curvy, skimming and slim. Just the way I like to wear things.
Now, I did make adjustments, which is why my top took every one of my 685 yards.
- I added an inch of horizontal circumference at the underarm (to give more room in the bust) which I didn't decrease again after the bust shaping section.
- Also, I added an extra 3 inches of length at the bust before I started the rather observable waist shaping. It looked very weird and I was concerned I was making a mistake but my own measurements show the need for that much more length to accommodate the profile of my chest. I actually stopped half an inch sooner than my math advised, because I was so concerned, but I should have listened to my numbers. Nonetheless, the top fits better than any other top I've ever knit and this is easily remedied the next time.
- I maintained that extra bust length, which is to say that I didn't shorten the bottom of the sweater to meet the stipulated length of 20.5 inches. Mine is about 21.5 inches. My preferred length to high hip is 22 inches but I ran out of yarn. Still, this length is fine because there's vertical ease in the sweater as well as horizontal ease.
- I changed the distance (from the centre line of front and back sides) between the two darts. I increased the span by an inch to account for the positioning of my own breasts and the specifics of my own dimensions. I observed, on Ravelry, that the darts seem very close set on a lot of the knitters modeling their Rondeurs.
- The instructions tell you to knit 4 rows of twisted rib at the bottom of the sweater. I extended that to 8 rows and would even recommend 12. It contributes to the shaping. Sometimes, too few rows of rib look like an afterthought rather than a design feature and I did read that some people had issues with the bottom of the sweater flipping up. That could be due to overall sweater sizing and fitting vis a vis one's own shape, but I thought it would be wise to give the bottom of the sweater a bit more ballast.
I can't recommend this thing enough. Well, wait, if you are really straight in shape or proportionately wide in the waist, it might not be your best option. But what do I know? I've only got my own body to work with. Point is, it's easily modified to suit a large bust on a narrow frame.
I am about to take a shower and then, I know you will not believe this, I intend to take a pic and post it. I swear. So come back later if you want to see what it looks like.
PS: It's a really good gift knit because it comes together very quickly, easily and the shaping is pretty knowable. If you can take your friend's/daugther's/mum's measurements, so much the better, but I sense - if you use the right yarn - you'll have a lot of give to play with. Not to mention that it's not too pricey, for a knitted garment, given that it's little (in the scheme of things).
PPS: Re: the Filatura di Crosa Zara yarn. I do think it's got awesome stitch definition and it feels beautiful. However, it will grow. And it's possibly the splittiest yarn I've ever worked with. So keep that in mind. I will definitely use it again, however. It may be my new Debbie Bliss.