Knit to Flatter – episode 3

knittoflatterOh my word!  Lesson 6 was a revelation.

Experienced knitters who know how to fit knits properly might want to leave the room at this point!

Are they gone?

Phew…I suspect they would be a bit miffed with what I’m about to confess.

You see, every garment I’ve ever knitted for myself to date has started it’s life something like this:

  1. I see shiny new pattern or shiny new yarn, splash the cast and curl up on the sofa to cast on.
  2. I look at the pattern sizes and choose a finished garment size most appropriate to my bust.  This bit usually involves licking a finger and holding it up to see which way the wind is blowing…
  3. I do a cursory swatch to check that the gauge is somewhere in the ball park.  You know…10 rows over 20 stitches…it looks ok…lets get on with the good stuff.
  4. I cast on and I knit…periodically checking that it looks like it’s going to fit when it’s finished.  Sometimes more periodically than others, if you catch my drift. Audrey was a fine example of this!
  5. I cast off, sew up, block and pray to the knitting gods for a reasonable result.

You can imagine, I’m sure, just how shamefaced I am after Amy walked me through the 14 different measurements we will use to select our correct pattern size and base any modifications around.


17 if you include variations of sleeve length!

Compared to my heretofore paltry 3 measurements – bust, back length, sleeve length.

Miraculously, I have made successful and wearable garments with my old method. I’m putting this down to the skill of the pattern designer and the benevolence of the knitting gods.  It sure as hell isn’t down to any skill on my part.

I need to complete the measurements worksheet over the weekend before I start lesson 7, which is all about ease, but I’m only 4 lessons away from casting on Bud, and I cannot wait.

There’s a good chance it will fit too.

On purpose, this time! 😉

20 Responses to Knit to Flatter – episode 3

  1. Jane G says:

    Sounds like you’re really enjoying this course

  2. K-Line says:

    Man, I can’t wait to see this! And I don’t think your former method is that insane. It’s aligned with what we often do in sewing (although now we voluptuous ladies aim to match the upper vs full bust). You are really selling me on this class. I want to know every one of the 17 steps!

    • I think I’ve still a way to go until I’m turning out beautiful knits like yours…but this is a great learning experience for me. Even the next lesson, which is the maths bit, I am looking forward to. Which I never expected. And it’s bleeding into the sewing too. I can’t wait to start the Perfect Fit course.

  3. Oh no, another course I need to sign up for…after I’ve done the ones I’ve already paid for 😉 Sounds like a really good one!

  4. Andrea says:

    Seventeen measurements??? In my eight years of knitting I have only ever taken one little measurement: the bust size. Everything else is the try-on-as-you-go method. This may be why my handknit sweaters often look misshapen on me. I really should sign up for this class, like, yesterday!

  5. dokucug says:

    Oops: can a knitter be both experienced and slipshod? I consider myself an experienced knitter, having been at it for 40 years. But I pretty much go by bust measurement and finger-crossing. Guess that explains some things . . .

    Thanks again for these reviews! I probably wouldn’t have given this class a second look without your input!

    • I’m the same…I’ve been knitting on and off since my teens and come from a family of knitters…all who follow the same method. This course is really upping my game. And I’m glad my reviews are helpful.

  6. Liara says:

    I’m not sure I could even think of 17 body measurements to take! I can’t wait to see the finished sweater.

  7. Jen says:

    Hehe, being a novice knitter I completely know what you mean about ‘licking your finger, sticking it in the air and deciding my size based on which way the wind is blowing’. I seriously wouldn’t have much of a clue if I’m honest. I’m a sewer so I just figure it will sort of work itself out (right?). I am really curious about these 17 measurements that need to be taken…

    • As a sewer this course will have you exclaiming “of course” quite a bit. Many of the fit principles are familiar to me…I’d just never thought to apply them to knitting. Doh! 😉

  8. I haven’t ventured into anything that requires measurements yet (just scarfs, shawls, mittens etc.)… but 17 measurements. And I’m sure that most are impossible to measure on yourself accurately.

  9. Sue Taylor says:

    I’m with everyone else. I can’t think of 17 measurements to take and your description of knitting sounds just the same as mine has been for about the last 45 years. I must be exceptionally lucky as most things have fitted ok- my biggest disasters being when I substituted a cheaper yarn for the one recommended in the pattern. But that’s a whole other story!

    • I have to say most of my stuff has been wearable, but it’s always nagged at the back of my mind that the fit could be better. I’ve admired knitters who produce beautifully shaped garments that I could never quite manage…always just that little bit off somewhere or other.

  10. Oh man …. I’m not going to knit for a while until I’ve had a chance to do a little more, um, reading. Measure? What me? Before I knit? Really. Hell. :s

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