A couple of months ago I discovered Julie’s blog, Knitting At Large, which offers pointers on modifying sweater patterns to fit plus-size figures. Julie is a real hoot and her plus-size knitting adventures have inspired me to finally cast on my first sweater.
First Sweater Pattern: For my first sweater I went with the DROPS 97-18 Tailored Cardigan: a v-neck cardigan with set-in sleeves. This pattern is sized from XS to XXL, and it’s available for free from DROPS Design.
Here it is modeled by a robust Scandinavian co-ed.
I decided on a pieced sweater, rather than one knitted in-the-round, because I thought it might be easier to make modifications in the exact spots that need them. Even though this pattern is not exactly a beginner sweater, what with all the seaming and button holes, I know I will wear it more than a knitted pullover.The set-in sleeves will add more structure to my rounded shoulders and help balance my figure. I can see it worn over a crisp collared blouse, or a floral dress.
First Sweater Yarn: For my yarn, I went with Dale of Norway ‘Daletta’. It’s a 4ply fingering weight wool that knits up with clear stitch definition. I was totally surprised by how soft it knits up, since it feels crunchy, and a little scratchy on the ball. I found a rich olive green shade at Velona’s Needlecraft for a very reasonable price. (Color 7476)
First Sweater Modifications: If there’s one thing I’ve picked up from Julie’s blog, it’s the importance of studying the pattern schematic, and figuring out a schematic for your own body. This particular schematic offers several points of reference which will enable me to figure out how many decreases/increases to add in to make the sweater fit just right.
I certainly don’t want a sweater with extra fabric in the wrong places, especially since I’m already certain I need to buy more yarn. (Doh!)
I just began the decreases for the waist shaping and I’m almost through the first ball of yarn.