Thursday 13 June 2013

Waist Shaping

Waist shaping, it makes a difference. I worked a decrease before and after the side ribbing on each side, 2 times, for a total of 8 sts decreased. This takes the waist in 1 1/2" and when worn it does create an hour-glass figure. Even doing this on the back only, if you don't have a waist on front, helps to shape the sweater. And it also gives you something new to work towards as you work down the body, which is also important. For the hips, I worked increases back to the original number of stitches (a little further apart) and then took the hips out one more set of increases so that the hip is 3/4" wider than the Finished Bust. If more hip shaping is needed, the increases have to be done closer together.
I've been playing with waist and hip shaping for my own particular figure. On every sweater I do it a little bit differently to see if the results make the sweater fit better. Eventually I will know what to do with all my sweaters! I think here, I could have worked the hip increases closer together since there aren't that many and a quicker hip flare would make the sweater look better at the back. Hmm, I think there's another frogging coming up.
P.S. Comments: t_a  Ha, ha, just another day at the office.
Hi Ann, Long time since we saw you, hope to remedy that soon.


  1. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but one perfectly shaped sweater does not mean all sweaters will be perfectly shaped. Yarn, garment style, drape, - both yarn and yours - all make a difference. Just sayin. Sorry. :)

  2. I like to start the waist a little higher than my natural waist. It seems to look a little more graceful, for lack of a better word. And like you, I usually make the hips larger than the bust. Guess I'm pear-shaped.


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