Monday, February 1, 2010
Gaping at the belly gape
I recognize that this design works well for many women - specifically chicks who have the great fortune of being tall, thin, and disciplined enough to do daily sit-ups. The rest of us? Not so much.
Maybe I feel this way because my slim, staturesque mother berated me for 15 years about covering my pudgy rolls. I hated it at the time, but I do think she was right. Most larger women look better when they avoid exposing their big bellies.
Solstice Three-Button Cardigan available in the new Curvy Knits book. It's a cute sweater. But it would be cuter if the placket didn't stop at the yoke and instead extended to the cardigan's hem. This modification would also finish off the left and right center - I don't like or understand letting the knitted edge just roll under. It looks unfinished to me. This pattern now resides in my queue, but when I get around to knitting it, I will definitely be making this alteration. (And a couple of others, too. I'll make the sweater longer; it's only about 23 inches long - at least five or six inches too short for my liking. And I'll drop the yarn overs on the raglan decreases. I don't care for raglan sleeve holes and a simpler raglan line would look better in my humble opinion.)
If you're contemplating a new cardigan, consider closing that gaping gap so popular in today's patterns. I think it will be more becoming on you. And it will last longer, too. One of these days, these gaping cardigans will look dated. A classic cardigan with full plackets and buttons will always be in style.