Lisa Shroyer's Knitting Plus is a big hit (pun intended). If you haven't bought your copy yet, run to your LYS, bookseller, or Amazon. This fantastic offering belongs on your bookshelf right next to the Big Girl Knits books and the Curvy Knits ones, too.
As you know, I'm fascinated - nay, obsessed - with learning how to make a sweater that fits. Lisa Shroyer chocked her book with technical information about sweater mods for the larger figure. I wasn't ten pages into the book until I got the first invaluable tip: "In a garment with waist shaping, the full bust girth must be reached before the armholes-preferably with a few inches worked even before the first underarm bind-off." Uh oh.
I'm in the middle of my Early Bird Special cardigan - and I mean literally in the middle. I'm working on the hour-glass-shaped back. My original plan: employ standard waist shaping as provided by Sweater Wizard, doing decreases from the hips to the waistline, then knitting an inch at the waistline, and then adding an equal number of increases to the armholes. Sounds right, yes?
Wrong. What I need to do instead is decrease to the waistline, then rapidly increase to the full bust measurement, and then knit straight up to the armholes. When you think about it, this makes perfect sense. My body doesn't gently expand to my breasts. Instead it goes from my narrower waist to BOOM! BOOBS!
Knitting Plus shipped in February; if the book had come in March as I anticipated, I'd have the entire sweater done and would sitting here wondering why it didn't quite fit. The chance of a well-fitting Early Bird just increased significantly - and a well-fitting Waltham, too, since I'm going to use the same shaping on that project.