Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hour-glass shaping on the Waltham

Another Waltham update because I've actually got a hang of the cable pattern now and am cruising right along...

The incredibly talented Kathy Zimmerman designed the Waltham to fit a variety of figures - but not one exactly like mine. This isn't unique to the Waltham. It's true for almost all sweaters which designers create with parallel, rectangular sides.
As I've discussed here so often, and much to my dismay, I am a busty triangle. I can lament, but it won't change anything. As the Bible says, I am what I am. So my sweaters have to have some sort of angular thing going on or they ain't gonna fit.

Therefore, I declared myself Queen of the Mods and redesigned the shape of the Waltham to match mine, as shown in the schematic below.

Now take a look at my knitted piece, photographed today. It looks a bit strange to me considering that all of my friends from the Waltham KAL group have knitted Walthams that are shaped exactly like Kathy designed them: rectangularly.

 At least my knitted piece matches my schematic, but will this thing actually fit??? Only the fit test will tell, so I pinned it to my shirt.

Does it fit? YES! It fits! I hope. At least I think so. It's a good harbinger of a nice sweater at the very least.


  1. YAAAY! It's looking great. Thanks for photographing this try-on technique, too.

  2. Looks fabulous on you Julie
    Lor xoxox

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. Coming right along!

  4. Fantastic. I have to admit that you are really making me think this one through and I love the approach you are taking, both to the sleeve adjustments and the hip shaping. Thoughtful but simple, straight forward and easy to knit.

  5. Looks great. I just started the back.

  6. your modifications are great! and there is another benefit beside the fact that this sweater will fit much better: you will definately safe yarn!