I know I'm dating myself here, but I'm calling my version Laura Petrea, named for Laura Petrie, the beloved housewife from my childhood played by Mary Tyler Moore.
You remember Laura. She the one who helps her husband up off the floor after he's - yet again! - tripped over the ottoman.
I started the Laura Petrea like I always do, with the schematic.
- Add shaping to from the hips to the waist using darts.
- Work one inch of short rows at the top of my hips to keep the sweater from riding up in the back
- Continue the shaping after the waist to the bust line.
The short rows were a given given my previous sweaters, all of which ride up in the back because of my big butt and hyper-curved spine. I've always wanted to add short rows to the back, but the cables on all of these sweaters have precluded it.You can't add short rows without screwing up the cable stitch pattern.
I've gotten a few questions about how I figured out the short rows. I finished the hip darts, knitted a couple of rows, and then began the short rows 20 stitches in from each side. I knitted seven short rows (or one inch) before returning to knitting another few rows before starting the upper waist shaping. This resulted in a wedge about 18 inches wide and one inch deep. I decided to put the short rows in this location so I didn't mess up the darts. I also figured that the waist is where my body curves outwards and that the short rows would be less noticeable there than if they sat at the widest part of the hips.