- Where do you start when you want to make a sweater?
- How can you tell if a pattern will work for your body?
- How do you pick the right size?
- How do you figure out which mods you need to make?
So what is a schematic?
For knitters, it's a sweater blueprint. The schematic shows you the garment shape and gives you measurements for every section of the sweater. Designers typically place schematics on the last page of a pattern.
As an analogy, think about building a building - or a tower. Do you think you could build the Eiffel Tower without a blueprint?
Of course not. You'd need a map, a plan. You'd need to know every dimension of single thing so that when you're finished, it all fits together perfectly.
Your sweater works the same way. You need a map, a plan. You need to know every dimension of single thing so that when you're finished, it all fits together perfectly - and fits you perfectly, too.
Schematics show the shape of the garment.
Let's start with this. Without negativity or judgement, think about drawing an outline of your torso. Are you curvy? Wider in the hips? Round in the middle?
With that basic shape in your head, now look at the garment shape on the schematic. The bottom line is that the shape of your sweater should match the shape of your body. But this doesn't usually happen, especially for ample women. Here's a typical shoebox-shaped sweater schematic.
Given that you need a sweater with a 53-inch bust and 56-inch hips, shouldn't your sweater be shaped more like this? Where both your bust AND your more ample hips have room?
(Beware of designers who do not provide schematics. In my experience, Knitting Pure and Simple patterns do NOT offer schematics, and some patterns from Sirdar don't either. They may offer perfectly lovely designs but if you don't know the dimensions, you can't alter the pattern.)
That's all I have time for today. Next time, I'll talk about making adjustments to the schematic so that you can alter your sweater for the perfect fit.