"Julie Matthews of the blog Knitting at Large demonstrated the absurdity of the gap between supply and demand for plus-sized pattern. She cited data from the Centers for disease Control revealing that more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. She then bemoaned the fact that only 14 percent of the patterns on Ravelry.com at that time were designated as plus-size. "Plus-sized knitters are the most underserved market in the knitting industry," Matthews wrote. "We are screaming for more options. We will knit more if you make more."
Yep. I wrote "The absolute truth about plus-size knitting" to inform the knitting market about exactly what they're missing - which is a lot. Things are a little better now than in 2011, but the issue remains the same: plus-size knitters will knit more sweaters when we have more appropriately sized sweaters to knit.
The best news is that Vogue Knitting wins the most improved award. As proof, this Fall issue offers these ample patterns:
|A-Line Cardigan - 55 inches|
|Aran Pullover - 54 inches|
|Plaid Coat - 54 inches|
|Fair Isle Coat - 50 inches|
|Lady In Red - 52 inches|
|Asymmetrical Tunic - 51 inches|
|Colorblock Coat - 52 inches|
|Cabled Colorblock Vest - 52 inches|
|Raglan Sleeve Pullover - 52 inches|
|Lace and Cable Pullover - 56.5 inches|
|Colorblock Cardigan - 54 inches|
|Applied Cable Fisherman's Rib Top - 54 inches|
|Lace & Fisherman's Rib Pullover - 56.5 inches|
|Oversized Top - 56 inches|
|Mullet-Hem Pullover - 52 inches|
|Sideways Turtleneck - 54 inches|
Good work, Vogue Knitting! Remember that if we want designers to support us, we need to support them. If you can, buy a subscription to VK. Let's keep them keeping them coming.