Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I finished the back piece of my Orangina top last weekend. Readers of the blog remember that this sweater caused me much angst, but with the help of some stitch markers, things went swimmingly. I still think I am incredibly stupid for making a sweater on US2 needles, but still, I persist. I really want this top. I have a skirt for it. I have the shoes for it. It is halfway through the summer, and this is a perfect summer lacy thing!
Before I cast on for the front, I took a quick measurement of the back. 16" across, for a total of 32" total once the front is finished. My bust is 35" so obviously I am concerned that this is going to be a little small. I do want some negative ease, but three inches is scaring me. I know the lace will stretch, and I do want it to be form-fitting through the torso. And since this is knitted from the top down, I would be ripping out a lot of knitting. People, I really want this top, but if I have to return to the frog pond one more time, I think it will spell the demise of Orangina. I did measure my Picovoli, which fits like a dream, and I was pleased to see the bust measurement is close to 32" around too. This heartened me, but still, I am concerned.
So I need your help. First, anyone out there knitted Orangina before? How much negative ease did you have, and was it OK? Please help me out by sharing your experiences. I did try searching the archives of the Sexy Knitters Club, and felt quite encouraged when lots of the knitters complained that the sweaters were a little big. And they looked a little bigger than I want it to be. I am looking for a form-fitting sweater.
Second, I have an idea for a fix. I thought about ways people accomodate larger busts in form fitting pieces, and the obvious answer was short rows. However, I don't think short rows are the way to go since it would interrupt the lace pattern too much. So I was thinking about knitting the bust area on US3 needles, to give me a little extra room there. This seems like an obvious solution, but I am not sure what this will do to the FO.
Any thoughts before I proceed?