Posted by: GourmetGirl | June 26, 2012


I am continuing the repeat of my Responsible Knitting Series…………

Responsible Knitting II

Responsible knitting is knowing your numbers and knowing your craft. Seeing and reading your stitch patterns, seeing your mistakes, knowing how to follow your pattern stitch visually to check for correctness. Also knowing if you need to make increases or decreases in a written pattern to give you a fabulous fit.

As I wrote last week, Raverly is full of knitter’s redesigning designs to make them fit better.

There are Americans ready for responsible knitting!

Schematics can help you find a better fit. My favorite story is of a fabulous knitter I use to know. She knit beautiful and well for years. One night she wore her most recent finished cardigan. She said she only could wear it with a shell underneath because the arms were too tight!

That night I went home and scoured magazines and books. I found out that in many sweaters the upper sleeves were 10 inches for the small and the large was only 13 inches! And that was without the factoring in of seaming! My upper arm loosely measures 11 inches. I can wear an 11 inch circumference for a fitted upper arm – but 10 inches would cause discomfort!

There we go again, back to Knowing Your Numbers.

If a knitter looks at the schematic and sees that the upper arms on the schematic are smaller than their actual arm measurement, increases need to be made or when the sweater is put on there will be unhappiness.

We all are different sizes. We all are different shapes. Why would we knit to the standardized charts?

What makes a 48 inch sweater’s sleeve length two inches longer than a size 32? Only if the 48 is tall and long. What if the 48 inch wearer is 5 foot 5 inches not 6 foot? In the same regard, the shorter person probably would want more ample sleeve circumference than the 6 footer.

I always find it amusing when a knitter remarks that she has long arms and yet another sweater’s sleeves they knitted are too short for her! I personally like some extra length to my sleeves. Moving around makes the sleeves ride up higher on my arm. And why would I not like a little bit of blousing over the ribbing, too!

Look at the photos in the magazines and books. How does the sweater fit the skinny model? Is the arm area tight? Are the sleeves long, short, too big, too small? Photo stylists can fool us to think the sweater fits differently. But, some things they cannot hide.

Being a Responsible Knitter is Knowing your Numbers and more.

More next week,

Happy Knitting Responsibly!



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