Me and Grannie Smith are having Issues About Fit and Sizing. This is a Classic Case of my instincts telling me something and me refusing to listen. Duh. I haven’t quite finished it yet, the sleeves are still damp from blocking so I will sew them in tomorrow. But apart from that it’s done now. Sort of.
(These are not the best photos, but of my two photographers, Steve is in Washington and Alex is in bed.)
I always have to work hard to get the fit right when I knit a top for myself. My back is relatively narrow and my waist is quite slim but my bust is larger than it has any need to be; there is a 5 inch difference between my back and front bust measurement. I know that I always have to alter a pattern to make it fit me or, at the very least, knit the back a size smaller than the front. So did I do this on my Grannie Smith cardigan? Did I bugger. I just knit the size for my bust size, when I should have known that would make it too big everywhere else. And, guess what? It’s too big everywhere else!
But the issue is not just about Grannie Smith. It’s also about my perception of my own shape and size. I’m a lot smaller than I was two years ago, but now and again I somehow forget that fact, and assume that the bigger size is what I need.
And there’s more. I found these lovely vintage glass buttons, which I thought would look lovely on this cardigan. They do, but they are too heavy. I’ll have to find some plastic ones instead. Also, the button band is pulling the front up – not very flattering at it looks as if my bust is even bigger. I think I cast off too tightly. Bah!