Finally, progress! After a topsy turvy of a week, some personal knitting gets done. I am itching to wear this and am tempted to just finish off that little short sleeve on the left and call it a “design feature”.
HEE! But really, it does show how the piece would look with cap or short sleeves (I like). I get email all the time asking if it’s OK to do this type of thing and I say, Boldly Go! Just because the pattern doesn’t specifically say to, doesn’t mean it might just make the piece of your dreams.
BTW, has anyone seen the new Star Trek movie? Now I’m not going to admit to being a Trekkie, snort, but, after seeing the trailer, the younger Capt. Kirk (um, corn-fed Iowa farm boy!) and especially, the younger Spock: ROCK!
Back to this century: since patterns can’t contain all the possible permutations of possibilities in some easily changed areas, it is totally up to the fancy of the knitter to decide how long sleeves (and bodies and collars, etc) should be according to their style wishes and body measurements.
I try things on constantly. Because I’ve made a Template of all of my preferred basic sizes in Shell, Pullover & Cardigan styles (see how here), I have a reference to go by. But nothing really beats pinning the thing together, if necessary, and putting it on one’s self. Even better than a mannequin, because even though my measurements are equal to mine, my body shape is slightly different. NOBODY is really alike and it’s up to us to find the sweet spots: the right ratios and measurements and then apply them to our stitching.
That is the Number One reason I love to make my own clothes! If I had the time, I would probably try and sew everything I wear (not jeans). But I love all the cotton dresses and skirts I’ve been seeing around and am green with envy…
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