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Hey curvy knitters!

I'm currently working on a new project and have some questions for you curvy and/or plus sized knitters! One complaint I heard about Knits for Nerds was that there weren't enough patterns that were made for plus sizes. Acknowledged. I am NOT a plus size designer, and I didn't want to just add larger sizes without considering shaping! However, I don't want to leave any knitters out in the cold, so I'll be hiring someone to help me work in some plus size patterns for the next project. That being said:

If you're graced with a little more up top, which sort of neck do you prefer? Scoop? Square? V-Neck, or ????

Skirts! Yes? No? Go screw yourself Dark! Knitting skirts is the devils work?

What frustrates you the most about patterns that are plus size? What do you hate/love about a plus size design?

Leave your comments below!

18 Responses to “Hey curvy knitters!”

  1. I, personally, like square and V-necks
    Love skirts, some people say I look too fat in them, but screw them, I like how they look on me and that's what matters.

    the thing I dislike most about plus size is the cost of the yarn... for the pattern it's trying to adjust it so it fits my curves and still hangs right.

    You're awesome!

  2. I like a scoup neck on my tops...

    as for what makes me crazy about patterns, just cause a curvy girl has more hips and bust doesn't mean we also come with gorilla arms!

    as for skirts I have yet to make a knitted one, but love my crochet one

    thanks for thinking of us! I still loved Knit for Nerds :-)

  3. Scoop necks for me.

    I have not yet knitted a skirt (but that's because I am still a newbie). Knitted skirts seem like an awesome idea.

  4. Scoop or V necks for me, and skirts - YES!

    But then I'm a rollergirl and I love my curves, I love showing them off and I love smacking the heck outta someone on track with them. Short skirts are not just for skinny minnies!

    The thing I hate about knitting for plus sizes like myself is that estimates for yardage seems to be so much more vague - it's like the designers have noted the yarn difference between smaller sizes and just applied it across the board, rather than working out how much yarn I'll actually need. Also, working out the drape on plus sizes is tougher because things can often look like a sack or like it's far too tight with a garment that looks amazing on a leaner figure, all down to structure and gauge.

  5. I'm *death fat* with an hourglass shape (although with me it's more of a "week glass" :-) I prefer scoop or V-neck. Square neck risks showing my industrial-strength non-pretty bra straps, because they're wider than most.

    Skirts, not so much because I'm afraid of stretching them out too much.

    What frustrates me is not always knowing how much ease is in the design as written - as in the model usually wears a 32 bust, but the sample she's wearing has 1" of negative ease to give her that look. I like knowing that, so I know if I want the fit to be looser what size I should use.

    Not sure I explained that last bit very well, sorry.

  6. I like scoop and v-necks best, but square are fine, too.

    I knit a skirt once and it didn't work out, but I wasn't using a pattern. I'd try again if the right design came along. I'd probably look for a flared skirt (rather than a simple tube).

    I love the idea of short-row shaping to accommodate my boobs, but it seems like a lot of patterns don't bother with that, and only use side-shaping. I'm sick of garments that fall way higher in the front than in the back because no one thought to add some extra fabric for my boobs. As the first commenter noted, though, figuring out how to adjust patterns specifically for your particular curves is tough, and I'm usually not sure exactly where to add the short-row shaping if I wanted to go off-pattern and put it in for myself, so I never do it.

    Also frustrating: how long knitting larger sizes takes. It seems like my skinny knitter friends can finish a sweater in 5 minutes. But I don't know that there's anything that can be done to alleviate that particular annoyance.

  7. Don't make me knit things in one piece. Seams give structure, and when you're big, one-piece knitted rows are beyond disheartening.

  8. I am a very busty woman and I prefer deep V necks in my tops. They are the most flattering for my shape.

    While I am currently knitting a skirt (new girl), it's an anomaly for me and I am unlikely to knit another. I don't wear skirts much at all.

    The most frustrating thing I encounter with plus size patterns is that the sleeves are NEVER the right length. Not all plus sized ladies are super tall. I am only 5'0", so sleeves are always way too long.

    I also find that if there is any shaping for the bust on plus size patterns it often falls below my natural bust line, and as someone above mentioned most sweaters come out much shorter in the front than in the back.

  9. Scoop necks are my personal favorite, but I'll rock a modest v-neck too.

    My biggest beef with plus size patterns is that they often assume I'm carrying all my 'extra' weight in my boobs. I'm not. I like a little breathing room in the tummy area, and things that have shaping at my natural waistline, not my midsection.

  10. I like Scoop Neck, but can pull off all three. I like patterns with waist shaping. Short rows can be helpful. I also prefer sweaters that cover my stomach and are long enough.

  11. I find the most helpful thing for me is have lots of details about the measurements, so that I can make alterations as needed. Diagrams indicating diameter at key points (bust, waist, hip, shoulder and wrist) help immensely. I lean towards scoop and V necks, but that's because I'm broad shouldered.

    I also agree with DataGodess that having information about the easing shown helps me adjust the pattern for me.

    I highly recommend browsing The Bust Line group on Ravelry for great discussion of the many ways to accommodate curves in knitting patterns.

    All that being said, I prefer when the fancy bit of the pattern is either isolated to the collar or a center panel, so that I can increase/decrease without having to adjust the pattern too much along the way.

  12. I am not plus sized, but am petite and curvy (which has its own challenges, let me tell you.) I am a fan of the square and deep-V necks at the moment. Although I've seen some fab knitted skirts, I have not yet jumped on that bandwagon.

  13. As a larger girl, what frustrates me the most is the assumption that curvy implies large all over. Shoulders are the worst - if you look at books like Big Girl Knits, you'll see the set-in sleeves way below the models' shoulders. This is bad design. Some people have broader shoulders, true, but just because a person is XXL, doesn't mean their bone structure is necessarily correspondingly bigger. The trick with making patterns larger isn't scaling everything up at the same rate!

    That being said, I personally like V- and scoop-necks.

  14. I like scoop necks for the most part. Knit skirts I'm not a huge fan of. Overall I like patterns that will adjust for my bust and accentuate the fact that I have a waist, lol.

  15. I'm a big fan of scoop necks, not so much for square or v. The #1 thing more knitwear designers could do to improve my view of their patterns is to show samples on a variety of body shapes - seeing what something looks like on a tall skinny person doesn't tell me anything about how it will look on my (apple shaped death fat) frame.

  16. In a top what I'd like is the same advice I've read about sewing patterns: Size the pattern by your high bust (or upper chest) measurement (underarm level, above most of the breast tissue) and then add directions for making room for the bust. In a sewing pattern that would be darts; in a knitting pattern it's usually short rows, with different instructions depending on how many inches bigger your bust measurement is than your high bust. So, for example, my high bust is 48, my bust is 52, that's 4 inches difference, so I need to do X number of short rows at y point in the pattern.

    Yes, this is complicated, advanced work, and maybe not for the casual pattern creator. This is what it would take to get good fit, though.

    As for style, I like a scoop or v-neck, and I like empire waists (because that's where I'm smallest). Thanks for asking!

  17. I like square necks best but that's because my boobs try to escape V necks...

    I like skirts, but I don't tend to make them because they're so heavy!

    And my biggest complaint is that designers seem to think that just plain knitting is the only way or have absolutely no shaping so it hangs like a sack.

  18. Looks like I'm horrifically late to the party, but if you can include some plus-sized patterns, you will be doing the world a solid.

    I'm a fan of scoop-neck, and V-neck, but I really love a sweetheart neckline. It's the best of all, as far as I'm concerned.

    Now, I'm a six-foot, long-waisted hourglass, with broad shoulders. I have friends who are eight inches shorter, and are more apple-shaped. The same pattern won't work for us, unless you include the key measurements, with 'add/shorten here' points along the waist and such. Ditto with short row shaping.

    I'd love a skirt pattern or two, though they do take a lot of time to knit.

    The best way to include detailing I've found so far, is as panels, or along the hem, collar, etc. Lets me tinker with the sizing as needed.

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