I went to the mailbox today and it had arrived. Downton Abbey season 4. Currently, it is sitting next to the dvd player. I can’t wait for tonight.
The Goldilocks Dilemma sweater is back to where I ripped from: beginning the armhole decreases. I decided to go with an 8 inch (20) cm armhole. I think it will be loose enough even with the lymphedema.
In design terms, the initial armhole cast offs start the transition from focus on bust width to focus on cross back width. The cross back measurement is an important one because it influences everything from the armhole up. For a long time, I didn’t understand how to measure for cross back width. Hence my sweaters came out looking like a garment for the Hunchback of Notre Dame or so constricted across the back and shoulder area that they gave the term “a close fit” new meanings.
I don’t pretend to speak for everyone, I can only speak for myself. My “I really don’t want to do this” feeling about taking a tape measure to my body and finding it’s dimensions, hampered my garment knitting for a long time. I found the idea of standing in front of a mirror and measuring as appealing as sipping cod liver oil. In short, not going to happen.
For years I knit garments strictly following the numbers in the pattern for what was “my size”. The results were always less than okay. Liberation from this insanity of doing the same thing over again and expecting different results, came when I learned I didn’t have to measure my body I could measure a shirt instead.
I now have a mini museum of 3 shirts that fit me perfectly and that I no longer wear. They are used for measurement purposes only. These shirts helped me find “my size” numbers and cleared up my misunderstanding of the cross back measurement.
The cross back measurement is found simply by measuring across the top of the shirt where the shoulders join the top of the sleeves. It is the number I get when I measure from the top of one armhole to the top of the other on the back side of the garment. It’s really that simple.
Have a good weekend.