Thursday, October 05, 2006

size question

I have a question about how you all are deciding which size to make. How much stretch does one want in the hip? I am making this skirt stealthily for my SIL (so I can't ask her to try it on as I go), but according to her waist measurement she should be wearing an XS, and her hip is slightly wider than the M measurement. Should I make a small (since it sits lower than the waist I think this would still fit) and add a few more shaping rows? How tight is too tight do y'all think?

Actually, when I get around to making a second one for me, I'm going to have the same problem--my waist measurement would be two sizes smaller than my hip as well (of course, I'm not starting from the XS). Tips? Thoughts? Anyone?


At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well since noone has commented, I have decided not to make this project. Just have a lot of doubts about saggin effect. It's really hot design but until somebody proves otherwise, I am going to hold off.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger velmalikevelvet said...

hi anonymous, sorry to hear you are dropping out. you *might* want to give people more than 6 hours to respond to posts, though. you never know what might turn up, suggestion-wise.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger amy said...

An update on my sizing thoughts: my intended recipient is one of those younger women who likes to wear stuff really low, so I'm guessing if the waist is a bit too big that would be better than the hips too tight. I'm going for the medium (unless I change my mind again before casting on--my yarn is in the mail). Good thing I bought an extra skein Just In Case.

Anonymous, I guess you can continue to blogstalk us and see if our results show that the pattern can actually work for women of all sizes in a variety of yarns (I've chosen to use Merino Style from KnitPicks--I hope I end up liking it since it is for a gift).

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Hi Amy! I have a similar sizing issue: 25" waist and 37" hips. However, if I've read the pattern correctly, it is a slightly dropped waist skirt. You will be able to fine tune waist placement with the elastic. As for the issue of snugness around the hips, I will probably allow 2-3" ease for mine, but I shall also be making some other changes.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Ashley Moncrief said...

Hello all, a few comments on this subject. 1) Knitty requires designers to use a standard size chart that probably isn't going to be just right for everyone. 2) Remember that it does sit lower than the natural waist, and the elastic will help keep it somewhat cinched in. 3) The knitted fabric will stretch, and should. If the finished measurement of the hips is a little smaller than your actual hip measurement, then I'd say it will be perfectly fine. It is supposed to be very fitted. You can customize this very easily to your own body... just figure up your measurements, and using your gauge you can determine how many stitches to start with, how many to increase, and how many to decrease (if any). Up to you. Hope this helps. Sorry I didn't respond right away, but I was out of town again with no computer access.


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