I decided to write one post covering my thoughts on sweater sizing and at least one other on other tips. Let’s see where this goes.
I really think the fabric needs to have some drape. If you knit at a gauge that creates a firm fabric, it’s not going to have the drape that makes the silhouette flattering. The yarn you choose can also play a role.
So… it’s more important to get the drape than to get pattern gauge. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you may be able to knit a different size to get your desired fit.. I have two blog posts that can help you figure out what size to fit:
- Sweater math
- Boxy Sweater Sizing. This covers suggestions for determining where the drop shoulder will hit and your arm circumference at that point
The more ease you have, the more significant the difference between the center front/back and side bottom edge. Notice how the center hem rises as the sweater ease increases.
- add short row shaping to the back to lower the center and make it more even with the sides (or add more to make it lower in the center)
- Add a split hem (can combine with short row shaping in the back). Split hem can be same length in front and back or back can be longer
- Add texture, stripes, color blocking.
- Insert a overall lace pattern
- Insert a lace panel (vertical or horizontal)
- Change the stitch pattern for the bottom and sleeve bands. I love broken rib.
- If you aren’t sure how long you want it to be (or want it as long as possible but are afraid of running out of yarn), start with a provisional cast on. After you add the neckband and sleeves, knit down to desired size (including bottom band).
There are probably hundreds of pattern designs on Ravelry with a boxy silhouette. In addiition to Joji Locatelli’s Boxy, Worsted Boxy, Little Boxy, VNeck Boxy and Elton (cardigan), I’ve knit Donner, Blueprint, Autumn Square and Light Trails. Because of my obsession with the Boxy silhouette, I’ve created a few bundles in Ravelry. (You have to be able to access Ravelry to see the bundles.)
- Boxy Patterns that I might knit one day
- Multi-color boxy patterns/projects
- Textures /design details that would work on a Boxy silhouette
If you find something you like in one of my bundles, I strongly recommend you add it to your Ravelry favorites or queue. I’m constantly making changes and delete things rather regularly.