Monday, September 21, 2009

The One Thing No Ease Chart Tells You

I've struggled to understand ease as many of you have. The whole concept is comparable to nailing Jello to a wall. Ready to Wear designers get to make a garment, test it on a fitting model correct it and remake it from scratch it if necessary. As knitters we want to get it right the first time!

Have you ever noticed that some women can wear long garments that flow and they look regal and elegant? While others in the same garments in the correct size look overwhelmed, they appear to be swimming in a pool of fabric. Well that's me 5 feet 2 inches with very short arms.

Hummm.... where exactly am I going with this?

To "The One Thing No Ease Chart Tells You" and that is that limb proportion counts. If you have long limbs you can wear garments with a lot of ease and look great. If you have short limbs you need to wear closer fitting garments to avoid being lost in your clothing. Please keep this in mind when you choose your next knitting pattern. If the project you love is oversized adjust it down in length and width or consider knitting it in a smaller size.

1 comment:

  1. I, too, have noticed that as a short person some garments are just not going to work very well. I love wearing a long, loose garment because it feels more comfortable but a shorter, closer fitting sweater probably looks better. Compromise, compromise!