Even if you’re an identical twin, you are one of a kind. Your unique body is beautiful, even though you yourself may regard some part as a body flaw. Do you have a special fitting challenge that makes all your hand-knitted sweaters fit not quite right? Do they choke you, ride up, lay crooked? Try these sweater fitting tricks.,Pick the right style for your body shape.,It’s too bad no single style can fit and flatter every column, hourglass, apple or pear shape. You know best which features you like about your body, which you want to hide. Choose a style which puts the focus where you want it instead of where you don’t.,A person with narrow shoulders may do better with a boat-neck sweater for added visual width versus a raglan sleeve sweater that can emphasize any downward slope in your shoulders. If you’re hippy, a long loose sweater can look better than a cropped jacket style.,Your pattern designer didn’t factor in your special fitting challenge.,That doesn’t mean you must wear a tent to hide what you don’t like. Make allowances in the pattern for where you need more or less fabric. Great fit starts with the shoulders. Get that right and you’re on your way. Get it wrong and you’ll look like you’re wearing your father’s sweater–or your child’s.,Blessings in disguise.,If the boob fairy double-blessed you, adding short rows provides extra shaping to better accommodate your blessings. Maybe you’ve always avoided an empire waist because it cuts across your bust instead of snuggled right below it. Add more length in the upper bodice and dart shaping. Land the waistline right under the bust where most women are smallest and suddenly you look like a queen.,If a too-generous backside or tummy makes your sweaters gap open in front, add stitches at your side seams or evenly spaced around you for more fullness. Believe it or not, you may want more fullness if you have no backside at all.,Maybe one hip is higher and makes your sweater hem lay slantwise. Add short rows as needed from waist to hem on that side so it lays straight. No one will ever know.,Cap sleeves make upper arms look rounder–not what you want if your arms aren’t slim and muscular. Add more length, perhaps more fullness. Find a magic sweet spot that’s just right for you. Maybe you can copy the sleeves of a garment you already own that flatters your arms.,A little extra length in the back of a sweater can help them fit better on most everyone. Try some short rows across the center back and below the neck. No more drafts!,If you use these custom sweater fitting tricks for your next hand-knitted sweater, it’ll wrap you in ultimate comfort that fits and flatters your unique body.
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