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Aug 31, 2019 02:09:51   #
LiseS
 
After weeks of searching for just the right pattern to complement my sisters new figure. I found this one I thought it would fit her but to my disappointment it is not wide enough.
My sister is a big boned woman, for lack of a better way to say it. She had a breast reduction last year so she went from a triple F to a double D, so her figure is not balanced. Her measurements are bust is 109cm and hips are 121cm (bust 43” hips 48”).
My problem is I’m a knitting newbie I’ve only made 3 baby sweaters. I’m wondering how hard it would be to add width to this blouse in the garter stitch sections that run down the blouse. I figure it shouldn’t be that hard I’m just not sure where to start. I really would like to make this for her for Xmas it would be perfect. Can you tell we’re close?
Any suggestions?
https://hobbii.com/helena-blouse?utm_medium=pdf&utm_source=opskrift&utm_campaign=hobbii+design&utm_content=helena+bluse&utm_term=sys
 
Aug 31, 2019 02:23:30   #
Colliehat
 
This is a beautiful pattern! I’ve only looked at the basic one but it also mentions being available in Plus Size. How big does it go?

I’m not a newbie but have no confidence or experience in adapting things without instructions. Someone else on here will be able to advise on that.
Aug 31, 2019 03:13:50   #
LiseS
 
Colliehat wrote:
This is a beautiful pattern! I’ve only looked at the basic one but it also mentions being available in Plus Size. How big does it go?

I’m not a newbie but have no confidence or experience in adapting things without instructions. Someone else on here will be able to advise on that.


It only give the bust size of 40 no hip measurement that I could see
Aug 31, 2019 03:22:29   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Plus size is a separate pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/helena-blouse-plus-size
Aug 31, 2019 03:26:32   #
Colliehat
 
I’m not familiar with the company but I’ve seen lots of posts on here mentioning them as being very helpful. Why don’t you email them?
Aug 31, 2019 03:27:00   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
Thanks for the link, I saved the pattern. If you need to make the hips larger in proportion to the bust you could increase more often than the pattern calls for. I have to start increases about 3" from the underarm when I knit for myself and then I increase about every inch depending on how I want the garment to fit it might be less often. Sometimes I do it all the way down, sometimes I decide I've increased enough and stop. This is intended to have some flare so I think I would just increase every inch all the way to the bottom. You can check your stitch and row gauge and figure out exactly how many stitches you want to add and how often to add them. Me? I wouldn't bother with that, I would just have it nice and full at the bottom. Someone else can give you more detailed info on using stitch and row gauge to figure it all out.

I've been watching for something like his. I'm so glad you asked about it. Thank you.

ETA Thanks to J-J for the plus size link. Posts weren't showing before I downloaded the pattern and looked at it. I would look carefully at the neck and cast on for it when going up in sizes. Because of the construction it would be very easy to get a top that mostly fits great but the neckline wants to be off the shoulder. At least that's my experience with tops knit in this style. I haven't checked the patterns and cast on counts to know if this is likely problem with this one. I always start with a smaller size and increase to fit the rest of me.
 
Aug 31, 2019 08:05:46   #
beaz (a regular here)
 
I see someone provided the plus size link
Aug 31, 2019 08:32:09   #
sigridsmith
 
Since she is now smaller on the top than on the bottom, use the regular sized pattern for the top and look at the stitch count for the bottom of the plus sized pattern and note the difference between that and the smaller pattern that you are using. Then you will know how many extra stitches you need to increase as you go down. You can space them around the sweater and down the sweater, maybe making a second garter stitch side wedge.
Aug 31, 2019 09:50:12   #
LiseS
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
Plus size is a separate pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/helena-blouse-plus-size


Thank you Jessica-Jean. Oh my! Models do make a big difference don’t they. It certainly doesn’t look like the same blouse.
Aug 31, 2019 10:01:51   #
LiseS
 
GrumpyGramma wrote:
Thanks for the link, I saved the pattern. If you need to make the hips larger in proportion to the bust you could increase more often than the pattern calls for. I have to start increases about 3" from the underarm when I knit for myself and then I increase about every inch depending on how I want the garment to fit it might be less often. Sometimes I do it all the way down, sometimes I decide I've increased enough and stop. This is intended to have some flare so I think I would just increase every inch all the way to the bottom. You can check your stitch and row gauge and figure out exactly how many stitches you want to add and how often to add them. Me? I wouldn't bother with that, I would just have it nice and full at the bottom. Someone else can give you more detailed info on using stitch and row gauge to figure it all out.

I've been watching for something like his. I'm so glad you asked about it. Thank you.

ETA Thanks to J-J for the plus size link. Posts weren't showing before I downloaded the pattern and looked at it. I would look carefully at the neck and cast on for it when going up in sizes. Because of the construction it would be very easy to get a top that mostly fits great but the neckline wants to be off the shoulder. At least that's my experience with tops knit in this style. I haven't checked the patterns and cast on counts to know if this is likely problem with this one. I always start with a smaller size and increase to fit the rest of me.
Thanks for the link, I saved the pattern. If you ... (show quote)


Thank you i will keep all that in mind. I read the pattern and it seems a few increases shouldn’t be difficult I would just have to pay close attention.
Aug 31, 2019 10:08:31   #
LiseS
 
sigridsmith wrote:
Since she is now smaller on the top than on the bottom, use the regular sized pattern for the top and look at the stitch count for the bottom of the plus sized pattern and note the difference between that and the smaller pattern that you are using. Then you will know how many extra stitches you need to increase as you go down. You can space them around the sweater and down the sweater, maybe making a second garter stitch side wedge.


Thank you I’ll try comparing the patterns and writing it out to see if I meld the two.
 
Aug 31, 2019 10:38:50   #
LiseS
 
My sister says “I am young and perky on top and old and frumpy on the bottom” I just want her to fill good about how she looks.
She lives in a small town with very few stores so I visited her this summer and took her shopping in Sudbury. We shopped for hours trying on clothes. We finally found something that looked beautiful on her, as she put it, it balanced her out.
The blouse we bought fit her like the first pattern and she wore it with a pencil skirt. Beautiful!
I am not like my sister, i am petite, I can’t believe how hard it is to find a designer that can enhance what a larger woman has instead of covering it up with a lack of style.
I sew for her but winter is coming I she needs warmer clothes. I might have to start designing clothes myself and get rid of the frumps and bring in the classy.
Ok I vented I feel better.
Aug 31, 2019 11:25:39   #
Jiggs
 
What a great and loving sister you are!
Aug 31, 2019 12:07:35   #
LiseS
 
Jiggs wrote:
What a great and loving sister you are!


We are very close she lives very far (2 days driving) but we talk everyday. With 8 siblings we had to learn to get along. We are all very close and try to see each other as often as we can.

While i was visiting this summer she showed me how to ssk. I was having trouble with it, my holes were massive. I watched videos but couldn’t wrap my head around it.
Aug 31, 2019 21:31:02   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Since that is knit from the top down, you could always do more increases to accommodate her hips. It looks fairly loose and flowing as is and may not need a lot of additional increases.
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