Thursday, June 28, 2007

FIFI--sizing and such

bonjour lovelies--so great to see all the excited fifi lovers!! and the wonderful colors...magnifique!

now...a quick post about sizing...
since the CO for the xs & s size is the same, if you are feeling conflicted about which one to do....no worries really until we get to the section where we make the join for the body....up to that point instructions are the same basically....so start with your 120 CO and go!!! yippee..

i will hopefully be working along with you (distracting myself from looming deadlines) using the dark espresso color calmer i had in my stash ...and maybe trying to work on a 3/4 sleeve mod depending on how much time i can sneak away from what i "should" be doing (oh...i am feeling very guilty)

....for those of you doing a larger size ...the 140 CO...( yes, i know, there is a sneaky little 120 CO in there with the larger sizes--but we had to set it up that way to make the cabling come out right on the sleeves!)--here are a few caveats--unless you are wide shouldered (like moi) or do not like your necklines too close to your neck...i would suggest the smaller CO even if you are in the larger sizes--sorry, i know this sounds confusing--and i would love to break this down a little more with any of you that are thinking of doing the 140 cast on because of a larger bust size--
really, so much of proper fit is determined by your shoulders--crazy right!--more on this later--
one thing you 140 CO's might do is this--take a long piece of yarn, artfully drape it over your front and back where you would like the neckline to be (helps to have a friend help w/this)...then measure the yarn....see how this works out with your gauge swatch --that will tell you approximately what would work best--or measure the neckline of a top that looks flattering on you...
please post any questions you might have re: sizing--we want fifi to rock on all of you--no matter the size!!
an additional idea here-- for all sizes-- those of you who tend to knit loosely (moi again) you might consider dropping down a needle size for the cast on and first round or so--if you have had issues with necklines being too floppy (although with calmer that is unlikely) or just want a really firm top edge--this might be a thought...
remember...with one piece garments...you can always adjust as you work--that's why we love 'em here in french girl land...even though they are a little more difficult to write patterns for, they are soooo worth it--thanks again for all the great comments, xo, kristeen & the french girls

5 comments:

Lisa said...

Thank you for all the updates! They will prove most helpful as we all get going!

And, thank you again for working this with us, so that you can provide extra tid bits along the way....

Michelle said...

Thank you for all your tips! You guys are magnefique!

Estellika said...

Sizing by shoulder, huh? This concept has been on my mind as I have smaller breasts and big ole' line-backer shoulders! Sizing via bust measurement makes tight neck lines, arm pits and, of course, shoulders.

Looking forward to a discussion on sizing for larger shoulders, have put thought into it, but not too much experience with it... yet!

Kozy Kitty said...

Being a raglan pattern, sizing should be a little easier. You might start in a larger size and make decreases in the bust area. The nice thing is that you can try the sweater on and adjust as you go.

debbie said...

Thanks for the sizing info! I'm ripping out my 13 completed rows and starting again!

Pattern is so pretty and I really appreciate you joining in! Makes it so personal!