Monday, April 8, 2019

RIFT: Modifications


Let's talk about custom sizing!

When I crochet a design sample, despite the given instructions (which are written having industry-standard average sizes in mind), I, anyway, tend to make changes which will compliment my own figure. I mean, my own figure's features and size mismatchings, like size S for the bust and size L for upper arms and hips. The average size S doesn't require the wide sleeves I need.

But, as said, the pattern sizing is based on very average measurements and I think that's good since it provides us with a base from which we can adjust however we want.

I appreciate very much the patterns which include some information to help make these changes easier, like a correct schematic drawing, maybe some advice is included, and an explanation of what is happening at each stage of the process (sometimes it is not clear, especially if you are absent-minded at the moment). I also do my best to include such information in my patterns as much as possible, since I think a good sweater needs appropriate individualized adjustments (unless your size happens to be an average size and meets all given dimensions).

Rift sweater is available in sizes S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) to fit: 33⅞ (37¾, 41¾, 45⅝, 49⅝, 53½)″ / 86 (96, 106, 116, 126, 136) cm bust circumference with 2⅜″ (6 cm) of positive ease.

If you'd like, you may customize your Rift using of these modification tips:

As-you-go modifications:
  1. Body and sleeve length: You can adjust the length by working fewer or more rounds in st patt. 
  2. Edging width: Chain fewer or more stitches depending on desired width of edging.
  3. Splits or not: If you prefer not to have the splits, continue working in the round to desired length.
  4. Smaller neckline: you can minimize the neckline width by working fewer sc sts (either skipping some or working sc2tog) in the first round of neckline edging.
  5. Sleeve width: depending on the desired cuff width, you may change the rhythm of the decreases. To do this, find out how many sts you would like to end with and subtract this number from the starting number of sleeve sts and note the result. Divide the number of sleeve rnds by the result to find out how often you should decrease (e.g. every 3rd, 5th rnd, etc).

Changes, which can be done, but they affect other things:
  1. Armhole depth: can be adjusted by working fewer or more yoke rounds, however this affects the sleeve and body circumferences, too. To fix it, work fewer or more underarm sts (regulate the desired width by changing the number of underarm sts).
  2. If the armhole depth doesn't require changes, but you'd like to change the total body circumference and the circumference of sleeves, you may change the number of underarm bridge sts.

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in shade Ravelry Red
Pattern: Rift by Lena Fedotova

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