confessions of a knitting fiend

Month: April, 2012

Briggs Street and color

About a month ago, Quince and Co published my Briggs Street pattern. Knit in soft and squishy Osprey, Quince has 41 beautiful colors to choose from, and I’ve been having a blast coming up with new combinations.

This is a versatile piece than can look good on a variety of body types, and picking out just the right colors is the first step.

A friend with broad shoulders told me she avoids round yokes because they just aren’t flattering. The gentle curve the round yoke construction gives these stripes has a surprising diminishing effect. If you have broad shoulders, consider light, subtle colors like Twig (light brown) and Bird’s Egg (light blue), shown above. Another great combination would be Delft and Clay, shown below (top left).

If your shoulders are narrower than your hips, you can bring the focus up by choosing a bold contrast color to go with your subtle main color, like Frost with Winesap (top right) or Bark with Apricot (middle left). Remember, the bolder color should be the contrast.

If your ultimate goal is to make your bust look less busty, or not call attention to a less-than-smooth belly, choose a dark color, then accent with a muted or light color. Peacoat with Pomegranate (middle right) and Storm with Dogwood (bottom left) would be perfect for making the middle less noticeable.

For dessert I’ve included a bright and lovely color pairing that I’d love to see a daring knitter knit: Rosa Rugosa with Split Pea (bottom right).

A note on sizing

This sweater can look great worn with either negative or positive ease. Choosing the right ease for your body’s shape can mean the difference between your go-to sweater and the one you want to love, but end up giving to your niece.

For broad shoulders with a slender and less shapely middle, stick as close as possible to your actual bust measurement. You can go up or down by about 1″ and get a sweater that’ll fit you well. Omit the waist shaping if you don’t think you need it.

If you’re narrow on top and wider on the bottom, stick close to your actual bust measurement, but make sure the sweater stops 1-2″ above your widest point. This may mean stopping short or adding a little length. Also consider working 3/4 instead of full length sleeves. This will keep the end of the sleeve from calling attention to the hips.

With an hourglass shape (top and bottom are close to the same measurement, but that doesn’t have to mean curvy) you can go either way with this sweater.  Choose the size just smaller than your bust measurement for a formfitting sweater, or up to 4″ larger for a great layering piece.

Got curves but you’d rather not showcase them? Go up in size, but not too much. One full size up from your bust measurement should suffice. Also, make sure the measurement at the top of the arm is larger than your actual top arm measurement (about 1″ should do it). A nicely fitting sleeve will always help a sweater out.



The first change is my blog location. My previous posts can be found here.

The second is that I’m going to try posting more than just my patterns. If I stick to it, you’ll be privy to my thoughts and feelings, including – but not limited to – venting about the design process, ranting about yarn that won’t behave, raving about needles I just can’t live without, and sharing techniques that are totally the cat’s meow.