What are some differences when you are designing a sweater for factory production vs. hand knitting?
Since this is a bulkier sweater, having the proper fit in the shoulder is important to keep a nice smooth look. To begin, I would compare your measurements to the schematic and check to see if the full shoulder width for your size is at least 1" smaller than your actual measurement shoulder bone to shoulder bone. If it's too wide and an adjustment needs to be made, it should be fairly simple in the larger gauge. You might only need to remove one or two stitches from each armhole. Just keep in mind that the stitch pattern may be interrupted in the armhole area on some sizes depending on how many stitches you need to remove.If the shoulder does need to be brought in, I would also share the same concern that the neck might be too wide for you. Again, this should only involve adding a few stitches to either side to close it up a bit. To make sure the neckline keeps a nice round shape, instead of a U shape, I would suggest graphing out the changes on graph paper. You may need to raise the neck drop by a row or two to keep a similar shape. Since your neck width will now be smaller, you will also need to pick up fewer stitches for your collar. You may also want to consider making the collar a little bit shorter.
WOW, thanks Melissa, it's so wonderful to get advice from the sweater's designer on how to mod the pattern for my body! Can't wait to cast on! It's going to be a great fall jacket!
Interweave had generously offered to send one of you a copy of Melissa's new book Metropolitan Knits. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know which pattern you'd love to knit from her book! Comments will close on Sunday July 21st at 12 EST and I'll let you know who the winner is the next day!