Knitting for Plus Sizes: recommended designs

As we wrap up our discussions of the Fall issue here on Inside Knits, I thought it would be nice to highlight some of the projects that offer particularly strong options for the plus-size among us. You can make any design work for you, no matter your shape, size, or personal style. But sometimes a few pointers are welcome, right?

The Leitmotif Cardigan by Carol Feller

Finished Sizes: 32 (36, 41, 44, 48, 52)"
This design has an unusual construction, which will make it tougher to customize, but I recommend it for these reasons:
• set-in sleeve shapes mean a tailored crossback (good for women wide across the bust but average across the shoulders)
• A-line shaping: this doesn’t mean you'll look like a triangle. What it means is that the hip circumference is wider than the bust circumference, allowing for consistent ease and fit on women with pear shapes
• Adaptable closure. The sample uses hook-and-eye closures, meaning there are no set buttonhole placements to deal with. You can place the hook-and-eyes where you like, or leave off altogether and wear the cardigan open.

The Inversion Gansey by Angela Hahn

Finished Sizes: 33.5 (38.25, 43, 48, 52.75)"
• Underam gussets create extra fabric and ease right at the bustline, and also contribute to room in the upper sleeve.
•The sweater has waist shaping and a hip circumference that is wider than the bust, making this a great choice for hourglass figures who are heavier on bottom than on top.

The Cloisonne Jacket by Deborah Helmke

Finished Sizes: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)"
• Set-in sleeve construction allows for tailored cross-back fit.
• A flared hem, combined with floating-open fronts, allows for movement and ease around the hips.
• Shoulder shaping and a V-neck create flattering lines.
• Again, a hook-and-eye closure can be placed as desired.
• If you choose to work more length even in main color before the armholes, the colorwork section could create a kind of Empire waist effect.


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