24 June 2008 @ 08:41 pm
Bust darts? Oh, lord, no.  
I just measured myself to see what sort of adjustments I'll need to make to the front bodice of Bella Pacquita. The length of the front bodice from the shoulder to the bottom is 12 inches. The distance of that measure on me is 14 inches, which translates into 13 rows that currently aren't in the pattern.

Here are my options:

1) Work two inches on the bodice before starting the shaping at the neck and side seams.

2) Just work it as is; hope for the best.

3) Knit a larger swatch, wash it and let it hang with weights on it to see if the cotton will stretch monstrously once on. (I don't think it will. The yarn started out as a sweater from The Gap, and it was very resilient.)

4) Figure out how to work short rows for the front. *screams* Math . . . Unless two inches is too many short rows for such a little empire bodice.

So, knitting friends, what do you think is the best option? Anybody have experience with short-row bust adjustments in cotton?

While I wrote this, I ate a salad composed entirely of vegetables from the garden. Leaf lettuce, spring onions, and icicle radishes sliced into coins. Yum! I'm thinking about grabbing another spring onion and just chowing down on it, because they are that delicious straight out of the garden. Or more radishes. (Yes, [livejournal.com profile] aesiron, radishes.)
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[identity profile] beraht.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Against my better judgement, I am actually curious if these other subspecies taste any better than the peppery, moldy dirt than the normal variety I'm used to.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
I think the icicle radishes are a lot less potent than the red-skinned ones you get at the grocery store. They're still peppery, but not as and they're a little sweet.
[identity profile] lifeonwry.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
My favorite way to eat radishes: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Appetizers/RadishButterBread.htm

I skip the greens, cuz I buy cheap-ass grocery store radishes, but if you feel you need green, fresh parsley goes nicely.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on June 25th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Wow. I bet that would be really awesome with white wine. Um, I need to eat this soon.
[identity profile] bexi.livejournal.com on June 26th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I don't believe short rows are needed.

It sounds like your waist is longer than the designer, especially since she kind of mentions that she is short-waisted. I'd make the ribbed part longer. Actually, I would obsessively measure myself in the mirror to figure out exactly where I wanted the ribbing to hit, and then knit it to that length, but you know how obsessive I get.
[identity profile] bexi.livejournal.com on June 26th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh, and in my experience, short rows in cotton tend to lead to holes, even with wrapping.