Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Boob-friendly Colchique?

I've taken to looking at the Colchique with an eye for a possible new project and have come across a major stumbling block: this pattern is going to make my boobs look GINORMOUS. They're quite large already and the combination of high neckline and horizontal ribbing is not going to be flattering. Any ideas as to how I can modify this to be bustiness-friendly?


Blogger Marji said...

If you think it won't be flattering, probably best to make it for someone else or choose a different pattern. sorry, but that is my opinion. Better to not make it than have it languish unworn because you don't like the look later.

8:12 AM  
Blogger storyville said...

If it's just the horizontal rib that you don't like, you could just use stockingnette instead. I actually saw someone out and about in a sweater that looked suspicously like the Colchique, but without the horizontal rib. It looked good!

Try different needles until you get the same gauge given for pt de godron, but in stockingnette. Then switch to that size needle everytime you need to. My thinking on this is that it will be easier to follow the pattern if you don't have to worry about changing the number of stitches.

Also, make sure you're making it in the right size. If it's too tight, it'll definitely make you look chestier. Take one of your favorite sweaters in a similar weight and measure it. Use that as the ideal size for your colchique. I did this and was suprised to find out that my favorite sweater was bigger than I thought, given my measurements.

If you want to change the collar too, you can try just stopping early. But at that point, I have to agree with Marji, Colchique may not be the sweater you're looking for.

Hope this helps, good luck!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Juniper said...

Good idea with the stockinette! I really do love the colchique and I already have a sweater in my closet that has a similar neckline that looks fine on me, but it's almost entirely stockinette with ribbing along the bottom. If that one looks fine then the colchique most likely will too, as long as I nix the horizontal ribbing.

Besides, if I get enough done so that I can try it on and the neckline is still a problem I can modify it to be more like a v-neck.

Okay! I'm going to go have some breakfast and then cast on for this. I'm going to use a peacock blue wool/acrylic/rayon worsted weight yarn that I previously knit up into a sweater that I never wear. Hopefully it has more luck the second time around.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous petunia said...

I am also amply endowed. My solution was to add a few more rows of horizontal rib before starting the diamond pattern on the front so the transition between the fantasie and the horizontal rib hit more at the waist instead of just under my boobs. Much more flattering!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

That does it! Bust-enhancing? Now I am really feeling like joining this knitalong.

5:45 PM  

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