Monday, November 25, 2013

Paridae: What Two Samples Can Tell You

You may have noticed that I model a lot (almost all!) of my patterns.  This is mostly because when it comes to taking photos and needing a body to try-on-as-you-go, I'm the easiest person to get a hold of!

That said, it is always valuable to see a particular garment on a variety of bodies. So I'm very pleased that a good friend of mine has agreed to model Paridae!

Seeing Paridae in a couple different sizes (and yarns!) gives great information, and visually describes things like:
  • the way the grouped increases for bust and hips lay on different bodies
  • what different yarn fibres and colours can do for a pattern
  • where the length of the sleeves extend for different arm lengths
  • the interaction between standard sizing on two people of the same height, but different sizes

This last point is particularly useful, and my friend and I are the same height, but are each modeling different sizes.

Me, in a size S; Zen Yarn Garden yarn
My friend J, in a size L; Knit Picks yarn


The yarn used for the size L is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Tweed, in Rabbit Heather.

I think height/length is an often over-looked aspect of sizing. Certainly, getting your horizontal measurements (bust, waist, hips) correct is very important, but here you see what standard sizing dictates for the vertical, as well.

If you're anything but the standard size (which most of us likely are!), you may be interested in modifying your knit garments. The CYC standards are what knitwear designers generally follow; knowing where you line up within that chart is a useful tool.

Interested in purchasing Paridae? You have a few options:

You can buy it on Ravelry in my shop
You can get it in a kit from Knit Picks (the modeled version above, on the left)
You can get it in a kit from Zen Yarn Garden (for 20% off from now until December 31!!) (the modeled version above, on the right)

Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Worsted
Yarn: Wool of the Andes Worsted Tweed


Hilary said...

Both of these are so gorgeous, Teresa!

Julie said...

very good points, I agree! And nice to see how beautiful the cardigan is on both of you!