4.- Gaping Bust/Front
In the knitting industry it is common practice to draft the front and back of patterns the same width. If you are a difficult fit, some of that difficulty may come from your front and back being very different sizes.
The stretch inherent in knit fabric accommodates some of the difference. However when we get into bigger cup sizes or protruding tummies it is simply asking too much of the stretch and the result is a cardigan whose buttons want to pop!
The fix for this is to mark a point near each underarm at the level of the fullest part of the bust and/or belly and take separate measurements across the front then across the back.
Now armed with those new measurements, chose the sizes from among those listed on your pattern’s schematics that most closely match yours. You may be choosing a Medium back and an XL front, but if you still go with the armhole depth and length of the smaller size it will assure that the front has enough width to close without gaping.
When knitting the length of the front and back, you will use the measurements for the smaller of the sizes, and you’ll still add short row shaping at the bust should you need it.
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