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Melissa Leapman, author of Knitting the Perfect Fit, on the Best Sweaters for Your Body Type


Do you knit sweaters?

Have you ever felt disappointed when the sweater you’ve been slaving over, somehow just doesn’t look quite…right…once you put it on?

Melissa Leapman, author of Knitting the Perfect Fit, a book that helps knitters create fully-fashioned details that draw attention precisely to the areas you want to highlight, gives us a few of her tips on choosing patterns that work for your unique shape.

If you’ve ever spent hours knitting a sweater that was too baggy, boxy, or just plain unflattering, these fashion do’s are a must-read before you begin your next knitted garment.


If you’re a Triangle (with a hip measurement larger than both waist and bust), look for interesting necklines and pattern interest in the upper third of the design. My Winter White design fits the bill.

If you’re more of an Inverted Triangle (with a bust measurement larger than both waist and hips), seek out patterns with set-in sleeves, deep necklines, and flared silhouettes, all of which which you’ll find in Orvieto.

Round body types can de-emphasize the waist with lovely empire waits, deep necklines, or other design details in the upper third of the sweater, like Candace’s Shell (which you can now download for free on Scribd!)

Are your hip, waist, and bust measurements about the same? Rectangles can cinch in the waist with bust darts, define the shoulders and upper body area, and aim for feminine A-line silhouettes. Marilyn’s Crossover Top is a miracle worker!

For those of you with lucky hourglass figures, you can highlight your curves by adding waist shaping and with belted looks, such as The Weekender.

To learn more about how to take your measurements, create gorgeous designer details, and knit sweaters that will flatter you every time, check out Melissa Leapman’s Knitting the Perfect Fit.



Jan Porter August 15th, 2012

In the article there is reference to a body shape ‘inverted triangle’ and it says that patterns can be found in ‘Oriveto’. Is this the palce in Italy or is it something else? No link so where can I find these patterns?

Jessi August 19th, 2012

I think Oriveto is the name of the sweater in the photo. The sweaters are most likely in the book. (Checking on ravelry; looks like the patterns are in the book, Knitting the Perfect Fit.)



About the Book
Knitting the Perfect Fit
Essential Fully Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results
Written by Melissa Leapman
Category: Crafts & Hobbies – Knitting
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $22.99
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