Style Challenges & KnitWiz Solutions
It's true. Certain styles do look better on certain body types. By 'style', I'm referring here to the shape of a neckline, the type of arm opening and the line of the body.
Let's break it down.
Neckline Shaping: conventional wisdom is to select a neckline which complements the shape of your face. For example, a v-neck works best for a round or square face, while a crew or jewel neckline is a good choice when you have a longer face.
Arm Opening: in general, yoked and raglan styles emphasize the shoulder area while set in sleeves can make broad shoulders appear narrower.
Body Line: the basic idea is to use the line and proportions which work with your body type. Tapering at the mid-section accentuates a small waist. A longer length elongates the body, giving the illusion of height.
These are all good "rules of thumb". However, the right accessories can change the perception of a neckline, stitch pattern selection can de-emphasize broad shoulders, or give the illusion of a smaller waist. At KnitWiz, we leave all of these choices up to you, the designer.
Designing a garment and fitting the garment to a real person are two separate processes. When you design a pattern with KnitWiz, you're designing to the ideal size medium. But when the knitting instructions are calculated, they're calculated for the size of the person who will be wearing that garment, maintaining ease and proportion in both length and width (circumference). For example, you design a sweater using a tapered template, and you want the sweater to fit snugly at the hips, without ease. But the person for whom the sweater is made has roughly equal waist and hip measurements. What happens when the instructions are calculated? In this case, the instructions would not add tapering to the waist. What if the person's waist is larger than the finished bottom circumference? In this case the cast-on stitches would reflect the waist measurement, to avoid a barrel-shaped sweater.
Fortunately, schematics of the finished garment are dynamically generated whenever a project is created. These schematics show both the primary finished dimensions, but also shape of the garment.