My apologies to Cathy Carron, who had this beautiful "Cal" hat pattern in Hip Knit Hats. The model looked very chic. Me? Not so much.
I was hanging out in the LYS on Friday when people started commenting about how many unflattering knits they've noticed lately on Ravelry. We've all seen those photos of the woman with the huge chest who made a shrug that looks like a boob-holder. Or the tiny person who made a chunky cardigan that makes her look like a 10-year-old wearing mommy's sweater. A requisite photographic self-portrait of the wearer in her dressing mirror accompanies a comment that they are pleased with the result. All you keep thinking is "Do they really plan to wear that in public?"
I must admit I have worn this hat in public. Multiple times. I also had bear claw bangs in the 80s. It happens to everyone.
One of my main objectives for this blog is to bridge the world of knitting and personal style. As knitters we deserve to make beautiful things that will flatter our bodies. So let's band together and make beautiful things with yarn.
Here are my two go-to resources to help knitters evaluate knits before casting on....
This site lets you enter all your measurements and then it creates your own shop with clothes that will fit your body and your style. Knitters can use this as a great reference point for what might look good on their bodies. I've ordered several pieces from this site and I've been very pleased. Why? The site actually tells you which size of something will look good on you. No ordering 2 - 3 sizes of something and wondering what will fit. To my surprise this actually worked. Even with pants.
Angie is a style consultant who posts every day about something related to style. Her site has forums as well as an "Ask Angie" button so you can ask a specific fashion question. I wonder what she would say I should do with that hat? You can browse her past entries for tips on knitwear. This site is a gold mine of information about what to wear.