Trimmings is now available in two formats!
The original pattern, available here, is a traditional pattern, written in multiple sizes, with a fixed gauge. To make the traditional pattern fit you well, modifications are likely required. (My book, Knit to Flatter, has guidance on selecting a size and performing the modification math, as does my website.)
The CustomFit version of Trimmings costs $12.50, and will give you a sweater that looks exactly like the original sweater, but all of the pattern numbers have been created exclusively to match your gauge, your body measurements, and your length/sleeve preferences. For the fully customizable version of Trimmings, go HERE. (Note, CustomFit requires free log in account.)
Technical Editing: Elizabeth Sullivan. Photography: Caro Sheridan. Thanks to Deb Barnhill for knitting the green sample.
Trimmings is a flexible pattern with many possibilities. The kicky stripes make the perfect edging on a simple, trim silhouette, and the sweater can be knit with either of two sleeve options, paired with either of two neck- lines, combined with either of two hem heights. It’s eight sweaters in one!
The samples shown pair a cowl neckline with 3⁄4-length sleeves and a narrow hem, and long sleeves paired with a classic turtleneck and wider hem. All versions feature easily-customized vertical darts for waist shaping, tailored details, and a fun chance to use up handspun, a favorite sock yarn, or just some of those brightly-colored bits of yarn you have floating about.
I recommend choosing a size based on your upper torso measurement. Take a chest circumference with the tape measure located above the fullest part of your bust, high in your armpit. The turquoise sample is shown in size 38’’, modeled with -3’’/-7.5 cm of ease in the bust with zero ease in the upper torso. Green sample shown is size 34’’ and is modeled with -1’’/-2.5 cm ease in the bust/zero ease in the upper torso on Debbie and 1’’/2.5 cm of ease in the upper torso on Jackie.
Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Light gives drape, loft, and beauti- fully heathered colors to this wardrobe staple. I absolute- ly recommend it for this sweater. Should you desire to substitute yarn, you willl need approximately 1086 (1183, 1279, 1360, 1484, 1575, 1690, 1864, 2049, 2263) yds/1004 (1093, 1181, 1255, 1370, 1454, 1560, 1722, 1892, 2090) m of MC and 58 (63, 68, 72, 79, 83, 89, 99, 108, 120) yds/53 (58, 63, 67, 73, 77, 83, 91, 100, 111) m of CC for the long- sleeved, turtleneck version. The cowl version will require approximately 930 (1024, 1106, 1176, 1288, 1370, 1469, 1621, 1783, 1953) yds/858 (946, 1021, 1086, 1190, 1265, 1357, 1497, 1647, 1805) m of MC and 115 (127, 137, 146, 160, 170, 182, 201, 221, 242) yds/107 (117, 127, 135, 148, 157, 168, 186, 204, 223) m of CC for the 3⁄4-sleeve, cowl neck version.
￼Knit from the bottom up in pieces with set-in sleeves, Trimmings offers great options for all body types. The turtleneck is a narrower silhouette; the cowl wider; the long sleeves and wide hem versions are more widening in the hips than the narrow hem and shorter sleeves. Top-heavy shapes might consider matching a narrow neckline with wider hem, as shown; proportional shapes might balance their choices; bottom-heavy shapes might choose a narrower hem treatment and wider neckline, as shown.
As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary.