One of the easiest ways to work some extra width on the front of your Top Down Raglan sweater is to work an extra increase beside the regular Raglan increase on both sides of the Front. In the last couple of inches at the bottom of the yoke you can work the EASY BUST SHAPING .
You can add up to about 3″/8cm to the Front this way.
I was asked if there were specific circumstances where you would use this method.
- It’s a very straight forward way to add width to the front of your sweater without affecting the upper yoke and neckline.
- It’s easy to add these extra increases into any Top Down Raglan sweater pattern that doesn’t have extra width already written in.
- A couple of extra inches on the front really helps to alleviate button gap on your cardigan. If you wear your cardigans buttoned up, positive ease at the bust is a necessity. I cringe every time I see button gaping on a cardigan in a magazine.
- Nothing shows. No one can see the extra increases since they are almost in your armpit.
- Working the increases above the underarm works really well for a bust that is high. More traditional bust darts may be too low when they begin below the underarm.
- One of the best reasons is for the well endowed. The Doubling Up of Increases method can be used in conjunction with more traditional styles of bust darts. A couple of inches added at the bottom of the yoke (just above the underarm) plus bust darts in the bust area itself can add 4-6″ extra width at the bust if needed.
- If you have a stitch pattern on your sweater, bust darts may interfere. This method can be added where you are already working the raglan lines so they are less likely to interfere.
Could you do a little bust shaping on your next Top Down using the Easy Bust Shaping method?
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