A little more on Atalanta

When I posted about the new Atalanta pattern, I neglected to talk a little about my thinking behind the shaping and sizing. Atalanta is sized with positive ease down the entire length of the sweater. For those unfamiliar with the term, ease refers to how loose or tight the fit is meant to be. A sweater with one inch positive ease in the bust would be meant to fit one inch larger than bust size. A sweater with one inch negative ease would be meant to fit one inch smaller than bust size. In the case of a sweater without shaping, positive ease can result in a comfortable but baggy and unflattering end result. The idea behind Atalanta was to create an easy to knit, easy to wear tee that was flattering to a woman’s figure in any size, so although Atalanta is loose fitting, it is also shaped for an attractive fit. I find that women’s clothing usually benefits from shaping, even if it is minimal, and even if it is meant to be loose, because baggy clothing without shaping makes the waist disappear and tends to exaggerate the largeness or smallness of the hips and bust. Additionally, I wanted a neckline that would be flattering to many different bust sizes without being overly revealing. There’s a slight scoop, but the top should offer full coverage.

Atalanta comes in seven sizes, from 28 to 52, like Sunniva and Maude Louise. However, I tried something a little new here that I think could be useful in future sizing. In the past, I’ve usually sized patterns with a set amount of ease in inches. This means that no matter the size, there is meant to be one inch positive ease or two inches negative ease, etc. However, discussions on Ravelry’s Designer board got me thinking about different ways of using ease. It was rightly pointed out that one inch positive ease looks different on a 28 inch bust than it does on a 40 inch bust. Instead of sizing with set inches, I used percentages to size Atalanta, which has 7% positive ease at the bust. On a size 28 inch bust, this means around 2 inches positive ease, while on a size 52, this means around 3 and a half inches positive ease. Hopefully this will result in a sweater that fits more as it was designed to in all sizes.

I am very pleased to be able to offer this sweater through the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program for a number of reasons. For those unfamiliar with the IDP, Knit Picks has partnered with independent designers to offer PDF downloads of original patterns directly through their site. The designers get all the proceeds of their sales, which means that it’s not all that different from purchasing directly from a designer, but Knit Picks offers the option of creating a kit with the yarn needed to knit the pattern bundled right in. The Knit Picks yarns that are available for an Atalanta kit are very affordable, placing kit costs from $22.42 to $31.90, pattern inclusive. If you’re interested in putting together a kit, you can do so at Knit Picks.

The sample is knit in Shine Sport in the colors Serenade (purple) and Leapfrog (green). Leapfrog has been discontinued, so Knit Picks recommends using Green Apple if you want to duplicate the sweater shown above. It can be hard to come up with color pairings sometimes, so I’ve attached some ideas that I considered when I was planning the sweater. I hope this is helpful to anyone considering making an Atalanta!

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3 Responses to “A little more on Atalanta”

  1. Cynthia Says:

    Love your color pairing! I’m horrible at picking coordinating colors. This is perfect.

  2. Hasmif Says:

    Love the colour pairings too but I love your design notes and explanation of ease, and how you used it even more.

  3. Janet Says:

    I love this sweater! One weird thing: On the Knit Picks site, they don’t have all the sizes listed for the yarn choices. They go from 32″ straight to 40″. I’m not sure what the 36″ size needs, yarn-wise.

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