Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
Knitters love for their finished garments to be beautifully designed and flatter the wearer. With all of the knitting patterns available, AND colors of yarn, AND even the possibility of making your own design, the choices can seem overwhelming for selecting a project. If you are looking for sweater designs that create a slender illusion, these are features to look for in a pattern or to add to your own designs.
Attract Attention to The Face Sweater designs that draw attention to the face take attention away from wide hips and bulging tummies. Many Icelandic sweaters have color work closer to the face with a plain body. Saddle sleeves with extra design elements, such as cable or color work, that is located near the shoulder join can pull attention to the face.
Vertical Elements Vertical stripes or vertical cables draw the eye to look up and down. This adds height and de-emphasizes width.
Color Columns Working on the same principle as above, a full column of a single color can be very slimming. For this effect to work, the column should extend vertical over the whole body. Ina sweater itself, you could have a single color vertical column going front the bottom to the top of the sweater, with a different color for the sides and sleeves. If the pants or skirt matches the central color of the sweater, a long column of a single color will be created that gives a slimming effect. it doesn't matter what the center color is. Picture a woman wearing white pants, white tshirt, with an open black blazer. The white center column will slim her. Compare this to a woman wearing a white shirt, black jacket, and black skirt. The broken up center isn't as slimming as if she had on white bottoms.
Add hourglass shaping to a sweater where there is none on a body If you are knitting a sweater for a large bust, try a design that covers the bust with normal ease, comes in a little at the waist, and then flares out at the hips. If the garment itself skims the body with an hourglass shape, it will create the illusion of a smaller, more proportioned figure. Change the proportions for body you are knitting for. A small bustline can use horizontal stripes or cables, for example.