There are many knitwear designs that capture my interest, especially cocoknits. Recently, I had an opportunity to sign-up for a series of class meetings with Julie Weisenberger of cocoknits at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA. Julie brought samples to class for all of us to try on, and I was immediately attracted to the long version of Gisela. Knit with Habu Textiles #A-174 Cotton Gima (100% cotton, 1 oz. 265 yards) “Gisela with seams is a cocoknits’ classic; open weave with architectural shaping that adds a bit of drama while hiding what needs to be hidden!”
I need to determine if the long version of Gisela is the right length for me. Gisela measures 30″ down from the armhole, which is perfect and lightly touches the top of my knee. Also, I am one size larger on the bottom than the top. What is my next step? How am I going to figure all of this out? Here’s how I incorporated my unique design characteristics…
Two paper rectangles representing the measurement from under the armhole and lower body with length measurements for a total of 30″ *not including the yoke.
Where would I start decreasing, and how many decreases would I work? I wanted to tackle the most difficult question of where would I place the decreases. How many rows would I knit before decreasing? This is when I had an “aha moment.” I pulled out my skirt sloper to figure out where to begin decreasing. My hips fall 8″ below my waistline, so I decided to begin decreasing after knitting 10″ from the bottom.
Next, how many stitches do I need to decrease? I chose to knit a large on the bottom and a medium on the top, so I cast on 182 stitches knowing that I would have to decrease to 166 stitches to begin knitting the upper half of the pattern.
The Knitter’s Guide to Sweater Design by Carmen Michelson and Mary-Ann Davis proved to be a plethora of valuable information, especially a section on Reverse Tapered Body, pgs. 69-74 . I read between the lines and “cherry picked” what information I needed.
(Size L) CO 182 sts – (Size M) 166 sts = 16 sts decrease over 8″
8″ x 4 rows (refer to pattern gauge) = 32 rows
16 sts divided by 2 = 8 sts
32 rows divided by 8 = 4 rows
Decrease 2 sts every 4 rows
Of course, this is what I’m going to try, but perhaps you have another approach. By all means, go with your own plan.
Here’s my favorite picture of Super Moon 2016 on a foggy Northern California evening.