So, I'm knitting Tubey from Knitty
. I think I've finally taken care of my sleeve issues and the at the moment the tube seems to fit. However, in the interests of producing a top that I can wear to work without embarrassing my advisor (and one that I can wear a bra with), the neckline is higher than that shown in the photo.
As a result, the part of the sweater under the neckline is quite a bit shorter than the part of the sweater under the back. (For those not familiar with it, Tubey is a rectangle-with-sleeves style shrug with a ribbed tube knit onto it to make the body of a sweater. The rectangle on mine takes up a lot more length on the back than it does on the front, thus making the back of the sweater longer than the front.) At the point of maximum difference (right under the neckline) it's about 4"-5" shorter than the back.
I'd like my sweater to be the same length all around and am contemplating putting in short rows to compensate. I've never done short rows and have some questions.
It seems like the most obvious thing to do is to put in short row bust shaping. (I was thinking of doing it as described in the "Shapely Tank" pattern.) I assume this would mean knitting until the back of the sweater is level with the bottom of my bust, then knit short-rows until the length of the front matches the length of the back. However, I see two problems with this:
1. 4" is a lot of bust shaping
2. I don't have much bust. I fill a B-cup on a good day, so there's not enough there to fill huge quantities of bust shaping.
So I guess my question is: will knitting all those short rows work OK despite my non-bustiness, because the front of the sweater is shorter intrinsically (not due to the effects of my bust as in normal short-row bust shaping). Or am I going to get a big cup on the front of my sweater that I'm not qualified to fill?
I may be wrong but it seems like the other short-row possibility is to just knit down to the hem, then short-row the front until it matches the back. I gather people with similar Tubey isses have done this with some success. Of course, a third possiblity is to put in a few short rows at the bust and then the rest down at the hem.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Of course, next step is to do the math for the short rows, but that's another issue. :-)