and therein lies the rub.
All along I've been knitting this and trying it on and I thought it was OK. One or two have ventured that it was maybe small, but I could tell the fit was fine, thank you very much.
We were both right.
The body and sleeve (only have one so far) - dandy. Totally happy with it. Though rather tired of cabling with bluntish 5 mm bamboo dpns.
The ribbing at the lower body? Not working. But I couldn't get a handle on the precise nature of the problem until I had one sleeve in and bound off, to show me how the thing was going to sit on the torso (it always amazes me how sleeve and collar change the way the body sits on a body).
One of the things I have figured out in all these years of ripping and knitting is that I like zero to negative ease around the shoulders and chest - I like the fit of things to be clean there. But I like about 2 inches of ease over the bendy, curvy bits. To allow for the bending and curving. Most patterns operate on more balanced geometry.
Instead of decreasing downward at the rib transition, I should have applied the knowledge in my brain and INCREASED to the next size up for the bottom half. There, I said it. You were right (you know who you are).
So I'm going to fool around with washing the swatch - well first I have to make one - to see if this superwash grows unexpectedly. In which case the bottom might be fine, but the top too big.
Bridge. Cross. When. Get. To.
I'm thinking that I might clump the increases in two spots on the back, to create a bit of flair. Since, well, that's where the flair is, if you know what I mean. We'll see. I fully expect that there will be ripping. First a swatch with ribbing on two different need sizes, see if not decreasing a half mm makes a difference.
But I would like to know when I will remember that I have an ass? This isn't a body image thing - unlike, say, my triceps, I have no beef with my ass. It is not small, but I find it properly placed and quite functional and overall, a useful member of my panoply of parts. But like the curve of the land, it must be planned for in construction projects. And in this I appear to be an out of sight, out of mind kind of knitter.
Maybe I could leave myself a fridge note? Like a giant post it. Except that would maybe scare visitors.
(I love the internet. Think 'Hey, I want a post-it for my blog", and Lo! Google delivers unto you. Get yours here.)