Conic is one of the runaway hits of the Shapes + Form collection with over a thousand hearts on Ravelry. Local-to-me knitters Veronica, Gus and I have decided to do a little Conic knit-along. I have some beautiful Socktopus Sokkusu in grey from the lovely Alice Yu. Gus picked up some gorgeous turquoise Wollmeise sock yarn while she was in Germany, and Veronica found some rich chocolate brown wool and silk yarn in her stash. The original sweater was knit in Malabrigo Sock, but any light fingering weight yarn with a soft hand and good drape is probably a great choice.
The sizing notes say to choose a size with positive ease using the waist measurement which may seem kind of odd to size a shrug based on the waist. The reason is that the arms and body are extremely forgiving with small incremental differences in the neck, arms, and body between the sizes. If the wrists of the sleeve are tight, it’s easy to modify the pattern to have fewer decreases in the sleeve for better fit. The larger difference comes in at the waist as the back gets wider, and I recommend some positive ease there for movement, but I like my sweaters pretty drapey. If you want a snugger fit, and depending on where your weight is distributed, you can get away with less ease than recommended.
Here is the Conic sample sweater, knit in the smallest size, on Eileen who has a 36 inch bust and 26 inch waist.
Here it is on me. I’m a lot shorter at 5’3″, have much broader shoulders than Eileen, but my waist is 27 inches and bust is 34 inches.
Here it is on Veronica. She is 5’5″ with a 30 inch waist and 37 inch bust.
I don’t have Kathy’s measurements, but she is 5’1″ and tiny!
And finally on Gus, who’s 5’4″ with a 40″ bust and 34″ waist.
Conic fits Eileen and Veronica well and has a little more ease on Kathy. By her measurements, Gus might have chosen to knit the next larger size, but the smaller size still works well on her. You can see more fit pictures of all the garments in my Flickr collection.