Conic – want to knit along?

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.

Conic on Eileen

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.

Pivot + Conic

Here it is on Veronica. She is 5’5″ with a 30 inch waist and 37 inch bust.

Conic on Veronica

I don’t have Kathy’s measurements, but she is 5’1″ and tiny!

Kathy in Conic

And finally on Gus, who’s 5’4″ with a 40″ bust and 34″ waist.

Rotation + Conic

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.

I’m itching to cast on. If you want to join, I started an informal knitalong thread in the Cookie’s Socks and More group on Ravelry.



12 Responses to “Conic – want to knit along?”

  1. Tricia says:

    I love this pattern. I’ve never made a garment for myself (at least, since I started knitting “properly” – there were a few dreadful efforts in the 1980s – perhaps I should say I’ve never made a wearable garment!)

    Anyway, I’m thinking of using Wollmeise lace – its a heavy lace weight and really not much lighter than Mal sock. And as it comes in 300g put-ups, I would have a lot of yarn to play with.

  2. C says:

    I think Conic looks cute. But I really like the cardigan you are wearing in the last picture. What patterns is that? And is it one of yours? (Isn’t it awesome one assumes everything here is hand knit?)

  3. brandi says:

    The shrug is really cute. It might bring too much attention to my….well …ahem ….generously proportioned girls. I think I would like to try it though and see how it would look.

  4. Lori says:

    I’m tempted to do the KAL. Will it be hosted on Ravelry somewhere?

  5. Judy says:

    I’d like to do a KAL and have already purchased the book.

  6. Teenuh says:

    I love the photo shoot pics on Flickr. They really cracked me up. I’m tempted to knit Conic, though my rule on sweaters is I will only knit them if I have stash for them. And while I DO have enough fingering in DiC Smooshy for it, that was for the Jeannie shawl. Which I still haven’t given up on yet. And my Malabrigo Lace I want to use for a Nuvem, but that might just be crazypants to make. So… maybe I will knit Conic. Maybe. ^_^ I still think I’m more likely to knit Quotient after getting to try it on. 🙂

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  8. Ann Switzer says:

    Do you suppose this lovely confection would work well in some Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester??? Is it drapey enough? Ann

  9. Mairead says:

    Hmmmmm, I think you may have talked me into it. And it amuses me greatly that the captcha code includes the letters w, t, and f

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