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14 October 2007 @ 01:53 am
First time here  
This is my first post to this community, which I am sooooooooo grateful for. I'm a 5'0" curvy girl that hovers between a size 28 and a size 32 (depending on the clothes) with a rather ample bust. I only crochet and have won several ribbons at the county fair for the past three years. So far, the only plus-size article of clothing I've made is one of those "Martha Stewart" ponchos, which has kept me warm on more than one occasion.

I do have a request: right now, the only place I know of for plus-size crochet patterns is the Lion Brand website. Does anyone know of any others? It doesn't matter what the patterns are - I'm flexible.
Just a cuddley Blakeyneoqbacca on October 14th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
If you ever learn to knit, Knitty has great patterns that go up to 3x and the book Big Girl Knits goes up at least that big in patterns.

I don't crochet, so sorry I can't be of much more help.
Zim Knits!zimknits on October 14th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
I saw something recently but I can't recall what it's called. You'd probably have more luck asking over in the crochet communities, they seem to be a bit more active!

If you find anything let me know, (As I'm 'plus sized/ endowed a well') :) I've pretty much stuck to knitting but given the right crochet pattern, I'll pick up the hook again :)

Good luck!
iriam: Knit Loveiriam on October 14th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
hey i don't crochet either but good luck finding patterns and welcome to the community!
Tasty brainsdaidy on December 30th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
How comfortable do you feel crocheting to a shape? By that, I mean, if you have a paper cutout (like a sewing pattern would be), do you feel comfortable that you could crochet the same shape and size? I have taken knitting and sewing patterns that I liked and just crocheted the same shapes. You just have to watch out for crochet usually being a thicker fabric than knitting. I use a thinner yarn or bigger hook to compensate. You can even just make up your own pattern cutout to follow by measuring a sweater that fits the way you want it to. It takes some trial and error to get exactly what I want.

I would second the suggestions for knitty.com and Big Girl Knits. Even if you don't knit, Big Girl Knits is worth looking at for the first sections - they talk about how to choose patterns based on which of the 3 B's you want to emphasize or minimize - Belly, Boobs, or Butt. They also have a good discussion of how to add bust shaping for those who are well endowed. This helps keep shirts from riding up in the front. Knitty.com has some good articles in their past issues on resizing patterns both up and down. They tell you how to do the math to figure out how much you need to add to a pattern and where you need to put it.