Mother-Daughter Knits

Sally Melville & Caddy Melville Ledbetter

Last night I attended the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters Guild meeting......with Sally Melville and her daughter Caddy Melville Ledbetter.

Sally's presentation was how to knit to "flatter and fit" - what an eye opener.

Using a powerpoint presentation Sally showed us how different sweater styles could be worn by anyone - it's all a matter of proportion.

Sally shared with us how to find out your "Ideal" sweater lengths - short, mid-length and big and long sweaters........and what each of these sweaters is best worn with (wide or slim pants, a line or straight skirts).

How to measure yourself, how to figure our your sleeve length (which is always the same - go figure - whether it's a drop shoulder, a set in or a raglan sleeve! (Your sleeve measurement is taken from the centre back at your neck, over your shoulder, down your arm - which is held bent across your waist - to your wrist break - this is the tailoring measurement for sleeve length). Using this measurement, you can customize the length of your sweater sleeves by measuring your body pieces and adjusting the sleeve length accordingly.

I'm going to apply my "ideal length" to my next sweater.

Sally is hoping to encourage more knitters to use knitting patterns as written as a "guide" and to custom fit them to "flatter and fit".

Sounds like a plan to me.

If you'd like a copy and can't get it locally, get your copy from my friend Marsha at The Needle Arts Book Shop.


  1. Hmmm...Saw that book tonight and passed it by. Maybe I should go back and get it.

  2. where in the real world can I source slim fit, fair isle yoked cardigan or jersey patterns for fine yarns.
    i found your blog....can you help.


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