Bust darts add extra length over the fullness of your bust.
Even in knits, bust darts can improve the fit of your garment. When you look in the mirror, does your sweater hang parallel to the ground? Do you tend to pull down on the front of your sweater when you wear it? Consider adding bust darts.
In sewing, a bust dart is a fold in the fabric shortening the side seam (and subsequently lengthening the center front). In knitting we can use short rows to accomplish the same thing. Holding stitches allows you to knit more rows at the center front than the side seams.
Knit it now patterns indicate the location of bust darts. They are optional and we provide a link to a calculator to do the math for you. Your stitch and row gauge is automatically entered in the calculator as well as your current row.
When knitting a dart, turn off your row counter and follow the instructions from the Dart Formula Calculator. When the dart shaping is complete, don't forget to turn your row counter back on!
Click "Knit" ... then click "Tools" to access the Bust Dart Calculator
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