The Yoke Pullover has been a challenge, but in an amazing and fulfilling way.
We have figured out how to create body structures to fit most bodies, but once you get into the upper body, things get really interesting! It doesn't matter whether you work top-down, or bottom-up, the fit in the upper body is key.
There are a number of critical parts here.
- Underarm bind off
- Armhole shaping to break point (armhole crease)
- Across chest,
- Across back,
- Sleeve cap (or whatever part of the garment spans your upper arm to the shoulder joint),
- Neck depths, front and back,
- Yoke depths, front, back, and over the shoulder,
- Yoke depths as a diagonal to break point,
- Neckline circumference,
- Shoulder width.
I may have missed some things, and this list doesn't include upper arms, but we have literally examined bodies and numeric data for each part. I have surreptitiously taken photos, Jamie has studied photos on a variety of web sites with different body types. We talk extensively each week, and there are power points!
All this leads to: We thought the question was one thing, and it turns out we needed to ask the question differently and find a different solution!
The Yoke Pullover is still being solved, but we are so excited and slightly exhausted.
Data does help. Jamie has done most of the work on this, and has recruited friends with math and physics skills as needed. I am so grateful for her collaboration on this, especially her willingness to keep asking questions.