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So I am knitting my dh a sweater, my first ever adult sweater!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I am practically finished, just need to seam everything together. Here is my problem: the sweater seems a bit too wide in the very center of the waist area (not at the hip area at all). And here is my hopeful solution: I knit the main portion in the round so I am going to seam up just the area that seems too wide (not the hip area at all). So that means there will be no seaming at the bottom waistband of the sweater and a few inches upward I will begin seaming to cinch it in a little. The pattern is just a k5,p1 rib throughout the entire sweater and I honestly don't mind if the rib is a bit off under the arms.<br><br>
Will this work? And will the difference between the unseamed area and the seamed area be super-noticeable? I think it might be just one of things I need to do it and see but thought I would ask for advice first!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I'm not quite understanding, I think. You knit it in the round, but you want to make part of the waist smaller, so you want to seam it to take in some slack? Honestly, if you do that, there will be funky areas above and below the seam where it will pleat, and for a man's sweater I don't think it would be a good look. It would almost wind up like an hourglass or fitted woman's sweater, with bad bulk at the top of the hip.
 

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Exactly! So you think it will look like pleats...hmmmm. Is there any way to taper the seaming gradually to reduce that look? This thing turned out weird. It is the same number of stitches throughout the entire body of the sweater, same stitch pattern and everything. But somehow the belly portion is wider than the waist portion, it is supposed to be entirely straight and I was hoping I could get that back. It is like my gauge was small, then got bigger, then got smaller again. Why oh why do I have these problems?!!!! Ugh!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

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Is it natural fiber? Maybe blocking it would help?
 

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Do you sew? Basically a tapered seam that takes up some slack is a "dart." They are often placed directly below the nipples, or on the back oposit and down from the nipples. They are rarely put on the sides but in sewing there is normaly a seam there that can be shaped. You could add darts to tailor it, but I fear the results will be feminine. Generally a square shape is more masculine.<br><br>
If you knit the sweater straight why is the waist bulkier than the hips? Do you have a picture of your DH in the sweater? It might be easier to understand if we could see.
 

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have you washed and blocked it yet? I wouldn't really do anything to it until you wash/block - you'd be shocked at the myriad of sins blocking fixes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I would block it first. If blocking doesn't fix it, then google <b>steeking</b>
 

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It is 100% wool. I'll go ahead and block it to see if it evens everything out. Hopefully it will work! I almost don't mind if it lengthens the sweater a bit just to get rid of the wider portion. I'll work on it tonight.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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