Altering patterns to your measurements?

Hi,
I am interested in making certain sweaters, but I find that the sweaters I make fit one body part, but not the others (example: fits the chest, but waist is baggy or waist is good, but hips are too snug) Can anyone recommend any books or instructional DVDs/CDs on how to adjust patterns to your own measurements? And does anyone recommend any methods (like a CD or computer software) to develop your own clothing patterns? Thanks.

v.

There is this software: http://www.knittingsoftware.com/sweaterwiz.htm

Other than that, you can use short row shaping to help with lots of fit issues. Article here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATbonnetric.html

Righetti’s book ‘Sweater Design in Plain English’ is devoted to customizing the shape of sweaters.

cam

Thank you, thank you. I am nervous about deciding to add in short row shaping. I think I like the Righetti book idea. But the software looks awesome. Thank you kemp and cam!

v.

I bought my Righetti book online, used (but not a thing wrong with it) for about half price. Lots of insight and helps to make sense of the SR shaping. (Author is former seamstress and I have really strong bg in sewing/tailoring so her info struck home with me.) Came in handy when I needed to add length and fullness to the upper back of a cardi for my elderly, and stooped, father.

Good luck!

cam