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Negative and Positive Ease


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#1 crochet.fiend

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:30 PM

I feel like I ought to know this...but what the heck is it!?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:41 PM

Now I may be totally wrong, but in sewing, ease is where something 'gives' a little over the curves of the body, like bustline or hips, so to my mind, negative ease is 'going in' or getting a little tighter while positive ease would be giving a pattern a 'scoch' more room.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:55 PM

yes, positive ease is when the garment is bigger than the body, and negative ease is when the garment is actually smaller than the body and has to stretch to fit.
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 07:37 PM

okay, that makes sense. So, another question, is the -/+ up to the discretion of the crocheter, or is it usually included in a pattern?

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:05 PM

The only patterns I can think of that include information about ease would be in Interweave Crochet.
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:19 PM

You pick the size that will give you the ease YOU want. Designers write patterns with
what they think works, but you can choose to go a size larger or smaller to meet your own concept.

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