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A knitter recently asked about adding French Darts instead of horizontal bust darts for better fit.
I wholeheartedly agreed that this style of dart is much more flattering when sewing.
But I had never considered it for knitting. After “noodling” for a while, I realized why knitters don’t use French Darts.
French Darts in Knitting

 

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When machine knitters create bust darts, we use short rows. Short Rows are worked over every other row.

 

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This works out great for bust darts. In this example, the knitter would hold 3 stitches every other row 6 times for a nice, smooth dart shape.

 

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What if you wanted transform the dart to a French Dart?

 

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To create this shaping, the knitter would need to hold 2 stitches every THREE rows … no can do with short rows and maintain a clean finish.