Dowager’s Hump Alteration for Machine Knitters

As we age, our bodies change. A common fit problem for older women is the back of a sweater or jacket riding up. Perhaps the back length of your favorite sweaters isn’t quite as comfortable as it once was.

Looking from the side, you may notice that you need more length in the center back.
By using short rows while you are knitting, you can easily lengthen your garment in the center back without changing the side seam length.


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