Horizontal darts

These are a series of increasingly shorter, or longer, rows. They smoothly lengthen one side of the fabric.

Long to short rows (Fig 5) can be combined with short to long rows (Fig 6), to form a double dart (Fig 7). Each line in the diagrams is a row. If working two symmetrical darts, one will be turned on right-side rows and the other on wrong-side rows (Fig 8). Use needle markers to highlight the turns. To calculate, consider the depth of the dart in rows and the width in stitches. Half the number of rows gives the number of turns. Dividing the stitch total by the number of turns tells you by how many stitches each row will be shorter, or longer, than the previous row. If the result has a decimal point, make a few of the turns one stitch shorter, or longer, than the others.

Style secrets

Many shallow darts give a smoother edge than fewer deep darts.

Style secrets

Many shallow darts give a smoother edge than fewer deep darts.

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