The five most common body types are:
X-body alias hourglass – The upper body and the hips are approximately the same width and with a distinct waist definition.
- bust about the same width as the hip-line
- defined waist
A-body alias pear – The upper body is smaller than your hips and with a waist definition.well defined waist
- bust and shoulders are proportionally narrower than hip-line
- thighs and but might be full and round
H-body alias rectangular – Upper body and the hips are the same width and with really small waist definition.
- bust and shoulders about the same width as the hip-line
- little or no waist definition
Y-body alias inverted triangle – Upper body is wider than the hips and with small waist definition.shoulders wider than your hips
- hips are narrow
- flat but
O-body alias apple – Upper body is wider than the hips and with absolutely no waist definition.wide around the waistline
- no waist definition
- hips and but might be full along with waist
- bust, waist and hips are very close in measurements
These body types are generalizations and means. And of course not everybody fits to these body types. – I’m a good example of someone who doesn't fit exactly to any of the general body types. Why? I have wide shoulders, almost no boobs, distinct waist and wide hips. I don’t fit to the X-body because I don’t have boobs, even though from distance my body might look like it would be an hourglass. So I’m a mix of body types Y and A with special feature of having my real waist, the narrowest part of my torso, right below my nonexistent boobs. Oh and then I have a swayback and one side of my hips is much fuller then the other…
Luckily knitted garments stretch and are very forgiving to our imperfect yet gorgeous bodies!
I don’t include all the body types to every pattern, but do often include at least shaping alternatives for the bust and for a swayback (entirely for personal reasons). Pattern description tells you if the pattern includes shaping alternatives.