EZ and measuring. . .

So I am all about making this saddle shoulder sweater. I have promised myself at least 3-5 hours per week for it. I have ordered the yarn Knit Picks Shamrock. I love marls. . .

Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Heavy Worsted Weight
Gauge: 4 - 4.5 sts = 1" on #7 - 9 needles (4.5mm-5.5mm)
Amount: 82 yards/50 gram ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

Now I have in the last couple years lost weight. SO the last EZ Project I finished (hurry up sweater) comes down to my knees and hangs off my shoulders (It is so warm though).

So I need new measurements for the sweater and am asking for pointers on how to take measurements since I do not have that "favorite sweater that fits"

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albert's picture

I measure myself around the widest point (belly) and add four inches for ease.

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I go with ALbert's advise, but you have to take into consideration the stitch, that is why you need a swatch that you can wash like you would the sweater. A swatch about 6 inches square or eve 4, will give you an idea of how the yarn and the stitch will behave once it is made. I have seen sweaters that when you wear them they start lengthening. SO be swatch smart and make a swatch. Hope this helps. If the swatch is very stretchy then you now you can just go with the suggestions, if it is not then you need extra room, maybe!

thairapist's picture

I usually measure my chest for my 100% measurement and go by Elizabeth's percentage system. Other measurements that help me fit are across the shoulders from shoulder to shoulder, from the center of my neck to the edge of the shoulder, around my arm at the armpit, elbow and wrist and from the shoulder to my wrist with my arm slightly bent. Finally from where the neck begins to where i want the sweater to end at the waist. Also swatching is extremely important. I often spend a day swatching to see how the yarn knits and also selecting patterns that bring out the texture of the yarn the best.
Good luck

albert's picture

I hate swatching- I feel like I'm cheating on my sweater.