you look closely, you will see each is differently
sized than the other. The Pullover is larger
than the Shell. The Cardigan is bigger than
both. They all function differently in your
wardrobe and need to fit in slightly different
In the design world, this
is called *EASE*. It describes how tight the garment
fits to your frame. Shells have the least ease or
are "very close-fitting". Cardigans have
the most ease because they usually go over other clothing
or are "standard to loose-fitting". Pullovers
are inbetween; usually we like them to be more "close-fitting".
These great descriptions of
general amounts of ease can be found on
the same page we found How to Measure in
the Fit Chart on the left. The CCofA have gathered
this information to try and standardize the
knitting world's idea of Ease to be more in
line with Retail Clothes. I like it. I THANK
THEM! Please print out this page for later.
(Better yet, go to the bottom of that page and
save their 16 page PDF booklet for your study
So for this exercise, you need:
- fabric tape measure
- printout of this picture
- printout of the Sizing
- printout of the Fit
- AND, go get from YOUR closet
a shell, a pullover, and a cardigan. Pick the ones
you think fit you the best.
Measure the areas on these garments
that are indicated by a double tipped arrow
on the Picture Printout. Write your numbers
into the little spaces provided to the nearest
half-inch or whole inch. Be sure to multiply
the width measurement by 2 so we can compare
notes in the next step.
Do this for all 3 garments.
When you're done,
come back and we'll talk...
NOW, place the two pages of measurements you've
taken side-by-side. First of all, you'll notice
none of the garment measurements match your body
measurements at all. Put the CCofA
Sizing Chart next to the garment measurements
and see if they are close to any of the sizes
they give. Are they the sizes you thought they
TAKE A DEEP BREATH, and place your
Body Measurement Page next to their Amount of Ease
Add your chest
number the CCofA gives as the amount of ease
for a pullover
and what do you get?
measurement of your favorite pullover!
Do the same thing with your
shell and cardigan. Do we see a theme developing
As in, what's the
secret to choosing the SIZE you need to make
to actually FIT you?
*SIZE* is the pattern size whose width measurement
is closest to the width measurement of your
Your favorite garments
are templates for similar garments
that you intend to make! Place your garment-in-progress
on top of your favorite garment to check for
size accuracy throughout the knitting process
and you'll have more and more successes under
your belt in no time at all!
I just want to say how proud
of you I am. Most knitters have never done this.
Most knitters just cast on and sail away into
the black hole of ill-fitting garments and then
flame the designer for not writing a pattern
that fits them.
that day is over! If you understand your own
personal measurements and how tight you want
a garment to be, you will never knit one that
does not fit you correctly. Chic-ly. Beautifully.
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