How to Find Your Knitting Measurements
There’s nothing worse than knitting a sweater and finding out it doesn’t fit. This could literally be a knitter’s worst nightmare. Lucky you, we’re here to help your garment knitting be a dream come true and banish that nightmare forever. There are several things that help with fitting, including choosing the correct size, knowing how to read a schematic, and perhaps the most important, using and finding your knitting measurements.
To knit sweaters that fit, measuring yourself accurately is one of the most important things to understand. To help you take your measurements correctly, I’ve put together a free eBook, How to Measure Waist, Hips, and More: A Free Guide to Finding Your Knitting Measurements, that will help you take the correct measurements in the correct places.
Many of us assume we know our measurements, but in reality, we all need to measure ourselves carefully every year or so, especially if anything about our bodies has changed (weight loss or gain, illness, pregnancy, change in height, and so on).
Even small miscalculations can make the difference between picking the right size, or possibly the wrong one. With this free guide by your side you’ll learn how to correctly get almost any body measurement you’d need for knitting. Begin with a handy worksheet, which shows you exactly how to measure waist, hips, bust, shoulders and more. Or, follow along as we show how to use your favorite sweaters to find your bust measurement and other important garment dimensions. Between these two methods you’ll be able to gather a complete set of knitting measurements that will help you knit to fit.
Most patterns are based on your bust measurement, which is a good place to start, but there are lots more measurements that are very useful to have on hand. Knowing how to measure hips and waist are also important.
Sneak-Peek at the Knitting Measurements Guide and Patterns:
Measurement Worksheets, Measuring a Curve, Ease, and CYCA Chart
In this section, we’ll give you a whole lot of useful information on measuring and getting the right fit. With the measurement worksheets you’ll measure for the three standards: bust, waist, hips (aka bwh measurements), plus learn where to find any other dimensions a pattern might call for. Next learn how to measure a curve, understand what ease is, use the CYCA standards chart, and even learn to read a knitting schematic.
By Connie Chang Chinchio
A delicate lace pattern and stockinette in just the right quantities, in just the right yarn, makes a beautifully versatile pullover.
Refined Aran Cardigan
By Pam Allen
This designer likes little fitted jackets, especially if they’re knitted. You’re sure to love knitting this fitted jacket complete with pockets.
By Alex Capshaw-Taylor
A unique pullover with deep placket and an allover cable-drop-stitch pattern, the Manicouagan Pullover sports a rugged gleam thanks to the nettle-wool blend of the yarn.
By Eunny Jang
This pattern is written especially for plus-size knitters. The mock V-neck draws the eye to the face; it’s such a lovely highlight in a simple sweater.
You can take your own measurements, but it’s a lot easier to have a buddy help you—my suggestion is to have a measuring party with your knitting group. I did this and it was lots of fun! Turn on some music, have a glass of wine, and enjoy yourself!
How to Measure Waist, Hips, and More: A Free Guide to Finding Your Knitting Measurements will help you understand how to measure waist, hips, and bust, plus many more knitting measurements you need to know.
You’ll learn how your measurements translate into knitted garments that fit. You’ll find resources for taking measurements, information on different types of measurements, and even patterns to knit once you know your measurements!
Also in this free guide are important tutorials on measuring a curve, understanding ease, and how to read a schematic. Finally, be sure to check out the CYCA chart of standard women’s measurements, which provides a starting point on which to base your own custom measurements. Now that you have all this information, you’ll be ready to pick one of four beautiful patterns included with this guide, to get started knitting.