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Making your perfect sweater tips.
When you are measuring yourself pull the measure tape around the part of your body you are measuring and leave it firm but not pulled tight, as this might make your measurements smaller than you would like in the finished fit.
Try not to fudge here as it is important to get your fit correct and if you are annoyed by the number on the tape measure now is not the time to fix that number.
When I take measurements, I have the tape measure on a piece of elastic. When I put it around the client, I ask “What do you want this measurement to be?” They would give me their fantasy number and we would laugh and then I would take the real measurements. Sometimes I would tell them what the real number was but more often those remained my secret.
Ease in a sweater is the amount of room you will have past your body measurements. There are several choices of wearing ease with added design ease and the style of sweater will often let you know the amount of ease to use.
Your own wardrobe will help you decide on the ease that is right for you. Measure a few of your sweaters and compare those measurements to your finished sweater pattern measurements.
Remember, that when you’re making a sweater, you’re going to be putting a lot of time and care into knitting your garment and you want it to be just right. You will be spending time selecting the style of sweater, time selecting the yarn and time knitting the swatch so the gauge will be correct. You want to really enjoy the finished sweater so extra care here is important. It also layers satisfaction at each step so when you are finished it will be so much more satisfying when you wear your new knit.
Because we are so international now with our computers and surfing the web, we need to know how to convert sweater sizes and yarn sizes so our results will be what we expect and we are able to do the work in the our own countries math system. Check my new eBook on How to Convert Yarn and Sizes Internationally which covers the sizes as well as the yarn. You can find information in this book on Amazon HERE