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How to take measurements

The most common measurement given in patterns is the finished chest measurement. If the pattern has a schematic, it will show measurements for other areas such as total garment length, armhole length, sleeve length and sleeve width.

Determining the measurements you need will help you decide which size you should make. The best way to do that is to measure a sweater that you already have. This sweater should fit you well—these are the sweaters that you look good in and that you like wearing. It should also be a similar style and weight to the garment you are making.

After taking measurements from your sweater, compare them to the pattern measurements. The chest and sweep measurements are the most important measurements to use in determining what size to make. The length of the sleeve and the total length can be adjusted in your knitting.

Here are some of the key measurements and how to take them. Lay the sweater out on a flat surface and arrange it so that the side seams and edges lay evenly. Use a flexible tape measure.

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Sweep—the lower edge of the garment.

Measure across the bottom edge from side seam to side seam.

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Chest—at the underarms, measure from side seam
to side seam.

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Total length—measure from upper
shoulder point
to bottom edge.

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Armhole length
measure from start of
underarm to outer
shoulder edge.

 


 

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Body length to underarm—measure from bottom edge to underarm.

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Sleeve width at wrist or lower edge— measure across
lower edge of sleeve from side seam to side seam.

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Sleeve width at underarm— at underarm,
measure from side seam to side seam.

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Sleeve length to under arm measure from lower edge of sleeve to underarm.