The sizing conventions in this book

The patterns in this book are based on sizing standards set up by the Craft Yarn Council of America to help minimize the confusion of pattern sizing. I use the same size standards throughout this book, so a large size, for instance, is always designed to fit someone with a 40- to 42-inch chest circumference. This book features patterns sized for everyone from XS to 3X. Not every pattern has every size, but knitters of all body types will find patterns to suit them. And while it's always smart to double-check that the size you're knitting is right for you, for the most part, you'll find that a small is a small across the board.

Table 3-1 shows the standardized women's sizes (in inches) from the Craft Yarn Council of America. The elements sized are the following (see the next section for more details on these areas):

1 Bust: The measurement around the fullest part of your chest 1 Cross back: The measurement between your shoulders

1 Back waist length: The measurement from the base of the neck to your waist 1 Sleeve length to underarm: The measurement from your wrist to your underarm

Table 3-1 Standardized Women's Sizes

XS

S

M

L

1X

2X

3x

Bust

28-30

32-34

36-38

40-42

44-46

48-50

52-54

Cross back

14

15

16.5

17.5

17.5

18

18.5

Back waist length

16.5

17

17.25

17.5

17.75

18

18.5

Sleeve length to underarm

16.5

17

17

17.5

17.5

18

18.5

The Craft Yarn Council of America also has standardized sizes for men, children, and [fOll babies. For tables and additional information, head to www.yarnstandards.com.

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