To ensure a good fit when designing a sweater—or knitting from a pattern, for that matter—you need to take detailed body measurements. Here's how:
1 Measure the bust or chest by placing the tape measure around the fullest part of the chest, at the underarm.
2 For the waist, measure around the smallest part of the torso.
3 For the hip, measure around the fullest part of the lower torso.
4 Measure for sleeve length by placing the tape measure at the edge of the shoulder and extending down (with arm held straight at side) to the wrist.
5 Measure from the underarm to the wrist to obtain a measurement for where to begin the sleeve cap shaping.
6 If you're designing a short-sleeved sweater, take the same measurements as in steps 4 and 5, only end at the point on the upper arm where you want the sleeve to fall.
7 Measure the circumference of the upper arm.
8 Measure the circumference of the wrist.
9 Measure the circumference of the neck (or the width of the back of the neck).
0 Measure the armhole depth from the top of the shoulder down the front to the base of the underarm.
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