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How to Take Accurate Body Measurements for Knitters & Crocheters

One of the most important, but oft neglected, aspects of knitting and crocheting is taking accurate body measurements, only this way can you be assured of a good fit for your finished garment.

Most crochet and knitting pattern instructions provide general sizing information, e.g. chest or bust measurements of a completed garment.

Some patterns also include detailed schematics, or line drawings, showing specific garment measurements (bust/chest, neckline, back, waist, sleeve length, etc.) in all the different pattern sizes. To insure
proper fit, always review all of the sizing information provided in a pattern before you begin.

Below are several sizing charts. These charts show Chest, Center Back Neck-to-Cuff, Back Waist Length, Cross Back, Sleeve Length, Upper Arm, Armhole Depth, Waist and Hip. REMEMBER THESE ARE ACTUAL BODY MEASUREMENTS FOR BABIES, CHILDREN, WOMEN, and MEN in both inches and centimeters.

However when sizing sweaters  the fit is based on actual chest/bust
measurements, plus ease (additional inches or centimeters).

The chart entitled “Fit” recommends the amount of ease  to add to body measurements if you prefer a close-fitting garment, an oversized garment, or something in-between.

Both the FIT and LENGTH charts are simply guidelines. For individual body differences, changes can be made in body and sleeve lengths when appropriate. However, consideration must be given to the project pattern as certain sizing changes may alter the appearance of a garment.

Body Measurements-Fit & Length Charts

How to take accurate Body Measure
1. Chest/Bust —Measure around
the fullest part of the chest/bust.
Do not draw the tape too tightly.
2. Center Back Neck–to-Cuff—
With arm slightly bent, measure
from back base of neck across
shoulder around bend of elbow
to wrist.
3. Back Waist Length—Measure
from the most prominent bone
at base of neck to the natural
4. Cross Back—Measure from
shoulder to shoulder.
5. Sleeve Length—With arm
slightly bent, measure from armpit
to cuff.
6. Upper Arm—Measure around
the widest section of the upper
arm located above the elbow.
7. Armhole Depth—Measure
from the top outside edge of the
shoulder down to the armpit.
8. Waist—Measure your waist at
the smaller circumference of your
natural waist, usually just above
the belly button.
9. Hip—Measure at the widest
part of your lower hip.
10. Head—For an accurate head
measure, place a tape measure
across the forehead and measure
around the full circumference of
the head. Keep the tape snug for
accurate results.
11. Sock Measurements—The following
measurements are for crew-style or dress socks, which
usually come several inches above the ankle and below
the calf. 11a. Foot Circumference—To determine the foot circumference, measure around the widest part of
your foot.

11b. Sock Height—To determine the height of the
sock, measure from where you start to turn for the heel
shaping to the top of the sock.
11c. Total Foot Length—To measure the total length
of your foot, place a ruler or tape measure on the floor.
Position the back of your heel at the beginning of the
tape and the measure to your longest toe.

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The Knitting Wool Store Knitting Techniques  Taking Accurate Body Measurements

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