Measurements in Knitting Pattern Design (Part ll of Knitting Pattern Design)

This Blog is Part II of my the Blog series about Knitting Pattern Design.

After we speak about how to start a knitting pattern design project in Part I, we are going to focus on measurements.

Depending on the piece you want to design, taking the right measurements in advance is more or less important. If you want to design a shawl, a blanket or a potholder, a few cm might not make a difference. But let’s say, the blanket is made for the seat of your car, you want that blanket to fit. As soon as you start designing garments, measurements is very important.

If you want to design a garment for yourself or somebody you have access to his/her wardrobe, it`s pretty simple to take measurements. You choose the piece that fits perfectly, that is neither too tight nor too loose (it has the right ease). Put it on a plain surface like a table or your bed and start to take the measurements.

But what you do if you don’t have a piece to copy?

In this case, you take your body measurements. Check out this guide for instructions: Free Measurement Guide (Knitting Daily)

And when you want to design a pattern for your blog or for sale?

Then I recommend you the The Craft Yarn Council Standards. On the right you find Standart Body Measurements/Sizing where you can choose a table (Baby, Child, Women, Man…)

Be careful: your finished garment always needs ease. Only with an ease a garment is comfortable to wear, otherwise it’s too tight.  And how much you have to add? Honestly, I always take 10% for a normal fit, 15% for loose-fit and 5% for close fit. There is designers that add always 5, 10 or 15 cm. But I think that the ease has to be proportional, so I work with  percentage.

Now you can fill the measurements in the sketch you made after the ladt Blog. These you will need again for making the calculations.

Part III from my Blog series about Knitting Pattern Design will be about the perfect swatch and why gauge always matter.

Thank u for reading and Merry Christmas xxx

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