Choosing a Sweater Size

In this video I give you some pointers on choosing the correct sweater size in a pattern. Since patterns are written differently, these are sure-fire ways to get it right. I also talk about how to fit a sweater when your largest measurement is not chest/bust, but hips or belly.

This website will show you how to accurately measure for a sweater.

The shawl on the mannequin is my Learn to Knit an Aran Shawl, pattern + video tutorial.

The website I recommend in the video is Ravelry.

My “Embrace the Swatch” mug can be found here.

8 comments on “Choosing a Sweater Size

  1. Thank you very much.
    I start knittina a sweater but it seemed so small.
    Now, with your great help, I can do a proper one for my husband.
    You always gave helpful and great advice. Love your website.

  2. Hello
    Thank you for the information! I am getting ready to knit a cardigan for my sister and I am still a bit confused by the pattern sizing. It says, Size shown is 40″ with 6″
    positive ease. So does this mean the actual bust measurement would be 34 inches? If so, for my sister, who measures 30″ I should knit a size 36″?
    Am I on the right track?
    As Always
    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hi TJ – that is where the confusion lies, isn’t it? I don’t like it when patterns do that to you. As I say in the video, you can do the math, using the gauge and the number of stitches at the bust/chest to figure out whether 40″ is the HUMAN size or the FINISHED SWEATER size. Or you can email the pattern designer.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  4. Thank you for responding! I forgot to mention that the schematic for the pattern has a bust measurement of 40″

  5. I am a TRUE beginner at knitting, although I have crochet for 30+years. At the time of writing this I am at the stage of practicing my cast on… I want to learn to knit men sweaters. I found one that I like but it isn’t for beginner such as me. Do you have one available for complete beginner?

  6. Thomas – sorry, the only mens sweater pattern/tutorial I have is for intermediate level knitters. I’m sure you can find something suitable for beginners if you search Ravelry!
    S t a c i

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