My First Sweater – Measurements

I decided to knit my first sweater after attending Stitches Midwest where I took a class with Barry Klein about getting the right fit on knitted garments.  Suddenly all my fears about knitting a sweater were addressed and I’ve been excited to start ever since.  I wanted to do a lot of prep work ahead of time so I’ve been slowly working towards getting everything ready to knit the Briar Rose Tunic from Interweave Knits, Winter 2011 magazine.

I already had my pattern so the next step was getting all my measurements ready so I knew what size to work from.  We did the actual body measurements in class but one of the great suggestions Barry made was to also take these same measurements with your favorite clothes.  It’s finally starting to cool down so I pulled out my sweaters and did just that.

Sadly the two sweaters I like most have a lot of differences between them.  Oddly enough the sweater I always felt was a bit too tight actually had larger measurements than the sweater I thought was too loose.  I had to pick and choose and make some guesses but I have a good enough idea to start customizing the pattern to how I feel it should fit.

Now that I know about what size I will be knitting I also know how much yarn to buy.  Wow is that scary.  Most of my projects have been one or two skeins but a sweater is a lot more than that.  A lot.  It’s time to move to the next step and pick which yarn I want!

First Sweater Posts:

1. My First Sweater – Measurements
2. My First Sweater – Yarn
3. My First Sweater – Gauge
4. My First Sweater – Casting On
5. My First Sweater – Waist Shaping

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