Even the most experienced knitter gets a little nervous sometimes about knitting
the right size. Knitting for yourself or family member is relatively easy - I find
the best way is to measure something in a similar style which you know fits them
Knitting patterns offer instructions in a range of sizes and specify both the actualdimensions allowing room to move, as well as the ‘to fit’ measurements. You may need
to adapt the pattern for sleeve length and/or overall length. It’s important to add
or take away extra centimetres before shaping a front or back piece for the armholes.
If you don’t, the pieces simply won’t fit together. Similarly, when knitting a raglan
sleeve, make any length adjustments beforeshaping the top.
It’s also a good idea to circle your required size on your pattern in case you take
a long break and forget the size you were following.
Perhaps the hardest sizing is for a baby/small child outside the immediate family.
We want to knit something for a friend’s newborn or toddler, but have no clear idea
of what size. Below are the standard measurements recommended for different ages.
If you vaguely know the baby or child is particularly small or large for their age
you can adjust, but there is little harm in making something a bit too big for someone
in this age group as they grow so quickly. This table is for chest measurement, which
is the usual way of sizing for children. Overall lengths and sleeves matter less
for babies. Generally, two inches ‘roominess’ around the chest is allowed, though
knitting patterns often increase this gap for aran or chunky knits which may be worn
over a thicker shirt.