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Your unique Oscuro Sweater

One of the best things about making clothes for yourself is getting the perfect fit. Standard measurements are about averages and statistics, not uniqueness and individuality.

This is where schematics come in useful when knitting. They hold the key to unlocking a custom made garment that fits that way YOU want it to.

I’m going to work through my recently released Oscuro Sweater and look at how to use its schematic

to create a great fit.

Finished Bust Measurement:

My bust measurement is 86cm and the pattern is 94cm:

94cm – 86cm = 8cm ease

8 cm ease is pretty standard for wearing over undergarments and light clothing, so I’m going to choose this size pattern.

Garment finished Length:

My Nape to Hip measurement is 62cm and for the chosen size the Finished Garment Length is 65.5cm:

65.5 – 62 = 3.5cm longer than hip

I’m pretty happy with that.

Hip and Waist Measurements:

For this design there is no Waist shaping so we will just look at Hip circumference. My Hip measurement is 97cm while the pattern’s Hem Width doubled less 2cm for seams is

48.5 x 2 – 2 = 95cm

95 – 97 = -2cm ease.

This would normally be a problem and you may need to add extra stitches to the side seam and reduce them as you approach the underarm point. However, I like the look of the longer hem pulling open slightly at the front. So I won’t be changing this.

Top Arm:

My Bicep measurement is 27cm the pattern’s Top Arm measurement less 1cm for seams is 30 – 1 = 29cm.

29 – 27 = +2cm ease

This works well for a close fitting garment, but if I wanted to wear bulkier clothing underneath I may be better going up a size in pattern.

Cross Back:

In this garment the Cross Back is the same as Shoulder Width, so I measure distance from Shoulder to Shoulder:

My measurement reads 34cm while the pattern has a Cross Back measurement of 37cm less 1cm for seams.

36 – 34 = +2cm ease

This is perfect for this design.

Sleeve Length:

For this I measure the distance from the Shoulder to Wrist bone with my elbow bent slightly:

Because there is 2cm ease for my Cross Back measurement the shoulder line of the garment will sit 1cm wider than my shoulders at either side. So I add this to the Sleeve Length.

My Shoulder to Wrist measurement is 63cm