The great thing about knitting your own clothes is that you're tailoring them to fit you exactly, which makes them uniquely personal and extremely satisfying to wear. However, getting that perfect fit is often easier said than done, particularly if you're new to knitting or are about to begin a slightly more challenging project. So, to make sure you get enough yarn and find that desired fit the first time around, Ajanta Studio will take you through the ins and outs of sizing up your new knits!
Measuring Your Chest
Probably one of the most important measurements for clothes sizing and a hard one to get right! Breathing normally, start by standing up straight with your hands by your side, and wrap the tape measure across the widest part of your chest making sure that the tape measure doesn't slip around your back. The tape measure should be a snug fit but not tight on your chest.
Measuring Your Waist
Getting the right waist measurements is a contentious issue - after all, where does your waist start and where does it end? It differs slightly for men and women; what's consistent for both is that you should measure around your natural waist. Women should look to measure just under the ribcage and slightly above the navel. Men should look to measure around the top of the hip bone. Make sure that you don't suck in your stomach and breathe naturally.
Measuring Your Hips
This is easy - stand in front of a mirror completely upright with your ankles close together and measure around the widest part of your hips which is usually across the hip joint.
Measuring Your Arm Length
This one may require an extra pair of hands! You want to aim to measure from your shoulder joint to your wrist bone you can do this by holding the tape measure at your shoulder, bending your arm at 90 degrees and holding the other end of the tape measure place you hand on your hip. Stand in front of the mirror if you're struggling to read the wrist bone measurement and remember to jot down the measurements as you go so you don't forget!
Measuring Your Neck
You should always aim to measure around the lowest part of your neck and look for a comfortable fit - ideally you should be able to fit two fingers in-between your tape measure and neck.