How to measure yourself for sizing
We all know that one of the main benefits of knitting your own clothes is having them fit you exactly – so here’s how to measure yourself to make sure you knit the perfect size.
Figuring out how to measure yourself can be difficult. It’s a challenge we all face at one time or another, whether we are measuring ourselves to start a new project, or to figure out how much yarn you need when it’s 2am and you’re ordering yarn online because you can’t sleep.
Obviously, it’s best to be measured by a professional seamstress or tailor, but that’s rarely a convenient option. Sometimes it helps to have a friend or family member help you, but not all friends or family members are, well, helpful. It’s the unfortunate truth that you will have to figure out how to measure yourself on your own.
Let’s get started.
Measuring the chest can be difficult. Start off by holding on end of the tape measure (the end that starts at 1) at a point around the largest part of your chest. use your other hand to draw the tape around yourself, making sure that you don’t twist the measuring tape around the back.
You’ll want to check in a mirror to make sure that the tape isn’t twisted, and that it’s not slanted at all. If you wear a bra, following that will help make sure the tape is in the correct position.
Don’t fall into the fashion trap! Your waist measurement should always be your natural waist, unless the pattern specifies something else. Even if you wear your jeans lower on your hips, your waist measurement should be just under your ribcage but above your belly button. Your natural waist is where you crease if you bend to the side.
This one is pretty simple – just measure around the widest part of your hips. Again, check in the mirror to be sure that you aren’t twisted or askew!
This takes some effort if you’re on your own. You can either tuck one end of the measuring tape into your shirt, or old it down with your chin. Your elbow should be at a 90 degree angle, with your hand on your waist. The tape needs to drape down your arm, over your elbow to get an accurate measurement.
Pro tip: write down your measurements as you go. You probably won’t remember one by the time you get through the rest! Stay tuned for a post on how to figure out sizing for babies and toddlers on LoveKnitting, coming up in a couple of weeks.
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Last updated: September 7th, 2015.