So I figured it was time to let you in on the secret to really well fitted garments. And the secret is give up strictly following patterns. Start working with measurements as your basis.
The reason I don’t strictly follow patterns is because our bodies don’t strictly follow them. Instead I try to work with the measurements and figure it out from there.
There’s a lot of benefits to working with measurements as the basis. Like each of us makes a different gauge swatch, but the measurements around a newborn’s head are all pretty much the same. So let’s say I’m making a hat for one of the charities I volunteer for. I’ve got a gauge swatch that tells me that I’m at five stitches across, and five rows for a square inch. Well, a newborn hat needs a circumference of twelve inches. So that’ll be five stitches times fourteen inches. That’s 60 stitches. It needs a length of five inches (not including a brim) so that’s 25 rows. Boom. I’ve got the basis of what I need to make a hat.
So here they are. Hats on top. Kids sizes next. Then women’s sizes. Then men’s sizes. The hats are in inches and the men’s are in centimeters. Americans, I’m sorry, but we’re one of very few who don’t follow the metric system. So um… yeah, trying to be respectful of our international fiber friends.