FINISHED Bust Measurement
Why we care what it is: This is used as the benchmark measurement in knitting patterns for each of the different sizes offered.
What it IS: A measurement of the finished GARMENT, after it
is knitted, blocked, and seamed (if needed). As such, it includes any
positive or negative ease desired for the proper fit.
What it is NOT: A measurement of your exact bust size, unless
you want it to be! It is also NOT your bra band size. Mixing up the two
measurements is the single most common mistake knitters make. (The bra
band size is a formula used by the lingerie industry, not an actual
body measurement, nor anything close to your sweater size!)
How to find it: Lay the completely finished (again, knitted,
blocked and seamed) garment on a flat surface, right side out, front
up. Pat the garment flat, without overstretching it. Measure across the
bustline from side to side at the widest point--generally just under
the armholes. Multiply by two (front plus back), and this is the
measurement of the finished sweater.