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Nov 7, 2011

Fan favorites Laura Bryant and Barry Klein have been appearing on Knitting Daily TV since the very first season. Their tips and techniques for knitting with fun yarns have been eaten up by knitters of all skill levels nationwide. Along with their color sense and knitting know-how, they dove into measurements this past season on Series 700. Here's Kathleen Cubley's October 7th Knitting Daily blog post about Laura and Barry's 703 "Fit" segment:



Measuring yourself is never super fun (unless you've recently lost weight!), but knowing your measurements is essential to knitting sweaters that fit.

My knitting group got together a couple of years ago and had a measuring party—we buddied up and took each others' measurements and wrote them all down. We need to do that again since it's been awhile. Here's hoping my measurements have stayed the same or even gotten a tiny bit smaller!

After seeing episode 703 of Knitting Daily TV, I'm armed with lots of great information and tips to make the measurements more exact. Designers and authors Laura Bryant and Barry Klein join host Shay Pendray to share their tricks for taking accurate measurements, along with lots of info about that mysterious element: ease.

Laura measures and tries on several sweaters and demonstrates how positive ease (a garment that measures a little larger than a person's measurements) and negative ease (a garment that measures a little smaller than a person's measurements) affect how the garment looks.

It might be counter-intuitive, but the garment with negative ease is much more flattering. I love this visual evidence-so many of us make our sweaters too big! Once when my knitting group was trying on sweaters for one of the the Interweave Knits galleries, almost everyone thought a certain sweater wasn't going to fit them. When it did I could see the light bulbs go on—"I think I've been making my sweaters too big" was the quote of the evening.

Laura and Barry have made a handy chart available for download, too. It's from their book The New Knitter's Template, and it provides blank spaces for every measurement you'll ever need. Here's the clip from episode 703:

Did you know you can download individual episodes of Knitting Daily TV? Download episode 703 and organize a measuring party with your knitting group! You'll have a ball watching the episode and then measuring each other.

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Book Giveaway!!

Now that we've heard so much about Laura and Barry's book, we thought it'd be fun to give away a couple signed copies to our Knitting Daily TV fans. Simply comment on this blog post about a fit issue you've run into, solved, or need help with. Tell us a funny story about your first sweater that wouldn't have fit any human, or about the last sweater you made that fits perfectly.

Comment by noon Mountain Time on November 15th, and you're automatically entered for The New Knitter's Template signed book giveaway.
Knitting Daily will randomly choose two lucky winners from all the comments and contact them for shipping information.


This blog has been sponsored by Prism Arts, Inc. and Trendsetter Yarns. Visit these websites for more information on Laura and Barry and the yarns and designs showcased on their segments of Knitting Daily TV.


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Logcabbin wrote
on Mar 24, 2012 1:39 PM

invaluable info for that perfect fit.

jemarlo wrote
on Jan 16, 2012 7:22 PM

I've just attempted to knit my first shrug.  It is designed not to have much fit other than getting length across the shoulders correct.  I measured myself incorrect and now shrug is big through shoulders and won't stay up.

I do believe after watching one of the episodes on ruffles, that if a get a fuzzy yarn in same color and pick up stitches across the back as for a ruffle, but instead of adding stitches through the back for ruffle, that perhaps I can actually decrease to add some "fit".  Or even use Laura's suggestion on the ruffle show of a bit of elasticized thread to pull the shrug in a bit.

WendyB@50 wrote
on Dec 29, 2011 11:22 AM

Three of us tried on a sweater at the local yarn store, the Sow's Ear. It fit all of us, but each of us would have had to make a different adjustment to make it look good enough to wear.

We're ready to rock and roll on the Klein-Bryant fitting project. We're planning a mid-January "beach party" here in the far north. We're going to fire up the wood stove, make pina coladas, hire a masseuse for the day, and measure each other for sweaters. Thanks for the inspiration!

AmorettP wrote
on Nov 27, 2011 6:21 PM

Thank you this was a great learning lesson on fit and shape I've stayed away from sweaters because most I've seen look to boxy. I think this book looks like a good place to start learning about how to fit a pattern.

Lori@92 wrote
on Nov 23, 2011 8:59 PM

My first knitted sweater was the Central Park Hoodie.  I was very happy

with the way it turned out and still wear it.  But since I altered the

measurements my cables in front didn't line up with the back.  I believe

I have checked this book out from the Library before, but would love to own

it so it would be easily accessible.  Thank you!

MaudeD wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 6:16 PM

This book looks awesome!  This short video has given a clear idea of what has gone wrong when I've knit for myself in the past--I usually wind up giving the sweaters away to charity because they just don't work with my body shape.

I can't wait to pick up a copy and dive into it!  I may even design an original sweater for my 50th birthday!!

Jan M wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 12:00 PM

This looks like a great resource for me, a beginning sweater maker. Since I'm only 4'10" everything I do must be altered. This book would sure be helpful!

Julie@7 wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 11:24 AM

Pick me and blog about this from the mountaintops!

joedmoe wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 11:21 AM

This looks like a very handy resource.  I have sewn for years but this would take my sewing and knitting to a new level.

mhmatus wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 11:00 AM

This looks like a great resource!

ixsttch2 wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 9:14 AM

This would be a great resource in creating and also altering garment instructions to fit a body that does not fit into a standard pattern.

MartiG@4 wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 8:28 AM

This would be a great resource to add to my library.  Measuring has always been one of my problems.  This would be great!

DeannaN wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 7:06 AM

Laura and Barry are probably my favorite guests on Knitting Daily TV. I love the episode on measurements! Thank you for making all this available online, since my local public television station does not yet carry Knitting Daily TV.

Allecat wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 4:34 AM

I wish I had had this for my first sweater, knit when I was in my teens.  I tried it on, promptly burst into tears and unravelled it then and there.  it was a balloon in the middle, sleeves too long, with a little skirt at the bottom cinched in by some fair isle I had knitted too tightly.  Yipes, what a disaster in so many ways!

atreidesb wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 1:08 AM

My bust is larger than my shoulder measurement, and most sweaters that fit the bust are too baggy everywhere else. The first sweater I tried to maken was a pattern that a model-slim friend had made with flattering results. Made to my bust measurement, that's the size it was all the way down. I looked pregnant!  I ripped out and yarn and it awaits a more flattering fitted sweater design, I hope.

Monminou wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 11:16 PM

Thanks for the fitting measurement chart! This will really help. I'm an odd size and very short-waisted, so I always need to alter sweater patterns to fit my arm length, and figure out how to do tapering from mid-body to hip. Karen

heather01851 wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 3:31 PM

I have a sweater languishing in a bag mostly finished, but ofqquestionable size. I worked it in a slightly different gauge, yarn and compensated by knitting a different size. But of course it was stitch and not row, so sometimes the pattern says knit a certain number of rows, sometimes it is knit x number of inches. I  am being a lazy knitter, the schematic should help, but I find I tend to wing it , and most likely will pay the price when I seam it up. pieced sweaters are somehow more difficult for me to visualize as I knit along than one piece in the round garments!

heather01851 wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 3:31 PM

I have a sweater languishing in a bag mostly finished, but ofqquestionable size. I worked it in a slightly different gauge, yarn and compensated by knitting a different size. But of course it was stitch and not row, so sometimes the pattern says knit a certain number of rows, sometimes it is knit x number of inches. I  am being a lazy knitter, the schematic should help, but I find I tend to wing it , and most likely will pay the price when I seam it up. pieced sweaters are somehow more difficult for me to visualize as I knit along than one piece in the round garments!

musicer wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 2:00 PM

I would love to win a copy of this!  Thank you for the giveaway!  

ShannonJ wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 1:23 PM

When I first learned to knit I chose a hooded cardigan pattern as my project to learn on.  And because I had zero knowledge of yarn and because I wanted my cardigan to be really warm I chose Homespun, a bulky weight, as the yarn I wanted.  And then I doubled it by holding 2 strands together.  Yeah.

So, I made the cardigan and I even seamed it together - a lot of great lessons for a beginning knitter.  And then I tried it on.  It was HUGE!  It actually fit in length and size, but it was sooooo thick!  I looked like I gained 25 lbs in the moment it took to put it on.  It was awful!  So then I got to learn another knitting lesson - how to frog.

I ended up using the yarn to make a large shawl-blanket for myself and another as a gift for my SIL.  And I STILL had yarn left over!  I learned so many valuable lessons from that first project!

ChristineG@8 wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 12:16 PM

Wnter was here.  A newly adopted Jack Russell Terrior now made his home with my sons, daughter (10 years old) and me.  He's so tiny and sheds whatever fur he has on him, so I thought it a wonderful idea to knit a sweater for him and expanded on that idea to knit a sweater for my daughter as well so they would be matching when she took him for a walk.  Of course, that meant knitting the sweater in a heavy wool so she wouldn't have to wear a jacket over it.  When everything was off the needles, blocked and sewn together, I proudly admired the finished products and carefully wrapped them together to put under the Christmas tree.  How delightfully surprised she was.  It didn't take long for her to decide it was time to take Lucky out for a walk.  She put his harness on and adjusted the sweater over it, then pulled hers on.  How lovely she looked.  How proud I was.  But...she stood there...silent...unmoving, looking at herself in the mirror with a look of sadness replacing the happy anticipation from earlier on.  It fit perfectly.  It looked beautiful.  Lucky was happy.  "What's wrong?" I asked, "Don't you like it?"  "Yes" she replied, "but I look like a marshmallow."  The best laid plans do go astray.  She would have much more preferred it in lace weight, I now understand.  She's now in college and I have to be very careful to knit things that will fit perfectly.  The New Knitter's Template is just what I need.  :)

krbrown99 wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 11:08 AM

I would love a book like this. The very first sweater I did was for my husband and I began it shortly after I first learned the basics of knitting. It was a cotton/wool blend that was killer on my hands and so it took a couple years of picking it up and putting it back down to get it finished. The cabling was beautiful and my husband was so pleased that I made it and even wore it a few times. Unfortunately, it was obvious that I hadn't knit it long enough. He said he will probably never get rid of it (though I may frog and repurpose the yarn), but he would like another one that fits better. :)

He probably asks because he's since seen me knit 2 adult sweaters for a lady on my forums and 1 for her child (all in trade), one that I'm currently working on for her (3rd year in a row), and a few for our children, and I've gotten all those to fit properly.

As for my own fit . . . When I measured all the kids so I could make them PJs for Christmas this year, I had my 10 year old daughter help me take my own measurements.

CaroljeanT wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 11:03 AM

This would be a great book to get in time for making gifts this year. Thank you for the chance to win it.

CaroljeanT wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 10:47 AM

I would love to win this book. Thank you for the wonderful information.

CarolA@40 wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 8:33 AM

I am short and wide - usually make my sweaters in large, then the sleeves end up being 3-4" too long.  I have two sweaters waiting for me to rework the sleeves, can't get away with the extra sleeve length because it just doesn't look right when the sleeves are rolled back.  I need help LOL!

LindaC@102 wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 8:32 AM

Oh this book would be so helpful!! I have not tried to make a sweater for myself because I'm not sure how to tailor a pattern to fit it to my body. Since I'm a plus size woman I don't want it to end up looking like a feed sack rather than a well fitting sweater. Thank you all for all of the tips, tricks, patterns, and inspirations on Knitting Daily.  Keep up the wonderful work!!

DeeG@4 wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 8:31 AM

This is one of the books on my wish-list!

mcranford wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 8:24 AM

I generally can fit myself.  My problem is knowing what will look good on me and my body shape so I can have better looking fitted clothes. I see patterns and think, I LOVE that!  Then I knit the garment and when I put it on I think, "that's okay, but I will never wear it."  HELP!

Cabincrafter wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 6:29 AM

I'm working on a sweater for my tall, large son and am having trouble getting the sleeve to fit. Having this book would really help in situations like this.

mirandafox wrote
on Nov 14, 2011 1:10 AM

I'm still working on the Bella blouse from the last KAL, and am worried it won't fit, and I'll have wasted so much time on it.  This book would be so helpful to me, as it seems that every time I try to knit something it just doesn't turn out right, and I get discouraged and go back to crocheting.

momcorn wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 11:10 PM

I have a hard time measuring me.  I change in size as I gain and lose weight.  there is not always someone around who can help me out.

ilgattonero wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 10:21 PM

I'm new to Interweave but love all the help you provide.  Where or how can I order a copy of The Knitter's Template.  Would help since my one and only sweater disaster ended up with sleeves down to my knees - provided some hilarious laughs from the family and I never wore the "thing".!

katieweiher wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 9:50 PM

This is a fantastically helpful video!

I actually think I got fairly lucky on my first cardigan for myself.  It fits and is wearable, although I didn't have enough yarn to make it as long as I would have liked.  I think my fit problem is with determining proper length before it's done.

chris@117 wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 8:34 PM

This episode was great.  I am bad about not swatching, and can't remeber when I last took measurements.  No wonder my sweaters don't fit.

royalcolors wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 8:20 PM

I have never knit a sweater, but i did knit a cap that turned out to be smaller than my 2 year old niece's head...I would love this book!!

cbrownlie wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 7:46 PM

I'm currently knitting a sweater for my SO and I actually had a nightmare that the sleeves came down to his knees!  I take this as a premonition because right now I'[m on the front of the sweater (the back is done as far as I can go)  This is a raglan sweater-new to me-and I'm worried that it's going to be a disaster.  This book would have been a good reference to have from the beginning!

DaleB@3 wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 6:11 PM

I made a crocheted hat that turned out big and is one that keeps whatever shape you put it in.  

I never wore the hat, but my husband has had fun putting it on and  turning it into many goofy hilarious shapes.  It's probably the best item I've ever made thanks to all the laughs we've gotten out of it!!!

on Nov 13, 2011 4:51 PM

I always enjoy Laura Bryant and Barry Klein's visits to Knitting Daily. So often we knitters can get caught up in perfecting the next beautiful stitch and we overlook the basics of good garment design and construction. Even if you are an experienced home seamstress (and so few of us are these days) their advice about measuring, fit, and how sweaters can be made to flatter various body types are extremely helpful. They give me the courage to knit beyond scarves and afghans.

Thanks, Laura and Barry!

RobertaG wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 4:31 PM

Made a vest for my husband that he loves dearly; the problem is that it's a cotton blend yarn that "grew" so long that it almost reaches his mid-thigh!  He claims he still wants to wear it, but I really want to frog the whole thing and reknit it much smaller and shorter so that it will fit like it should.  I'll bet your book would help!

CathieB@3 wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 4:24 PM

Loved the demo on measuring. I hope those tips are in the book!  The first time I knitted a sweater (about 3 yrs ago), I managed to get the fit just right! Well, almost. The sleeves are just a bit tighter that I would like. This pullover sweater body and neck fit well, very comfortable. It was knit top-down, and I don't really know why I lucked out with the fit.

The next sweater  I knitted for myself  (a cardigan) didn't fit so well. The bottom of the sweater fits well around hips, but the upper body is too large. I can pick up great handfuls of knitted fabric at the shoulders and underarms. This sweater was knitted bottom up in one piece.

The third (and so far my last) fits well. It is a cardigan knitted bottom up, but when I got to the underarm area, I based the number of stitches for the bodice on the first sweater. It fits well, though I call it my ugly sweater. I chose the wrong color(s) for a multicolored yarn. So I consulted Laura's DVD on color, and discovered why I don't like the finished garment fabric.

So It's time to try my next sweater. Using your measurement method may help me finally get a sweater that I completely love!


pjbenson wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 4:01 PM

I really need this book.  I have trouble with sweaters and vests particularly getting them to not be too big or too small.  

smskirvin wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 3:59 PM

My tank top in (handspun) linen measured just right, but by the end of the first event I wore it to, the armholes were down to my waist! This was a vivid lesson in needing to account for yarn properties such as resilience when planning a garment ;)

DebbieKat wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 3:21 PM

Oh, I really need this book! I'm petite but chesty. No pattern will fit me "out of the box". Have to adjust everything.

iamaxian wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 3:15 PM

The sweater that fit - My friend's husband found a cabled sweater in a catalog that he loved. I thought " I can make that". I did for my husband and it fit beautifully. Now I am making one for my friend's husband as a surprise for Christmas. They are both made using a beautiful soft wool. Yummmm!

maryisbusy wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 2:33 PM

I've only knit baby sweaters so far because I know those will fit! ;)

haviland wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 1:55 PM

this looks like a wonderful helpful book!

EnidB@2 wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 1:51 PM

I need to learn to adjust different parts of a sweater so that it fits better since my proportions are not always inline with size charts.

on Nov 13, 2011 1:42 PM

Recently I spoke with someone who added a color matched length of fabric to the bottom of a sweater that was too short. It has a layered look and solved the problem... rosesdaughter

on Nov 13, 2011 12:42 PM

I just completed a beautiful sweater coat made out of a fiery red shade of Lamb's Pride Bulky.  I originally bought the yarn a year ago with a pattern I loved and loved.  Although the pattern looked simple, each row had shaping which necessitated the use of eight markers.  Needless to say, it was a challenge.  I measured, swatched and thought I would end up with a beautiful piece that would fit well but when I finished to the point of trying on the garment, it was tight in the bust and huge in the hips.  Had I consulted a book like the "The New Knitters's Template" first, I would have realized that the pattern was written for a woman with very different proportions that I have.  So I ripped and started over, attempting to alter the pattern shaping to fit my proportions and ended up with something that fit even worse than the first attempt.  I ripped again and chose a pattern that was much easier to fit.  I am happy with the final result but I never want to knit another "sweater that never ends."

Brittunia wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 12:19 PM

Another great book ! Thanks so much for the give away!

janquito wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 11:37 AM

I've actually had pretty good luck making sweaters for others. The only thing I have problems making a sweater for myself is I started a sweater for myself around 4 yrs ago and it is still not done. Guess I don't feel making things for myself is a priority. Now, if you can fix that, I'd be grateful. :)

I do believe having a book like this sure would make it nicer to make items for people. You know, now that I think about it, long ago I made sweaters for my twin nephews. I guess they never wore them because they couldn't get them over their heads. Oops!

Lady A wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 11:01 AM

I wanted to knit my college boyfriend a sweater.  This would the second sweater I'd ever knitted (and  and I planned to make a matching one for myself) . Since it was to be a surprise, I didn't measure him.

I had the yarn and needles but no pattern.  It was snowing outside so walking to town for a pattern wasn't something I really wanted to do.  Besides, I'd already knit one sweater, how difficult could it be to 'eyeball' what I was doing.  

My teddy bear got a new sweater out of the effort.....

catwoman05 wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 10:27 AM

I haven't had a fit issue because I'm making my first sweater right now - the February Lady Sweater.  Chose this so I WOULDN'T have fit issues (hopefully).  I'm hesitant to spend time and yarn on something that won't fit, so this blog post ..and the book ... will send me on my way!

Amina wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 9:11 AM

This book is very useful, it would surely help me to make sweaters that fit better (I have made some funny-looking stuff before); it would surely save a lot of visits to the frog pond.

WV_Peregrine wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 8:07 AM

Concern about knitting a sweater that fits have kept me from knitting for myself - along with plenty of grandchildren to knit for!  I have tried using a ready-to-wear sweater as a "pattern" with some success.  The idea of a knitting template sounds great!

WV Peregrine

JerseyJane wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 7:48 AM

I knit my first sweater during my first year in college for the guy I left behind - my summer romance. Though I followed the measurements his mom gave me over the phone, my project wound up at least three inches too wide on both sides. Rather than cutting the excess inches, I re-sewed the seams narrower and folded back and sewed down double the excess inches. The romance didn't last, but the sweater did - he loved it and still wore it when he needed his warmest sweater.  

mamadeitz wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 7:24 AM

this would be a great resource for me and my daughters.

jelli wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 7:03 AM

Though I've been knitting for a couple of years, I've only made three simple baby sweaters. An adult sweater seemed too intimidating! This book sounds like a great resource for someone like me!

tannastanley wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 6:55 AM

LOL!  I SOOOOO need this book.  I have one sweater that the arms looked like they were for a four hundred pound gorilla!  Ripped them back and redid them... but it is still in the basket... an UFO.  Thanks for the chance to win!  Tanna

paweed wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 6:54 AM

About 8 years ago, my then teenage daughter went on a 3 week trip to Australia and New Zealand.  I begged her to bring back some roving and told her I would knit her a sweater out of it.

Well, she did and I held up my end of the bargain.  Except it was too big for her.  

I spent all that time and energy and it is pretty, but not wearable.

I have been looking at it the past few weeks and thinking it is a waste of beautiful yarn and just said to her that I was thinking of frogging it and doing it over.  She was excited about that idea and asked that I please make it much smaller.  I need to learn how to properly measure and then do a good gauge.  After that I should be set..... I think!  I steer away from sweaters because they always end up not fitting like I think they should.(my daughters sweater is a prime example)

Please help me, Knitting Daily, and teach me how to knit a beautiful sweater for my daughter, that is filled with memories and love.

Emily@48 wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 6:34 AM

About a year ago I started a sweater project for a pregnant friend.  I worked diligently to create what I intended to be a beautiful sweater for a beautiful baby!  As I was going through the project I thought to myself 'well, that looks weird, but maybe it will make sense when it all comes together.'  When I finished the only way this sweater would have fit a baby was if it was a newborn walrus named Quasimodo.  I'm glad the baby turned out better than the sweater :o>, but I would love to be able to redo this project with better results.  I'm sure this book would help me a great deal, although there might be some sea creatures that miss my ill-fitting sweaters. ;o>

sherball wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 5:44 AM

I taught several of my co-workers to knit and they come to me with their questions.  I have always just followed the pattern and hoped it would fit.  Now that my co-workers are branching out from hats and scarves, they are asking me more questions.  I also have two grandchildren to knit for, and have been asked to do some knitting for a co-workers great-granddaughter.  This would be a big help!

ToveJ wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 4:01 AM


I would love some help with making fitting cardigans for one with broad shoulders. The book would surely help!

lindarumsey wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 3:17 AM

Would love some expert help in getting sweaters to fit just right. That's why I prefer hand-made clothes to  shop bought ones in the first place!

BarbaraH@52 wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 2:35 AM

I've never made a sweater - but I will someday!  Maybe this book would help!

Jen Pen wrote
on Nov 13, 2011 1:26 AM

I've never made a sweater unless you count a baby shrug, but for the past couple of years I've been wanting to knit sweaters for my husband and I. I really don't know where to start. The problem is that we don't have any sweaters to measure, and I have no idea how much yarn to get, but I know what yarn I want. Or at least I did until I went to the yarn store the other day :S

on Nov 12, 2011 11:29 PM

I knit an antique sweater without checking gauge. It's much too big! I'm working on knitting another with a different size yarn.

on Nov 12, 2011 11:27 PM

Whoa! Cool!

LNWally wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:34 PM

To get gauge on the first sweater I ever knitted, I decided to double up on the fairly bulky yarn.  It was a sleeveless sweater.  The fabric is so thick, you would never wear it on a day you don't need sleeves!  I don't know what I was thinking.  The cat uses it as a blankie now.

deedeesdolls wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:07 PM

Just thought i would tell you a funny story about one of my knitting students errors in measuring.  A  lot of ladies come to be my students because they have problems in the garments they are knitting.  One lovely lady who had not been knitting for long couldn't understand why her the jumper she was knitting for her grand daughter was so huge when she had measured as i had taught her and was very particular in her sizing and blocking of the final garment. when she brought it back and we had a look at it i discovered that she had measured in centimetres and then knitted the garment in inches, so the entire garment would have fitted a teenager instead of a 5year old.  I asked her to buy a tape measure with only one set of measurement s on so that the mistake would not happen again.   By the way, her teeange grandson got the jumper and she ended up knitting another for her younger grand daughter.

I am sure the new knitters template would make an excellent resource book for all my students to make use of .


sweetie41 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:58 PM

Trying to determine what size to make before investing time in a project can be daunting.  I made an open vest this summer.  I wear it (it kind of has that open asymmetrical look to it), but I could have saved a lot of yarn and time by sizing it down.  Going to have to remember your "negative ease" tip!

AllannaP2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:21 PM

When I was a university undergrad (many years ago) I found a sweater pattern that I really fell in love with in a Mon Tricot magazine. (yes, that many years ago) I found the correct yarn, gauged perfectly, and spent several months knitting this long tunic, long sleeved sweater. It fit perfectly! All that was left to do was to add the contrasting sleeve trim and the square opening neckline finish in a contrasting yarn. As many times as I tried, faithfully following the instructions for decreasing, my neck opening kept turning into a circle opening instead of a square one, and of course the round opening was too snug to go over my head. I looked in every knitting book I had to try to figure it out, but to no avail. This was in the day when a personal computer was unheard of, let alone looking up resources on the internet. I think the poor thing is still in some box somewhere as I never had the heart to undo all that knitting. I'm much older now, and it certainly won't fit me now, and I still don't know how to make a knitted square opening neckline! I think finding out how now would be just a little to painful!! But I love the online knitting community and can find nearly every resource i could ever dream of, such as this great book on fitting.

louisemarie wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:04 PM

How about a recent sweater that fit horribly? I've been making dozens of knitted dishcloths - not the diagonal ones, just garter stitch - something to keep me occupied without looking while at the eye doctor's. But your Knitting Daily show inspired me to try a sweater vest, after years of not making garments. I tried to "wing it" on the armhole and shoulder shaping, and the pieces looked awful. Had to give them to a friend as fabric for washed wool. I would love to have a guide for the next vest, and if their book is anything like their presentation on the show, I could definitely make progress with their help!

be67204 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 8:19 PM

well i need all the help that i can get. I did the swatch and knitted up the sweater. If i leave off the sleeves if could be taken as a oversized vest. it would be nice to knit up something that really fit you when you are finished. thk Bk

on Nov 12, 2011 8:14 PM

This book looks wonderful! I'm an inexperienced knitter--have only made one sweater and it makes me look like a football player... I've been afraid to try anything else.  

eayers wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 7:59 PM

Looks like a great resource!

on Nov 12, 2011 7:48 PM

I have steered clear of sweaters, maybe for fear-of-not-fitting! This book looks like it could help me overcome my fears!

on Nov 12, 2011 7:34 PM

I would love to have this book. I knitted my grandaughter a cardigan and was so proud of it. I even had pockets on it which i had never done before. I sent it off to my grandaughter and asked her to send me a picture, so I could brag to friends about how great I was when I got back the picture all I could see of my grandaughter was her face and legs the rest was all cardigan. It was so long in the body and arms that she can wear it as a long dress and the arms had to be rolled up many times. I think the pattern was for tall girls with long arms. But she said grandma it will keep me warm. She was so happy to get something knitted from me and I was still proud of what i achieved.

Ketlian wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 7:15 PM

After many years of diligently swatching and then STILL being unhappy with the results of my hard work, finally there is a book that explains WHY!

My poor family has kindly suffered my attempts to swaddle them in my loving knitting. Both sleeves were always the equal lengths, the length of the garment was just right... but it still had the old "gee, did your mom make that?" look. I took classes on seaming, finishing and lace knitting, (for that FANCY "gee, did your mom make that?" look) but to no avail. It's because they are all too BIG! Even if I do not "win" the book... I will get the book!

DoreenS@2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 7:12 PM

Would love that book! Fitting my knits is always a mystery until the end.

liuye wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 6:48 PM

This book would be a great resource!

on Nov 12, 2011 6:31 PM

I am short waisted and bigger in the bust and upper arms. I have a hard time fitting sweaters without making the shoulders too big. This book sounds like it might be the answer to my problem. Meanwhile, I am trying to find a good way to walk and knit!

weaverdun wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 6:20 PM

What a fabulous book!  Thanks for sharing!

RebeccaL@24 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 6:08 PM

What great hints! I always have problems fitting shoulders.

Jaydelotte wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 6:06 PM

I'm just learning how to knit sweaters - and the "medium" I made for my sister turned out enormous! (Lesson: gauge IS important).

on Nov 12, 2011 6:05 PM

I've been trying to get up the nerve to knit a top down cardigan.

this book would help a lot!



Alyssa S. wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 6:03 PM

I find the measuring tips by Layra Bryant and Barry Klein very helpful. I especially appreciate the one about measuring armpit-to-armpit in the back instead of shoulder to shoulder. I can not tell you how many times I ended up with sweater shoulders too wide, dropping "off the shoulder" in spite of my trying to take that measurement very, very accurately! Thanks a lot. Thanks for the chart, too, it'll come handy.

Puppet2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 6:02 PM

Wow you sure have a lot of entries for the books.  I have been knitting since I taught myself as a young person.  I have stayed away from making sweaters and anything other than an afghan or toy because I hate to waste the yarn and the cost. I would love to know how to make things fit better. I often knit for friends because I live in a warn climate and would love to know how to make sweaters worth the money I spend. I am also about to retire, well not really, I have 4 1/2 more years but I am using so much of my time knitting now that I want to  knit well fitting sweaters. I like being creative and it would be so enjoyable. Love Knitting Daily. Love Love Love it. Thanks for doing it so well.

jrslily wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 5:46 PM

I have had problems with the sweater fitting in the sleeve and the shoulder. It is frustrating!

vehuddle wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 5:18 PM

I have trouble getting the measurements right for top down sweaters.  I always get them too big.  Hopefully, this will be addressed in her book.

on Nov 12, 2011 5:14 PM

oh my, that book looks so great.  I am a 71 year old that just a span of 5  or so years have taken up knitting again.  I can't afford many books retail, so hoping I am the lucky one to win such as this book.  It would help me as my great grans begin growing up on me, never mind being able to knit something decent for myself.  Thnks for making this contest availab.e

on Nov 12, 2011 5:14 PM

oh my, that book looks so great.  I am a 71 year old that just a span of 5  or so years have taken up knitting again.  I can't afford many books retail, so hoping I am the lucky one to win such as this book.  It would help me as my great grans begin growing up on me, never mind being able to knit something decent for myself.  Thnks for making this contest availab.e

NewNMknitter wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 4:50 PM

Still haven't ever finished my first ever vest because I can't get the fit right!

conradk wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 4:31 PM

I once made a sweater that was cone shaped from shoulders to neck, not a great thing for basketball player shoulders.

NancyS@82 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 4:16 PM

Anchorage does not seem to broadcast this show, but you have motivated me to look for it again, and to view episodes online or order DVDs if I still can't find it!

EllenS@2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 4:07 PM

The Knitting Daily gallery really started my thinking about how the sweater fits, especially that negative ease may be a good thing, not everything needs to be baggy.

50of47 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 4:02 PM

My fitting problem is that my waist is not proportional to the rest of my body --  several inches larger than what's typical for a size 14.  Anything with waist shaping doesn't fit me [too small or tight], and the only other thing I can do is to knit the garment without it.  Unfortunately, that gives me a silhouette that would probably look better on a sack of 50 pounds of potatoes.  I'd appreciate learnng how to adjust the shaping to fit me better, and I imagine that this book could be a big help with that.


on Nov 12, 2011 3:56 PM

Learning how to fit before the frustrating task of ripping out a few times would be wonderful.

PeggyR@13 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:50 PM

Wow!  That book could really help.  My mother has received many sweaters from me simply because they never fit me.  I've figured out some of my gauge issues but still need more help!!  :):)

barbpur wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:44 PM

As a newly wed in the 60s, I made my husband a sweater for Christmas. It was to be a surprise.  The pattern had 3 colors with a pattern of snowflakes and deer  horizontal across the body and around the arms.  The pattern said don't carry the yarn too tightly  when changing colors.  I paid attention. Well, the sweater came out beautiful. The pattern was so spectacular. But the surprise was on me. It could have fit a gorilla!  I stilI knit some items, but I haven't made a sweater since!

Eungella wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:44 PM

Oh boy, I so need one of those books! Flattering and knitting don't seem to go together. I find it difficult to understand which pattern will look best on family or friends. The result is potluck: it works sometime but no idea why... or worse, why not! This would change my world! or at the very least, my craft, LOL. :)

Thank you for the chance to win and to all the Knitting Daily team: thank you for expanding my skills with all that you do :)

Auberjene wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:41 PM

After getting my grandson's measurements by email, I found I was lost to figure out how much ease to add for his vest.  This book could offer a solution.

Lorraine51 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:41 PM

Fairly new knitter, and have not yet had the courage to knit a sweater for myself.  Have knit for my grandchildren, and certainly find that although I measure, am so afraid of it being too small that I knit them way too big.  At least kids grow, but obviously I need to knit closer to their 'now' size.  Can see from this that I would probably make mine too large.  Also not sure as a larger woman how to put in shaping so although not clinging, garments would have some shape.

Thanks for all the good tips

dmstoll wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:35 PM

This would be so great!

ConnieR wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:18 PM

Like everyone else, Ive had some fit issues with my knitting and crochet, but thanks to all the information available on the internet my knitting is improving.  I hate feeling like my time and perhaps the yarn too have been wasted.

DebbyB@9 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:14 PM

I would dearly love to win this book.  Thanks for the chance to try.

siriasm11 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:08 PM

Very good video. This book would be very helpful too.

CarolD@7 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 3:03 PM

I'm afraid to knit a fitted sweater, since I haven't a clue of what size I really am, let alone knowing how to modify an existing pattern to fit me!  Not only do I need this book, I need someone to help me find the proper measurements!

mdrgault wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:58 PM

Perhaps now I can get things to fit me.  I don't seem to have trouble fitting other people, but myself?  At least I have the length part right, but it's the other fiddly little bits that sometimes just don't go right.

AngelaAlter wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:41 PM

I'd love to use some of the techniques to modify some existing sweaters, the great cotton blend that's a little too boxy, or the too snug rib knit... maybe insert a panel? I want to use all that I can to create unusual, flattering pieces. I will have to have everyone over from my favorite LYS to have a measuring party! Crossing my fingers!

brinsley wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:41 PM

Sounds like a very, very, handy book full of priceless information ... hope I win one!

DorotheaMM wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:37 PM

I have a sweater that I inherited from my mother after she died.  She purchased it in Ireland and it's wonderful zip front cable cardigan.  I would love to replicate it in another yarn and learning how to properly measure myself and this model sweater for a perfect fit would be terrific.

ewchoi00 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:37 PM

my sweaters used to always end up too short and too wide.

KaraleeH wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:30 PM

I still have problems figuring out when negative ease will look better and when you need positive ease - comments by designers help, as do Ravelry photos of finished items, but still it's very tricky with handknits because you can rarely try them on until you're pretty much done.

HollyL@2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:25 PM

It looks like a great inspiration

I hope I get picked.  I'm stuck in bed or a recliner for 4-6 weks, after a head on collision on 11/3.  I can knit for about 20-30 minutes and then have to rest for a few hours.  A life changing event for me... and any help that I can geit is appreciated

MargoL wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:19 PM

My problem is that I am short and busty.  A sweater than fits elsewhere is too tight in front; a scooped sweater is often indecently low in front.  I end up knitting and giving away a LOT of sweaters (often to charities because I am child-sized in other respects, and my nonknitting friends are all bigger than I am) because I can't figure out how to adjust the patterns to work on my figure.

(I'm not great at sewing in the top of a fitted sleeve, but I think that help would be in someone else's book, or maybe a class.)

emmer97006 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:14 PM

ooo, pick me! pick me! what a great video. i could sure use the fitting help these folks offer.

SusieQ1909 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:12 PM

i've seen this book and it is on my wish list.

meaganjoy wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:08 PM

This book could really help me get over my fear of (and avoidance of) making garments that don't fit! I really hope I can be one of the two winners of this amazing book!

nbuch4242 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:07 PM

Well, at this moment I am wearing a sleeveless sweater that I knitted and then ripped and knitted again which was still too big!  In the end, after much thought I measured and zigzaged and cut the fabric in order to make it smaller.  Sewed it together and receive compliments every time I wear it.  So, I guess I have finally learned that measuring my body is all important to the success of the garmet.

Nadine Buchholtz

SusieQ1909 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:06 PM

I've seen this boook and it is on my wish list. I am long waisted and plus sized. i always seem to make sweaters too long or too short.

justjulie wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 2:05 PM

As a plus size person who has undergone bariatric surgery, it is hard to find clothes of any sort to fit me and my rapidly changing body.  I have learned how to adjust sewing patterns and now I'm wading into the shallow end of the knowledge pool on how to knit sweaters, socks, and more.  But first I've had to improve my knitting skills.  Learning to modify needle size to match yarn is where I'm at.  I need all the help I can get!

ergoni wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:59 PM

I've only knitted one sweater - but I've made it twice!  Between uncertainty about measurements and unreliable swatching (yes, I really did swatch before the first one) I'm really hesitant about anything where accurate dimensions are important.

I think this book would really help.

KathyR@55 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:57 PM

The best fitting sweater I've made would be one I modelled on the Central Park Hoodie.  I modified it to knit it in the round, to eliminate the front opening and have waist shaping that fit me!  I also tried out a knitted-in, short row, top down sleeve which worked perfectly.  The yarn I used was my own handspun, too.  I'm absolutely thrilled with the end result.  My not-so-good fitting sweater?  One that I knitted in a merino/alpaca blend.  It fitted well when I had finished it but it grew rapidly after that.  I should have gone down a couple of sizes in needle.  All that work...!

mrsjkoster wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:54 PM

My kids grow so fast, I like to use the templates to customize their sweaters.  Body size from one and sleeve length from another.  These books help me so much!

Evol Jenius wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:53 PM

I've pretty much given up on knitting sweaters, but I started a jacket last winter and hope to be getting back to it as soon as the weather cools off enough to have it sitting in my lap. And after I finish a couple other small projects that I've been working on.

Artwebworks wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:52 PM

I've been designing my own patterns for a long time.  But I can't tell how many times I have unknit.  This book will really be a plus.

LadyCraft wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:52 PM

I'm a physically handicapped elderly woman who learned to work with yarn in many different ways when I was a little girl. No one in my family had these skills.  I learned from neighbors and family friends.  It seems to be such a lost art among younger generations and that saddens me because I got so much pleasure and satisfaction from creating with my hands.  I am so glad that people like you and websites like yours exist to keep the craft alive. I appreciate the measurement chart.  I just used the usual arm, bust and length measurements and guessed the rest. This will update and add tailoring to my skills.Thank you for all you do!

Ranunkel wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:45 PM

Oooh I'd like to win that! =)

Jenny@75 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:32 PM

This book would be a wish come true!

katmajic wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:18 PM

I'm hoping to get together with my sister soon to measure one another, it would be greath to have the books to help us!

NancyW@31 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:10 PM

Sweaters I make never seem to fit. The latest was one that was great in the body - but the sleeves came out way too tight. I can wear it, but I don't like how it looks. A book like this would be great to have!

katbyrd wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 1:04 PM

Well, the worst was a cotton sweater using a new stitch pattern.  i swatched and measured and calculated.  I don't know if the problem was my math or measurement or if the cotton just grew as I knit, but the thing ended up big enough to fit two!  I would love to have this resource.

on Nov 12, 2011 1:03 PM

I have long arms and I always have to compensate for this.  I usually just keep trying the sleeves on and adjusting.

MimiD@3 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 12:45 PM

I'm getting better at wool and gauge, but wool, particularly in sweaters, keeps me too hot for me to wear comfortably other than a short time during the year. That means I need to look at cotton and other similar materials that react entirely differently to being knit to size.  I'd love the chance to win the book to get help with fit and have a better chance of success when using the materials I might actually wear.

Skoorhan wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 12:38 PM

Since I knit only garments, I rely on my fitting books constantly.  Each one approaches fitting from a slightly different perspective and I am gradually getting  better and  better at fitting my own and my students' garments.  I would love to have another reference for this essential skill.  Sign me up.

SarahC@35 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 12:29 PM

In 50 years of knitting, I have made only 1 sweater for myself!  Even when I was a "sweet  young thing" my tiny body was tricky to fit.  Now, many years and pounds later, I want to begin making sweaters for myself..  I am taking an online class and have been looking for books about fitting.  This one is tops on my list.  I'm crossing my fingers!

JudyJ@18 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 12:25 PM

It would be so great to have clear, detailed instructions on fitting knitted garments. Like my sisters, I have mostly German . . .  um, "solid engineering" I guess one might say. We all frequently buy men's shirts and tops because we have strong shoulders and arms, etc. Even when I was a size 6 or 8 some years (ok, decades) back, I usually bought size 10 tops and had to taper them in to fit the rest of me. It would be so great to purchase really nice yarn and confidently approach making a sweater that will FIT!

MarieD@7 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 12:24 PM

I had a real fitting issue with a test knit. It was a cardigan and it fit through the hips. The shoulders were a little broad, but it was the sleeve area on both the body and the sleeves that didn't fit. It looked fine flat, but on there were pouches at the arm areas in the front and the back. I instantly gained some 20 pounds in appearance! It's currently waiting to be frogged as I didn't like the design enough to re-figure the numbers in order to make it fit. The Spoked cardigan from the cover of Knits Weekend is calling to me...

Anita@71 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 12:11 PM

Like others comment, what a wonderfully helpful book.  I am a larger frame, wide shoulders, a long, thicker waist and hips.  When I knit and crochet items for myself, i use the hit and miss method of wrapping the pieces around me during different phases of the project.  Then I worry I didn't buy enough yarn, and so on.  Knowing that the final project will fit and look terrific is more incentive to start and finish projects correctly the first time.  Thank you.

auntboo wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 12:03 PM

This is exciting!  I have been knitting for years and have yet to knit myself a sweater that flattered!  I give them away instead.  I can hardly wait to get down to the Knitty gritty (sorry, could not help myself!) and figure this out!  Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to put this all  in one place!

Poetmom wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:39 AM

This would be a tremendously useful book even for experienced knitters like me! Good fit is one of the  things that makes even simple projects look great.

emmyjay wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:28 AM

I'm so afraid of making my sweaters too big that I tend to end up making them just a *skooch* too small. Sounds like this book might help me avoid that...

stepcp wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:27 AM

What a wonderful idea! Count me in!

MaureenC@2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:27 AM

I like to knit for my grown daughters but find it a challenge to fit them to their satisfaction.  They like negative ease.  The most difficult area for me is around the underarm:  there's always too much fabric in front.  

The sweater that I think fit the best was one I made for my sister-in-law.  It was a design by Debbie Bliss with much cabling; I changed it to be knit in the round.   I used one of my daughters as a fit model and it came out perfectly (after a few startovers).  I'm sure the patterning helped by drawing in the fabric.

Alice@25 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:22 AM

I would love to win this book .  Knowing how to accurately take measurements of myself in order to make garments fit correctly will give me the confidence to actually purchase the materials for a garment and take the time to knit it knowing I will have a garment that I will wear and love in the end!

JMSR wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:22 AM

I had almost completed a top down raglan sleeve sweater and my gauge was correct but when I tried the sweater on, it was SNUG!  Turned out the model must have been wearing a size larger than normal because on her the sweater was loose,  So I frogged it back to the yoke and will knit a size larger.  Thank goodness I ordered 2 skeins of yarn more than the pattern called for ( an extravagance on my part because it is a wool/silk DK yarn).  I should have verified stitch count and final size instead of trusting the pattern measurements.  Lesson learned and I am sure there are other pointers in the book which would help me.

BeaW@4 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:21 AM

Knit a cardigan recently, made a swatch, used my not so accurate measurements  and the sweater was huge. Ended up taking it apart and frogging it. Made a new swatch and will try again. This isn't the first time this has happened either. This book would definitely let me know where I went wrong and to keep this from happening again and again.

PeggyR@3 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:20 AM

I've been knitting sweaters for more years than I'd care to admit, but being able to knit sweaters that really flatter my figure, as well as to be able to do the same as those of my friends would be a plus!!  I really wasn't sure about all of the extra measurements I should be taking until today.  This would be a great book to have.  Thank you for the great giveaway!

maggiejo wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:16 AM

I used to sew,and always struggled with getting good fit.  Now I knit and the battle continues, even though knits are a bit more "forgiving".  I have a largish bust and stomach, but narrow shoulders, and I can't seem to figure out how to adjust things to accommodate the large without just making the whole garment huge- not a good look on anyone.  This book sounds like a good place to dig for solutions.  Thanks for the chance!

Handwork wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:15 AM

So, I would do the reverse for large chest and narrow hip, right? Thank you very much for the most valuable video. I now know why my sweaters make me look shorter and chubbier. My next sweater will be PERFECT.

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!...

BlandynaW wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:13 AM

Love the tips in the video. Who knew ears and armpits could multi-function like this and be so helpful!. My best fitting sweater is my last one, which my LYS helped with. Janet (store owner) measured me and helped figure out that I needed to go up one needle size for the hips but keep the needle size the same for the top, as I was really a cross between 2 sizes. Debbie re-checked my guage and stopped me from frogging when I thought my guage had gone wrong, and that the sweater would be too tight and too long.

Anitac315 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:13 AM

The fist sweater I made was last year for my 3 year old son.  I wanted to make it large enough for him to wear for 2 seasons, so I followed the directions for the 4-6 size.  The length came out perfectly because I held it up to him, but the finished project was wide enough for a 10 year old.  Needless to say, he grew a lot over the summer...2 inches straight up.  So now the sweater is both far to short and far too wide.  I don't have enough yarn left, so I'm thinking of removing the ribbing and adding a new bottom band in a contrasting color to fix the length.  I obviously have some time to figure this out.  This book will be a great help for any future sweaters.

FloD wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:05 AM

I too, think I have been knitting my sweaters a little to big.  Plan to give this a try and see about fit being smaller


meginal wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 11:00 AM

I have been working on a lovely sweater using Noro yarn.  It is a high on the collar 6 button 3/4  arm length cardigan.  Because it is 3/4 I bypass the most common problem I have with sweaters which is arm length.  I am 5' 10" and usually I need to add 2-3 inches to the sleeves in order to have the sleeve hit my wrists and of course purchase the additional yarn needed.  When I was about 14 I had a growth sprout and have trouble with sleeve lengths ever since.  This is the primary reason I started to knit.  Now I just like to make pretty things from very long lenghts of string or yarn!

Knit  On!

megz wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:59 AM

I'm learning how to make the fit I want with the different types/weights of yarn.  lightweight yarn wears so differently from a heavier weight.    I'd love to learn more.

megz wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:57 AM

I'm learning how to make the fit I want with the different types/weights of yarn.  lightweight yarn wears so differently from a heavier weight.    I'd love to learn more.

megz wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:56 AM

I'm learning how to make the fit I want with the different types/weights of yarn.  lightweight yarn wears so differently from a heavier weight.    I'd love to learn more.

Karey wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:48 AM

Wow, this looks like a very informative book!

dayanak wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:46 AM


Bev Moon wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:44 AM

Even though I do check my gauge before starting a project I still have problems with an item coming out fitting.  I often take a sweater that has two fronts and a back and put the number of stitches needed together and do this on circular needles up to the armhole.  So, I check my gauge using (K and P rows) and then may knit the garment in the round up to the armholes--this is when I have to most trouble.  I've found that my gauge in the round just simple doesn't match my stockinette gauge no matter how careful I am to try and keep the same tension.  So, I decide on the size I need and then it usually comes out too small.  So, I obviously have tighter tension in the round that stockinette and have to knit the next size larger to get a good fit.  It's taken me a few years to figure this out!! and doing the frog stitch-rip-it, rip-it, rip-it!!

Maralyn@2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:32 AM

What great tips!  I've been sewing and knitting for years and always thought the fitting tips for sewing were so much more accurate than the ones I found for knitting.  I loved the Knitting Daily piece and think this book is just what I need to make really well-fitting knit garments.

ElleH wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:24 AM

Oh, boy! I am the Queen of Too Big. Especially, and this is crazy, when I'm knitting for my husband. I'm actually good with numbers, but challenged to the point of frustration when it comes to pattern fitting. After spinning 2 pounds of CVM, designing a pattern - subtle but strong - that my DH really liked, I managed to knit a great huge thing. His shoulders are big, and the sweater's shoulders are big. The bigness runs all the way to the hips. The sleeves are also way too wide. The final bit of  "Aaaugh!" is that the sweater rides up in the back. Oh man. Could this book help?

Summersong wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:20 AM

I love knitting sweaters, but the waist shaping is always higher than my waist and the sleeves are always too short.  I have to modify most patterns to fit, but I rarely get it right.  I'm sure the guidance in The Knitter's New Template will help a lot.  

CherylM@32 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:19 AM

I loved the fitting tips on this show, especially the one using the knitting needles for the back shoulder measurement.  Cheryl

Anne-MarieN wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:18 AM

Back in the 80's and 90's I used to knit the boxy sweaters that were all the rage then, so fit wasn't quite so much of an issue then.

Then I wanted to challenge myself a bit and did a sideways sweater with deep v-neck and I imagined how elegant that would be. We bought extra extra long straight needles to accommodate the number of stitches on the needle (both the entire front and back lengthwise) and I needed to sit on the couch to have enough rooms to let the needles stick out!

Well, it came out huge because the yarn stretched much more than I expected and because of the v-neck the sweater would simply not stay on my shoulders, ever. I loved knitting it, but I really only wore it a few times.

Now I have learned a lot more about proper fit, but it's a long learning stage and I know I have plenty more to learn to get a really good fit on sweaters and tops.

And I use circulars now because it's so much easier.

lolmama wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:18 AM

I was a new, inexperienced knitter when I decided to knit a beautiful cardigan sweater for my precious little 3-year-old daughter.  I picked out a vibrant red yarn and a pattern and needles from a yarn shop.  Frequently consulting a small "How to Knit" pamphlet, I began knitting my labor of love.  I never once measured the child or the project and when it was finished, it was HUGE!  So I put it away until a time when she would have grown into it.  I don't believe she ever wore it.  By the time she was large enough that it would fit, I had no idea where it was any more.  Now I measure.    

on Nov 12, 2011 10:15 AM

I have always been afraid of making myself a sweater because I was afraid of making it too large or too small.  This is the type of information that can help someone like myself feel more confident.

on Nov 12, 2011 10:09 AM

I struggle to fit my broad shoulders. I'm a petite woman, but my shoulders belong to a much bigger frame. For years I was making sweaters that were too small in the shoulders, then I began making sweaters too big in that area. Perhaps this book could help me make a sweater that's just right in the shoulder area.

Ruth@7 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:06 AM

My first sweater was a cardigan that fit fairly well -- until it shrank in the washer to the point that it's now a very nice boiled wool shrug that might fit one of my husband's nieces.  The second is a traditional style Icelandic sweater, where the sleeves are too long (but too long is always better on me than too short -- most store-bought clothes have too short sleeves for me).

I also have the problem with being moderately thin but with fairly broad shoulders and  a moderately large bust, so knowing how to make things fit would be extremely useful.

Aimee@5 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:05 AM

I always make sweaters for myself too big - it's not that I'm super small, but I always add for ease and then add a bit more.  After remaking a cardigan 3 times, each time being too big, I ripped back to the armhole split, put everything back on the needles and unraveled the center 12 stitches of each arm.  I cabled them back up  in a tight cable (every 4 rows), to remove the ease.  I'm going to start the body today and see the fit!

Arbuck wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:05 AM

I haven't taken on a sweater, but anything that takes that much time and material needs measuring and gauge check! Great tips.

phillykitty wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:03 AM

My mother taught me to sew when I was a young teen so you would have thought

that I understood the concept of measuring when I knit my first sweater.  But nooo.  It

is a box with monkey arms, and it occupies a place of honor in the basket of unfinished projects...

But my next sweater I knit will fit perfectly, I swear, and take into account all the ways my hourglass figure...ok, that was a lie, pear-shaped.  There I said it. I am pear-shaped....will take into account all the ways my pear-shaped figure differs from that of the fitting model.

So this book would be a pig help!

Roberta Wood wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 10:02 AM

My first project was a shrug, and my teacher was giving me the pattern a piece at a time.  The cuff worked okay, but when I did the first increases following the instructions, the back turned out to be wde enough to be a hooded sweater!  My teacher took it home, unraveled it, and reknit the ribbing.  She also recalculated the increases.   I managed to finish the shrug, and my grandmother loved it.

LeslieB@3 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:58 AM

These measuring tips are a revelation!

Melanie Ann wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:54 AM

I made a sweater from the neck down, I took the measurements, and I was amazed at how well the sweatet fit in the end.  I cant wait to make another this way.  I don't know why I ever thought I had to follow a 'size' instead of just some measurements.

Angie@70 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:52 AM

My first sweater was a monstrosity.  I didn't make a guage swatch, the yarn was scratchy and hot, the body was too short, and the arms were too long.  I have improved my skills since then, and I strongly believe in a guage swatch!

yarnlady@6 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:49 AM

I really hate it when the front of a garment angles up, instead of staying level all around, because the bust area needs some adjustment. Many women have some SHAPE -- we're not all built like toothpicks.

EileenB wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:47 AM

Oh, I need this! Sweaters that really fit: that's my quest.

theatheatre wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:46 AM

After viewing this episode I realized that I was measuring myself and adding a bit for ease thereby making most of my sweaters too baggy for my taste.  Barry and Laura compared the fit of two sweaters for Laura.  The one that fit well had the style and cut that worked for Laura and allowed for negative ease.  I now have a far better understanding of how to make my sweaters fit to my liking.  I would love to win Barry and Laura's The New Knitter's Template!

yarnlady@6 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:45 AM

I really hate it when the front of a garment angles up, instead of staying level all around, because the bust area needs some adjustment. Many women have some SHAPE -- we're not all built like toothpicks.

1725knit wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:45 AM

Would love to win the book.

Patty@112 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:43 AM

I am forever adapting sweater patterns for the"perfect fit."  This book would be such a wonderful addition to my library!

Janetcc wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:39 AM

Need help figuring out sloped shoulders fit, and I'm short waisted but with football pad width shoulders. I've not yet made a cardigan that fits the way I like.

cerafaery wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:38 AM

It took me a long time to understand or bother with gauge (now I understand why it is sooooo important).  One of the first hats I ever made once I became a proficient knitter was a beautiful fair isle one.  Because I didn't know anything about gauge, I just knit it, and when it didn't fit I frogged, adjusted and knit again.  I ended up frogging the hat more than 10 times before it was close enough that I could wear it.  And even though it was still a bit big, I wore it for years and loved it.

Jamie@19 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:36 AM

This book would be so helpful to me!  I have trouble fitting my sweaters.  It would be great to win it!

SaraG@8 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:35 AM

Knitting to fit.  What a wonderful idea!  I tend to lean toward patterns that are simple and fit a wide range of sizes, so if it doesn't fit me it might fit someone else in the family.

MichelleM@2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:34 AM

Would love to win this!

rblakeney wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:32 AM

My first sweater (a cardigan) fit well enough at first glance but it kept sliding off my shoulders.

sheilae@9 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:30 AM

Fit has always been an issue for me whether I'm buying clothes or making them.  I'm short and slightly overweight - a deadly combination when it comes to clothing.  I love learning new tips for fitting - everyone of them helps me improve.  Thanks for all this great information.  Winning this book would be such a big help!!!!!

GraceT@5 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:25 AM

Good measurements made Bad:  About three years ago I knit an Aran for my husband, it fit as he liked it-lots of ease.  He looked great.  Then he lost weight--about 20 lbs. The sweater looked like a bag on him. To make it fit again he washed it, properly.  We had just purchased a new dryer with the handy, dandy shelf inside to dry things you do not want tumbling around, great idea, but not with wool.  The sweater is now three inches too short and had more negative ease than he likes.

bevavery wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:22 AM

I have learned form past sweaters that there is no regular size people in my family.So I measure and measure but some how I still miss the mark somewhere..a sleeve too long, neck too tight ect.. with 12 grandkids I need to be able to do better...PLEASE HELP

                                                                              thanks grandma bev

Maryann@612 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:18 AM

.. this would be very helpful when trying to use a much different yarn than the pattern called for!  

LindaK@13 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:17 AM

What a wonderful book. It would be great to know what I'm doing instead of fudging it all he time.

ccaj wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:15 AM

My sweater problem is that I think I am fatter than I really am! I always seem to knit one size larger than I need.

IngridS@3 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:14 AM

I have been afraid to try knitting a sweater for me because I have trouble figuring out just how to adjust pattern size. A template for measuring sure would help!

TerriD@2 wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 9:08 AM

Measure? What is this "measure" thing you speak of?

rmbhunt wrote
on Nov 11, 2011 2:44 PM

I do, I do have sizing issues. As a 5'2'' woman who wears garment industry clothing size 18WP, I always struggle with adjusting my knitting from printed knitted patterns, but not so much when knitting for someone who is a perfect regular size.  I surely would love winning a copy of this book, to help me solve my fit issues.  Pick me, please – Thank you!

rmbhunt wrote
on Nov 11, 2011 2:42 PM

I do, I do have sizing issues. As a 5'2'' woman who wears garment industry clothing size 18WP, I always struggle with adjusting my knitting from printed knitted patterns, but not so much when knitting for someone who is a perfect regular size.  I surely would love winning a copy of this book, to help me solve my fit issues.  Pick me, please – Thank you!

MaureenG@14 wrote
on Nov 11, 2011 12:34 PM

I tend to have issues with sizing because I have longer arms. The sweaters that I would have the pattern made specifically for me they have fit and then the patterns I have found in magazines or books have sometimes fit and well sometimes not fit.

harveyjb wrote
on Nov 11, 2011 6:59 AM

A number of years ago I blew an entire $200 gift certificate to my LYS on  the Rowan Denim yarn (26 balls) to knit "Folklore," a pattern that I had been admiring for well over a year.  True to my Scottish heritage I felt an affinity with all things Gansey (my grandfather worked on a fishing boat off the northeast coast of Scotland) and I had bought the Rowan Denim book the moment it arrived at my LYS, leafing through it frequently and daydreaming about which design I would ultimately knit.  I imagined all of the bobbles, cables, and numerous left and right twists flowing off my needles to take shape in a sweater that was sure to be my greatest knitting accomplishment to date.  The gift certificate was my final nudge off the fence and I was in my LYS the next week buying the yarn for "Folklore,"  one of the loveliest designs I had ever seen.  

The pattern instructions said that all Denim yarn patterns were to be knit larger than the desired finished size to account for shrinkage that would occur in washing and blocking the cotton yarn.  Once the four pattern pieces were complete but before sewing them together the

pieces were to be given a rigorous wash in the washing machine set on warm water and laid out to dry.

I wanted my sweater to be oversized, like the one worn by the model, so I didn't worry when the dimensions of the sweater were growing quite large and continued on confident that the promised shrinkage would result in the sweater of my Gansey dreams.  As soon as I had woven in the last few ends, I washed all the pieces, laid them out to dry, and waited patiently.  Being 100% cotton this took some time but as soon as it was dry I sewed every seam carefully, wove in the ends and tried it on.  It was enormous!  Absolutely enormous.  More than fashionably oversized -- It would easily accommodate my husband and myself with room to spare.  I washed it again, this time using the hottest temp possible, and then threw it in the drier, also on the hottest temp, for good measure.  Not even a budge more contraction.  

I had knit a Gansey dress, a very wide and long Gansey dress.

Was I disheartened? Disappointed? -- Yes, momentarily.  Have I ever worn it?  No.  But, I cherish that sweater.  I may never wear it but I will never part with it.  I began it when faced with some difficult life challenges.  Pouring over the complex charts, watching the pattern take shape in the wee hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep made the nights pass more quickly.  It gave me a sense of accomplishment and calm when much in my life seemed out of control.  I was being required to grow in strength and patience as I watched "Folklore" take shape and, wearable or not, I love that sweater.  

I use it now to show beginning knitters the many possibilities of learning a few stitches, how the basic knits and purls can be combined in an infinite number of ways to result in limitless and lovely  patterns.  I see the sweater every time I open my closet door, folded neatly on the shelf, and it reminds me why I love to knit.   And -- when I think about it  --  is also a good reminder that I still have a thing or two to learn about accurate measurement and positive ease! i would loe to win this book.  I think I need this book....

If you want to have a look at me swimming in "Folklore" I have posted it on Ravelry where my name is JoseyKnits.  Sorry this post is so long, I did not intend to write a story!

JoyceB wrote
on Nov 10, 2011 10:07 PM

Well I would be delighted to win this book so that I can knit garments that fit perfectly. It 's so disheartening to spend countless hours on a garment only to discover when it's complete that the sleeves are too long, or it's bulky or the neckline is all wrong. Got my fingers crossed!

JereM@2 wrote
on Nov 10, 2011 8:55 PM

I knit a sweater for my daughter that she really really wanted. 5 sleeves later (none matched) I finished and was ready to knit the wide band that went all around the sweater ... For kicks I tried it on, it was HUGE! For several years it has sit in a knitting bag waiting to be finished ... Once my daughter gets really really fat... Lol

JereM@2 wrote
on Nov 10, 2011 8:50 PM

I knit a sweater for my daughter that she really really wanted. 5 sleeves later (none matched) I finished everything and was ready to add the wide band that went all around the sweater ... For kicks I tried it on ... It was HUGE ... Several years later it sits unfinished in a knitting bag ... Waiting for my daughter to get really really fat! Lol

on Nov 10, 2011 2:25 PM

Great clip - I'm buying the episode so we can have a measuring party over Thanksgiving weekend.  Everyone's being measured!

Pat22030 wrote
on Nov 10, 2011 11:15 AM

I saw this show and it was very helpful to actually see the measuring done live.

on Nov 9, 2011 11:50 PM

the first sweater I knit for myself fit perfectly! I used Elizabeth Zimmermann's EPS method. As I was knitting from the bottom up,I was able to try it on. It was fun to try on the sleeves.

I am getting ready to knit dd#3 a Weasley sweater. I  was just wondering how to find out which size to knit. this book would be a great help as now my other children are asking for sweaters. Dd#4 reminded me that I had promised her a sweater after I knit dd#5 a sweater 4 years ago...

Hope I win!

anm54475 wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 7:04 PM

"Negative ease," huh?  I think I just had an ah-ha moment that could apply to every sweater I ever made...

aednarb wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 2:41 PM

I'm knitting my first sweater right now and I'm bummed that now that I'm more than halfway through, I'm discovering A LOT of things I wish I'd done differently. Lol. But it is a learning process and without knitting this sweater I wouldn't of figured out plenty of things I know now for next time. (Like sizing for one thing!)

Thank you for a chance to win such a helpful sounding book!

awoelky26 wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 2:27 PM

I just finished making my first actually fits!!! I am so proud of myself... however what a road it was!  I feel so bad for my fiance, because he has had to deal with the cursing here and there, and me getting so fed up with the mistakes making the sweater to the point that I throw the thing across the room.   To match my sweater I also made a cowl, but I completely measured it wrong for my fiance, and now it looks more like a neck warmer than anything.  

MarlaF wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 10:55 AM

Looks like a very interesting book - would love to win the book - thanks for the contest.  Marla

sippycup wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 10:43 AM

measure twice, knit once? sounds good to me!

abbaker18 wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 9:10 AM

What a great book! Even as a fairly "beginning knitter" I find it difficult to resist the urge to wing it when adapting patterns to my shape. Which certainly isn't the same shape as it was a few years ago.

debbiekc wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 8:40 AM

Looks like a great resource - my very first sweater had sleeves too long, and I just watched Eunny's video which gave me some great ideas about how to correct it!  I learn so much from this website - thanks to all!

doodlevt wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 8:15 AM

I'd love this book.  I've just started knitting sweaters for me, and would like to be able to modify paatterns to fit my two boys and my 6'3" husband.  With the time involved to make a sweater, I've been too intimidated to try anything for them since I'm not sure how it would fit.  Thanks!

rcariello7 wrote
on Nov 9, 2011 7:01 AM

I tend to knit items that don't need much fit or shaping. This book would be a great help with refining my knitting.

patmeteor@2 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:49 PM

I alternate between wanting to knit shawls that don't have to be fitted, and wanting to knit beautiful jackets that fit just right and flatter my rather round figure.  This book sounds like a great help for the latter!

zewdita wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:13 PM

My first sweater was a complete wreck fortunately altered by increases and decreases not mentioned in the pattern, I came up with a sweater of course nothing like what I would have liked but settled with the thought that I gained experience.

on Nov 8, 2011 9:31 PM

I just love available knitting information available to us!  How fortunate we are to have such expertise available to us in all aspects of the knitting world!

bertalizbal wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:16 PM

This portion of the show has been such an eye opener for me! So many things I didn't know :-)

maggledy wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:43 PM

My dear hubby is 6'5"!  This means knitting for him or for our lovely TALL daughter is always a challenge.  My rule has been to add as much as I calculate I need, and then add another two inches to sleeves and body length, just in case.  Needless to say, my needles produce more hats and scarves than sweaters for those two!  I'd love better guidance on how to fit for non-ideal bodies!

pcl721cck wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 5:29 PM

Laura is such a good model to measure. And I love the knitting  needle trick too. Thx!

JanetM@12 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 4:08 PM

I forgot to wash my swatch of a garter stitch and cable combination before completing the entire sweater for my hubby.  As you can guess, it stretched, and stretched, and stretched, longer, and longer, and longer!!!  I finally frogged the entire sweater and reknit it (after washing and checking gauge VERY carefully).  Hubby did get a good laugh out of it.  He never could find anything with sleeves long enough before.

opal@8 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 2:29 PM

The first sweater I ever made, I was a teenager.  It was a 'classic' men's fisherman's knit aran pullover.  The alterations I made were of course the length of the body, but I also shortened the laced-neck vent and modified the width of the body by reducing the number of stitches in the center panel (garter stitch) and the side and sleeve(seam) panels (moss stitch).  This was made 30 years ago and the sweater is still in use.  My only regret is that I did not have the choice of making it in wool instead of acrylic.   Just this month, I've finished my first lace garment: a mercerized cotton shawl-collar sweater.  

I'll be using a button to close the center front invisibly to give it slightly less of a boxy shape over skirts.

As I have an hourglass/pear shape it would be good to know how to fit sweaters better for more stylish garments!

Ptinutz wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 2:17 PM

Always wanted a basic book about template pattern...

rdejam wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 1:57 PM

The last sweater I knit, I copiously measured my daughter, read the pattern, and wrote out my own version with the modifications I needed to make so the sweater would fit her.  It fits perfectly and I'm really proud of myself.  I sure would like a better way to do this, though.  It took me forever to figure everthing out and this was just a plain, stockinette stitch sweater.  I'd love to be able to make her something with cables or entrelac.

KYfarmgirl wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 1:43 PM

I would love, love, love to have this book!  Thanks for the giveaway!!

nilliesmom wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 1:39 PM

I have shorter arms and no matter how many times I check and measure it always seems like my knitted sleeves are longer than they were supposed to be.

IrisR@2 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 12:45 PM

I would love to win this book please.

I have no problem with knitting for myself or the very young children in the family.  It's when they get bigger I get problems.  All of my family seem to have really long arms and,  even if I make the sleeves longer than in the patterns I use, they are always wrong!  Help is definitely needed here.

Thanks for this fab chance to win.

morsella wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 12:01 PM

Great book - I would love to have it!!!

I am a new knitter and about a month ago I started a sweater for my husband  - he asked for it everyday during 6 months now. So I took his measurements in front and back etc. After making a gauge of course of all the patterns that I used in the sweater I've finally started the sweater with soft aran yarn.  I've completed  front and back and after blocking those 2 pieces together  - and sewing them together - the front of the sweater was much much shorter then the back of the sweater.  :((( it was so disappointed... I didn't know what to do. Where did I go wrong? Was it the front short or the back was too long? Eventually I took all apart, washed the yarn, hanged it dry. And now  I'm trying to figure out how to knit the same sweater with the right dimentions on circular needles. My husband still asking for it.

morsella wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:59 AM

This is so great - I would love tho have this book !!

Great book - I would love to have it !!!

I am a new knitter and about a month ago I started a sweater for my husband  - he asked for it everyday during 6 months now. So I took his measurements in front and back etc. After making a gauge of course of all the patterns that I used in the sweater I've finally started the sweater with soft aran yarn.  I've completed  front and back and after blocking those 2 pieces together  - and sewing them together - the front of the sweater was much much shorter then the back of the sweater.  :((( it was so disappointed... I didn't know what to do. Where did I go wrong? Was it the front short or the back was too long? Eventually I took all apart, washed the yarn, hanged it dry. And now  I'm trying to figure out how to knit the same sweater with the right dimentions on circular needles. My husband is still asking for it.

JILLG@5 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:55 AM

I've always wanted to knit a sweater for myself, but am puzzled by what size/measurements would give me the best fit. Having any help in this regard would be a real blessing!

JessnJoen wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:51 AM

I have the WORST luck with sleeves.  I hate to buy sweaters because of my arms and I still am having trouble figuring out arms.  My sis has bust location problems and I am trying to knit something for her that will fit, so a book with lessons on how to use measurements would be GREAT

AnnD wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:50 AM

Gotta confess: I've yet to knit a sweater!  I've crocheted a couple, which both have issues with the sleeve length.  And I've knit shrugs -- minimal shaping required!  But I've got a nice pile of lovely alpaca-silk yarn, intedend to be a sweater for my DH, and would love to have a copy of this book!

TerriLynnC wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:26 AM

This looks wonderful!  I have not made any sweaters in a very long time because I never was happy with the fit.  I see so many pretty patterns I would like to try, and with the help of this book I would have the tools I need to make this a success.

-oIo- wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:08 AM

I have been knitting for years and getting a 'good fit' is always a challenge. Thank you this wonderful book!

Kyrie wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 11:02 AM

I knit 2 sweaters for my then husband who was stationed overseas in acrylic. I was knew to knitting and made the sweater top down, raglan style.My father-in-law had tried them on and mentioned that the cuffs were too tight, but I didn't have any knowledge what to do so I continued on anyway. When I finished, I naturally sent them to him. He loved them and oddly enough, even though the cuffs were too tight, someone tried to buy the blue one right off of his back. It was a very tight fit, which worked out fine, as he liked tight fitting everything. Still, now that I know more, I haven't made any more sweaters. I'm attempting one for my new husband, bottom up which will incorporate a zipper. I started it first 3 years ago and was working on the sleeves when my brother mentioned that the sweater looked too short (it was!). This meant frogging, as I didn't know how to fix that, either, and I was 85% finished. So, I've started again, changing the design element as the first attempt was in the round. It took me about 2 years to gain the courage to frog it and start again. Husband said that he would have just thrown it away and started again (ohgoodgollyno!) instead of frogging. All I could think was "$80 worth of yarn in the trash???"

on Nov 8, 2011 10:58 AM

I have sweater in pieces that I started in 2004. I think I don't want to finish it because I am fairly certain it won't fit. This book would be great!

on Nov 8, 2011 10:54 AM

Would love a copy of this book.  My last sweater fit everywhere except in the arms.  Not sure what to do with it - frog it?

on Nov 8, 2011 10:24 AM

What a wonderful idea for a book!  So useful.  Thank you for the generous giveaway.

c_wright wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 10:22 AM

My daughter is so short waisted "petite" sizes can even be too long in the waist...a fitting nightmare...I could use these guidelines!

tvalenta wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 10:22 AM

I just want to be able to knit a sweater that is custom fit for me :)

mashetzer wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 10:12 AM

Fit is so much more important now that styles are more form-fitting.  When I started knitting (WAY back when), sweaters were big and long with drop shoulders, with no contours or real fit.  I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn! Now I make sure the shoulders fit, the waist is decreased and properly placed, and the length is just right on my hips.  Takes a lot more planning, but the results are much more flattering.  

kaelhunt wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 10:09 AM

Oh, it was bad: I measured my (now) husband's favorite jacket instead of my husband because I had no idea how to calculate his measurements vs. the ease he needed (I still have trouble with this).  The carrot-orange sweater I made from those measurements was huge, floppy, the sleeves were too long, it hung badly and basically would only look good on an oversized zombie with bad posture. No, really.

nutmeg6888 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 10:07 AM

I have not made a sweater yet but would love to have this before I get started on one.

I worry about making a sweater look slimming.

mpescador wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 10:03 AM

Hope nobody minds if this man nudges his way in for the drawing ;-).  I started a knitting group at an all men's substance addiction rehab center/farm.  It's relaxing and gives the men a sense of accomplishment.  Assuming it's still going, I'd probably donate the book to them.

iloveafarmer wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:59 AM

While I rather enjoy being in denial about my measurements, I would much more enjoy a sweater that fits perfectly.   Thanks for the opportunity.

JDThomas1974 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:55 AM

Fit is always a tricky for me. Thanks for an opportunity to win!

pt6356 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:52 AM

The first sweater I made was for my husband - it would have fit 2 of him!!  He insists that he loves it, but I sure need to figure out how to make one to actually fit him so that he will wear it in public and not stash it in his bottom file drawer at work...

on Nov 8, 2011 9:46 AM

Hmmmm....this looks like one of those must have books that you will always refer to. Just think of all the possibilities!!!

Debra Hooks wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:43 AM

I sure could use this.

spinnersandy wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:31 AM

I seem to have so many issues with fit, I love knitting for babies I don't worry about the size.

cbutters wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:19 AM

Too big, too small, never right for me.  I now knit accessories and other things to challenge my skill.  It would be nice to know what I am doing.  Looks like a really valuable resource.

annie@103 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:12 AM

Oh my, I should have learned how to do this long before tackling that first sweater, and second, and third.  But they say it's never too late to learn and I'm ready.  If I win this, I'll learn quickly, but if I don't win I'll be buying it.

hfurney wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:03 AM

I'm a beginning knitter and all my sweaters seem to fit way too baggy even though I do a gauge. Seeing the video on ease. it looks like I may need to start knitting with negative ease.It's just scary as a beginner!!

ShirleyN@6 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:02 AM

My first sweater was knit for my boyfriend (now my husband).  I didn't know the term "gauge."  I thought you just started knitting and it would all magically work out.  The sweater was huge and one sleeve was considerably longer than the other.  I guess he didn't care too much, because we have been married for 36 years.  (And I'm still knitting him sweaters, although they now fit him much better.)

sle2 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:02 AM

...hardest 2 things that are totally related-- gauge and fit!!!! I need help with both! :)

guinnessgirl wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 9:00 AM

I a new knitter, and this would be such a great way for me to learn more about my favorite new hobby!

Tracey@3 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:59 AM

Fit is so tricky.  What a great book and offer.

JaniceW@6 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:57 AM

This book would be a great addition to any knitters library.  Years ago I was knitting a very complex pattern with 20 color changes within the pattern.  Due to the different textures of the yarn, the guage changed as I worked.  Once I completed the back I realized that it would be too big.  So, I knit the smaller size for the front.  When putting it together, I went in 1" on either side of the back.  I carefully tacking down the extra fabric on each side to prevent seeing the bulk.  End result...neat inside & perfect fit!  Too much work to start over...I'm still wearing the sweater!  Moral of the story...don't be too much of a perfectionist!

MarleneF@5 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:50 AM

I do love how simple they make design concepts

Debbie@147 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:48 AM

I would love to win this book!  Thanks for the nice giveaway!

itsjustme707 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:42 AM

What a great addition to anyone's collection.  Thanks for the opportunity

on Nov 8, 2011 8:38 AM

This would be an amazing book to own.  Traditional patterns always look frumpy on me because of"robust" figure.  

lert wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:32 AM

This would be great!  My daughter has a long torso, and I am very short....

Carolwitz wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:24 AM

I would love to win this book!

sueboehm wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:23 AM

The measurement methods made so much sense on the video. I'm always hesitant to have negative ease. This made it clear that it isn't something to be feared. Thank you.

katharsiss wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:19 AM

What fit problems DON'T I have???  I'm tall, long waisted, ample backside, monkey arms...contemplating a knitting pattern is an ominous task!  It means lots of math, and migraines. This book is so intriguing!

dkelewae wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:14 AM

I made a sweater for my dear hubby several years ago, and thought I had carefully measured.  Apparently not, because the sleeves ended up being 6" longer than his arms!

Annnielsen54 wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 8:09 AM

Woho - I'd love to get a closer look at that book. I sure hope this give aways is open to overseas people too