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Topic: What size should I knit??  (Read 987 times)
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« on: April 01, 2007 04:21:16 PM »

I'm going to knit the Ruffled Surplice from the current issue of Interweave. Photo here: http://flickr.com/photos/knitchick2/425904129/

The smallest size is for a 33.5" chest, and the next size up is for a 37.5" chest. I'm a bit small-chested, so my chest size falls right in between those two measurements, but I'm afraid the rest of me would look better in the larger size.   (I usually take a medium in store-bought clothes, if that helps.)  Or is this the kind of pattern that would look better with some negative ease?  I'm using a cotton blend yarn for this pattern, so it won't have much stretch, but might loosen up over time.  And it's a wrap sweater, which would probably allow some room for error, but I'm not sure which side to err on!

My apologies if that was too much information,  Cheesy but if anyone has thoughts or suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!

« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2007 04:29:36 PM »

Does the pattern have other measurements besides for chest?  Like a little diagram or anything?  I would check the other measurements, like for waist, sleeve, etc, and compare those to your measurements to help determine. 

Or you could knit the smaller size up a needle,i think that should work too.

« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2007 05:47:30 PM »

I totally love that pattern!  I fell in love with it when I saw it in this issue. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2007 07:34:55 PM »

Well, I would say knit the larger size, for two reasons:  It looks like it is at least somewhat adjustable, and it is also meant to be worn OVER something.  Because of both of these things, you really shouldn't base the size you want on what your actual chest measurement is.  I think you'll find the larger size will not be so much larger than you expect, and that's probably why the sizes are a little off "normal" sizes.

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