Since this is a perfect time to knit sweaters (and I’m trying to finish up about five of them this month!) I thought it would be good to share this article from Knitting Daily discussing the issue of ease in sweaters and how you decide which of the sizes given in a pattern is the one you want to knit.
This issue came up specifically because people were asking about the amount of ease in a particularly lovely sweater from the current issue on Knitscene. Editor Amy Palmer notes that the magazine does not indicate how much ease these is in any given pattern, but you can find the right size for you based on the measurements in the schematic.
There are a lot of things that go into how much ease you want in a sweater, and how the model looks in the garment probably shouldn’t be a consideration. It depends on how you like a sweater to look and feel, if you tend to wear shirts under your sweaters, your gauge and the stitch pattern involved.
It’s a lot to think about but it’s an essential first step to sweater success!
[Photo via Knitscene.]
By Sarah White