One of the most common questions I am asked in regards to
crochet sweaters is, "How do I know what size to crochet?" Crochet pattern
sizing is usually given in bust measurement sizing. And you can't simply try on
all of the sizes to see which fits best. So let's look at how to pick the
perfect size and how to combine two sizes-yes, you can modify and combine two
sizes. If you want to learn how to choose the perfect size and customize sizing
for top-down sweaters, I would recommend two things, and honest list of your
measurements and Doris Chan's Top-Down
Seamless Crochet with Doris Chan.
|Doris Chan illustrates how hook size can help you get gauge.
First take your own measurements, bust, waist, hip, and arm
circumferences. Be honest in these measurements. If you suck in your tummy-and we
all have that instinct-your finished sweater could fit too tightly at the
waist. With measurements in hand, the pattern schematic becomes your best
The sizing choices for Doris Chan's Kolika Top are 32 (36,
40, 44, 48, 52, 56)" bust circumference (you can see these numbers on the
schematic). Let's say your bust is 45 inches. There is no exact fit, so it
becomes a preference. Do you like your sweaters a loose or a little tight. In
my opinion, the lace of this pattern is highlighted with a little negative ease
or a smaller size than your bust measurement, so I would pick the 44" size.
||Kolika Top by Doris Chan
But the bust is not the only measurement we have to look at.
What about the hip? This is where I run into trouble as my ideal hip and bust
measurements are not generally in the same size. For the size 44", the hip
measurement is also 44". What if that is too small? Do you have to choose a
looser bust size to accommodate your hip measurement? No.
In her crochet workshop, Doris Chan discusses in detail bust
shaping (The Wedge), waist shaping (The Nip), and hip shaping (The Flare). These shaping techniques will teach you how
to increase or decrease shaping for a customized fit and are more easily
learned in the visual format of a video.
|Kolika Top Schematic
Included with her digital workshop is the pattern for Doris'
Kolika Top. This pullover includes written instructions to walk you through
altering shaping, changing necklines, sleeve length, and garment length. This
hands on crocheting practice will help
you create not only the perfect fitting Kolika Top, but ensure a better fit
with all of your patterns.
Download your copy of Top-Down
Seamless Crochet with Doris Chan and free Kolika Top pattern today and
shape your garments like a pro. You can also order this detailed video workshop
and pattern on DVD.
P.S. What are your questions on choosing the correct pattern size?