View Full Version : Sleeve measurements

05-23-2008, 02:18 PM
How do you measure the sleeve? Is it from neck to wrist, or wrist to should or what??

I am going to do a cardigan with set in sleeves, and since I had problems with my last sleeve being just a touch too short...I was wondering what is the best way to measure for sleeves.

I have been looking at websites, and I am getting exactly what is stated above...a lot of in consistant messages!

All help....is totally sane making...thanks!

05-23-2008, 07:12 PM

Maybe the chart below would help - as well as telling you which measurements are important, it also gives details of a 'close' or 'loose' fit to garments.

If I possibly can, I measure first -from the under-arm to the wrist - and then a second measurement from the top of the arm to the wrist.



05-23-2008, 08:44 PM
Measure the sleeve on a garment you like (knitted) and that is the same style (set-in, drop, etc.). Also, keep in mind that elbow action will often times cause a sleeve to shorten once the garment is worn. A sleeve that looks fine when first tried on can quickly start to creep up and lose length. I always add a bit extra with this in mind.


05-23-2008, 11:49 PM
See...I have yet another knitting book that recommends measuring the wrist to shoulder...

I am using Sweater Wizard...Does anyone know from Sweater Wizard? The help file certainly doesnt!

05-24-2008, 11:25 AM
Here it is...I wrote on the knittingsoftware board to get the answer from the ppl who wrote the software....here is the answer....

"Hi Crycket,
For a set-in it is wrist to shoulder. You will then add the height of
the cap + the sleeve body length + the rib to see if the total matches.
The most precise way is to measure with your arm crooked at 45 degree
angle rather than your arm held straight out. That may be where you
lost the extra inch.

The other way to measure is to start at the middle of your back neck
across the shoulder down to the wrist with arm crooked.

Then on the schematic, divide half the back neck and add that number
to the shoulder + sleeve cap + sleeve body length + rib. If you need
to adjust the length, adjust the sleeve body length.

I hope this helps.
Carole Wulster