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Old 01-12-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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Cardigan measurements.
So my question is how much bigger should the finished measurements for the cardigan be compared to actual chest measurements? Does it change depending on age?
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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Depends on how you want the cardigan/garment to fit.

A loose fitting garment has "positive ease" and would be 1-2inches larger.

A figure fitting garment would be equal.

A tight fitting garment has "negative ease" and would be 1-2inches smaller, requiring the fabric to stretch to fit around the wearer.
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so would anything more than 2 inches be way too big?
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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so would anything more than 2 inches be way too big?
That depends. I have a sweater that is big and loose on purpose and I love it. I have another I made by the same pattern that isn't as big and loose, I wear it for different reasons, and I love it too.

Here's a link that might help you out. http://cache.lionbrand.com/faq/514.html?language=
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so would anything more than 2 inches be way too big?
Some sweaters need to be roomy, some don't. Plus, it's kind of personal choice. I don't want mine too tight since as a cardigan it'll be worn over something else. I also don't want to wear one as bit as a robe.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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Well I am making it for my cousin who is turning 7 in about a month. She wears size 7/8 clothes. And when I was measuring her chest today it was 24''. The pattern says for size 5 the chest is 26.5 (2.5'') bigger and that size 8 (the one I'm planning on making) is 5.5'' bigger. And I was wondering if that would be way too big.

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Kids grow pretty fast, but more up than around, though you want more ease in their clothes than a grown woman might. Since it's a cardigan it should be okay at the larger size because she'll wear it over other clothes.
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I agree with suzeeq. If there is one thing you can be sure kids will do, it's grow. Another tip I got on these forums is to measure a garment that fits as desired (such as another sweater or a sweatshirt) and use that measurement in determining the size you should make. I'd pick a garment that would fit the torso about the same as the sweater in the pattern. Its a darling sweater, bet it's for a darling girl.
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