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Old 10-29-2007, 11:57 PM   #1
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Bust Size!
O.k I can never understand this and when it is explained to me I forget!
If a pattern says:

A: Bust size: 33-34
Actual size: 39

B: Bust size: 37-39
Actual size: 45

C: Bust size:37-39
actual size:47

These are the choices the pattern for a womans sweater gave.

Now if my bust (measured across the breasts with a cloth tape measure) is 39 which size do I choose? A or C?
Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:13 AM   #2
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The measurements sound like they're for a very loose fitting sweater. It depends how you like your sweaters to fit - snug, just right or loose. If it's a cardigan, you want it a bit looser than you would for a pullover. Easiest is to measure a sweater you like the fit of and is similar to a pattern, then use that measurement to determine which size to make.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:31 AM   #3
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But even if I measure my sweater and say it measures and even 40 which size would I pick above?
The "actual size" or the "bust size"?
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:38 AM   #4
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If your sweater measures 40", then you would use the pattern that is closest to 40" actual size.
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hmm, but if I did that, I would be picking the first one and that says the bust size is 33-34!!!!!
Why do they make this so difficult? I'm afraid of getting it wrong and spending all the money for the yarn and if I need more, then there is the dye-lots etc. I suppose I could ask the LYs to set aside some in case I need more..
Thank you for your help, I'm sure your right, it's just so confusing

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Old 10-30-2007, 04:16 AM   #6
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Hi Jen
I would do B you dont want it to be too tight x
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Thanks Pauline...Yikes, I'm so confused but, hmmm, if I go with what Sue said, closest to bust size, which is 39... that would be the end number of option B and you say B...I'm going with B Thank you!
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This is way out of my league, as I've never even knitted a sweater, but Knitting Daily had a great series on bust size and negative ease and such just recently. I skimmed through it, but since I've not made a sweater yet, it was still a bit over my head.

I tend to get lost trying to search around on that site, but try starting here.
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But how do you want the sweater to fit? Tight or loose? If these examples are for an actual pattern, they indicate that it's supposed to be a loose fit. If the sweater you measured isn't the same style, then that's the wrong sweater to measure. Which pattern is it?
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