OK, so I've decided to risk the sweater curse and make my boyfriend of 8 years a jumper for Christmas. I have the pattern and wool so last night I persuaded him to let me measure him wearing one of his favourite jumpers. He insists he is 42-44 inch chest. He's fairly broad shouldered and 6ft1 tall. the measurements I got were:
38 inches around chest, 22 inches from neck to bottom of jumper he was wearing, 14 inches across the shoulders (not too exact), 18 inches underarm to wrist, shoulder to wrist 26 inches.
Now I don't think that means he's a size 42, maybe a size 40 for ease. He's insisting he's 42-44 and if I make a size smaller it wont fit - how many extra inches do clothes manufacturers put in there??? Will I just make a size 40 and not let on???