|1: Choosing Patterns,
Yarns & Size (cont.)
Yarn companies print a warning on a ball band
so that knitters cannot hold the company liable if the garment is
ruined by ironing or incorrect washing.
If you choose to ignore the ball band warning, use a knitted sample
or tension square to try your own method of washing and ironing. But
do remember that the yarn company has warned you for your protection
Can I wear it?
The composition advice will enable you to avoid yarns that could
trigger an allergy or cause irritation. Some people canít wear wool,
others have to avoid mohair, and angora is another problem for some
Will this fit?
Some knitwear patterns are one-size-fits-all, which I donít believe,
but others are written in several sizes. Look at the measurements
printed at the beginning of the pattern.
The most important measurement is the width, usually measured around
the chest, a few inches or centimetres below the arms. Make a circle
with a tape measure around the body, holding the loop at the
measurement stated in the pattern. Allow for movement, the garment
isnít usually meant to be skin tight, and if necessary, go up a size
or down a size.
Check the suggested length for body and arms, but these measurements
can easily be changed, so they are not as important.
Remember to buy more yarn if you want the length to be much longer
than the length in the pattern.
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