How To Measure Sweater Length
The length of a custom sweater is controlled by you. You can select a tunic lengthed design and knit it as a cropped sweater if you wish. Or, knit an average length cardigan as a 3/4 length jacket. It's up to you. (Just realize that the amount of yarn suggested will not be accurate. (See the post on Selecting and Purchasing Yarn.)
This post will step you through taking measurements of body length.
Before taking measurements:
- find a mirror that is large enough to reflect from your knees to you head;
- wear close fitting clothes, like yoga pants or leggings, and a tight t-shirt;
- have a safety pin, measuring tape, pencil and paper nearby; and,
- if possible, ask a friend to help you take the measurements.
The most important decision you need to make is "How long do I want this sweater to be?" Attach a safety pin to your clothing at that point.
Lower Edge to Underarm
With your arm down against your side, raise the arm slightly, and measure from the lower edge of the sweater to the underarm.
Choose a length that is comfortable for you. This measurement will depend on the style of the sweater you choose. You will have the ability to change this measurement when you order a custom pattern.
Lower Edge to Waist
With your arm down against your side, raise the arm slightly, and measure from the lower edge of the sweater to your natural waist.