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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Standard Body Measurement

How to measure

1. Chest/Bust

Measure around the fullest part of the chest/bust. Do not draw the tape too tightly.

bust measure

2. Center Back Neck–to-Cuff

With arm slightly bent, measure from back base of neck across shoulder around bend of elbow to wrist.

back measure

3. Back Waist Length

Measure from the most prominent bone at base of neck to the natural waistline.

4. Cross Back

Measure from shoulder to shoulder.

5. Sleeve Length

With arm slightly bent, measure from armpit to cuff.

6. Upper Arm

Measure around the widest section of the upper arm located above the elbow.

7. Armhole Depth

Measure from the top outside edge of the shoulder down to the armpit.

8. Waist

Measure your waist at the smaller circumference of your natural waist, usually just above the belly button.

9. Hip

Measure at the widest part of your lower hip.

10. Head

For an accurate head measure, place a tape measure across the forehead and measure around the full circumference of the head. Keep the tape snug for accurate results.
head measure

11. Sock Measurements

The following measurements are for crew-style or dress socks, which usually come several inches above the ankle and below the calf.

11a. Foot Circumference: To determine the foot circumference, measure around the widest part of your foot.

foot measure
11b. Sock Height:

To determine the height of the sock, measure from where you start to turn for the heel shaping to the top of the sock.

11c. Total Foot Length: To measure the total length of your foot, place a ruler or tape measure on the floor. Position the back of your heel at the beginning of the tape and the measure to your longest toe.

Fit Chart

Very-close fitting: Actual chest/bust measurement or less
Close-fitting: 1–2"/2.5–5cm
Standard-fitting: 2–4"/5–10cm
Loose-fitting: 4–6"/10–15cm
Oversized: 6"/15cm or more

The Length Chart provides average lengths for children’s, women’s and men’s garments.

Length Chart

Waist Length Hip Length Tunic Length
Child Actual body measurement 2"/5cm down from waist 6"/15cm down from waist
Woman Actual body measurement 6"/15cm down from waist 11"/28cm down from waist
Men Men’s length usually varies only 1–2"/2.5–5cm from the actual “back hip length” measurement (see Man Size Chart)

Have shared the FIT and LENGTH charts .These are just guidelines. Please note that for individual body there will be differences, and one must make changes accordingly to fit body and sleeve lengths where ever n appropriate. Please keep in mind that we should respect the given project pattern. When certain sizing changes are made it might  alter the appearance of a garment.
Courtesy: Craft Yarn Council,

2 comments: said...

Well explained measurement details, Nitya Bhen.

nityakalyani said...

Thanks Mira - these are basics one must know when we are doing sweater or cardigan projects


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