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How to create your custom-fit pattern

The following video shows a complete run-through of the process showing how get an estimate of the yardage to knit your sweater, then come back later after you have purchased your yarn and knitted a gauge swatch so you can input the exact gauge measurements and purchase the pattern.:

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If you have purchased your yarn and needles and taken your measurements, and have created and measured a gauge swatch, simply click one of the buttons below to get started.

What you can do now if you don't have your yarn yet

If you just need to know how much yarn to purchase, you can get a yardage estimate as follows:

  1. Click the button below and fill in the values as best you know them.
  2. For your gauge measurements, assuming you know the weight of the yarn you will purchase, estimate your gauge as follows:
    Weight 2 (Fine, Sport, Baby): 24 sts and 32 rows / 4 inches
    Weight 3 (Light, DK, Light worsted): 22 sts and 29 rows / 4 inches
    Weight 4 (Medium, Worsted, Afghan, Aran): 18 sts and 24 rows / 4 inches
    Weight 5 (Bulky, Chunky): 13 sts and 17 rows / 4 inches
  3. Closely estimate the measurements of the person you are knitting the sweater for and enter those values:
    • Chest circumference
    • Neck circumference
    • Shoulder to waist or beltline--the actual measure on the person, not the length of a sweater
    • Upper arm circumference
    • Arm circumference at wrist
    • Underarm to wrist
  4. Proceed all the way to the page that asks for your credit card information, but DO NOT PURCHASE THE PATTERN. At the top of the page you will see an estimate of the yardage required for your sweater.
  5. Purchase the yarn you want to use and knit a gauge swatch. If you don't think you need to knit a gauge swatch, please read why that is the most important step in creating a custom-fit sweater.
  6. Take the gauge measurements from the swatch and return to the website to create a new sweater pattern or edit the one that you already created using the correct gauge and measurements.
  7. When you get back to the schematic, review it carefully to make sure all the measurements are exactly what you want. If not, click the series of buttons required to get back to the page to change whatever you need to. Every value you have entered can be edited until you purchase the pattern.
  8. Enter your credit card information and purchase your pattern. It will appear on the next page where you may print it or download it as a PDF.

If you want to create a sweater that is custom-fit to a specific person, possibly with a variety of fits, click the button on the left.
The cost is $12.00 for the first fit, $3.00 for the second fit, and $1.00 for each additional fit.

If you are a designer who wants to create a pattern to publish in multiple sizes, click the button on the right.
The cost is $8.00 for each size and you may create from 3 to 9 sizes in one pattern.
To promote size inclusion, if you include more than 6 sizes, you will be charged for only the first 6.

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