Sunday while working on the second front piece of Nell, and thinking again about the strangeness of the schematic measurements. Even if I weren’t using a smaller needle size, there’s just no way that the XS size would be 47″ in circumference. That meant that either the numbers on the schematic were wrong, or I was misinterpreting them.
Then a little light began to glow in my brain.The schematic has a vertical line down the center of the garment. Is this really the two front pieces including the wide button bands on each side? If so, then it would mean that the schematic isn’t really showing the true width of the garment because the bands would normally overlap. The schematic for size XS shows 23.5″ across. I had assumed that meant the finished garment would be double that, or 47″. However, the button bands are about 3″ wide. So if the schematic really shows the two fronts butted together, then the actual width is about 3″ less than that (20.5″ across). Doubled, that means 41″. That’s still 9″ of positive ease for the intended 32″ bust, but at least it’s a lot more reasonable than 15″.
And guess what? The back of my garment just happens to measure… 20.5″ across. Exactly on target for the pattern, if I’ve figured out the mystery of the schematic.
That will give me about 5″ of positive ease, which is probably just about right for this type of sweater.
OK, so it took me a while to figure out.
They won’t fool me next time.