I’ve always stated that my patterns are based off of the standards given by Craft Yarn Council. And it didn’t really occur to me that I don’t know where that information even originally came from. Then my dear friend Erin posted a snippet from a pattern by Evolve Crochet that asks that question. Colleen includes info on how to make a part of the pattern for a different measurement because “what even is industry standard?”.
The more you know
Grading a pattern to include as many sizes as possible involves a ton of math. Math that sometimes doesn’t always work out the same for every size. Which is why we need testers so that we know the various numbers will in fact work out. However, it turns out that basing something off measurements that only fit a specific amount of people and not including information on how to make adjustments didn’t sit right.
Therefore, going forward I have decided that with the re-working of my older patterns to include the sizes/measurements given from CYC, that I’m also going to change how my patterns are written.
What does that all mean?
It means that you’ll still be able to follow the pattern and make the garment. However in addition to stitch and row counts I will include inches/options to go to the desired length.
In short it will be easier for you to have the garment fit your specific body better.
When I make something, I’m making it for my body shape because I’m making it for myself. However, I realize not everyone making my patterns have that body shape.
Full disclosure, I have an hourglass shape. Which means my hips and bust are closer in size and I have a narrower waist.
To put that into perspective, CYC classifies a Large as:
Bust: 40-42″, Waist: 32-34″ and Hips: 42-44″ and my measurements are:
Bust: 40-42″, Waist: 34.5″ and Hips: 41.75″.
The option of having a longer notes section in the patterns on possible ways to adjust things did occur to me. When it comes down to it though, I think that straight up writing it with more wiggle room, while still giving you all the necessary information for making the piece itself, is the best idea for everyone.