The instructions for the Best friend Cardigan had sizes for S (M, L). Okey dokey, I'm usually a small so let's just check... oh. Apparently the corresponding bust measurements are 28" (30 1/2", 33"). Woah! I guess I'm a large now? Knowing that womens clothing sizes are nothing if not inconsistent, I cast on for the largest size and headed off to Wednesday's Stitch n' Bitch.
After hearing other people complain about the teeny tiny sizes in the book, I did some further investigating. Let's look at other patterns in the book, shall we? Chelsea Sweater: SM = 28" bust, Hampton's Halter: SM = 25" bust, "Twiggy Tunic SM = 22" bust ... What the..? There is no way these sizes were meant to correspond to women's bodies! No. Way. I'm sure even an Olsen Twin has a ribcage bigger than 22"! I went back and scoured the book for sizing information.
Finally, on page 78 I notice this:
Each pattern provides knitted measurements, which is what the garment should measure when laid out flat. You should choose your size (XS, S, M, or L) based on the following bust measurement.
XS S M L
30-31 32-33 34-35 36-37
Ah-ha! Well, that information would have been helpful, I don't know, maybe at the beginning of the book? I was now knitting a sweater which I had thought might turn out one size too small, but now turns out to be one size too big. It's a real shame that the sizing isn't clear in the patterns. I'm sure a lot of people have picked up this book, only to put it back on the shelf after seeing the puney sizes.
As for me? Twinkle and I are back in love after starting over in my new "medium" size:
You gotta love the quick pay-off of giant-size knitting! This shows the progress from just one Audrey Hepburn movie.
Earlier in the week I got back in touch with an old flame: Stitch n' Bitch Nation. Tired of old man winter blowing up my sleeves, I cast on the "Hurry up Spring Armwarmers":
One down, one to go! Another quick knit - fabulous! There are a couple of mistakes in the chart though, so if anyone is planning on knitting a pair of their own, I suggest checking the errata to save a lot of head scratching.
From the same book, I've started a Loop Pillow:
Mindless knitting at it's finest! Someone at Stitch n' Bitch mentioned the stitch pattern would make a good bathmat. Genius! I'll put that in vault for later.
Last but not least: The orange cashmere sweater is complete! Finished object - Yay! Pictures to come soon...