To make sure that little Ariann is coming out to spec, the Blocking Rug makes a guest appearance. I like to use this rug to *hold* pieces for blocking and measuring – pin usage is at a minimum because the rug pile *grips* the knitting. I like to measure my progress at several points to make sure I’m in the ball park. I measured after the ribbing, at the waist point and now, before joining (bottom and upper arm edge).
This yarn is making a really nice fabric – drapey, soft and to gauge [4.75 sts/6 rows or 19/24, using the larger needles]. This should be even better looking after a nice wet blocking.
The body section is gently patted out on the rug then meausred, from side point to side point.
I’m getting a hair over 19″ – am making a 38″ sample, so all is well. The dimensions given for this design are finished measurements – the actual circumference of the lower body piece. I chose a size nearest the dimensions of my favorite fitting sweater – choose up rather than down if close.