Hi. I have started designing some of my own sweaters for my daughter. I use a chart with the standard measurements by age found at fiber-images.com It tells how many inches the chest, armhole depth, wrist, upper arm circumference etc. I have a few questions though.
How do I figure out where I should start the armhole since the chart does not list a total length of garment for the age? The Back to Waist length only measures to the waist, so do you add another like 2 inches so it hits the hips? My last one I just measured a shirt for a 2 yr old and knitted that many inches before starting the armhole.
Is there a general rule for how many stitches you decrease for the armhole shaping? I did one sweater where I decreased every RS row 5 times then knit even till proper length. Another sweater I decreased only 2 times then knit straight up for a different effect.
Is there a rule for shaping the sleeves? Once you start the decreasing at the raglan edge how do you figure out how many inches to knit and how much to decrease? I’ve just winged it with the last two sweaters… one I had to take out quite a few rows because it was too long, the other worked but I had made it a little too long and it was not matching up one for one when sewing it up so I had to double up on some.
Lastly, is there a general guideline for when to start binding off in the middle for the neck in relation to the armhole? Last sweater (the blue one below) I just started like 3/4 of the way up since I wanted a straight line across the neck. It looks really nice but it seems like it could be a bit too low.
I appreciate any ideas here. I’ve been doing it myself with trial and error and writing down my patterns so I can tweak them, but I just wondered if anyone had any tips so it would make it easier for me. Here are some pictures of sweaters I have knit for my daughter. The blue cable one is completely my design. I am also designing the purple one with the lace trim.
Thanks for any help!