Knitting sweaters measurement

I love knitting and check on patterns but at times when i like a pattern i dont get the right dimensions i want to make. Is there any standard parameter to decide on the measurement of the length, armhole and how to decrease at the neckline etc. In short what ratio to use…

Do you have a pattern you want to alter or are wanting to make your own from scratch?

I know there are books and videos that start from measurements to get the fit you want. In the meantime here’s a few websites that might help.

Basic info at this link with links to Elizabeth Zimmermann’s percentage system.
http://tutorials.knitpicks.com/percentage-system/

Here’s some info about sleeves and armholes

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/FEATknitbynumbers.html

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