I’m struggling a bit getting started with a sweater pattern. It gives me the chest size measurements to choose which set of measurements to follow, and the actual measurements once the garment is finished and washed. This is what the pattern gives me:
To fit chest sizes 91-97 (102-107) (112-117) (122-127) (132-137) cm/36-38 (40-42) (44-46) (48-50) (52-54) in.
The following measurements are after the garment has been washed.
Actual measurements 108 (116) (127) (135) (143) cm/42 1/2 (45 1/2) (50) (53) (56 1/4) in.
The pattern also gives me two gauges, one before washing and one after washing, for the yarn used in the pattern:
Before wash: 21 stitches and 30 rows, to 10 x 10 cm, over moss stitch and 34-stitch cable panel measures 10cm across, using 4mm needles.
After wash: 21 stitches and 37 rows, to 10 x 10 cm, over moss stitch and 34-stitch cable panel measures 10cm across, using 4mm needles.
The chest sizes I originally planned to knit for were 102-107cm, so I would have been following the second set of measurements. I’m using a different yarn that’s the same weight, and the gauge I got both before and after blocking my swatches is closer to the gauge for after washing. Does this mean that instead of the chest sizes, I should choose the measurements based on the actual measurements as these are for after the garment is washed? I’m worried that if I knit based on the chest size the sweater might be too big.
Thanks, and sorry if this was confusing!