Knitting designers and editors get all sorts of questions. But one of the most challenging questions we hear is: “What size should I make?”

Why is this question a challenge? Because the answer is usually “It depends.” How big is the intended wearer of this garment? How do you want the piece to fit? For sweaters, size is determined by considering the size of the body to be clothed, the size options offered by the pattern, and the amount of ease the wearer desires. (We’ll tackle measuring and fit for hats, mittens, and other accessories in the next issue.)