What Are Schemat­ics For?

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One of the most of­ten glossed-over as­pects of a pat­tern seems to be the schemat­ics or the out­line draw­ing of the piece. This handy sec­tion of the pat­tern, how­ever, can be the magic in­gre­di­ent to a suc­cess­ful knit.

Pat­tern schemat­ics are the blue­print of your knit­ting project, giv­ing you the per­fect vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what to ex­pect. What are you look­ing for when you ex­am­ine this sup­pos­edly plain out­line? • Di­rec­tion of the knit­ting • Fi­nal mea­sure­ments for ev­ery as­pect of the gar­ment • Shap­ing el­e­ments • Whether it is knit­table and wear­able for YOU First things first: Schemat­ics are read ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tion of knit­ting and, along all of the edges, you’ll find the fin­ished di­men­sions for each size. For sweaters that are knit flat, the im­age usu­ally shows each piece that is to be seamed, though some­times you may find the front and back su­per­im­posed (if they are iden­ti­cal). In the photo ex­am­ple, you’ll no­tice the sweater is knit from the bot­tom up and in pieces to be seamed. Cir­cu­lar projects don’t usu­ally show sep­a­rate gar­ment pieces and ex­hibit the cir­cum­fer­ences in­stead of the widths.

The mea­sure­ments listed serve to help you to ver­ify the proper fit, and the more schematic mea­sure­ments in­di­cated, the bet­ter you’ll be able to un­der­stand the fi­nal gar­ment. Typ­i­cally, the mea­sure­ments listed are be­fore any seam­ing, but al­ways in­di­cate the fin­ished (soaked, blocked and dried) sizes; do not count your hot-off-the­nee­dles num­bers.

Now, no­tice the shape of things -- is there waist shap­ing? Straight or curved arm­holes? Nar­row shoul­der width? Each of th­ese el­e­ments gives you a quick glance at what to ex­pect long be­fore you pick out the yarn. If you are some­one who doesn’t like a high waist, the schematic will en­able you to rule the pat­tern out be­fore­hand (or play with some math to change it for your pref­er­ences). Ex­am­ine the mea­sure­ments for your size: does the hip or sleeve cir­cum­fer­ence look com­fort­able? Would you like some­thing that is more of a tu­nic-length sweater or a deeper arm­hole depth?

At this point, you get to make all of the de­ci­sions! You can make changes to suit your pref­er­ences (for ex­am­ple, work a shorter length in the hips to bring the waist down). Start by choos­ing the size that has the best fit in the shoul­ders, arm­holes and neck ar­eas, sim­ply be­cause they can be the hard­est parts to tweak. From there, ad­just the width on ev­ery­thing be­low the arm­holes to suit your size.

Es­sen­tially, the schematic draw­ing gives you ev­ery­thing you need to know for a beau­ti­ful, per­fectly fit­ting piece, so start there, and ev­ery­thing else will fall into place.

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