Knitware is an easy to use software programme for creating patterns for hand knitters, machine knitters and crocheters. All you need to do is make a tension sample in your desired yarn, type in some numbers, make some choices from the drop down menus and let the software do the rest. Provided you’ve measured your sample correctly your finished garment should be a perfect fit.
I always wash and dry the tension sample in the same way that I will be washing and drying the finished item, then take the measurements afterwards. Doing this you may find that when you first finish the garment it doesn’t fit properly but once you’ve washed and dried it it should be OK.
To determine the correct size to use when making the sweater, measure your bust/chest and use that number as your size. In my case the measurement is 36 inches so in the size data section I would choose ‘standard woman 36’
Moving down to ‘style components’ I would choose the ease style ‘moderate’
Moving down to ‘finished dimensions’ you can see that the actual measurement of the finished garment will be 38.4 inches
Different ‘ease’ choices will give you different garment sizes:
‘Skintight’ makes the finished size 1 inch less than my actual measurement, I imagine that would be very uncomfortable.
‘Tight’ makes the finished garment 1 inch bigger than my actual size which would be quite a snug fit.
‘Comfortable’ makes a lot roomier finished garment
‘Oversized’ would give me a garment that I could probably get lost in!
As you can see, altering the ease style also alters the armhole measurement and the hem width.
Personally, I always choose ‘moderate’ as that gives a finished garment that’s not too tight or too loose. Just play around with it until you find the option that suits you best.
There are a couple of videos in the sidebar on the right that I made a while back showing you how to use Knitware which you may find useful if you’re not quite sure what to do.
(In case you’re wondering, I don’t work for Knitware or have anything to do with the company that makes it, I’m just a very satisfied user trying to encourage others to give it a try.)