When I first started designing patterns, I sometimes struggled to figure out the correct sizing for various pieces. After some research and much trial and error, I’ve collected a set of guidelines that I now use routinely when designing a pattern. I’m happy to share them with you and will post them in the Tips & Tricks section of my blog for future reference too.
The chart below is written in inches, however, I’m sure it will be a quick conversion for my metric friends.
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Hi – thank you so much for this chart. Can I check, you’re using these as body measurements, not finished garment sizes? They are off by a couple of inches compared to yarn council measurements, so I was thinking you had already factored in ease. Wanted to check. It is really hard to find a reliable set of standard baby measurements!
Yes, I use these as body measurements based on my own experience. You are right, they are slightly different from Yarn Council. I generally use their measurements as a starting point and tweak as I need to.
thank you for this great chart!
You are welcome!
Valkyrja Vakre says
Bless your heart, I love your sizing chart. I’m not a crotcheter but I sew and I’m always trying to make my own patterns and styles, it’s such a hassle to look up each time and age- you’re awesome!
Aww thanks! I’m glad you find it useful.
Great size chart. Still wondering are these actual body or garment size?
I use these as body measurements and then add an inch or two for ease depending upon the look of the garment. Again these are just a guideline as babies vary greatly at the same age. It is always best to measure the recipient if you can.
Phyl Andrew says
Thank you so much for this info. I am trying to crochet a romper for my soon to be born great granddaughter but have no infant around to take measurements from. Would you happen to know how many inches it is from the crotch area to the shoulder? Thank you for any help you are able to give.
I’m sorry, I don’t have that measurement.
Thank you so much for this post!! I have been looking for a sizing chart to no avail until now. 🙂
Glad to help!
aiz lee says
hi i’m from the philippines and i found this chart searching on google images.
it matched my 2 mo. old baby. her size was in between ur newborn and 3mo. size.
so i don’t have to keep on measuring her anymore.
You are welcome!
Hey! How helpful this was for me I make baby clothes for the new arrivals in my family and I never feel confident that they’ll fit (I’ve made clothes for both baby spider monkeys and baby t-rex’s not meaning to) arms never worked out for me. This’ll be my go to chart from now on I printed A copy for my crochet binder your the best
That’s great, I hope you find it very useful.
Fantastic experience of learning after reading your blog. Thank you dear for these tips and tricks. This chart will help me to make my new dress.
Hi! Thank you for this very helpful chart! I am working on an newborn dress summer dress. The tube top of the dress begins right under the arms and should go to about the knee. Your chart says 11inches for a knee length dress but I was curious where that measurement began. Is it the base of the neck or the underarm?
The measurement would be from the base of the neck.
Sapphire Shah says
Hello, thank u for sharing this chart its very helpful but, i just have a question can these measurements be used in making patterns from non-stretchy fabric?
Yes, you can use the same measurements as guidelines however, your ease will have to be adjusted based on your fabric type.
Hi! Thank you so much for theses charts! I have been searching forever for something like this. Can you tell me if these measurements are for finished products or these are the actual measurements of the body?
These are body measurements, you should allow ease depending upon the garment being made.
Is the back to waist from the bottom of the neck? Thanks.
Yes it is.
I startet to crochet baby dresses and sine i have no little girs i have some problems wits sizes. I’ve been searching for a size chart for so long… this is the best. Still i have a question. I dont’t know how many chains or cm (maby inches) are needed at the begining of the dress (around the neck). could you help me please?
Hi Dana, I’m glad you find my chart useful. As for beginning chains, it will differ based on yarn/hook you are using plus style and design. You may want to consider taking a class on garment construction to assist. But as a general rule, I start out with enough chains to achieve the final measurement that I need. Hope that helps.
I have a similar question.
On the chart it says neck width is 3″ for newborn, can the dress slide through the baby’s head? Will it not be too small?
Do apologise for my rather stupid question, but I’m still confused.
The neck width refers to the size of the opening (across from one side to the other) when the item is laying flat, it does not refer to the circumference around the neck. Hope that helps.
Thank you! I have been knitting and crocheting for newborn charities since I retired 20 years ago and this is slightly different from the chart I have been using, which is an inch or more less than yours. I have felt that some of the sweaters and socks were a little too small and now I am sure of it! Woe is me! Thank you for your work in putting this chart together!
Oh thank you for the nice words. I hope the chart works well for you.
Wooohooo!!!!! Thank you so much !
Lisa Christmas says
Just what I needed… My baby-wear line thanks you 🙂
Rebecca Zicarelli says
This knit-wear designer thanks you from the bottom of my heart! I have every book ever published about knitting design. They don’t have size charts. And the craft-yarn council’s charts don’t have neck measurements. I’m working on a deadline, and due to your generosity, I’ll meet it. I’m really grateful.
OH I’m so happy to hear that. I love that you find the charts useful. Thank you for commenting.
do you have this for older children also…this is great thank you
Yes, I posted an additional set for Toddler and Kids this week as well. Check the Tips & Tricks section of my blog page!
Carol Pina says
I think it is wonderful that you are allowing us to use this chart. I am sure it will take a lot of guess work away. love Carol
I’m glad you think it is useful!
Gillian Fazakerley says
thankyou so much 🙂
Wow! This is a great chart. Especially if you want to resize a pattern. Thanks for your efforts to make creating that much easier.
You are very welcome. I’m thrilled you think it is useful!
Gill Banks says
Thank you, it will be very useful 🙂
ELK Studio - Handcrafted Crochet Designs says
I love this tool! Will definitely use this in the future!
Thanks Kathy, it was good to put it together from all the scraps of paper I collected over time!
You are very welcome. I will have more coming over the next few days – stay tuned!
Squirrel Picnic says
What a wonderful resource you have provided. Thank you so much for sharing this!