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How do you take into account that there's a fair amount of stretch in knit wool? I'm pretty certain that if I ordered a pair of longies using Astrid's actual measurements, they'd fall right off of her. Do folks usually deduct an inch or so from each measurement? Teach me, oh learned ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I never did. Not a wool expert either though but people usually add a little more than actual measurements so they will fit a little longer.<br>
The last time I ordered custom wool i added a little more than I measured and they didnt fall off her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
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I knit wool items to a customer's exact measurements, possibly slightly less through the hips. Some wool stretches more than others--if you aren't sure of measurements, talk to the knitter so everybody's on the same page. The hip measurement definitely has the most give--if you use today's measurement, that same pair will probably work even if the hip size grows two inches, although it might not bounce back for a smaller child (but washing and blocking helps).
 

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I agree, use her exact measurements, though many people add a bit to the rise and inseam so that they last longer.
 

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I try to knit to a customers measurements, but always recommend a little extra for inseam and rise, so there is room to grow. I use the Curly Purly waistband a lot and I always recommend buying a half inch smaller for that so that it fits snugly, since there is no drawstring.<br><br>
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Exactly, what AMy said. If anything you'll probably want to some to the rise/inseam measurements so they fit a little longer.<br><br>
The stretch will give you growing room. Plus you don't want the wool being stretched out when you first get them, they wouldn't have the loose 'jeans' fit, they'd be more of a legging.
 

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It tends to stretch out and not so much up and down (crochet is the opposite). Most wahms I know add to the measurements for growth. You can talk with your wahm about what you want based on your child's growth pattern and build.<br>
Adding 2" everywhere is nice, if your child is likely to be lean and tall then perhaps adding less to the hips is a good idea since that area stretches.
 

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Okay, so what about pre-knit, ready made longies? Astrid's measurements are (roughly) waist 18", rise 18", thigh 12", and inseam 10". The measurements for a pair of large Llamajamas longies are waist 16", rise 20", thigh 11", and inseam 10". the weight range is listed as 25-35 lbs.. Astrid is around 24 lbs.. Would these fit or be too small do you think? I'll probably email the Llamajama mama to ask her opinion but before I do, I'm just trying to gain a better understanding of all the ins and outs of knit wool.
 

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Sounds like they would fit, but probably tighter in the legs like leggings, as opposed to pants. Also, you wouldn't be able to fold the up so she might grow out of them quicker.<br>
But if you ask, she might be able to add on to the inseam for you.
 
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