I am having trouble with the gauge and sizing for this project [Talia Shaped Vest]. It seems to me that if I cast on the required stitches for the small size and achieve 16 stitches over 4 inches, than I will have a garment that measures 42" inches around the hips and 35" at the bust. 136/16 x4=42 etc.
The math doesn't seem to work out. Is this just that a 2" ease isn't included in the final measurements? If this is correct than, I would make a size small. If it isn't correct, than I would make the medium. I don't know what to choose.
Thank you for your help,
The 16 sts = 4" is the correct gauge for the St st portions, but not the same for Garter and the Lace Panels....
So, the finished measurements take into account the different gauges.
The ease is only maybe 0-2" for this vest. It is meant to be fitted.
If you prefer a little space so you can wear a woven shirt under the vest, then you might wish to use the next size (the M). It may also depend on whether you plan to wear the vest open or closed.
Hope that helps!
P.S. In the Finished Photo Gallery Category of this Blog, you can see some photos of this vest as it's worn - might help you see how you'd like to wear it!