Am I the only one who has had problems with Debbie Bliss patterns coming out too small for them???? I'm fairly slim round the waist but some of these patterns seem to be designed for catwalk models One example I can thing of is the ballerina cardigan in the Cashmere Collection. It's just TINY.
I made a sweater for my 5 yr old son....St Ives Smock from the Cotton Denim Aran book and it was way too large. I made the smallest size last fall when my son was 4 and it was too large and is perfect for him now. I closely followed the gauge....so I've had quite the opposite experience.
Please note I do love her patterns and this sweater was a pleasure to knit. I'm trying to modify the pattern to fit myself!!!
What I found from Debbie Bliss patterns is that the womens sizes are on the small side but strangely the mens and children sizes are way too big. At least that is my experience after knitted quite a number of children items, one for my husband and two for myself. For children I know look very carefully at the sizes and adapt since both my daughters are quite slim (either take a size smaller for the width and then keep the length etc.). Hope this helped
I believe her kids patterns are designed to be big on purpose - you get more use out of them, for one thing. I checked a couple of her books at the LYS one afternoon, and also found that the sizing on the women's sweaters ran very small. It's highly annoying - especially since the largest size in most of the books was smaller than the average American woman.
I've found that, whether too big or too small for your standard notion of sizing, at least the measurements in Debbie Bliss' patterns are accurate.
This underlines the importance of looking at the measurements (and checking those against the gauge and stich number to see if the measurements themselves are trustworthy) and not the sizes (S,M,L,etc.)