Ladies 8 School Sweater Pattern

Wizard School Uniform Sweater

"How do I compare misses sizes to a junior sizes? I really don't know which I should order or which size would be a better fit."

Get out your measuring tape because there is a difference between each size range. The questions here is how does a Misses size compare to a Junior size.

In an earlier post, we covered the differences between the two size ranges but here are the measurements to determine specifically which Junior size comes closest to an "8" in the Misses size range.

There is one other factor which can throw off all "sizing" and measurements - how generous the manufacturer is in their idea of sizing. The easiest way to put it is this...when it comes to comparing sizes, the more expensive the brand, the more true to size and the more generous the wearing ease.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try on various sweaters of the same size but from different labels and manufacturers? Try it sometimes - you will be amazed.

Let's start by comparing Misses sizes to Junior sizes.

The difference is not just in the finished measurements. You can also tell the difference in the construction and finishing method. The high end garments will be full fashioned (individual garment pieces are made separately then assembled) rather than completed using the cut and sew method.

The big ticket items also provide you with more wearing ease above and beyond the design ease.

Please note that the measurements given below are your actual measurements not the finished measurements of the garment itself.

Also, the style of a garment will affect how it fits - outerwear [jackets, vests, coats and cardigans] has varying amounts of added wearing ease - they are designed to be layered over other garments.

Certain sweater styles have "negative" wearing other words they are literally smaller than your actual body measurements.

With the Ladies 8 School Sweater pattern, Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear adds another standard size knitting pattern to our growing collection of free knitting patterns for wizard school uniforms.

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The Ladies size 8, along with the Ladies size 10 school sweater, is one of our most requested sizes - both in a custom-made and standard size wizard school sweater. These two sizes represent our MEDIUM range of measurements.

This pattern will fits wizards with an actual bust measurement of 34 inches.

Individual knitting patterns for the Wizard School uniform sweater in other standard sizes will be added to our collection: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large - using this stitch/row gauge and Patons® Classic Merino Wool.

We found the Classic Merino to be quick to knit with a nice soft hand and a weight well suited for layering under wizard student "school" robes.

Our standard sizes are as follows: Extra Small - Sizes 2-4, Small - Sizes 6, Medium - 8-10, Large - 12, X-Large -14, and XX-Large - 16-18.

Ladies 8 Wizard School Sweater

Regular length, V-neck pullover sweater with ribbing at bottom edge. Length can easily be adjusted to suit student. Clasic, full length, set-in sleeves with ribbing at cuffs. V-neck front and shallow back neck trimmed with a single ribbed band.

YARN: Patons Classic Merino Wool; Dark Grey Mix #0225; 100% wool; Hand Wash Lay Flat To Dry.

Stitch and Row Gauge: (Stocking stitch over 4 in = 10 cm): 20.0 sts by 26.0 rows. Body knit on # 7 US needles or size required to achieve gauge Ribbing knit on # 5 US needles or whatever size is required - You want the ribbing to be knit on needles at least 2 sizes smaller than the needles used for the body of the sweater.

FINISHED Measurements: (in inches): ... with an "Average" fit [2.3" inches of added wearing ease].

  • Chest: Finished 36.3" [above ribbing]
  • Sweater Ribbing Width: 36.0"
  • Sweater Ribbing Depth: 2.0"
  • Sweater Body Length: 22.4" [to lengthen or shorten sweater, add/substract 6 rows per inch]
  • Total Armhole: 15.8" [7.9" on front/7.9" on back pieces]
  • Width at Top Neck Opening: 6.3"
  • Width at Point of V Neck: 0.3"
  • V-Neck Depth: 6.0"
  • Sleeve Ribbing Width: 7.1"
  • Sleeve Ribbing Depth: 2.0"
  • Sleeve Bottom [above ribbing]: 7.9"
  • Sleeve Top: 12.6"
  • Sleeve Length: 16.6"
  • Back Neck Width: 5.4"
  • Back Width: 13.6"
  • Back Neck Depth: 0.5"
  • Neckband Depth: 1.1"

Note: Read ALL these instructions thoroughly BEFORE starting to knit. There may be sections where there are two shapings to work at the same time (such as necklines or waist shaping).

BACK: 1. Cast on 92 stitches on size 5 needles. Work in Knit 1,Purl 1 ribbing for 2.0 inches. Increase 1 stitch evenly across the row to 93 sts total. 2. Change to size 7 needles and Stocking stitch. Work even until piece measures 12.0 inches (78 rows), excluding hem. 3. Armhole shaping. Cast off 5 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of every alternate row for 14 rows until 69 sts remaining. Continue until armhole measures 8.0 ins (52 rows), with 69 sts remaining. 4. Shape neck. Work both sides at the same time. Work 21 sts. Slip the next 27 sts to a holder. With a second ball of yarn, work remaining 21 sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge every row twice, until 19 sts remain. 5. At the same time, when armhole measures 8.0 ins (row 52), start shoulder shaping. 6. Shoulder shaping. Cast off 9 sts at armhole edge, then cast off 10 sts at armhole edge.


1-2 Follow steps 1 and 2 as for back.

3. Armhole. Dec for armhole at both ends, as for back. Continue until armhole measures 2.5 ins (16 rows), with 69 sts remaining.

4. Divide for neck. Work both sides at the same time. Work 34 sts. With a second ball of yarn, cast off next 1 sts and work remaining 34 sts.

5. Shape neck. Dec 1 st at neck edge of next row, then every 2nd row 8 times, then every 3rd row 6 times, until 19 sts remain.

6. Work even until armhole measures 8.0 ins (52 rows).

7. Shoulder shaping. Cast off as for back.


1. Cast on 37 sts on size 5 needles. Work in K1P1 ribbing for 2.0 ins. Inc 5 sts evenly across the row to 42 sts total.

2. Change to size 7 needles and Stocking stitch.

3. Inc 1 st at each end of every 8th row 11 times to 64 sts (88 rows total, excluding hem).

4. Work even until sleeve measures 14.6 ins (96 rows), excluding hem.

5. Shape cap. Cast off 5 sts at beg of next two rows (54 sts rem). Dec 1 st at each end of every 2nd row 6 times, then dec 1 st at each end of every 3rd row 6 times, then dec 1 st at each end of every 2nd row 5 times. Cast off remaining 20 sts loosely.
SHOULDER SEAMS: 1. Sew fronts to back along shoulder seams.


--- by hand on size 5 needles. Worked in 2 pieces.

1. With right side of work facing, pick up and work (starting at bottom of front neck) 33 sts from right front neck edge, 3 sts from right back neck edge and 13 sts from back neck holder to center. Total 49 sts.

2. Work 1.1 ins (10 rows) in K1P1 ribbing.

3. Cast off loosely.

4. Work the left side the same way as the right, picking up the back neck sts first.

FINISHING Your Sweater: 1. Sew sleeve top to armhole, easing to fit. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew any remaining seams.

2. Darn/weave/sew in all loose ends.

AMOUNT OF YARN REQUIRED TO MAKE GARMENT: THIS IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE ONLY. Measure a sample piece for a more accurate calculation. We always purchase an extra skein or two to be on the safe side.

Amount needed:

13.8 ounces for body and sleeves 1.6 ounces for ribbing and/or hems 0.4 ounces for neckband 15.8 Ounces

TOTAL NOTES: We cannot emphasize the importance of using whatever size of knitting needle are required to acheive the given stitch and row gauge. Every knitter knits differently!

Pattern designed and edited by: Hobbie's House Designs @ Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear with KNITWARE DESIGN (Version 2.50.2) from Morningdew Consulting; Services Ltd, Victoria, BC CANADA; ph: (250)652-4097 fax: (250)652-5285 web: email:

Ladies 8 School Sweater Pattern