Wizard Wear
Knitting Pattern Collection

"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 ease...in other words they are literally smaller than your actual body measurements.

We thought we'd make it easier for you - and us - to have the wizard wear knitting pattern collection listed on a single page.

Visitors not only have instant access to all current and existing knitting patterns as well as new patterns to be added here over time.

Many of these patterns are written to include fitting details. You also have access to the general hints and tips section to be added to this page as the collection of patterns grows.

Please remember that these knitting patterns are for your personal use only.

The patterns are not for re-sale...neither are the sweaters, vests or cardigans you knit using these patterns. We ask that you kindly observe the copyright regulations.

Right click to download the PDF files.  For statistical purposes, we track downloads of each knitting pattern.  It helps us determine which sizes and styles are popular with visitors.

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Current Wizard Wear Knitting Pattern Collection

  • School Sweater - Miss 10
  • School Sweater - Size 18 months
  • School Sweater - Childs Size 5
  • School Sweater - Childs Size 10
  • School Sweater - Ladies 48
  • Woman's Size 56 School Sweater
  • Patons Classic Wool In A "POA" Color?

    Question: "What type and color yarn did you use for the POA sweater? I'm considering using Paton's Classic Wool in Mercury color."

    Our Answer: After seeing the Mercury shade in person, we quickly came to the conclusion that it is best not to trust the colors of website graphics and photos when selecting yarn - unless you already know what the color actually looks like.

    As a new color (in 2009) in the Patons® Classic Merino wool palette of colors, the choice of "Mercury" is a good choice for a POA styled school sweater. It is darker than the "Grey Mix" but it is not a "charcoal" grey - it is more of a "battleship" grey.

    Nearly every Harry Potter fans has their own idea as to which color is authentic, especially for this sweater/cardigan.

    We use the flat black [for those who are allergic to wool] as it is the closest to the charcoal mix wool yarn we use but with this new color, the POA sweater will look somewhat more authentic than with the lighter heathery gray.

    The COS styled sweaters are knit using Grey Mix [shade #00225].

    Although we do not use worsted weight yarn for our wizard wear sweaters, we do use a flat black acrylic, when we receive a request for the POA style sweater - in acrylic.

    This new color, "Mercury" [shade #77044] is obviously a better choice than black for those who are knitting using a worsted weight yarn.

    Why do we love Classic Wool?

    100% merino wool 100 grams (3-1/2 ounces) 223 yards 4"=20 stitches on size 7 needles

    Dye lotted, Hand wash, dry flat.