Last night as I was knitting away on my Cable Tunic, it dawned on me that I had not yet tried it on! All this knitting and no confirmation that my garment will actually fit. Eeek! Even though the process can take a little time, it is totally worth it to throw your project on scrap yarn and try it on! There is nothing worse than having to rip back hours of knitting because your garment does not fit!
A good friend of mine gave me an excellent tip about putting your project on scrap yarn: Use a silky or slick feeling yarn. Patons Silk Bamboo is an excellent choice for this (among other things too!!). This way the "scrap" yarn doesn't get hung up while you are threading it through. Also, make sure to use a different color yarn. This comes in handy when you are putting your project back on the needles.
After I am finished putting the entire project on scrap yarn, I like to lay it out on a flat surface and see what the shape is looking like. I then take measurements to make sure I am on target with the schematics provided in the pattern.
Next, I try it on. This is truly the best way to make sure you garment fits correctly. Sure, you can go by measurements, but what if you measured yourself wrong? I also like to measure myself again, just to make sure I am on track.
I have to say, I am really pleased with how the Tunic is fitting so far. For at least the next 5 or 6 pattern repeats I can rest assured that my garment will fit!