To use a pattern we first need to understand all the markings and terms! All patterns include markings as part of the directions. There are symbols and abbreviations used so its easier to condense information. To use patterns accurately we need to understand the basic and common markings and terms.
These lines are what make up the shape of the pattern. Since there are many different sizes included in most patterns, the lines will either be different colors, or different dashed lines. Some patterns have the sizes listed on the lines at random places like the one above, and some just have the size key to refer to. Many patterns are nested in a way which makes it easy to grade between sizes for those of us who don’t fit into one size! Pick the size you fit in and cut the pattern on that dashed line. Sometimes it is beneficial, if the lines are not in color, to mark your size in a different color to make cutting easier.
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