Measurements for Designers: Women's Sizes

I realized this morning that my favorite part of crocheting is the designing aspect. It's so much fun to conceptualize an idea and then see it come to fruition. And what better way to get exactly the thing you want than to design it yourself?

I'm not gonna lie, designing is a lot of work, but the really hard part is making the design available to all sizes. The Craft Yarn Council has been incredibly helpful in this respect, as they have many of the standard measurements needed to create women's garments in sizes XS to 5X. This is a great resource for those looking to design simple things like sweaters and cardigans, but here at Crochet Kitten we tend to dabble in less ordinary designs, and we find ourselves wondering, "How many inches is it from the rib cage to the top of the boob?" We have spent days researching questions such as these.

I wanted to compile all of our findings in one handy place that fellow crochet designers could reference. I will add to it as needed.

Keep in mind these measurements are only intended to serve as a guideline for designers wishing to offer standard sizes. In reality, one should not expect any woman to perfectly fall within all the measurements of any given size. If you are making a garment for a specific special lady, we recommend taking her actual measurements for best results.

Women's Measurements in Inches

Measurement XS S M L 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X
Bust 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54 56-58 60-62
Breast Width
(per breast)
7 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11 11.5 11.5 11.5
Bra Cup Size
(per breast)
Underbust 26 29 32 35 38 41 44 48 52
Cross Back
(shoulder to shoulder)
14-14.5 14.5-15 16-16.5 17-17.5 17.5 18 18 18.5 18.5
Waist 23-24 25-26.5 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-45 46-47 49-50
Hips 33-34 35-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-53 54-55 56-57 61-62
Upper Arm 9.75 10.25 11 12 13.5 15.5 17 18.5 19.5
Wrist 5.75 6.25 6.5 7 7.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5

Measurement XS S M L 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X
Back Waist
(neck to waist)
16.5 17 17.25 17.5 17.75 18 18 18.5 18.5
Breast Height
(rib to top of chest)
7 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11 11.5 11.5 11.5
Bust Dart Height
(rib to mid-bust)
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 6
Armhole Depth 6-6.5 6.5-7 7-7.5 7.5-8 8-8.5 8.5-9 9-9.5 9.5-10 10-10.5
Hip Length
(waist to hip)
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Tunic Length
(waist to mid-thigh)
11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Sleeve Length
(wrist to underarm)
16.5 17 17 17.5 17.5 18 18 18.5 18.5
Total Sleeve
(wrist to shoulder)
23 24 24.5 25.5 26 27 27.5 28.5 29


  1. This is great! thank you for your efforts. I came across your site and couldn't believe it, its' just what I have been looking for, as I do like to design my own patterns, its great to have a size guide to work to.

  2. Wow thank you for the in depth information. This is awesome :)

  3. Thank you so much for this chart! It's such a handy reference. :)

  4. Quick question: so in the 'Underbust' row is that how many chains it is to make that specific cup size?
    Like, do I make 38 chains for a D cup, and 41 chains for a DD, and so on?

    1. That actually depends on the thickness of the yarn you're using, what size hook, what stitch pattern, and your personal tension (if you crochet tightly or loosely). I would recommend working a gauge square in the stitch pattern you're planning to use and measuring how many stitches are in one inch. Then you should be able to figure out how many chains you need to start with. :)

      For more detailed information on measuring gauge, please see this post:

  5. Thank you so much for this!

  6. Thank you so much for this!

  7. This is awesome and exactly what I needed! Thank you!

  8. Thank you thank you! I don't wear bras anymore but I am in the process of making a bralette.

  9. This is great, but I need bigger sizes, 6X and 7X. Is there anyway of getting those measurements too?

    Thank you.

  10. first of all thank you for this amazing sizing chart:),
    i just have a question please i need to know the vertical sizing of the part between the collar bones and under the breast like in a halter top
    thanks alot :)

  11. AnonymousMay 05, 2017

    Hi, thanx for this. How accurate is this though? most people say an a cup size small is 5 inches. i think it's very confusing, this was the only site i have found with any info..