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I know, it's time consuming and frustrating, but one of the only ways to ensure that your crocheted garment is going to fit properly is to take lots of measurements as you work. And, as the Knitting Guru here at Lifetips recommends, you should use a ruler (or metal measuring tape) instead of the regular cloth measuring tape because you want an accurate reading. Over time, cloth measuring tapes stretch, so an inch is no longer an inch!