It seems when knitting something like a sweater, us knitters are thrilled when we can say, "it fits!" Even if "fitting" is used very generally, its exciting when you (or the recipient) can actually wear it. In designing it seems that every time I get a little better at knowing how a piece will fit before I make it. My last sweater, however, was just wrong.... neck hole? Way too gaping. Sleeves? Too long. Armpits? Saggy. :( I do know now what I need to change to make it right, so the pattern is saved. But how to make sure it will fit from the start?
Vogue suggests: Drawing your panels onto knitting graph paper, cutting the panels out, tracing them onto cotton fabric, cutting out the fabric panels, and basting them all together and trying the piece on. Doesn't fit? Try again. This would have made my measurement problems clear before I even cast-on. But I still can't imagine taking the time to do all that. I figure, the more I try the better it will get (which is mostly true so far). Planning is maybe the most important part, but how far does that have to go? As usual with knitting it seems the more professional you want to be, the more steps and the more time it will take.
Does anyone actually do that panel tracing/cutting/basting/fitting?