View Full Version : HELP with sizing a sweater based on old sweater

11-06-2007, 12:45 PM
I'm knitting a simple V-neck cardigan for my husband using an alpaca/silk/camel/cashmere blend yarn. The swatch gave me 18sts/4in on size 6 needles.

He has this old ratty stretched-out ready-to-wear medium-gauge cotton pullover and he says he wants the new sweater to fit like that one does. I measured the circumference of the old sweater at the chest, and then I calculated stitch count for that circumference, and then I subtracted 10% to get the stitch count for the ribbed lower edge. To start knitting I went down to size 3 for the ribbing, because I am a loose knitter and I always go down that much for the ribbing, because if I don't it looks stupidly fatter than the stocking stitch above.

So now I see this edge is really going to pull in, and that's probably what he doesn't want. When I compare it to the cotton sweater, it looks tiny. I think he wants a sweater that fits like it's already stretched out from years of wear, like the old cotton one.

Can I get some suggestions? Should I use some other kind of edge instead of ribbing? How can I make a looser fitting edge without going up on the needle size and getting a swollen-looking rib, which I HATE.

11-06-2007, 02:02 PM
I think if you're going to use a smaller needle for the ribbing, you don't need to subtract 10% of the sts. Use one or the other. And yeah, he probably does want that relaxed fit, but since the old sweater's cotton the new one isn't going to stretch out like that. Measure the waistband on the old sweater and use that for the ribbing. Also, maybe go up to size 4s for the ribbing, it'll still be smaller than the 6s you use for the sweater.

11-06-2007, 05:32 PM
thanks sue
I will start over on 4s, higher stitch count.

11-06-2007, 11:10 PM
Knit up some sample ribbing on those 4s to figure your sts/inch though. Then figure how many inches you'll need to match the ribbing on the old sweater.