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lynnruth 06-06-2009 09:37 AM

converting straight needle pattern to circular needles
I am in the process of side seaming a knitted sundress for my grandaughter and remembering how much I dislike sewing up seams. It is a LIon Brand pattern # 70238AD made in Cotton Ease. Cute pattern but I am thnking it would have been much easier to make in the round. I always use circualr needles anyway, but was wondering if there is a "how to guide" to help one convert a pattern written for straight needles over to knitting in the round up to the armhole shaping -- I was told if you CO the same number of stitches the flat pattern suggests your garment comes out too big. Also this pattern is A-line and calls for decreases at the beginning and end of each row periodically -- can you do that when knitting in the round or do you decrease your stitches evenly around the row? any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

ittybittypretty 06-06-2009 09:50 AM

You want to CO 4 less stitches (because those 4 stitches you loose when you sew it up). For example you loose two stitches when you sew up the right side of the dress, and two stitches when you dew up the left side, so a total of 4.

You want to keep the decreases in the same position-so put in an extra stitch marker exactly half the distance from your marker that marks the beginning of the round in order to mark the invisible sides where the front and back "come together" (use a different color maker so you can distinguish between the two). Using the markers this way will help to see that your knitting is still divided into two parts- the front and the back, and that you still follow the pattern for each of the respective parts.

Hope that helps.

lynnruth 06-06-2009 10:00 AM

Yes, thank you that helps very much.

suzeeq 06-06-2009 10:41 AM

It really won't come out that much large if you keep the 4 sts in, maybe an inch. So for a child's garment they'll grow into it.

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