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Old 11-08-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Help with increasing a blanket patten. Please help
I hope someone can help and save a lot of brain ache. I am quite new to knitting, just knit the odd thing here n there, I have been off work for a while due to long term sickness and decided to take up knitting again. I have found a pattern in a book for a blanket that I wanted to follow. I however want to make it bigger, currently measures 100cm and wanted to make it 150cm wide. I have absolutely no idea how to do this, I thought it would be simple but after a lot of trying and trying to work things out I really don't know what I am doing and keep ruining the patten in it. I know the obvious answer would be increase size of yarn and needles but I want to keep wool and needles the same. The patten is as follows-
Cast on 175 sts
Knit 5 rows
Row 1. (Rs) k7, [p1,k7], to last 8 sts, p1,k7
Row 2. K3,p3, [k1,p1,k1,p5] to last 9 sts, k1,p1,k1,p3,k3
Row 3. K5, [p1,k3] to last 6 sts, p1, k5
Row 4. K3, p1, [k1, p5, k1, p1] to last 3 sts, k3
Row 5. K3, p1, [k7, p1] to last 3 sts k3
Row 6. Same as row 4
Row 7. Same as row 3
Row 8. Same as row 2
Keep going till long enough, the knit 5 rows

Then the other side, the second blanket (it's a reversible one) is -
Cast on 175 sts
K 5 rows
Row 1. (Rs) k3, [p1, k7] to last 4 sts, p1, k3
Row 2. K3, [p7, k1] to last 4 sts, p1,k3
Row 3. K5, [p1, k7] to last 10 sts, p1, k9
Row 4. K3, p5, [k1, p7] to last 7 sts, k1, p3, k3
Row 5. K7, [p1, k7] to end
Row 6. K3, p3, [k1,p7] to last 9 sts, k1, p5, k3
Row 7. K9, [p1,k7] to last 6 sts, p1, k5
Row 8. K3, p1, [k1,p7] to last 3sts k3
Keep going till long enough then knit 5 rows

I'm using Aran wool and size 4.5mm circular kneedles. Just as I said I wanted to make it bigger by an extra half, thereabouts 150cm but don't want to change wool or kneedle size. I really hope someone can help. As I said I'm new to knitting and really don't know how I would do it without ruining the patten. Hope there is someone that can help. Thanks
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