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Old 03-29-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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Modifying a sweater pattern?
I really want to make a jacket for myself, but can't seem to find a pattern that is just what I want.

My requirements are that the jacket be tunic length, meaning it hits the hips or upper thigh, has pockets and the sleeves are long enough to hit just past the wrist. Oh, and a means to close it, either buttons or a zipper.

I've been searching through Ravelry and can't seem to find what I want. I bought some DK weight yarn (84% acrylic and 16% wool), ten balls worth. Each ball is 253 yards, which would mean I would have a total of 2530 yards of yarn. Plenty to make the sweater with.

Surly modifying an existing pattern can't be hard? I'll look on Ravelry for a pattern that mostly has what I want, and is free so it can easily be seen by all of you.

EDITED TO ADD: I found a promising jacket, this one: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pa...d=5071&lang=us

However, it doesn't have pockets. Is it easy to add pockets to this jacket, as it looks like the body is mostly in stockinette stitch.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:06 PM   #2
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General thoughts:
I think the easiest thing would be to find a top-down sweater that you like and go from there.

A cardigan would be easiest (fewer alterations), but you could use a pull-over sweater too and either knit it open/flat (like a cardigan) or steek it afterwards.

Once you get to the bottom hem, where you are supposed to stop, just keep going till you get the length you desire. You may also want to add a little flare (slight increase) over the extra length.

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Re: The pattern you choose:
It may be difficult to add pockets to such a loose weave. You would have to line the pockets if you worked in that gauge and even then, when you put stuff in the pockets they would probably really sag.
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Have you made a sweater before? Modifying for a first one should IMO be kept to a minimum. I also think top down is a good idea. Are you OK with raglan sleeves?
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No, I haven't made a sweater before. I guess its back to looking for patterns...
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:59 PM   #5
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Here are some possibilities. All are free and found on Ravelry. You can always use the directions for creating pockets from one pattern and insert them on another.

Without pockets...
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/harvest-10
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/iced
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...nky-cardigan-2
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...lpaca-cardigan

With pockets...
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fezziwig
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...keted-cardigan
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I really like the Fezzwig pattern, but I ordered 3-dk weight yarn, not bulky.

Here is the yarn I ordered: http://www.craftsy.com/supplies/debb...adow-yarn/3341
Its the Missoula color, aka pink with flecks of blue and yellow in it.

I am thinking more and more that I should just make a nice afghan or something out of it.
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I really like the Fezzwig pattern, but I ordered 3-dk weight yarn, not bulky.
You could make Fezzwig with DK yarn (lighter weight sweater/jacket), or even DK yarn held double (close to pattern), just adjust for your gauge.
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So, after knitting a swatch, I'd just have to do the math to adjust for the gauge? I'll do that instead of knitting with two strands of yarn at once. I'd be worried about running out of yarn that way, seeing as I would be using 2x the yarn at once.
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So, after knitting a swatch, I'd just have to do the math to adjust for the gauge? I'll do that instead of knitting with two strands of yarn at once. I'd be worried about running out of yarn that way, seeing as I would be using 2x the yarn at once.
Yes.

The pattern may be something like 4sts/inch.
You may get something like 6sts/inch.

You then would need to adjust all the st counts for your gauge.
Given st count / 4 = Y x 6 = New st count.

Any measurement (i.e. knit till work measures Z") would stay the same.

Check to make sure you have about the same total yardage as called for in the pattern and you should be fairly close to haiving what you need. Good news, if you work top-down you can stop when your yarn runs out.

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