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Old 03-04-2014, 05:26 PM   #1
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turn a sweater pattern into a sweater dress?
Ok, I'm back! I tried to figure this out on my own and it came out way too big for me so I have now ripped out all my stitches up to the end of the sweater pattern minus the ribbing.

This is the sweater pattern I am using:

A. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...womans-sweater

I then found this pattern and applied the math to the pattern I was using, but the skirt part came out way too big for my size:

B. http://interunet.com/how-to-knit-a-w...2%80%99s-dress

So I ripped all those rows out and went back to do some more reasearch and found this page:

C. http://www.ehow.com/how_6740067_knit-skirt.html

This is the tool I used to figure out my increses and decreases. I used the uneven versions:

D. http://www.thedietdiary.com/knitting...enlySpace.html

I understand the directions, just not sure how to incorporate this into the pattern I am working so that I don't end up ripping out a lot of rows again.

Ok, I just got done figuring out all the math from the link posted as C.

The stitch count in link C. is less than the stitch count I have when I stopped the pattern in link A. before trying to turn it into a skirt.

So, now i am thinking that I take the math in link C. and apply it to the stitches I have on my needle from link A. using link D. to figure out when to decrease so that the number of stitches on my needle is the same number of stitches I need to cast on in link C.

Is this correct or am I way off? Hope this makes sense!

Thanks in advance for any help that can be provided!

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Old 03-05-2014, 12:43 AM   #2
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I think I maybe on the right track now. I used the link above to find the number of stitches I need for my waist and hips and just applied the numbers to the sweater pattern.

Hopefully this will work out.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:03 AM   #3
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It sounds like you've figured it out. I couldn't see the link to the sweater pattern but it seems to me that figuring out the hip measurement becomes the most important if you're converting a sweater to a dress. You can use what you've already knit as a gauge swatch to tell you how many sts/inch you're getting and calculate the hips, waist and bust from there, depending on the ease that you want in the dress.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:52 AM   #4
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The sweater is a top down pattern so I knitted the sweater to right above my waistline

I then figured out how many stitches I need for my waist and hips by using the gauge I made and taking my measurements.

I will try it on again when I start the hip section...........still knitting the waist right now.

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Old 03-05-2014, 11:17 AM   #5
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What kind of dress are you wanting to knit? I can't see the first link either.
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:53 PM   #6
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Sorry ladies! Didn't realize you would have to b a member of Ralvery in order to see the pattern.

Nothing fancy just a dress to wear around the house.
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Your link gives the message, "Uh oh! Sherbert couldn't find your page." I think all of us are members at Ravelry.
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Your link gives the message, "Uh oh! Sherbert couldn't find your page." I think all of us are members at Ravelry.
Yeah, same here. (I've been a member for years)
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:45 PM   #9
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So sorry! I did something wrong somewhere but the pattern is called learn to knit a womans sweater by staci perry.
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Likely this one:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...womans-sweater
Thanks for the pattern name. it helps to see the photos.
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