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Old 09-08-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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Aran shawl collar & raglan sleeves
Hi there - I posted a couple of days ago about wool weight for a traditional aran jumper, which Ingrid kindly answered...but the saga continues, and I haven't even knitted a stitch yet!!

My next problem is that my boyfriend (for whom I am embarking on this labour of love) has turned his nose up at all the traditional fishermans' shirt patterns in my book (Sheilagh Hollingworth's Traditional Aran Knitting) and begged me to go "off-piste" and knit him a version of a child size pattern - with cables of his choosing from the stitch library!! Flattered though I am by this vote of confidence in my abilities (and not to say interest in my hobby), I am a little daunted - I have never knitted aran before, let alone designed a whole sweater!!

However, the book does give good advice on creating your own pattern and compensating for the different tensions of the cables, so I think I can adapt one of the man size jumpers up to a point...But the other features he particularly likes on the child's pattern are the raglan sleeves and shawl collar - of which there are no adult examples in the book and no advice on how to incorporate them into a design. I have looked everywhere online to find a new pattern, but can't find anything that approximates what he wants....

So, to come to the point - does anyone have any advice on how, armed with my graph paper, I might go about working out raglan decreases and a shawl collar? Would it be naive to suppose I can take his measurements and then increase all the stitch counts in the child's sweater he likes by the ratio of the difference between the two sizes? or are children's clothes a slightly different shape to adults?

Any help and pearls of wisdom on this would be greatly appreciated!!


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Old 09-08-2006, 03:51 PM   #2
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Yikes! I personally wouldn't attempt changing a child's pattern to a man's size, but that's just me.

What I'd do is look here to start and find a style of sweater that I'd want and then add cables and such. Or find a less fussy boyfriend.

You can also go to the different yarn websites and take a look at their pattern books--or go to a lys and look at patterns.
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