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Old 11-03-2007, 11:54 AM   #1
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increasing the size of a pattern.
I have found a pattern of a sweater I would like to knit for myself, but it only comes in certain sizes. I would like to know if anyone can help me to figure out how to increase the size, and how figure out how many stitches i would need to add to make the size bigger.
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:28 PM   #2
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How much larger than the largest size do you want to increase it? Just a bit or a lot? If just a bit you can usually ascertain the ratio between the existing sizes (example: CO 80 sts for sm, 90 for med, 100 for lg....thus the diff is 10 and an xlg would need CO of 110). That's just a rough gauge.

If you know your gauge and the number of inches you want the final item, you can input the respective info into this quick and easy program:

and it'll compute new numbers for you. Make sure to utilize the 'Shaping' option for necklines, incs/decs on fronts/backs, armholes, etc.

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Old 11-03-2007, 01:26 PM   #3
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You can also use a needle a size or two larger than called for in the pattern.
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