03-17-2008, 05:10 AM #1 Knitter in South Korea Ribbing the Cuff     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: Seoul, South Korea Posts: 35 Thanks: 9 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post Increasing Size Question I've seen some cute stuff, but, alas, I'm not a model, so they don't fit. Is there a way to correctly increase the number of stitches to increase the size of a garment? Like a formula or (please god) a calculator online?

 03-17-2008, 01:45 PM #2 DorothyDot Knitting the Flap     Join Date: Sep 2007 Posts: 416 Thanks: 143 Thanked 157 Times in 136 Posts In patterns where they give several sizes, say small-medium-large, you can subtract the number of stitches for the smaller size from the number of stitches in the next-larger size and get a number. Do this for each size larger, and you'll see a pattern. For example, maybe each size adds 6 stitches on to what the next-smaller size calls for. Then you can take the largest size and add that differential [6 stitches in our example] to the stitches at that same step. This would give you, say, the equivalent of an extra-large. Want an extra-extra-large? Double the differential [in our example, it'd be 12 stitches]. And so on. Just be sure to keep verifying the differences between the number of stitches at every step in your pattern - 6 stitches for casting-on, 4 stitches for armhole decrease, etc. - so you keep the same width dimensions. And the length-wise measurements likely stay the same, of course. Dot __________________ My words sell the Magic of a Dream
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 03-17-2008, 04:30 PM #3 Knitter in South Korea Ribbing the Cuff     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: Seoul, South Korea Posts: 35 Thanks: 9 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post Thanks! I thought that would work, but I was hoping for a calculator or something since I don't trust myself with math. I'll just keep track of everything I guess. Now I can make that awesome dress I saw in Knit.1!
 03-17-2008, 08:39 PM #4 Plantgoddess+ Working the Gusset   Join Date: Apr 2007 Location: Eastern Washington Posts: 1,734 Thanks: 284 Thanked 569 Times in 512 Posts This was all I could find amongst my links, you need to download the software to your computer. It's freeware. __________________ "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead Last edited by Plantgoddess+ : 03-17-2008 at 08:45 PM. Reason: corrext url
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 03-18-2008, 12:56 AM #5 cam90066 Working the Gusset   Join Date: Jan 2006 Location: Los Angeles Posts: 1,721 Thanks: 73 Thanked 542 Times in 485 Posts This site has a small, free program that allows you to input your old size/gauge info and your new numbers and it'll calc the changes for you. I've used it many times and very helpful for redesigning. cam __________________ Keeping to the knitting basics
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 03-18-2008, 07:22 AM #6 Knitter in South Korea Ribbing the Cuff     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: Seoul, South Korea Posts: 35 Thanks: 9 Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post Wow, thanks guys! I'll download them as soon as I get home!
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 Originally Posted by DorothyDot In patterns where they give several sizes, say small-medium-large, you can subtract the number of stitches for the smaller size from the number of stitches in the next-larger size and get a number. Do this for each size larger, and you'll see a pattern. For example, maybe each size adds 6 stitches on to what the next-smaller size calls for. Then you can take the largest size and add that differential [6 stitches in our example] to the stitches at that same step. This would give you, say, the equivalent of an extra-large. Want an extra-extra-large? Double the differential [in our example, it'd be 12 stitches]. And so on. Just be sure to keep verifying the differences between the number of stitches at every step in your pattern - 6 stitches for casting-on, 4 stitches for armhole decrease, etc. - so you keep the same width dimensions. And the length-wise measurements likely stay the same, of course. Dot
I was wondering the same thing..I am trying to "work" a sweater for a "toddler" working from a "baby" pattern...I keep going up a few sizes in needles, but that's making the pattern look funky..So if the pattern gives you the measurements do you have to "play around" with the finished measurements too? or just work with the given stitch numbers? Thanks

 03-21-2008, 11:25 PM #8 DorothyDot Knitting the Flap     Join Date: Sep 2007 Posts: 416 Thanks: 143 Thanked 157 Times in 136 Posts You would need to stay reasonably close to the same size needle and same weight yarn. The dimensions would have to be adapted to a toddler's body - longer waist, longer sleeves, etc. As well as the width/number of stitches. Depends a lot on the pattern stitch, as well as the differential between the given sizes. Another thought would be to find a very basic toddler pattern with about the same size needles and yarn weight - then adapt that to your little precious one. Dot __________________ My words sell the Magic of a Dream
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 Originally Posted by DorothyDot You would need to stay reasonably close to the same size needle and same weight yarn. The dimensions would have to be adapted to a toddler's body - longer waist, longer sleeves, etc. As well as the width/number of stitches. Depends a lot on the pattern stitch, as well as the differential between the given sizes. Another thought would be to find a very basic toddler pattern with about the same size needles and yarn weight - then adapt that to your little precious one. Dot
Thanks for the input..problem is I can not (for the life of me) find a basic long sleeved "shrug"(short length) no button front, one needle pattern,so I am trying to adapt this one: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60806A.html to fit. She is a very petite 6 year old with small dimensions so I upped the needle to 10....

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