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Old 05-28-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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Sizing up help please
Hi - I'm new to this forum but I have a question that I just can't do myself!
Mum has knitted a gorgeous cardigan for our next door little girl (aged 3) and I really love the design and nothing is available anywhere like it . Does anyone know of anywhere that can size up patterns from little children to big adults!! or even how to do it myself (if it isn't too hard)
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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What is the name of the pattern? If you have a link for it it would help us a lot.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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I can't find a link to the pattern but it's a UK HANDKNITTING . COM PATTERN UKHKA 58

Is there just a simple way of calculating how many stitches / rows etc needed to size up or does anyone do this as a job !
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Looks like it would be this one... http://www.bhkc.co.uk/BHKC%20Pattern...58/ukhka58.jpg

If the original yarn is very thin and the needle size small, you can go up in size. Maybe use a worsted/aran weight and 5 or 5.5mm needles. But whether you do that or just recalculate the pattern, you can take your sts/inch and multiply it by the inches you need to get you to the right size.
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So you want to size it up to an adult size? why not find a plain cardigan and add the picot hem and the lacy ruffle at the chest?

In fact, you may wnt to think twice about the ruffle placement, depending on your size. I cant help but visulize that ruffle being exactly at my bust and sticking out funny, not nearly as attractive as it looks on a baby.
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So you want to size it up to an adult size? why not find a plain cardigan and add the picot hem and the lacy ruffle at the chest?

In fact, you may wnt to think twice about the ruffle placement, depending on your size. I cant help but visulize that ruffle being exactly at my bust and sticking out funny, not nearly as attractive as it looks on a baby.
Exactly what I was thinking. There are many plain sweater patterns that can be made to look very similar...but I'd rethink the ruffle.
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Here's one that has the eyelets - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTsitcomchic.html though they're placed a little higher. You could do those rows right after you join the pieces, then they'd be just above the underarm.
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Here is the link to a photo of the pattern: http://www.bhkc.co.uk/BHKC%20Pattern...58/ukhka58.jpg

I can tell you what I would do, as opposed to trying to convert that exact one-- I'd find a cardigan that is very similar to the basic design on www.knittingpatterncentral.com or www.garnstudios.com and then find a "frill" or ruffle instructions in a design book such as The Harmony Stitches books, or Vogue Stitionaries, make one as long as the chest measurement, and then sew it on.
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Thanks to everyone for their help - that is a good point about the frill over the bust as I am larger in that department - I hadn't thought of that. Also the best idea - getting a similar pattern in my size and just adding the detail , much easier than trying top size up a whole pattern !

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