How do I change my knitting pattern size?
How do I change my knitting pattern size ? If you also have the same question in your mind, then you’re at the right place.
To know how? Keep reading
Knitting patterns are a set of instructions that help knitters create. Patterns are similar to recipes in that they are intended to be followed exactly as written, but you may need to modify the instructions or ingredients to suit your needs. Perhaps you want to resize, change the yarn, or even change the appearance of your project.
Steps to do that: Resize your knitting pattern-
- First of all, examine your pattern and find the recommended needle size and yarn weight.
- Make a swatch of yarn. Most patterns include a recommended yarn weight and needle size, as well as a “gauge” that includes the number of stitches per inch and rows per inch. Knit a small square of fabric using these recommended numbers and a measuring tape to make a swatch. If the number of stitches does not match the recommended gauge, or if a pattern needs to be resized, you have two choices: Adjust your needle size or pick a different yarn weight.
- Reknit the swatch after adjusting the needle size and/or yarn weight. Continue to tweak and reknit the swatch until you find the combination that yields the desired number of stitches per inch.
- Choose your number pattern based on the swatch. Calculate the circumference of your preferred sweater around the chest, skirt around the hips, cap around the head, or handbag. Multiply the number of stitches per inch by the desired measurement around the garment using the gauge of your swatch. This is the important number for the body of your garment and indicates how many stitches should be around your knitted object.
- Calculate any additional numbers required using percentages. Take a look at the original pattern. Determine the number of stitches involved in the section of the garment in question and calculate its percentage of the item’s key number as specified in the pattern.
And you’re done.
What to do if my knitting is too big?
The simplest way to reduce the size of your knitting is to use smaller knitting needles. In most cases, going down one size (5mm) will suffice. If that isn’t enough, go down in size until it feels good to knit and the fabric has a structure you like.
Smaller needles did not work? Don’t give up just yet.
Tightening your first and last stitches can also solve the problem as loose edges can create a lot of mess.