FAQ: How To Increase A Knitting Pattern Size?

How do you make a knitted sweater bigger?

  1. Saturate the sweater with water and roll it in a towel. Press on it or step on it to squeeze excess water out of the sweater.
  2. Place a dry towel on a hard flat surface.
  3. Stretch the sweater slightly to the desired size, up to one full size.
  4. Pin the sweater to the towel with rustproof pins away from direct sun or heat.

What if my knitting gauge is too small?

If you have MORE stitches per inch than your pattern calls for (see diagram to the left), your stitches are TOO SMALL. Try a LARGER NEEDLE. If you have FEWER stitches per inch than your pattern calls for (see diagram to the left), your stitches are TOO LARGE. Try a SMALLER NEEDLE.

How do I resize a pattern?

The slash and spread method is the easiest method for resizing a pattern, and will be your go-to in this situation. Make horizontal and vertical lines on your pattern piece, placed where you want the pattern to increase or decrease. Cut along those lines and spread to create the new pattern piece.

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Do bigger knitting needles make bigger stitches?

A bigger needle is what you need if you’re getting more stitches to the inch than the pattern calls for. (Which makes sense, because a bigger needle makes bigger stitches, so there will be fewer of them per inch.)

Can you use different size knitting needles?

For one thing, if you are a tight or loose knitter you might have to change needle sizes to get the listed gauge. For another thing, you can just throw those suggestions out entirely and use wildly different sized needles.

Can I knit a DK pattern in 4ply?

A 4 ply is the same as fingering or baby weight and doubling it should get the same gauge as DK on the same needles. Other wise you’ll have to use much smaller needles and if you follow the pattern numbers, will get a smaller item.

Can I knit a DK pattern in Aran?

Aran or DK should be fine for that, just use bigger needles if you are using an aran. It will be thicker and bigger all round, and heavier. You will need more yards I think, too. But – you may well get better stitch definition with most DK weight wools.

Can I knit a chunky pattern in DK?

You can double strand DK yarn and it should knit up to a chunky / bulky gauge. Though by the gauge, that chunky yarn sounds more like a worsted weight, aran weight at best.

How does needle size affect knitting?

The size of the needle affects the length of the stitches and thus your finished product. Usually, larger needles will produce a larger gauge, but the type and weight of the yarn also will make a difference. If your gauge doesn’t match what the pattern calls for, try changing the size of your needles.

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Does knitting gauge have to be exact?

The reason patterns have gauge is so the finished measurements of your project are what you expect. If you’re knitting a sweater with multiple sizes and you want it to fit your 38-inch bust, then you’ll need to match gauge to make sure that your stitch sizes match those of the designer.

What is the stocking stitch in knitting?

The stockinette stitch (or stocking stitch in the UK) is formed by one row of knit stitches, one row of purl stitches. Stockinette stitch produces a fabric of ‘v’s on the right side, and waves on the reverse / wrong side.

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