Make sweater pattern smaller?

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webknitter13 wrote
on Nov 22, 2010 8:48 PM

Help!  I found this lovely sweater and I need it in an extra small.  Pattern only goes down to small.

How do I adjust it to one size smaller.  On front/back I pretty much have it figured out up the to increase...  The rest I am at a loss as to how to adjust.  If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.  Thanks!

Pattern is as follows:

Front and back (make 2):

Using size 3 needles cast on 99 (113,127).  Work in 1x1 rib for 25 rows.

Next row:  1x1 rib decreasing by working 2 stitches together 14 (16,18) times.  85 (97, 109) stitches.

Next row:  Switch to size 7 needles and work in eyelet stitch.  (Chart is given for eyelet stitch.)  Continue in chart until work is 12.5" (13", 13.5").

Next row:  In eyelet stitch, work increase according to size.

Small:  k6, *inc 1 by working twice into stitch, k4* repeat from * to *.  End last repeat with k7 instead of k4.  104 stitches.

Medium/Large:  *k4, inc 1 by working twice into stitch*  repeat from * to *.  End last repeat with k5.  120 stitches.

X-Large:  *k4, inc 1 by working twice into stitch, k5, inc 1* repeat from * to *.  End with k4, inc 1, k6.  132 stitches.

Leave work on spare needle or stitch holder.

Sleeves (make 2):

Note:  Make up for each yarn over by working k2tog or sl1, k1, psso, and when impossible to work sl1, k2tog, psso as instructed, work k2tog or sl1, k1, psso instead.  (Okay that part confuses me.  The yarn overs are part of the eyelet stitch pattern.)

Using size 3 needles cast on 57 (59, 63 stitches)  Work in 1x1 rib for 25 rows.

Next row:  1x1 rib decreasing by working 2 stitches together 12 (12,14) times.  45 (47, 49) stitches.

Next row:  Switch to size 7 needles and work in eyelet stitch beginning according to size as follows.

Small:  k1 instead of k3 for first row of chart.

Medium/Large:  k2 instead of k3 for first row of chart.

X-Large:  Work as per chart.

Continue in chart until work is 4.75".

Next row:  k1, inc 1, follow chart until 1 stitch remains, inc 1, k1.  Repeat increase row every 14 (10, 8) rows 2 (6, 7) times, then every 12 (8,6) rows 4 (3, 5) times.  59 (67, 75) stitches.

Continue in chart until work is 17.5" (18", 18").

Next row:  k5 (k3, k5) *inc 1, k4 (k5, k4)* repeat from * to *.  End row by working k6 (k4, k6)  instead of of k4 (k5, k4)  72 (80, 92) stitches.

Leave work on spare needle or stitch holder.

Yoke: 

On size 4 circular needle, slip on stitches from sleeve, back, sleeve, and front.  352 (400, 448) stitches total.

Next row:  Work in 3x1 rib until yoke measures 4" (4.25", 4.75")

Next row:  Work in 2x1 rib decreasing by working p2tog in each group of 3 purl stitches.  264 (300, 336) stitches.  Work in 2x1 rib until yoke measures 4" (4.25", 4.75") from preceding decrease row.

Next row:  Place marker.  Rib 78 (90,99) stitches.  Place marker.  Continue back and forth on remaining 186 (210, 237) stitches.  Rib until 13 (15, 17) stitches remain before maker, turn and rib until 13 (15, 17) stitches remain before marker.  Turn again.  Really confused by this part.  Am I working on the 78 or the 186?

Next row:  Rib until 13 (15, 17) stitches remain before previous turn.  Turn again and rib until 13 (15, 17) stitches remain before previous turn.

Next row:  Rib until 14 (15, 17) stitches remain before previous turn.  Turn again and rib until 14 (15, 17) stitches remain before previous turn.

Next row:  Rib until 14 (15, 17) stitches remain before previous turn.  Turn again and rib until 14 (15, 17) stitches remain before previous turn.  54 (60, 69) stitches remain over sleeve.

Cut yarn leaving about 10" and slip left sleeve stitches on to other end of the circular needle.

Next row:  With size 3 circular needle continue in 1x1 rib over all stitches, decreasing by working p2tog in each group of two purl stitches.  176 (200, 224) stitches.

Work in 1x1 rib until 1.25" from decrease row.

Next row:  Continue working flat instead of in the round, still in 1x1 rib until 1x1 rib measures 5"

Cast off.

 

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Zoe wrote
on Nov 23, 2010 8:37 AM

Hi webknitter,

My suggestion is to take the measurement of what you want the sweater to be and compare it to what the actual sweater would be if you knit it according to gauge.  Find the difference in the gauge and adjust your yarn and needle size to that gauge.  Using the small size directions, you should get your sweater to be the extra small size. 

Because of the stitch patterning, it would be next to impossible to change the number of stitches to get the extra small.  That leaves you with adjusting the yarn weight and/or the needle size.  I would do your swatch in the eyelet stitch and adjust that needle size to a smaller needle.  The ribbing needle can be adjusted accordingly.

Good luck with this and hope it works out for you, Zoe Smile

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