How does one increase the stitches in a pattern for a larger size needed?

by Carol Burkhard
(Niceville, FL)

I have a friend that needs knee warmers, but her legs are quite large, and the pattern I found does not fit her leg size. How does one go about increasing stitches to accommodate a larger size?

THANKS!

Carol

YOUR ANSWER


Are you any good at Math?

If your pattern has multiple sizes you can check to see how many stitches are added for each increase in size and use that info to work out how many additional stitches you need to add for the size you want.

If not, check the recommended tension on the band of your wool.

Then you can work out how many stitches are in an inch (or centimetre) and then multiply that number by the measurement that you need your knitted piece to be.

If you don't have the band, or if your normal tension is tight or loose in comparison to the recommended tension, it is probably a good idea to do a tension square and base your calculations on that.

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a way to alter the circumference
by: Nittykitty

YES...the math is a good way to
find the new perimeter of your
friend's leg measurements. A leg
has 3 places to define. The small
place above the calf; the knee;
the ankle. If you make a 2" X 20"+
length test piece before you start
to knit the project, and you use it
like a measuring tape around those
3 places on her leg. It can help a
little bit. You have to use care &
imagination when employing this type
of technique. But it does work for
me in some cases. Hope that helped.

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