Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Adapting Sweater Patterns for Children

From Stephani G, Marion, Massachusetts, USA (2/28/2007 5:18 pm)
Thank you for being here. I needed a pattern for an ordinary sweater made with ordinary knitting worsted and there you were! No gimmicks, no trendy patterns, just good basic instructions with the appropriate options. Thanks so much.

Comment from Cherrie, Anchorage, Alaska (3/30/2007 4:48 am)
Hi. I located your site a few weeks ago. What a wealth of information. I am semi-beginner and am interested in knitting the top down sweater that you have listed. I have 4 grandkids ages 4mth, 3yrs, 6yrs, and 8yrs and need to make some sweaters as they are moving from Phoenix to Minniapolis. I think I can do the sweater but since there is an addition from a reader regarding the neck being too small, can you give me inforamtion on how to adjust it to fit kids? Thanks. Cherrie

Response from 1knittingfool:
You should measure around the child’s head; multiply that number of inches by the number of stitches per inch in your gauge sample; then cast on with that number of stitches. When making the increases from the neck down to the chest, you will decrease the frequency of the increases so that you still end up with the number of stitches recommended by the pattern generator. You will also need to measure the arm lengths on each child and adjust the length of the sleeves as needed.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Knitting Languages

From Mimi, Lancashire, England (2/20/2007 2:20 am):
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! What a fantastic & inspiring site you have created. It has helped me so much, in a wide variety of projects. This season it was getting the right shaping for my rather gangly twin teen lads & they are just over the moon with their new Winter sweaters. I just couldn’t of done it without you & your Math genius! You are the top of my knitting bookmark list! I do have one quick query do you know what the word ‘Baumwolle’ means and its translation into English is please? Best and Warmest Wishes to you from a very happy handknit fan

Response from 1knittingfool:
‘Baumwolle’ is German for ‘cotton.’