Getting in over my head HELP!

BuduR's picture

What's the number for 911?

ok so here's the deal, I have decided to make the Knit Picks Heirloom Aran pullover for Mr. Size 15's. it's not just his feet who are huge, he's huge all over. the problem is the highest finished size is 56" and I'm afraid this is going to be a tad bit too tight on him. He likes to wear looser fitting clothing and when I had him measure his chest it came to 56".

Silly me thought that it wouldn't be too hard, I mean the sizes increase in 4" intervals, so stitches must increase in same amount each time right? ROFLMAO yes yes I hear you all saying "oh she is so naive".

So what's the best way to increase the size? I want to take it to another 4" to make it bust size 60".

Edit: after posting this I realized I should have Titled it "Seeking Bail out" I'm feeling politcally motivated today


PaganCub's picture

hmm.... maybe you could add

hmm.... maybe you could add an addition 2 sts to each side of the cable panels all the way around the sweater? there should already be a small "border" of background stitches on both sides of the cable panels. if not, then there *should* be areas (columns?) of nothing but stockinette or reverse stockinette...something that will allow the eyes to relax instead of seeing ZOMGCABLES! lol
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HuskerChub's picture

A word of advice for

A word of advice for knitting for the full figured. It is not always the Chest or Bust measurement that you NEED to determine the correct choice in sizing; it is the BIGGEST part of the torso. Not all of us are smaller in the waste/stomach than the chest for instance I have a 52" chest, if I make a sweater to finish at 54" around it fits well in the chest but is snug and very unattractive on the extra large tractor tire I carry around my belly. Therefor I either need to knit a larger size or add short rows for the belly or make more or a "maternity" shaped garment to compensate. Just something to think about.

BuduR's picture

Excellent point and one I

Excellent point and one I hadn't thought of, I had him measure again, this time both the chest and the stomach area at it's largest point, and he is about 2" larger in the belly. But now the measurements he's given me are not the same as the first time. I think I'll just take the stuff with me and measure him myself when I get there. although I was REALLY hoping to have much of it done when I arrived. 17 hours is alot of knitting time. But then again, there's always SOCKS!

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fuzzed's picture

Ok... I'll say it... it's

Ok... I'll say it...

it's not just his feet who are huge, he's huge all over.

Does he have a gay twin brother? *winkwinknudgenudge*

BuduR's picture

hahahaha I was wondering

hahahaha I was wondering when we'd get around to that! Luckily for his mother no, he was a huge baby too. over 10 lbs.

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Compared to the other

Compared to the other challenges you've sailed through, this is truly a piece of cake. Looking at the Knitpicks website, the Heirloom Aran sweater (excluding the underarm panels) essentially has five cable panels (A-B-C-B-A) separated by four columns ("S") of what appears to be stockinette, so the overall pattern is A-S-B-S-C-S-B-S-A. You can widen each of those columns by one inch. When you do that, you could make them more interesting than plain stockinette. For example use:

over any number of sts:
R1 (right side): *K1, p1* rpt ** to end
R2: purl all sts.
repeat R1 and R2

Have fun with your big guy.

MMario's picture

That's five front and back,

That's five front and back, yes? So she wants to widen each only 1/2 inch.

Bill's picture

Bigger cables? once you've

Bigger cables?
once you've figured out how many extra stitches you might make four stitch cables..six...and six stitch cables..eight...
A big man can carry a bolder pattern...

BuduR's picture

I thought about this also,

I thought about this also, but, because of the type of cables they are I'm not seeing how I can do this and stay with the same style cables which I really want to do. But great suggestion, I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever get around to adjusting this other sweater pattern for him. Thanks Bill :)
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New York Built's picture

Try these guys:

Try these guys:

Medrith Glover is a designer at her shop, The Woolroom, of patterns designed are for, or adaptable to, large sizes.

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“Those that will and those that won’t”

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albert's picture

How about inserting a panel

How about inserting a panel on the body on each side under the arms composed of whatever background stitch is being used in the sweater, ie. moss stitch, or choose something else, then just follow the pattern for the size 56 with the added panels?

BuduR's picture

well there's already rather

well there's already rather large panels there. I dont' want the pattern to start looking like I have scrunched all the cables to the middle.
Am I making sense?

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albert's picture

You're asking a loaded

You're asking a loaded question.

BuduR's picture

that's nothing new. What

that's nothing new. What is new, is you not pulling the trigger ^^
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New York Built's picture

Getting It Over HIS Head You

Getting It Over HIS Head

You pose the heart of the problem related to the difference between being controlled by the limits of a pattern or using the pattern as a guideline to create a garment tailored to the wearer.

IMHO, I recommend you look at the book Knitting In The Old Way, by Priscilla A. Gibson Roberts, who gives an excellent breakdown of adapting sweaters for all size contingencies. Beware, though, you will never be trapped by a pattern again.

Also, almost any of Elizabeth Zimmerman's works, like Knitting Without Tears, covers the heartbreak of greater-than-we-expected-sizing-for-our-one-size-fits-all-pattern.

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“Those that will and those that won’t”

BuduR's picture

*deep sigh* Because of the

*deep sigh*
Because of the IMO low weight and unrealistic baggage restrictions by the airlines (this is rant for a day when my estrogen levels are extremely high), I recently sold my copy of E.Z.'s knitting without tears :/

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mrossnyc's picture

I agree with Mark, I used

I agree with Mark, I used PGR's book to design and knit my first sweater, and after knitting a cardigan from a pattern, I had to get back to this book to remind me that it's possible to design my own pattern. I have seen it in paperback if that helps with the weight limits...

How many stitches more does

How many stitches more does size 56 have over size 52? That's the number of stitches you need to add to the size 56, if, as you say, the size increase in the pattern is 4".

BuduR's picture

Logical, that's what I

Logical, that's what I thought too. But maybe more detail.

when looking at the size differences from the smallest size to the largest size the increases are not all the same number of stitches. also this is an aran sweater, many cables, so the number of stitches between each cable needs to be taken into consideration.

Simple solution yes, but, I want it right.

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