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« on: May 04, 2007 12:48:17 AM »

Has anyone designed their own patterns? I was wondering also if there are any good books that give you a basic idea for sizing and a general formula for knitted items.
thanks for any help
p.s. I am trying to make a sweater for my favorite aunt who had a nasty kind of colon cancer and now has to wear a colostomy bag due to the large amount of parts that they had to take out. so she needs long baggy clothes because it shows otherwise.
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2007 04:52:01 AM »

"Sweater Design in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti is a good design book.

But, to me, even better is a top down formula.  I use the one on martianmischief.blogspot.com (sorry I can't post links on my work computer) and have made 2 top downs (2 more on the needles!) and made them my own by adding lace panel inserts or using a different rib pattern for the neckline, etc.  One is a cardi with  lace panels in front.

They all fit because you can try them on as you go.  I use a dressform for other folks I knit for. 

Bless yor heart, you are a good neice and I am saying a prayer for your auntie (I have a special aunt I adore too) today.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2007 06:44:52 AM »

Debbie Stoller's SnB: Nation is really helpful for modifying an existing pattern. So if you have a basic sweater pattern, it gives you all the math tools you need to make it your own.

I just used it to design a shrug for my daughter and after much scribbling of notes (and having to grab my calculator) I think it's going to turn out great. Smiley
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