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« on: March 24, 2009 08:56:16 PM »

Okay, so this might be one of the easiest things to do in the world, but I still need it explained to me anyway.

I was browsing around on My Little City Girl today and I found some stuff that was super adorable, but all in girl sizes. Is there a way to resize it to make it adult sized?
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009 04:16:46 AM »

Technically yes - using good ol' math and a lot of it having said that you should probably contact the designer and get permission first Smiley

I have resized stuffed animals I designed when I have been asked to make them 50% bigger or smaller - you just have a lot of algebra.  I took it in sections - for example if the head was originally 20 rows and I wanted to make it 50% bigger it would end up being 30 rows... and you can get all sorts of right on calculations using algebra - so if the widest part of the original head is 36 stitches you can determine the widest part of the new head by simple algebra - make your fractions - 36 over 20 (stitches over rows) will equal a mystery number over 30 (unknown stitches over known rows) multiply the 36 by the 30 and divide by the 20 which will get you 54 Smiley

Who said you won't use algebra when you get out of school?  I use it all the time when I am designing things!  In fact I am going to be resizing a dinosaur pattern I just designed to make a baby one... and I'm going to break out the algebra to get it exactly done.  The first time Caron asked me to resize a bear I designed for a different publication I worked on it, sent it in and they were amazed that it looked exactly like the other one - but smaller... and asked me how I did it.  algebra, man, algebra.  And no, I was not a math whiz in school!  Math and science were not my thang. I did fine and got great grades but I preferred the arts.

You need to take the pattern and chop it in to logical chunks - like how many rows it took to get to your first increase/decreased area... then how many rows/stitches per row to get to the next section and so on and so forth.  Then do your math.  It's a bit of work but it can be done if you really want to put in the time and effort.

But I really want to stress contacting the designer to let her know that you want to do it first - just a nice courtesy.  She might consider making the patterns larger to appeal to a larger audience - you never know! She might do the math work for you  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009 06:26:58 AM »

Another way to do it with less consistent results is to play with gauge.  Is there a thicker yarn you can use to make these items?  If so, what kind of gauge are you getting with it?

I'm not sure why the designer would care if someone took her pattern and re-sized it for their own use.  As long as you're not posting the re-sized pattern anywhere, where's the harm?  Asking her if she could figure out the bigger size makes sense, though.  She's the most familiar with it, after all, and she'd probably have the best ideas on how to go about doing it.
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