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Topic: UGH! How huge does Debbie Bliss think a 3 yr old is????  (Read 697 times)
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« on: December 20, 2006 08:18:45 PM »

I had a problem with a Debbie Bliss pattern a few weeks ago and someone mentioned that her patterns for children are notoriously oversized. I could never get that one to work and started on a new one tonight, hoping it would be a little better.
OMG, it's ridiculous! It's a bolero that I SWEAR would fit me, but it's sized for a 3-4 yr old!

It's from her Junior Knits book, and the patterns start at size 3.  My daughter wears a 4 or 5T, there is nothing smaller in the book to use than a 3-4. 

Any suggestions on how to shrink down the pattern? I hate even thinking about math, but I know there has to be a way to evenly shrink the whole thing...
It's a bolero worked in one piece from the back up and around the the sleeves and shoulders. Instructions say CO 72 st and work for about 4 inches, then CO for the sleeves. Should I put in the effort to figure out a new-ish pattern (and how???) or should I scrap it?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2006 08:40:54 PM »

One thing you could try is thinner yarn and smaller needles. Or try this to go down a size... Look at the difference in the number of stitches for the different sizes. It says CO 72, say the next size larger is a CO of 80 - that's 8 sts different. So cast on 8 or 16 less, whatever gives you the inches in your gauge that matches your daughter's measurements. Then stich with that differential for any other stitch numbers that are given.


« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2006 09:04:51 PM »

just reducing stitches in cast on plays havoc with the sleeve (armhole) and neck shaping.

(but don't listen to me, i hate debbie bliss patterns, and dislike her designs in general... and i think her instructions are the worst.. but then, i didn say i hate her patterns to start)

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