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Jan 11, 2017 15:24:57   #
doglady (a regular here)
 
Is there a system to enlarge a pattern by 1 or 2 sizes. Sometimes the prettiest pullovers are only in S to L and some of us may be a 1 or 2X. I know what we should do is lose the weight, but believe it or not some medications make you overweight. I know, I know I didn't believe that either until I came face to face with it in a family member and had a doctor assure me it was true.
 
Jan 11, 2017 15:30:59   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
depends on the sweater design how easy/difficult it is.

Sometimes you can look at the different sizes given and see the difference in cast on stitches. Meaning: S/M/L - cast on 10/14/18 stitches. Could be as simple as adding multiples of 4.

Sometimes its easier to find a sweater in the correct size and adapt to the features of the smaller sweater you liked in the first place.
Jan 11, 2017 15:33:35   #
st1tch (a regular here)
 
If you are good with maths you should be able to increase the size, that's the way I do it anyhow although I'm certainly no star pupil with maths lol.
Yes you are correct about the meds making you put weight on, menopause doesn't help either if you've reached that age yet grrrrr.
Jan 11, 2017 18:08:41   #
Janpeonys
 
Oh good. I am blaming my 2x size on meds from now on. Lol! Wait til I tell everyone it's not the premium ice cream.
Jan 11, 2017 20:46:53   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Could you post a link to the pattern you would like to use? Give us something to start with.
Jan 12, 2017 06:17:16   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
 
Yarn companies want you to buy their product, so their free patterns come in lots of sizes. You can do a refined pattern search on Ravelry for projects that include larger sizes, and I'm sure you'll find something you like in the more than 100,000 free, English patterns.
 
Jan 12, 2017 06:27:51   #
kdpa07734 (a regular here)
 
doglady wrote:
... believe it or not some medications make you overweight. I know, I know I didn't believe that either until I came face to face with it in a family member and had a doctor assure me it was true.


Yes, this is true. I was on Lyrica, it increases your appetite as well as youngest dil was on Risperdal and gained a lot of weight. Makes you wonder if it's worth taking them as the extra weight causes new health problems.
Jan 12, 2017 11:01:09   #
Johna (a regular here)
 
Alot of time when I am looking a sweater or pattern, I go to Google and search by "image". All the pictures, you can pick the one you like and go to that page. I love also that you can put FREE and only the free pattern/pictures will show up
Jan 12, 2017 11:46:54   #
Frau D.
 
The easiest way would be to check the gauge of your yarn after you knit a swatch and compare it with the pattern and then adjust your stitch count to your size. That of course is easiest to do in a simple pattern.
And I agree, a link to the pattern you want to use would be helpful.
Jan 13, 2017 17:17:14   #
Julie's Mom
 
Maybe you could use the percentage knitting method discussed recently in KP. That should help to enlarge a pattern. I make changes all the time in knitting for myself because I'm very short and very dumpy. Cut 3" off of sleeves and about 2" off of length of body, meanwhile making it as wide as I need to.
 
          
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