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I'm looking for some patterns for clothing I could actually wear myself. Nothing too fancy as I would rate easy+ as my skill level. The problem I find is that I can not find patterns in my size as I am quite large (4X or so) and I have NO idea how to go about increasing the size in a pattern. Does anybody know of a good source for plus or super-plus size clothing patterns for something like a vest or sweater that I could try? Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
 

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I too am a plus sized female and I agree that patterns are difficult to find. There is a book out there called "Big Girl Knits" Not only does it have patterns, but it tells you how to increase patterns to fit a larger sized female. Hope this helps!
 

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Hi,
I've been "lurking" for a couple of weeks and have gleaned some really nice patterns and ideas from you all. The other night I found a site called "Ample-Knitters.com" which has patterns and links to other sites. Mostly basic sweaters, but very useful. Maybe you'll find what you want there. Why pay for patterns when there are so many free ones on the net? Lion Brand is good, and there are some reasonably simple patterns on Vogue Knits, too. Hope this helps.
 

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so GLAD you asked this question....all the ladies who answered gave me tons of pretty pix and choices that i hadn't had before... i loved the plus size site... super nice download with 8 sweaters big enough for me that cost 2.95....wow...thanks again...

ps...i have the dawn french (big girl comedian) plus size book and while you might think some of the sweater colors and colorblocking looked a bit dated...their size and shape are easily adaptable to our new color and texture choices....well worth the price and you might find one on amazon that was used... i wouldn't balk at a used pattern book since they are not really used that much...just an FYI ...here's the site for her book...used ones start at 1.54 ...

ache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&dictionaryOfAbbreviations=1
 

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If it's something simple that you want to make just use larger size needles or hooks.
Many patterns go to 1x, if you use a needle three times or more larger you will get a much larger piece (4x) with no pattern changes needed.
This may not work for every pattern, but for the simple ones it's a great trick.

Good Luck
Kat M
 

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I have a book called Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti & she teaches you how to design & knit sweaters to fit any size. you make your patterns to fit certain measurements for certain sweaters. This way the sweater will fit perfectly. It is really eash to follow & she really has a sense of humor while she teaches you. She has been a knitting teacher for many years. I am studying this book right now.
 

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Wow, thank you all SO MUCH!! I've checked out the sites and looking for the books. So nice to find such a helpful group!
 
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