Hello Guys,
I have been knitting for about 22 years, which means that I started at the age of 6 and was taught by my dad and my aunt, for the longest time I did the basics: knitting and purling, but then in junior high and high school I started to play with cables, bobbles and the like and I am currently trying to knit an Aran in the round. It has been my experience that knitting them on straight needles wasn't a problem, but using schematics in stead of written instructions, creating the pattern almost from scratch, doing the measurements and then actually trying to knit it in the round has been a struggle, and with that in mind, for those guys who might be larger than the average pattern, how do you go about making the patterns larger?
I've manipulated the numbers in patterns a few times and with the exception of one, they haven't turned out right, and so for this I would love to hear what you guys have done and how it worked, any ideas would be helpful.

Happy Knitting


Welcome to our happy home Michael

MMario's picture

Welcome to MWK! You are asking questions I'll be interested in seeing the answers to, as most patterns top several size below what I would wear. And since I tend to do gaugeless projects almost exclusively - the thought of working to gauge AND trying to modify to a larger size scares the spit out of me!

But - there is a huge wealth of knowledge and information available on this board - so I'm sure you will get answers - or at least directions to the answers.

Welcom aboard!
MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

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tomanyt's picture

Love your picture. Those sweet little dogs are soooo cute.

purlyman's picture

Hi Michael, Welcome to MWK. You've found what I'm sure will be one of your favorite places to visit. Frank.


ronhuber's picture

Welcome to MWK. If you can get your hands on a copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Without Tears" you will be able to plug your gauge and measurements into a percentage system and go from there. Believe me, you will never look back and you will never follow a pattern again. Knitting Arans in the round is much easier because you can actually see when it is time to do a cable cross and when it is time to purl or knit as the public side of the sweater is always in front of you. I would knit a sample of the main patterns, wash and block it and measure. For example, if a diamond pattern worked over 20 stitches measures out to be 4 inches and you are going to have 4 of them, you have alreaddy accounted for l6 inches of a sweater. I would use three or four main patterns and fill in the spaces with little cable and seed stitch. Washing and blocking your swatch is important as cables really pull in and can be pulled out in the blocking process to make them look better.

scottly's picture

Welcome to MWK. Your post has already helped me. Thanks.

Raymiew's picture

I can't answer your knitting questions, but I love the Bostons. They are adorable. I have one and would love to have a puppy running around the house too.

crmartin's picture

Welcome to our group, looking forward to seeing some of your projects.



PaganCub's picture

i know nothing about arans, or even really knitting sweaters in the round but *I WANT YOUR PUPPIES!!*

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gardenguy42's picture

Welcome! Love the puppies! I too look forward to seeing your work here.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

JDM511's picture

Welcome to the site!

I have had good luck changing the size of a sweater by changing the size of panels, either adding an extra cable or taking one away. I have also enlarged section of moss or trinity stitch to get an appropriately sized sweater.

I just purchased The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee and have not really had a chance to read it yet, but in the skimming I have done it seems to be very straight forward and makes me think I could design a sweater to my measurements. I know that some of the guys here have the book and have made good use of what it has to say.


Tallguy's picture

I discovered EZ very early in my knitting career so have never been one to "blindly" follow any recipe. And I cook the same way!

Upsizing is fairly simple: just add a few more stitches to make it wider, and add a few more rows to make it longer! If you have a pattern, then add a few more repeats to get closer to the size you want. Remember to add some rows to your knitting as well. You may be able to only add half a pattern repeat at either side if necessary.

If you are knitting Aran patterns, you can always add a few more stitches in the moss stitch area (that is why it is done at the sides to allow this extention), or add a cable or two or duplicate any other pattern that you like. Again, you will knit a few more rows to make it as long as required. Some of us are longer in the waist area, some of us shorter.

A simple thing is to make a paper pattern of the exact size of the sweater front that will fit YOU... and then just knit a piece of knitting in that shape and in that size. You can use any and all your favourite patterns, or do it all in stocking stitch (how boring!). Women know that they often have to "tailor" sewing patterns to fit their particular shape, and so do you. Some of us need to add a few more stitches for the width around the bottom of the sweater, for example. And that is allowed. In the end, all that matters is how if fits on YOU... how you got there is of no consequence to anyone except yourself.

Every time you use another yarn, you may find that the old pattern just doesn't work the same. So you will always have to make some adjustments. That's part of knitting.

Aranlover_989's picture

Thank you all for such a warm welcome, and while I have heard of EZ I had never read any of her work. Now, however, I have ordered via the suggested book and can't wait for it to get here, in the mean time I did find a few patterns from Vermont Fibers that go up well past anything I would need, although their men's selection is quite limited.