Two questions, please.

mudlady_gwMarch 10, 2007

1. Does anyone know of a mail order site for yarn that has really good prices?

2. Is there someone who has adjusted fairly simple patterns up to a plus size and won't mind questions? I am losing weight and still wear 2X but I am close to dropping to a 1X. I wear a 42 bra. I'm comfortable adding stitches to the back and front/s, and arms. It is more picky stuff like creating a larger armhole that makes me nervous.

Thanks,

Nancy

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sheilajoyce_gw

Some people like Smiley's on line yarn. I have not used them.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 3:25AM
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jjknitter

3-11-07
I use Herrschners (www.herrschners.com)
and Mary Maxim (www.marymaxim.com)
They will send a free catalog for asking.
Been using these two for quite awhile without any problems.
They have yarn and supplies for knitting & crocheting.
Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 4:09AM
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qiviut

For good yarn prices and big selection try WEBS
>http://yarn.com/For learning to adjust patterns, read the books by
Elizabeth Zimmermann and/or Barbara Walker (Knitting from
the Top) You'll never be a slave to a pattern again, unless
you want to be. : )

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 6:42AM
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threejsmom

For inexpensive yarn, try Knitpicks.com and elann.com. Webs has great closeouts and their regularly priced yarn is discounted if you buy more than $60. If you don't mind raglan sleeves, those may be easier to adjust than set-in sleeves. Check out Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee. Her method is based on Eliz. Zimmerman's but may be easier to understand. Also, the sweaters are knitted in the round if you don't like seaming.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2007 at 2:00PM
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rwisniew

Hi Nancy,

I use Joanns.com for all my yarn purchases.

Sherri

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 11:35AM
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lindac

Nancy I can help on sizing your patterns...
Linda C

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 12:23AM
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mudlady_gw

Thanks Linda C. I have ordered two books that have been sugested and they may be all I need. If I need to talk to a "real" person I will contact you. For now, I am working on a plus size pattern to get back into knitting and see if the measurements the pattern uses are realistic. Having this forum has been a great help for me to get up the courage to start up again.
Nancy

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 8:28AM
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Dash2

Sizing patterns up or down is very simple. Look at the pattern as written; determine how many stitches there are in between each size given. Then add that to make your size.

As an example: Size Small - start with 6 stitches
Size Medium - start with 9 stitches
Size Large - start with 12 stitches

The difference between each size is 3 stitches. If you need to go up one size from Large, add 3 to the 12. If you need to go up 2 sizes from the Large, add 6 stitches.

Obviously, I've used very simple numbers. But the concept is what counts.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 1:02PM
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mudlady_gw

Yarnlover, did you adjust for a different depth in the armhole?
Nancy

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 1:25PM
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Dash2

Same rule holds true. If a small armhole is 8 inches and a large is 10 inches, then you're adding 1 inch per size. I haven't checked, but I think the average armhole goes up by a 1/2 inch per size. Just check your pattern.

It's just a matter of breaking things down into prime numbers.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 5:40PM
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jane2

Many, many thanks, yarnlover. (And Nancy for asking the question.)
I have adjusted garment sizes for some time, but have never used any arithmetic for it. As you can imagine, my "by guess and by gosh" changes have only occasionally worked.

If I combine your suggestions with knitting up swatches ... oh my ... the possibilities are endless!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 11:33AM
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