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New Pal

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Posted - 05/28/2005 :  4:55:29 PM  Show Profile Send yummysoakers a Private Message
I just finished knitting a soaker for my son who has chubbier legs than I had originally thought. The waist and butt fit perfectly, the legs are a bit snug. The legs were basically grafted on by picking up stitches. I still have enough yarn that I could rip them out and start over. That's probably what I should do, I'm just not relishing the idea. Would you bother to rip them out and start again? How can I avoid the same mistake twice? I picked up 3 out of every 4 stitches on a 2 by 2 rib. Grrrr, I'm so frustrated!



Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 05/28/2005 :  6:32:46 PM  Show Profile Send moxie a Private Message
Tee hee, chubby baby legs are great!

You've effectively knit a swatch, so measure around the legs you knit, and figure out how many stitches per inch. Write this number down. Then measure around your son's leg, and multiply by your stitches/inch number to get the number of stitches you should pick up around the leg. If it's not exactly every stitch or 3 out of every 4 stitches it won't matter...

If you're not comfortable distributing the stitches around the legs, you could try this tip: if I know I have to pick up 50 stitches around a circle, for instance, I will use safety pins to divide the circle into halves, then quarters, then eighths-- then in every eighth of the circle, I can figure out by eye where to pick up 6-7 stitches. Hopefully that made sense...

Now go ahead, rip out the old legs... just pull out a loose end without thinking about it and you'll be free of the dilemma!

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New Pal

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Posted - 06/02/2005 :  6:27:30 PM  Show Profile Send yummysoakers a Private Message
Thanks Moxie! I did end up ripping out the legs, and re-did them. I decided to pick up every stitch, because the body of the soaker still has tons of room to stretch and grow, I figured I might as well go whole hog and make the legs the same. Anyway the fit is GREAT now! I'm going to copy out your calculations for future use though, thank you so much for the tip!
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New Pal

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Posted - 06/02/2005 :  7:10:29 PM  Show Profile Send miocat a Private Message
Yummysoakers - what pattern are you using? I read in your intro post that you have patters from WW, LTK, and F&F - I have all these, too, and I'm wondering which one you just made.

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Posted - 06/02/2005 :  7:36:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit alliwenk's Homepage Send alliwenk a Private Message
I'm wondering which pattern you're using too. I've made many LTK soakers & feel that the leg measurements are too snug as written. I knit at least 6 more rows for the crotch (after you're knitting/purling back & forth & are finished decreasing...right before you kitchener) to make it roomier. Then I accomodate for this with a tighter than usual ribbing for the legs. I love the pattern but am interested in hearing from other soaker knitters because I'm not 100% satisfied.

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