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cloud9
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South Africa
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Posted - 06/05/2013 :  1:32:36 PM  Show Profile Send cloud9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am not smart when it comes to adapting a pattern and need help please.

I would like to knit this pattern flat (not in the round) and I would like it in all sizes because I want to knit for the dog shelter.

The pattern is written in a really weird way which makes it even worse for me..lol

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/pattern.php?id=3489&lang=en#pattern_content

Thanks

purlthis
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Posted - 06/05/2013 :  6:49:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Personally, I don't like Drops patterns. I think they're clunky in the way they're written. Maybe find something more adaptable on ravelry.com?

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cloud9
New Pal

South Africa
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Posted - 06/06/2013 :  12:49:52 AM  Show Profile Send cloud9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for reply. I have checked out all other coats but this DROPS is really nice. I am not clever enough to tackle the pattern re-write but I am going to keep plugging away by asking and knitting a sample and see where that gets me!
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 06/06/2013 :  09:41:05 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Converting that pattern from round to flat is going to be pretty complex and time-consuming. You'd have to reconfigure the chart, figure out the shaping, all kinds of stuff. I'm curious why you don't knit it in the round, as it's written. If you don't already knit in the round, learning to would take less time/effort than converting this pattern.

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
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cloud9
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South Africa
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Posted - 06/06/2013 :  11:25:52 AM  Show Profile Send cloud9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The only reason is being able to adjust to fit the dogs. Knitting in the round is getting the dog into the "tube" but if its knitted flat I can adjust where its sewn and taking off the bulky bits. Not sure if this makes sense. :-)
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 06/09/2013 :  1:27:30 PM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I'm pretty much a beginning knitter, so it is a little hard for me to visualize, but I can kind of imagine the shaping of, say, a thick-chested dog like a pit bull versus a smaller, more compact dog like a Jack Russell, and the fits would be very different. It's a great looking pattern, and I wish you the best of luck. Sorry I can't be of much help!

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
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Ceil
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Posted - 06/09/2013 :  4:14:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh wow, this pattern is WAY too complicated! I knitted a sweater for my granddog, which you can see on my projects page at Ravelry. It's two pieces knitted flat, with buttons on the side of both; the design was inspired by another dog sweater I saw on Ravelry. The body piece is a simple rectangle with buttonholes along one side. The collar piece is a "rectangle" knitted with short rows to curve it, and then a couple inches of the long edge sewn to the body. Have a look! This is extremely adaptable for any size of dog, although you'll have to measure the dogs to get some kind of consensus!

Ceil
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cloud9
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South Africa
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Posted - 06/10/2013 :  01:05:11 AM  Show Profile Send cloud9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
lol @ Ceil, yes its complicated but its just written badly so we don't understand it. Thanks for the link to Ravelry, I will shoot on over this evening when work is done for the day :-)
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