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stewart58
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Australia
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  05:38:35 AM  Show Profile Send stewart58 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Am thinking of knitting a garment for my ex for Christmas, does anyone have any patterns, or suggestions. I am based in Australia, so if possible can the pattern include metric measurements.
Thanking you in advance. Stewart

sroberts

donnawatk
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  06:31:06 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Stewart5, Check out Raverly, There you can find all kinds of patterns. Donna
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NastiJ
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Posted - 07/30/2013 :  1:06:28 PM  Show Profile Send NastiJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by stewart58

Am thinking of knitting a garment for my ex for Christmas



That's one way of avoiding the knitter's curse!!
http://youtu.be/DiUcx3ZHpUs

Nancy J.

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 07/31/2013 :  08:45:33 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Stewart58--

I echo what Donna said about Ravelry; www.ravelry.com. You have to join to use the database, but it's free, and very knit-community oriented--you won't get a bunch of spam from Ravelry, in other words.

To get to the advanced pattern search, click on "Patterns" at top, and then "pattern browser & advanced search". You can drill down pretty tightly with the search function; you can search sweater patterns only, type of sweater pattern, construction methods (Fair Isle, intarsia, etc.) yarn size, needle size, fiber type. I'm not sure how to get the search function to return metric patterns though. Anybody else here know?

Edited to add: Under the Gender/Age/Size/Fit tab, click "fit" and then "plus fit". Who knew? I just discovered this. Very cool to know.

It's hard to tell what sweaters will suit a plus-size person, but once you drill down to a handful of patterns that you like, you can look at people's finished items and see what they look like on different body types. I always find THAT function super helpful.

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
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Kade1301
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France
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Posted - 08/01/2013 :  04:28:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There's two justly famous books for plus-sized ladies: Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits

The great thing about the book is that it is not only a pattern book, but also explains what looks good on whom. I don't remember whether measurements are translated into metric, however...

Happy knitting, Klara

http://www.lahottee.info
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Schaeferyarnlover
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Posted - 08/01/2013 :  05:58:24 AM  Show Profile Send Schaeferyarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Amy Herzog Designs. She has a book and is on Ravelry too. There are a couple of free patterns on www.knitty.com. She knows how to design sweaters that flatter all shapes. I am hoping her book comes out as an e-book, if not will be buying the hard copy.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1617690171/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1617690171&linkCode=as2&tag=stasknitrepe-20
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