How to Alter a Sweater Knitting Pattern to Make a Tunic

Like most years, this year I am trying to use more of my yarn stash, including odd balls and random bits left over from other projects. I also have a goal to knit or crochet at least one sweater every month to help with the goal.

My January sweater, I decided, was going to be a mix of blue and green yarns, in simple Stockinette stitch. I had tried to use some of these yarns together in a project a couple of years ago and I didn’t like how it turned out, so I had a bunch of yarn collected already to use.

Before the initial attempt at the blue and green sweater I had made a top-down raglan using red, orange and yellow yarn, so I thought I would try to replicate something like that. But I also didn’t really want to “design” a sweater for this purpose, so I started thinking about simple Stockinette stitch patterns I could use.

I was reminded of the Nutmeg sweater by Jenifer Stark (which is a free pattern on Ravelry), which I had knit years ago as one of my first ever sweaters. It’s worked in bulky yarn, but I figured if I combined a worsted weight with something lighter I could get pretty close to gauge.

Because it’s a top-down pattern I just started knitting, assuming I could adjust my stitch count on the fly if I needed to if my gauge was off. For once it turned out to be spot on.

But as I kept knitting, realizing I had a lot more yarn than I would need for a single sweater, I decided I wanted to knit a tunic (or sweater dress, even) instead. So I started increasing somewhat arbitrarily (and trying it on frequently) to ensure it would fit over my hips.

It turned out great and I decided to write out how to do it in case you don’t want to randomly increase and hope for the best. You can read all about how to alter a sweater knitting pattern into a tunic over at Our Daily Craft.

Have you ever done this? I’d love to hear how it turned out!


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