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I am feeling motivated and want to start something for me when I finish up these last few things. I pulled out my IK tonight to go through and fell in love again with multiple things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I want to try the Bonsai Tunic but got to thinking I would need to alter it a bit to accomadate my stomach. I don't want to make it maternity neccessarily as I want to wear it afterwards bt I don't want to knit it as is and only get a couple wears out of it yk?<br><br>
I googled it to show a fellow knitter what it was and came across a lady who had made it with some alterations. I guess it doesnt take into account hips and the bottom is the same as the bust width wise. That makes me second guess it yk? <a href="http://www.elizabethklett.com/bonsai.html" target="_blank">Here is her version</a><br><br>
So based off that and a few others I saw I would need to do some altering pattern wise but I suck at that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Where would I switch stuff up and how?
 

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I don't knit from patterns so I'm not sure how this would go in pattern languege , but here is how I would alter it.<br><br>
The woman in the blog mentioned three alterations she did one was adding decreases to give it a mor hour glassy shape to acomadate her hips. If you are carrying low this might work for you especialy if you added a few stitches to the cast on (I'm assuming you knit from bottom to top.) Next she mentions shortening the bottom area you would want the opossit to make sure it comes low enough to hide the strechy band on your maternity pants. Third she skipped the i-cord, that won't make a difference one way or another so you decide.<br><br>
Unless you carry very low I would shorten the ribbing in the middle so it just the slender area between boobs and belly.
 

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What about making it more of an empire waisted cardigan? Just a single button, just under the bust , and let the bottom half separate just under the bust line . . . .and that would give room for the ever-expanding belly.<br><br>
Does that make sense?
 

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That is an excellent idea! That way I can still have all the pretty patterning in it and even after the baby is born will still look good. Any idea on how to alter it to work up like that?
 

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Not sure. Could you take the idea to your LYS and ask for help? I am too new to knitting for that sort of pattern help!<br><br>
Hope it works! It's beautiful!
 

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Good idea. I like the ribbing around the mid section...think it would be dumb to keep it there and still do the split?
 

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Oh, I think it would look great! You would need some sort of edging . . . perhaps an extra few rows of tighter ribbing to anchor the pattern?
 

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Yes, I think making it more of an empire waist would work well. I did a maternity-modified SKB by moving the waist lace panel higher and not as long, then adding short-rows in the belly area to prevent too much ride-up. I think it would be a pain in the butt to try to insert short-rows with that lace pattern in the tummy area, though, so you may have to make it longer so you don't expose yourself.
 
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