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I just finished my First Ever Wool Soaker (pics when shutterfly is back up, I promise!) using a pattern I found on here...

It's for a size large, and I'm wanting to make some newborns now. Is it crazy of me to try and size it down by just "doing the math?". Like divide all the numbers by thirds or whatever? Maybe I'm being too cheap, what are your thoughts, moms?

http://www.tinybirdsorganics.com/soakers/pattern/

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...8AbtXDRm2cOGFB

ETA: hopefully this picture link works!
 

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I don't know much about knitting, but I know that's not a good idea. Some parts are going to be only a little bit smaller, others a lot smaller. It's not proportionate! hope someone more helpful comes along to answer this for you.
 

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What you need to do is take gauge into account.

And use measurements for a newborn--there are lots of sites that have some "standard" measurements for different sizes up.

Then you dig out your 8th grade algebra.

Like, if your gauge is 20st per 4 inches then you have 5 st per inch

(just a random hypothetical) for a 20" waist (size large) you cast on X stitches, for a 13" waist (Size NB) you cast on Y

X= 20 inches x 5st per inch=100 stitches (for the large)
Y=13 inches x 5st per inch= 65 stitches

You use the newborn measurements for the rest of it too, using your large pattern as the guide. Does that make sense? I have preggo brain today.
 
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