I'm knitting a few things for them (booties/hats in some different sizes) but wanted to make Magknits' Blossom as well. However, I have a lot of changes I want to make so I am seeking some advice!
The smallest size listed on the pattern is 0-3 months, with a 19.5" chest circumference. I've looked up preemie sizes and am planning to make a 6-8 lb size, which I'm thinking they would be able to wear for a few months, maybe longer. My research indicates they will not be wearing much clothing in the hospital, so I want to focus on a size when they are stronger and/or home. According to research this is a chest circumference of approx 13".
My first question is about the size differences: a 7 lb baby is sort of small but still 'normal' for a newborn, right? If a 7 lb baby is 13" chest circumference, how can the 0-3 month size be a 19.5" chest circumference? That would SWIM on a 0 month old.. Do these measurements sound reasonable to people who have had babies?
Second question: I can't find preemie length measurements. Should I shorten the dress as well, or figure that any extra length is just room to grow?
Third question: I have never made this drastic of a size change before. Can I just use ratios to adjust the number of cast on/off etc , and then shfit the decreases appropriately? Would I be better off to pick a much smaller yarn/needles and adjust that way (really not wanting to do this - I have knitpicks' Shine to use and don't want to find new yarn - but would if it is the best option)? My math/adjusting skills are okay I am just not that confident!
Fourth question: I'd really like to make this as one piece - at least up to the armholes. All I have to do is drop a stitch from each side of the back and the edges of the front panels, correct?
Fifth question: Am I missing anything critical?
Thanks in advance!!