I have a lovely (complicated) Alice Starmore pattern that uses 7 colors of two-ply fingering yarn, to be knit on Size 3 (US) needles. I have all the materials (with extra yarn for each color), along with the pattern.
However, the pattern itself is too small. The finished bust size, for example, is 43"; I'd like it to be more like 46-47".
In addition to the front, back, and sleeve pieces, there are several additional pieces that are sewn as attachments. Each piece has diamond patterning in a contrast coloring, and each piece also has a rather complicated shape.
All to say that, because of the complexity of the pattern, I can't simply increase the number of stitches to change the size.
I generally knit fairly true to the specified gauge (including with multi-strand patterns). My thought is to use size 5 needles instead of 3's. Does anyone have any experience with this--am I on the right track?