It should work, you will have enough stitches to fit right around at shoulder level, so removing half will give you enough to fit around the chest.
Rachael, Mum to Melissa 5/6/05 and Hannah 2/10/06... and now Archie the Miniature Schnauzer
Handknits for Children, plus some accessories for the Mum's too.
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