Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Knit Along: Sweater Surgery

Remember Pete's sweater? The one that was too short? The one I ripped back and reknit so it would be long enough? The one that crept back up into the too-short realm over time?

I tried not to notice, but he wore it all the time. He really was proud of it, but I cringed when anyone found out I had made it.

So I plotted. It's a bottom-up sweater, and I knew there had to be a way to avoid ripping out the shoulders again. I consulted my knitting group and any knitterly friends who would listen. We started to come up with a plan. An episode of the Knitmore Girls Podcast, wherein Gigi performs similar surgery on a sock, confirmed it.

How to Lengthen a Bottom-Up Sweater

1. Insert an afterthought lifeline a few rows above the ribbing.
2. Take a deep breath and carefully cut off the ribbing.
3. Scoop up all the lovely stitches that are just waiting for you patiently. You may have to pick little bits of yarn away from the stitches.
4. Tink back a row or two until everything is orderly--no more fluff, no twisted stitches, etc.
5. Join a ball of yarn and knit down to the desired length, adding new ribbing when appropriate.
6. Bind off!

Cutting into Pete's sweater was really exhilarating. I think I showed it who's the boss around here. It'll behave itself after this, I'm sure of it.


Martha said...

So sweet that he wears it so much, even though it's not's made with love. ♥ You're brave to go in and snip!!!

Alisa said...

So great that your hubby loves hos sweater so much! Thanks for the little tutorial...I'm going to file that in case I ever need it!

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

showed it who's the boss -- chuckling out loud over that one! Good for you for tackling such a project! And so sweet of him to wear it all along. :)

Gretchen R said...

My husband is begging me to make him a sweater. I made him some mittens for Christmas, and he was so particular, and gave his input way too much, and kept trying to get me to modify this and that. I ended up knitting them about 5 times.

Needless to say, I don't think our marriage is ready for a whole sweater yet! We may try a hat next. ;)

Casey said...

My husband's sweater was a disaster. I'm glad you were able to fight back! I gave up and frogged it into a sweater for me.

elizabeth said...

yay! way to go! I could hear you saying that line, showing who was boss :)

M. Emily said...

I am so sad that you have to keep dealing with this project, but at least you learned something new and all of your hard work is going to be appreciated!

Lori ann said...

that is awesome, well done!