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
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.