Wednesday, January 21, 2004  

Maeve and the Giant Peach

Well, Peachy is off the needles... but about 2 inches too short in the body and sleeves. Am I going to let my knitting boss me around? Hell, no! I'll be doing some snipping and reknitting, and *hopefully* some grafting... otherwise, taking a cue from the fearless alison, I'll be reknitting the ribbing. Hopefully that can be avoided by some extremely careful grafting, but, well, reknitting the ribbing would be a whole lot less painful than reknitting the entire yoke. Plus, I love the way it fits... just not the length. I'm working on writing up the new and improved pattern, and will hopefully have it posted in a few days.

In the meantime, here's an action shot of me working on peachy:

I'll post pictures of my attempts at sweater lengthening... cross your fingers that it isn't a complete disaster!

And So It Begins - Lengthening A Sleeve

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Step 1: Thread scrap yarn carefully through 1 row of stitches on sleeve (these become the top edge):

Step 2: Breath VERY deeply, relax, and SNIP a stitch below the scrap yarn. Slowly and carefully unravel that row of knitting, putting each newly exposed stitch onto a second length of scrap yarn:

Step 3: Separate the two sleeve pieces, and using DPNS or circulars as desired, pick up stitches from the bottom section of the sleeve. Verify that the top and bottom edges have the same number of stitches. Knit desired length on bottom section.

Step 4: Divide stitches evenly between 2 dpns for each edge (4 dpns total):

Step 5: Graft (kitchener stitch) the two sections together:

Result: 1 Longer Sleeve!

Repeat for the other sleeve, and then for the body as necessary... unfortunately, it is necessary for me... all that grafting on the body will be quite a challenge!!


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