performing surgery

after finishing the second sleeve on sunday, I decided that the first one needed a tighter hem…

at first, I was patiently undoing every stitch, until I got bored of that and decided to just cut to the chase if you will.

I knit the new ribbing plus a couple of rows of stockinette and then grafted that to the sleeve.
now the sweater pieces are lounging about after a long soak, waiting for some seaming and neckline action.

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  • Alyson February 6, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Gah. Scissors near handknits always give me the vapors. You’re a brave soul.

  • Chris February 6, 2007 at 6:13 pm


  • Adam February 6, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Oh dear, I’m going to need a scotch.

  • Leah February 6, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    You are a brave one BUT, if there is anyone I know who could do that with resolve it’s you (of course there is the rather large glass of wine I’m sure you had waiting as reinforcement)! 😉

  • connie February 6, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    That’s such a great solution! How did you do the grafting?
    I’m sewing up my sweater for you now. And then I also have some neckband, button band action…

  • diana February 6, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Nice! I love seeing scissors in the same picture as knitting.

  • Veronique February 6, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Damn! That cashmere is seeing a lot of action…

  • stacey February 7, 2007 at 9:16 am

    brave woman – what a great idea!

  • anna February 7, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    sometimes it just has to be done.

  • vanessa February 7, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    you’re so brave..i can never bring myself to do that.

  • Lydia McNeil February 9, 2007 at 10:43 am

    I cut the bottom off a sweater once – it’s super scary, and that was a little toddler sweater, not cashmere or anything!! But it all works out. Good for you!

  • Barb February 10, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    You are a brave soul (or nuts wink), but I see you nerve paid off!

  • carrie February 12, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Oooo, you grafted! Neat! Hats off to you, I think I’d have done it the long way =)

  • Julia February 12, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Okay, don’t smack me for this, but you know that you didn’t have to graft to do that, right? When you start in a stockinette section, you can just cut and knit down to the cuffs. I only mention it because grafting evenly can be such an ordeal in an area like that. Or were you trying to maintain the same cast-on edge?

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  • Casey February 28, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I can’t believe you cut cashmere! I don’t think I could ever do that. I hope it turns out just the way you want it to!

  • BrownPants March 1, 2007 at 7:21 am

    GAH! you brave woman!

  • Barbara March 4, 2007 at 8:39 am

    I have seen my mom cut a knit garment… I don’t get how you can do that without ruining it completely???