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Re-styled clothing with your needles March 11, 2012

Filed under: Knitting Projects,The Repair Pile — cydknits @ 4:26 pm

I have recently gone on a clothing purge, the rule, if it does not fit I need to get rid of it…or make it fit. After the ordeal of evaluating everything in my closet I was left with a pile two feet high of clothing that I needed to alter or it was to the donation pile for them!

The first item is my favorite fleece orange pullover.  The issue: To short, has been since I washed it a few times. So the thought process began. I came to the conclusion to add a ribbed 2×2 cuff at the bottom. I selected a multi sock yarn.

Step one of this process it to base stitch with the yarn around the bottom of the sweater where you want the cuff to begin. Trying to keep the stitches small and close together…and in a straight line. Make sure that the stitches are not bunched. When you get completely around tie a square not snugly, but not tight enough to distort the bottom of the pullover.

Now that we have what we will be attaching the cuff with, we need to something to knit into. After much thought I decided to single crochet two times in each stitch, and chain one between the stitches.  So for every base stitch you would have three stitches.

I chose to use size 3 needles with this yarn, so now we pick up stitches in each of the crochet stitches all around.

Once done, begin to K2P2 around for the desired length. I worked for 5 inches and ended with a bind off meathod called “Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off” as seen on http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php

Using the same technique I also added fingerless gloves to the end of each sleeve which I find ties the whole thing together. Now I am thinking of adding a hood, because who doesn’t like a hood?


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