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Altering with needles…continued. March 12, 2012

Filed under: Knitting Projects,The Repair Pile — cydknits @ 9:03 am

After the first I was eager to find a creative method to alter a shirt that I got in Jackson Hole a few years ago. It fit when I purchased it, but…it does not now, and lets leave it at that. I hated to get rid of it because I have been in love with it since seeing it in the store, even if we have been estranged as of the last few years. It ended up in the stack of repairs, the issue: Too tight.

The solution as I saw it: I needed to add a few inches on each side. After consideration I decided that I would simply make scarf like strips to the exact length of the side seam from bottom hem to sleeve cuff. My measurements came to 28″ long.

I chose to K2, P2 making sure the last two stitches are Knit for easier sewing later. I chose a rib knit because I did not want to worry about shaping, and the rib will stretch and shrink where it needs to. Here are my two side gussets all ready to go.

I first split the seams of the shirt, trimming out excess bulk from the old seam. I was not worried about removing extra fabric as the gussets would make up for any difference.

Matching the right sides of the front and gusset together, and pinning securely as the knitting has a way of moving around. I used a zig-zag stitch on my machine to attach. Then doing the same with the front. Hindsight being as is it, I believe that I should have knitted a flat garter stitch boarder on each side of the panel to make the seaming go smoother…Perhaps 2 stitches on each side.

I think I got the best compliment when I wore this shirt for the first time: “Looks like you bought it that way!”

I wonder what will come up next in the repair pile…


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?