Monday, January 09, 2006

Lengthening a sweater.

Ok, here is the problem. I need to lengthen my FIL sweater I knit him for Christmas. It is true that I have been avoiding it because I KNOW what I have to do.
Graft Ribbing.
I was looking for an easy way out. I consulted the Knitting Guru...Grumperina. She confirmed my thoughts that taking out the cast on and knitting down was not going to work for ribbing. Of course, she encouraged me to try on a swatch to see if the results would be good enough...
My little swatch to add length to:



The cast on taken out and the swatch on the needle:



At this point, I knew it wasn't going to work. But I knit down anyway to show you all the results:



The ribbing is going to the right now...no good. So I then separated the knit and purls sides...as if grafting 1x1 ribbing...



Well, that wasn't going to work, but it did help me visually....and I attempted grafting.



I had a rough start but caught on near the left side. I think I can do it...maybe. I would put it on smooth yarn instead of the needles though, for sure. Grafting that many stitches....all the way around that sweater...
So I sat down and started....knitting a cute purse!



Picovoli is done, I need to steam the edges and do another photo, patience please!
Ballet Wrap is blocking and I will knit the ties tonight and hopefully assemble tomorrow.

15 comments:

Stephanie said...

Ooooh, I saw one of those purses at Strikker and it is really cute. I need to pay more attention when I look at my books - I have to have someone knit it before I think somethings is cute. Good luck on the grafting - I'm sure you'll do a great job.

grumperina said...

I'm glad you documented knitting ribbing in the other direction - people often don't understand what it means to be "off half a stitch" - now there's a picture. I know you can tackle the grafting, though. Remember, I did it across an entire sweater's back! I put the stitches on sewing thread when I did that, in fact, and I didn't take the thread out until the whole thing was grafted successfully.

savannahchik said...

is it possible to graft at the point where the ribbing meets the st st? the change in texture might do a better job of hiding any little inconsistencies (and keep you from going crazy!)

Laura said...

Maybe I'm a knitting moron, but grafting kicks my butt. I always manage to screw something up. So when I saw the words "graft ribbing" I felt a little faint. (Granted, it could be the vertigo.)

But I am sure you can do it! Good luck and I can't wait to see those FOs!

Purly Whites said...

Cute purse. That ribbing is confusing, I think I get what is going on, based on your photos and Grumperina's comments. Good luck figuring it out.

Elemmaciltur said...

Seems like Strikker's got the same bag done before you.

But it's lovely nevertheless....I wish I could do something like that one day....only thing is, I can't go around carrying something like that, so I'll need a recipient.

Jill said...

Your post comes at the perfect time. I also have to lengthen the ribbing on a Christmas item that turned out to be 3 inches too short and while I understood the 1/2 stitch off concept, it was great to see it in a picture. Thanks

Lolly said...

Such a helpful post, Carolyn - this is bound to happen to me sometime, so I am so glad to know how to do it.

The pouch is so incrediby pretty - I love that and the bigger purse!

Jacqui said...

Rather than just adding knitting to the very bottom, if the sweater is stocking stitch with a ribbed waistband then you can cut the yarn above the ribbing, pick out a round of knitting, pick up the stitches from the stocking stitch and knit down for the added length. Then you knit a new waistband without needing to match up ribbing to ribbing. I added 4" to the back of this sweater that way.
http://jacqui583.blogspot.com/2005/10/fixed-cardigan.html

Of course if the entire sweater is ribbing this won't work, and you're back to grafting. Good luck; we want pics when you're done! :)

Wool Winder said...

I like the way you started something new instead of tackling the grafting right away. A little fun knitting is just what you need to get ready for the challenge. I know you can do it.

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