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Remodelling Knitwear

Sometimes ideas just don’t work.  This happened recently with a new Champagne Top with a lace and cable pattern.  It just didn’t hang right and I’d made the neck way too big.  As it was all knitted in one piece, I had a dilemma; undo half and reknit it, throw it across the room in a fit of pique, or find a way to fix the problem.  Sue from the farm told me she once remodelled a jumper for her dad.  Knowing there is a way is half the battle and so I went searching for how.  This is what I’ve learned:

Work out which is the cast on edge: I needed to unravel enough to take the whole neck out and follow the step by step instructions in the book (The Collins Complete Book of NeedleCraft).  This is what it says:


Sounds easy doesn’t it?


I carefully picked up the ‘good’ stitches and put them on a separate circular needle set and gently undid the join between the two.


I then took the knitting back to where I wanted it to be and put it on a separate circular needle set.


Now I had to graft them back together.  Isn’t YouTube wonderful for learning new things; I watched how to do Kitchener Stitch and really couldn’t get it.  I tried and undid my efforts countless number of times as I just couldn’t get the tension right.  Then I had the bright idea of using the right size knitting needle rather than a sewing one.  So using exactly the same concept and with the yarn attached to the back needle, I knitted the first stitch on the front needle and pulled the yarn through but didn’t take it off the left hand needle.  I purled the first stitch on the back needle, and pulled the yarn through but didn’t take it off that needle and made up a little chant to graft the stitches together.

This was my chant:

“Purl front, pull yarn through, take off the needle,
knit front, pull yarn through, leave on the needle
knit back, pull yarn through, take off the needle,
purl back, pull yarn through, leave on the needle”

Not only have I saved my knitwear, I’m really pleased with the results – can you see the join?



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