Monday, February 15, 2010

Contemplating Knit Surgery



I guess it's not as daunting as knee surgery, but I'm worrying over whether to proceed, having never knit/sweater surgery before.

I'm knitting the Ursa sweater in Berroco Ultra Alpaca in a deep brown I love the yarn and the design but don't like the 4 rows of ribbing at the bottom of the back and fronts I completed. The pattern calls for 4 rows, but I think it should have been at least 8. I can tell it is going to roll up and bother me. Of course, I didn't figure this out before knitting the back and fronts, that would have been a good time to know.

So, I've read about knit surgery where you cut and unravel, then start knitting from the bottom of the sweater (this was knit bottom up) but it's a scary thought cutting into my knitting and I don't know how it will work with ribbing. I understand it works well with stockinette stitch. Anyways, I'm thinking I'll cut all the ribbing off, then start by knitting a few rows of stockinette, then the 8 rows of ribbing. Knitters, I could use advice and help if you have any!

5 comments:

storybeader said...

don't know what knit/sweater surgery is all about but the finished piece is beautiful, and the model, too! I like the brown you're using! Goes with some many clothes! {:-D

The Ash Grove said...

Oh, that sounds scary. I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to try it...

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I think it looks good as it is...but god luck with the surgery!

Joy (The Art Of Joy) said...

Any surgery sounds scary, but I'm sure the sweater is in capable hands! Good luck!

Kim said...

I've used this method to shorten sleeves and it works well. I would recommend working on it during a very quiet time where you won't be disturbed and be patient - don't panic!