I thought this would be a post about a Finished Object, as I washed and blocked my Akoya cardigan with a sense of relief …
With a sinking heart, I gave in to the nagging suspicion that the sleeves were several centimetres too long. The extra length caused the lace section to bunch around my wrist. I didn’ t like it.
As the sleeves are joined to the body by a yoke, I had two choices – live with it, or take drastic action.
Knowing that the cardigan would remain unworn if I took option 1, I took a deep breath and fetched the scissors.
I carefully picked up one ‘leg’ of each stitch on the row above the lace pattern.
Then snipped the yarn on the row beneath. No going back!
I carefully eased the thread from each stitch until the lower part of the sleeve was completely free, and the sleeve stitches were ‘live’ on the needle.
I’m now reknitting the 2×2 rib, ‘top down’, to create a new cuff. As a result, I won’t have the lace pattern on the sleeve, only the small cable that was at the top of the original pattern. I contemplated removing an additional 10 cm, and starting the cable higher up to be able to replicate the full lace/cable pattern, but decided that the ‘join’ and change of knitting direction might be less noticeable at the rib. Besides, the amount I needed to remove was exactly the depth of the lace section. This seemed to be a good compromise.
The crinkles should ease when I re-wash it.
And then no one need ever know it was meant to look any other way 😉
I’ll fill you in when I’ve finished it!
Have you ever taken the scissors to your knitting to carry out an alteration like this? Was it successful? I’d love to hear about it!