|Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang demonstrates how to make a sweater longer or shorter.|
I am notorious for knitting my sweaters too short. I don't know what comes over me; no matter how many times I measure myself and vow to knit the body (to armholes) 17 to 19 inches, I continue to ignore myself and stop at about 16 inches.
I think I get too excited to start a new part of the pattern and I stretch the sweater when I'm measuring. Slap my hand, will ya?
I've tried to make my sweaters longer by stretching the heck out of them during blocking, which works okay if I wet block something but not so great if I steam block. I've had to make my sweaters longer several times, and it's not fun.
The first time I did this I picked up stitches and knitted downwards to the desired length. This sort of worked, but there was a ridge where I picked up stitches.
The second time, I tried to unravel the cast-on edge and pick up stitches so I wouldn't have that ridge. Here's some news from me: you can't unravel a cast-on edge. And it's agony to pick it out. I ended up cutting it off and making a big mess. I had to take out several rows, adding to the amount I had to knit to make the sweater the right length.
As you can see, the key is picking up the stitches before you cut the cast-on edge. And if you've knit from the top down, easy-peasy—just unravel the cast-off, pick up the stitches, and start knitting.
Even though the fix is pretty easy, I think I've finally learned my lesson. At least I hope so.
I've also learned so much from Eunny and Interweave Knits over the years. Knits is just full of knitting techniques and tutorials, including the feature "Beyond the Basics." I've learned how to make better buttonholes, how to follow a lace chart, how to set in sleeves correctly, and much more.
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