Sweater surgery

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Remember the swoncho? I finished it a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t 100% happy with the collar.

I didn’t incorporate the optional short rows when knitting the pattern. The collar was a little too tight for optimum comfort and a little too long. Because of the funnel neck style, the sweater didn’t lie smoothly at the upper chest.

So I did surgery today.

I took a cable from my interchangeables and some skinny tips and picked up one leg of each stitch around, four rows below the ribbing. Then I snipped the yarn in the round above (I had to unravel upwards as it was top-down construction.) There was much faffing to get all the stitches from one round neatly onto the cable and in the process I ended up losing a couple more rounds.

I knitted a round or two to make sure it was all ok, then tried it on. The front neckline was still a teeny bit higher than I wanted, but the circumference was wider and I decided to go ahead and add the new ribbing. My first attempt at short rows at the back neck was too drastic and it would have looked odd, so I unknitted (tinked) that effort and redid it. By the time I was happy with it, the collar was 12 rows deep at the back and 6 at the front. Then I bound off and called it done. Really done, this time!

This is going to be so much more wearable now and I’m really glad I faffed about with it, because I don’t know if I’d have worn it otherwise.

It’s been a pleasant ‘at home’ day today. Did the vacuuming, plant watering, bathroom and kitchen cleaning, and enjoyed a bit of Outlander on Netflix while I was dealing with my sweater. Then I baked chocolate chip muffins and a dish that’s kind of like lasagna but I stuff the tofu mixture into giant pasta shells, smother it all in tomato sauce, and sprinkle a little vegan cheese (Violife) on top and throw it in the oven for 30 minutes. Add a big green salad and dinner is done.

Tomorrow is all about the errands across the lake.

4 responses »

  1. Good for you! It’s always scary to do surgery on an FO, but you know you did the right thing when the results mean a **wearable** FO!

  2. Like that description Nicola – surgery . You have to know what you are doing or big problems. Looks wearable now. I have a short neck so need to be careful with turtlenecks. You now have a new cosy sweater in a color I like.

    What is faffing ? Another name for reducing ?

    Like the filling of big shells and a sauce of it. Where is Violife sold? I still use regular cheese so not a true vegan yet. Somewhere I have recipes for making cheese.

  3. Hi Rayne. “Faffing” is fiddling about, messing around, pottering. Probably a British word. Superstore has Violife in the fridge in their natural foods aisle. We were using Daiya shredded ‘cheese’ but now prefer the Violife.

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