I bought a hand-knit sweater about 3, 3.5 years ago on a study abroad trip to Iceland I'd like to rework for a better fit--with minimal hassle (i.e. just adding to it, not totally re-knitting it). It was intended for kids, but because I'm small, it mostly fits.
I'm in the process of hunting down matching lopi wool (Icelandic product), which is a bit of an iffy thing because my sweater's main color is royal blue (discontinued by ISTEX, not a very popular color w/ other brands, have found 3 sources for it--I'm concerned about a good match because I obviously don't have a lot number :/).
The neck and shoulders is all intarsia, so it's hard for me to tell if this was knit in the round or not. :/ In some places the mattress stitch is really
good, so I can't totally pinpoint all the seams, or they might be hidden under intarsia. I know I'm going to have to un-do the intarsia, but before I begin, I thought I'd ask those with more experience what's the best way to go about this.
If it is not knit in round, is it easier to broaden the shoulder width (i.e. pick apart the shoulder seams, rip down to about armpit, and undo decreases) or lengthen the sleeves (taking off the sleeves, ripping, then adding rows)? Or would it all depend on the construction method?
If it is in the round (i.e. top-down)...what should I do?
Sorry, don't have a connecting cable from camera to computer right now to show it.
I've knit one sweater, that was supposed to be a sleave-inset method, but my arms didn't fit the pattern (discovering this after I have completed the body of course
), so I kind of made up my own sleeve pattern and sewed the excess material to the inside.
I'm working on a new sweater with a different construction (no insets-yea!).
Thanks for any help!