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« on: November 06, 2006 08:32:32 AM »

A long time ago, when I was first knitting....I knit a lovely aran sweater for the dear hubby.  He wanted longer sleeves, so I blocked them a bit longer, and now they are too long!  Any thoughts on how to shrink them back down?  And if not, has anyone ever felted an aran sweater?  Thanks so much for your help, Julie
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006 11:38:44 AM »

Don't felt! The fabric more times than not feels rough, and its a process you can't really control.

Reblock your jumper again, that should work.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006 11:40:56 AM »

I've tried reblocking, but it doesn't seem to shrink at all.  Any superduper blocking hints?
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2006 01:28:49 PM »

Wow.

Really? It didn't unblock? To be honest, you can block to stretch stuff, but not to shrink it. Do you have a picture of the jumper?

I know that this woman called theresa at knitty.com (she does techniques for knitty) and is quite knowlegable about these things.
Bonne Marie Burns (another person at kitty) is quite good as well. Ask them and see if you get a response? Or, you could ask eunyjinn of (eunnyjin knits) for any insights.

You may have to probably put a pair of scissors to it though, and get armed with a sewing machine.

Sorry that I can't help!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2006 02:46:36 PM »

I agree that felting is something you can't really control that well, plus will change the texture of the garment.

If the sleeves are kind of narrow-ish, they may get shorter with normal wear. This happens to a sweater I knit for DH. As he moves around in the sweater and bends his elbows, etc, the sleeves get wider. Then, as they get wider, they also get shorter. If the sleeves are already kind of wide, this won't happen though.

Probably your safest bet though is to unravel the sleeves a bit. Pick the bind off (or cast on) open. Unravel the ribbing, then the appropriate amount of sleeve. Finally, reknit the ribbing, bind off and refinish the sweater. This assumes you've done a regular ribbing that won't look odd if done "upside down" (if your sleeve was knit from wrist up). I'd also save the extra yarn just in case.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2006 06:31:54 PM »

I've never knit a sweater before, but I read several books on knitting/designing them, though (I know, I know, you can't learn everything from a book, but I'm a read-aholic  Grin) and the exact same technique Rose Campiondescribed is what I remember reading. Good luck and I'm sorry the sweater didn't turn out the way you had hoped.
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2006 08:03:36 AM »

Thanks for all the advice.  I had thought about taking the surger (gasp!!!) to it.  Really, the whole thing is much too big.  I've even thought about cannibalizing it for another sweater, but I can't bring myself to do it. 

The reason I was thinking felting was to make a jacket for me.  Since this is 100% wool, it's much too hot for him.  Unless we move to the tundra...or I make him sleep outside..hmm.... If I did felt it I would steek it down the middle and put in a zipper or something.  But...I'm hesitant. 

But, on the other hand, it's just sitting in the closet for now.  Which also makes me crazy.   I'll post some pics when I figure out how.. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2006 08:52:19 AM »

Okay, here's some pictures of the monster sweater http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=65062 and http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=65061
thanks for all your help!
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2006 10:45:02 AM »

Well, I suppose you could felt it for yourself but be very careful not to over felt!  It might felt more lengthwise and less widthwise too FYI.

But if hubby isn't wearing it at all, you might as well do something with all that yarn!
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2006 11:49:09 AM »

Thanks for all the advice.  I had thought about taking the surger (gasp!!!) to it.  Really, the whole thing is much too big.  I've even thought about cannibalizing it for another sweater, but I can't bring myself to do it. 

The reason I was thinking felting was to make a jacket for me.  Since this is 100% wool, it's much too hot for him.  Unless we move to the tundra...or I make him sleep outside..hmm.... If I did felt it I would steek it down the middle and put in a zipper or something.  But...I'm hesitant. 

But, on the other hand, it's just sitting in the closet for now.  Which also makes me crazy.   I'll post some pics when I figure out how.. Smiley

First off, it's a really nice looking sweater, and it would be a shame to frog the whole thing.
The sleeves DO seem a bit out of proportion though - maybe you could just frog a few inches on the bottom of the sleeves and re-knit those to a better length?

But if it's not just the sleeves that are the problem and you want to get it out of the closet and onto someone who will feel nice and cozy in it, maybe you could put it up for a charity auction (or Ebay it and use the money to buy yourself some more yarn)... then you know it's getting worn and loved, even if not by the person you intended it for Smiley
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