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« on: December 20, 2007 06:49:18 PM »

 Cry I finished knitting a sweater (my first BIG project) for my hubby for Christmas, and as I was finishing up sewing the front & back on, I had him try it on. It is about 5 inches too SMALL (but just in length)!!! I measured him from a shirt he wears, but I started this project a year ago, and his beer belly has (apparently) gotten larger! It's made from a variety of patterns but basically it's from "The Yarn Girls Guide to simple knits" and the pattern is a basic rolldown sweater on big needles in stockingette stitch - so super clear stitch definition - made with Baby Grande Alpaca in natural. How can I fix this?Huh? Help, please!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2007 07:17:52 PM »

put DH on a diet!?  lol j/k

um... can you possibly pick up stitches and add some to the bottom?  I'm not farmilliar w/ this pattern, so I don't even know what it looks like, but this is the only sugguestion I can think of.
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2007 07:34:15 PM »

Its just a basic rolldown sweater pattern in stockingette...prob is said hubby is also 6' 3.5" stinkin' tall...and that is where part of the prob is....Can you pick up the stitches at the bottom without it being visible(there's no ribbing - its a roll bottom as well)? If so, I might put a 5" ribbing on it....I'm still a newbie knitter, but I have several books telling me (hopefully?) how to do this.... Embarrassed
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2007 07:49:16 PM »

Have you washed it yet? My mother made a sweater for my stepdad years ago that GREW after she washed it.  She ripped it out and started over.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2007 08:06:45 PM »

No...even with blocking or washing (which will prob make it shrink - 100% alpaca) is is still about 3" short.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2007 08:17:49 PM »

Pick up stitches around the bottom. It blows, but it will work beautifully, especially if you can get away with changing the stitch pattern - if it's stockinette, do a rib, etc - then you won't be able to tell. Even if you have to use a different yarn/color it will look great - almost like you did it on purpose - so don't worry!
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2007 09:26:17 PM »

If it's alpaca, then you can block it to the size you want it to get (sounds like it would easily be able to stretch the inches needed).

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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2007 03:45:40 PM »

Okay when you pick up stitches and start knitting the other way your stitches will be half a stitch offset to the left or right. In ribbing this will look awful.
However in stocking stitch it is not visible, because you can turn stocking stitch upside down and it looks the same.

Check out the knittinghelp.com videos on inserting a destination row by using a small needle to pick up stitches around, then you can frog back to that row happily. Or otherwise you could just put them back onto your needle as you go or even after undoing that row.

Apart from the caston row, I think you can undo stocking stitch from the beginning lie normal - unravel by pulling on the strand. I would cut the caston row right off (very close to the edge, not a couple of inches in) and then start pulling on the end strand to unravel.

Then attach your new strand of wool and start going in stocking stitch or ribbing or whatever.

Hmm I see you did this flat. Be careful at the seams - if you just cut the seaming strand you may not have enough length to weave it in well.

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