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Topic: Is there any way I can shorten a store-bought sweater?  (Read 1324 times)
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« on: December 13, 2012 05:09:53 PM »

I bought a sweater, but it's a little too long for my liking. I would like to shorten it but how can I go about doing this? I know how to knot, but only the basics. I also know how to sew and I have a sewing machine but once again I'm no pro. Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012 08:05:44 AM »

It's very difficult to duplicate machine knitting by hand - they're usually done with very thin yarn at a small gauge. It would probably be best to fold it up and hem it or cut off a little and hem it. This might not be a good idea if there's ribbing on the bottom as you may lose that look. Or you could just live with it being 'a little too long'.

« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013 09:28:28 PM »

If it's a small gauge, I would flip up a new hem and stitch it down, as soozeq suggested. If it's a large gauge and knit in the round (no side seams) it might be a more satisfying route to cut off the very bottom (because picking out a cast off edge is terrible, idk for machine knitting in particular), then unravel it a bit, pick it up, and cast it off where you'd like.

This is sort of a worse idea, but if you stretch a knit garment more horizontally, it can't stretch as far vertically, so you could take in the side seams if they already exist and if the bottom of the sweater has something nice you'd like to preserve, like lace or a ruffle.

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