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May 09, 2010


Guess what came back to live with me?

After hemming and hawing for 4 months, my mom finally relinquished this stockinette labor of love so I can alter it. It was clear from the beginning that it came out longer than it needed to be, but not wanting to trouble me, she kept trying to make it work. Finally, when I was visiting this weekend, she allowed me take it back.

The alterations will not be trivial, but they will make this vest wearable, and they will be less work than knitting an entire new vest (which is also in the works, though progressing very slowly). The whole thing will go something like this:

  1. Remove buttons, rip out button band and armhole bands.
  2. Take apart side and shoulder seams, so the vest is in 3 pieces again.
  3. Shorten armholes by about 1" (from the top).
  4. Shorten the vest body by a good 3" by performing something similar to Operation Orange Overload.
  5. Reassemble vest.
  6. Re-knit the button band and armhole bands. Work a few decreases in the armhole bands so they don't bunch in the armpit.

I hope it will be a very straightforward fix, but I'll let you know if it turns disastrous ;).

Posted by Kathy on May 9, 2010 08:32 PM


My hat's off to you, lady. It is a major accomplishment for me to pick up stitches that have fallen off the needle. You rock! (and inspire)

My hat's off to you, lady. It is a major accomplishment for me to pick up stitches that have fallen off the needle. You rock! (and inspire)

That's quite an undertaking. You're so brave. I probably would have just made a new one.

I agree with domesticshorthair - with all these mods, it seems easier to me to just knit another one! Please post pictures of the process.

Whoa! It's the button band that would be the death of me. The grafting part? LOVE that kind of thing.

Wow - my hat's off to you. Can't wait to see the results.

I so very much admire your dillegence, attention to detail and commitment to an excellent finished result! All qualities that I want to cultivate in myself...next time I am grumbling because I have to rip back and redo something to get it just right I will ask myself, "Come on now, Luba, what would Grumperina do?"

Well, you do have a plan..... And in your very capable hands, I'll bet that it works! Good Luck!

Wow. I would have just made a new one. Though I do have a project underway that I'm going to do a bit of a fix on before I send it to its home, but it is not nearly as extensive as that!

Ahh, this is the beauty of knitting, you can get it RIGHT! It's a relief when the recipient can be honest - better that than seeing your project at the bottom of their drawer. May I be bold and suggest narrower shoulder bands - no wider than the button band? It may bunch less and they won't stand out from her shoulders as much. Hey, at least you get to re-knit the interesting parts, where you can see some progress, rather than just the stockinette parts!

You are a saint.

Good luck! Show us some process pictures :)

I second Evelyn. I sooner knit 10 new vests than do what you are about to do. I hate alterations in sewing, too! Good luck. My hat's off to you.

More power to you! I bet you have fantastically good focus, both eyes and attention. You take on some serious projects.

Wow, good luck to you! Just the thought of having to re-knit seams is enough to keep me from making any changes. You are far more talented and patient than I am, though :)

What a lot of work - but it's better for the product to be satisfactory in the end. I'm interested in how you made the row of stitches between the armhole and button bands and the main part of the vest; there seems to be a kind of a decorative row there.

You go! I'd be completely daunted, but that's great that you want to make it perfect.

You go girl! If anyone can make it work you can...sounds way more complicated to me than starting over with a new one....

This is inspiring - I have a sweater that I knit for my brother that needs similar treatment that I've been planning to do for....3 years? 5? I think I was married when I knit it so it can't be more than 5. It doesn't seem that old.

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