Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring is for Make-overs (#132)

My latest knitterly Makeover of a Summer Sweater

No matter if you call it a sweater, jumper or pullover, sometimes it is time to change the style or fit. 

Read to the end of this post for my offer to help you with your sweater.

This Spring I tackled my Lalo Simple Sweater which I had knitted five years ago in a beautiful linen yarn.  I like the sweater EXCEPT for the neckline.  I always thought it was a tad too big and even added strings to tie the neckband tighter....

Original neckline 2012

With ties
 I finally re-visited the issue.  Luckily this sweater was knit up in pieces, so I was able to undo the shoulder seams and the seams between the arms and front. Then I unraveled the front down to where the left front and right front split.
Original neckline

 That done, I simply re-knit the front in a classic crew neck style, re-seaming the shoulders and then picking up stitches around the neck.  For the neckband I did a few rows of ribbing and then garter stitch to mimic the ribbing on the sleeve cuffs and the hem.  Finally I worked the bind-off on a purl row. Last I re-seamed not only the shoulder caps but also the sleeves and body to give it a more even, pulled together look.
The new look
For now you can see the join of the old and new knitting, but that is only due to the fact that although I used leftover yarn from the same skein, that yarn had never before been knitted or washed, whereas the sweater has gone through numerous washes.  I am quite sure that once the sweater is washed at least once the difference will no longer be noticeable.
I think I like it!




Here are some other tops and sweaters I had given a make over in the past:

Too wide and too short

...redone from the armholes down

Armholes are way too big

...I added some ribbing around the armholes

And last, but not least:

VERY wide neck

...I re-knitted the neckband on smaller needles.

TOO short

...I added 2 1/2 inches of ribbing to the hem.

Do YOU have a sweater or any garment which needs a make-over and some tender loving care?  Let me help you to figure out what to do.

Special offer:  1 1/2 hour one-on-one help $40 by appointment only. 


Sweater Clinic:  

2 hour class with up to three participants $25.  I will hold this class only if I have two or more sign-ups.  

Two Dates to choose from:

Thursday, May 11th from 1pm-3pm at The Knitting Garage at Stickles in Rhinebeck.

Thursday, May 25th from 1pm-3pm at The Knitting Garage at Stickles in Rhinebeck.


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