Sweater Surgery

A few years ago I knit this beautiful Aran sweater for my husband.  My daughter modeled it for a picture:

It is the Staghorn Aran by Janet Szabo

The problem is that it’s a few inches too short in the sleeves and body for my husband. My swatches grew when I washed them, so I wasn’t too worried when they seemed short. I followed the length the pattern called for and thought they’d magically grow. 

Well they didn’t.  

So now, a few years later, I’m emotionally ready to do sweater surgery to lengthen them. 

It was very scary to make that first cut.  

Then I had to rip out the cuff, pick up the stitches, and figure out which pattern row I was on. 

I’ve got the first sleeve almost done. I can see a line where I started, but the new stitches still need to be blocked. Stay turned for the final results. 

What is the most involved knitting surgery you’ve done?

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7 Responses to Sweater Surgery

  1. Wow! You go, girl. I bet that line blocks right out. The cable looks wonderful.


  2. beautiful work – but so BRAVE! I probably would have just tried to make another sweater rather than make the cut! πŸ˜‰ good luck – I enjoy reading your posts
    (I’ve only been knitting & crocheting for a few years and generally stick to hats & baby blankets πŸ™‚ )


  3. chrisknits says:

    I need to lengthen a baby sweater an inch on the back, only, I had to do it in the middle of the armhole. So I pick up the sts on two separate needles across the fingering weight back and knit the extra depth. Then I grafted all those tiny stitches back together!!! But the thought of ripping out all those fingering weight rows was more than I could bear. Lovely sweater.

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  4. Michele says:

    What a beautiful sweater! I am sure the surgery will go well. Good luck witht the Master Knitter Program.


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