I'm having a problem with the ribbing on my Urban Necessity Mitts. It's too loose. Now that they have stretched and relaxed from a few days of wear, I wish that the ribbed cuffs were narrower and a bit shorter.
What's a knitter to do? Fix the cuffs, of course! First, I slipped US5 DPNs around the base of the mitten hand, just above the last row of ribbing. I want to be careful not to lose the one-stitch increase at the base of the thumb gusset.
Then, I carefully cut into the cast-on edge and unravel up to the point where my needles are placed. The sight of scissors slicing through my stitches is always a scary one. Once I cut up to about two rows below my needles, I cut across, always making sure that I didn't get too close to those picked-up loops. When the excess fabric was cut away, I picked away the yarn until all that remained of the old ribbing were the loops on my needles. I have to admit that this was a complete pain in the you-know-where.
Next, using the smaller needles, I reknit the cuffs in K1, P1 ribbing. This time I'm twisting the knit stitch on every other round and knitting the cuffs a half inch shorter. The direction of my knitting has changed, but that doesn't matter.
Finally, I knit the last row and bind off in the green.
Doesn't the ribbing look too short? I'll agree. I know, however, that when I slip on a proper sweater and my winter coat, the length will be just fine. Whenever I follow my sense of proportion, and knit the ribbing as long as I think it should be, it ends up being too long to wear comfortably. Weird, eh?