A Little Change


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?



Ahh, much better!

Smart idea! I'm still nervous about cutting my knitting, but I'm sure I'll get around to it someday. Do you feel any difference from knitting the cuff backwards?

Very nice fix! I like the idea of twisting the knit stitches. It really does help. I don't like the look of it as much, but your compromise of doing it every other row is a good one.

Very smart, being the novice knitter that I am, I would have had to start from scratch.

What a confident knitter you are! And just the fix your gloves needed. Thanks for showing us.

Beautiful. I love the colour combo!

Nice fix, but more importantly, those are some lovely lit photos. You must have been having a nice day!

Nice fix! I have to say that cutting my knitting is still not something I could bring myself to do, but maybe someday I will be gutsy enough...

I'm not so sure about the cutting, but then I might just rip it and reknit. Cutting, it seems so scary.


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