I would like to take a moment here to wish our Miss Kate a happy first birthday. Way to go, girl! Can't wait to see some pictures from the big day.
It was a big day here this weekend as I finished and bound off Kate's sweater. And that's when it hit me. This thing is too darn short. Sure, kids this age are a little stubby (sorry, Kate, but it's true) but this would be a little extreme. And, as cute as Kate's belly button is, I'm not sure about a sweater that allows her to flash that belly button to all the world. I mean, what's the point of a sweater that doesn't cover your stomach? How's that supposed to keep you warm?
I was wrapping my brain around the idea of frogging back the shoulders, removing the sleeves, knitting a few more inches, and reattaching the sleeves. Basically, redoing the entire top of the sweater. I have the time. Kate can't think about wearing a sweater for at least two more months. Sure it would be a pain, but as all knitters know, sometimes that's the only solution.
Not the only solution, however, in this instance. I can kitchener, can't I? Couldn't I simply knit a few inches of stripes, then graft that extra length onto the bottom of the sweater? I could!
In fact, that's what I'm doing right now:
Some readers might wonder why I can't remove the seed-stitch waistband, pick up the live stitches at the bottom and knit down from there. I certainly could do that, if I didn't care about seeing a jog in my stitches. Think about it. Stockinette stitch is a series of Vs on its right side VVVVVVVVVVV. When the Vs are upright, so's your knitting. If I suddenly switch the direction of the stockinette, I'll have to switch the direction of the Vs. Visually, the difference will be slight, but it'll be there.
And that won't do for Kate! Besides, grafting is so much fun.