In my last post, I called my hubby's Flax pullover a finished object because at one point in late December, it was ... well ... finished. The ends were woven in, it was soaked and blocked, wrapped in pretty paper, and placed under the tree. Mark loved his new sweater and wore it immediately. At first, I was so pleased that it fit him ~ the shoulders were spot on, the width was not too snug nor too loose, and the sleeves hit just below his wrists perfectly. Yeah, I was pretty pleased with myself. That is, until he sat down and the sweater rode up a few inches above his stomach. He spent most of Christmas day tugging to keep the bottom ribbing from riding up above his waist line.
So, today I'm calling Mark's Flax pullover a work-in-progress because I promised to frog back to before the 2-inch two-by-two ribbing and add about four inches to the body's length. Yes, I took accurate measurements of Mark's body, and yes, I knew I needed to knit to 17 inches from underarm to hip before starting the ribbing, but when I was nearing 15 inches of body, it looked long enough and so I decided to end the sweater there. I know, I know ~ what was I thinking??
Accurate measurements are done for one very simple reason ~ to get a properly fitted garment ~ and as someone who is spending oodles of time, energy, and money on making such garments, you'd think I would treat those measurements like gospel! I've learned my lesson.
Now, as I was facing having to pick up hundreds of stitches to knit the additonal inches to the bottom of the sweater, I decided to try a little trick. Rather than frog the ribbing and pick up those very risky live stitches, I put my needle into the stitches just above the start of the ribbing and threaded the entire circular needle along one entire round. Once that round was securely on the cable, I unraveled the two inches of ribbing until I reached the needles. No drop stitches and no eye strain!
Let's hope knitting the additional few inches goes quickly because I've got some other projects I'm itching to cast on.