Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sweater Surgery in Seven Steps

Step 1: Take two circs and pick up right leg of stitches in row you want to trim to.
Surgery 1

Step 2: Freak out.
Surgery 2

Step 3: Place scissors maaaany rows down as eff-up buffer, since you will of course cut across totally unevenly and need to do it again.
Surgery 3

Step 4: Take deep breath and cut that sucker.
Surgery 4

Step 5: Unravel down
(up?) to two rows before pick-up row to allow room for stockinette edge to roll. Pat self on back for thinking of that and give yourself with a Pop Tart later (Brown Sugar & Cinnamon... mmmm...).
Surgery 5

Step 6: Pick up stitches using slightly larger needle, then bind off using even larger needle. Try on to make sure length is right, jump up and down with glee, remove pick-up needles, weave in end.
Surgery 6

Step 7: Mattress stitch boobage in 6 stitches on each side, starting at the armpit, gradually reducing to 4 stitches, then 2 stitches, down to waist. Backstitch above that just 'cause.
Surgery 7

So, did it work? Was Raspy saved? As soon as this infernal weather clears up, I'll be able to take pics and show you!


Blogger Zonda said...

Gah!! No fair! All that play by play and no final result (hehe typed reslut, I have a habit of doing that, ask hubby ;)

Anyhow, thanks so much for those pics, a great help! :)

*taps foot and hoping your weather clears up soon!!!! ;)

2:16 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

Yay! I'm so glad you went for it!

2:18 PM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Girl you completely earned that pop tart!!! Nice work.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I hope it worked out! I've been thinking about doing some surgery for a scarf I've done recently, and you're helping me get up the nerve!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

The fact you posted this makes me think Raspy made it!

I love your tute and the way you still keep your no-face posting policy in tact!

4:37 PM  
Blogger LizKnits said...

Laugh ... you are a brave soul. I'm hoping for the best and looking forward to the FO pics!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

Nice tutorial! You're brave, you only freaked out once... and you didn't have to down half a bottle of burgundy before you made the first cut. You have the heart of a lioness!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Esoteric Knitter said...

Oh wow! I was in suspense seeing your photos. I can't wait to see more.

7:17 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

I pray the surgery went well!! Show us the pics!!!!

12:00 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Fingers crossed! (Thought I must say I have a good feeling!)

For the record, that "Freak out" shot is priceless.

4:38 AM  
Blogger missyecaj said...

I agree with sj. That freak out photo is hilarious! I'm definitely excited to see the revived FO! I'm bookmarking this entry, in case I ever have to something just as brave.

6:05 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

i am waiting in breathless anticipation. i also like your headband.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Mary-Kay said...

You made my heart stop. I've never seen anything like that. Your FREAKIN' me out here!!!!

7:05 AM  
Blogger chemgrrl said...

You big tease!

You also forgot one step--have a large glass of yeast poo. Well, *I* would have taken that step. Most likely after Step 2.

9:36 AM  

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