Before I met Scott he hardly ever wore sweaters. He couldn't find any he liked. He's allergic to wool (that's a whole other topic right there). But he LIKES sweaters. In fact, he likes the look of certain wool sweaters, especially tweedy wool sweaters. He likes roll necks and sleeves. He likes slouchy sweaters; if necessary he will (attempt to) buy a sweater two sizes too big to achieve that look. He likes ... subdued colors.
When he finds a sweater he LIKES, Hurrah! Hurrah!
So when I found him the most special sweater -- light grey tweedy look with roll neck and cuffs, casual, roomy, and not a jot of wool -- I was excited for him. He didn't pick it up because it looked like wool. What a find! And next to it, sweater number two: dark blue/grey tweedy look with wide ribs, casual, roomy.
The sweaters received much care, wear, attention. They made him happy. But, sadly, his sweaters don't have a long shelf life. They shrink. This is a cause of great sadness.
My first knitters tip: don't put it in the dryer. That helped.
My second knitters tip: stretch it out when it's wet. That helped some more.
But when these failed and the most special sweater was too short to wear, it was a dark day indeed.
But wait! I'm a knitter! I'm (sorta) fearless! I just read about recycling sweaters!
We made a plan. Sweater number two took one for the team.
And the most special sweater was gonna get a graft. Extensions, if you will. A "regrow".
Except it was almost summer and who wants to work on a fall sweater in the summer???
Here are the beginnings of the "regrow":
With right side facing, I picked up stitch for stitch all around the cuff. Here's the inside:
It seems a smooth transition (no pun intended). And when I unroll the cuff, you can see a slight puckering at the pick up point, which I hope will remain hidden in the roll.
My first pick up attempt was a few rows below, where the ribbing ends, and was done with wrong side facing. Besides the puckering, the roll no longer rolled, just sorta folded over; and since it was picked up wrong side facing (what was I thinking?), it wasn't a smooth transition. This time, I looked at where the natural roll occurred and picked up a row or so higher.
Here be a new scarf I started using the cashmere/merino yarn I picked up at Mini Mills in PEI.
The scarf is for... a man. That's all I'm gonna say.