I bought this sweater at a thrift store ages ago and just never did anything with it. I bought it because it is Miss Me brand. Vane, I know. I recently looked up sweaters from Miss Me and, of course, they do not have this style anymore but the cheapest sweater on the website was $54. This sweater at the thrift store was $4. Yes, $4.
But....there is a catch. The sleeves were waaaaay too long. Who has arms this long?
So, you know what I'm going to do?!?! I'm going to shorten them and reknit the cuff. Yeeha! I can't wait!
This is such a cute sweater, albeit a bit itchy, but cute. Funny how when you look at the construction of a garment, you see how cheaply it was made. First, this sweater is a mix of wool and acrylic. Yuck, very itchy. I will have to wear a long-sleeved T-shirt or blouse under this. Second, the buttons on the front are the same shell buttons that I bought on eBay when I made the Shapeshifter Shrug. They were $7 for a big bag of them. Point proven.
First, I figured out where I wanted the new cuff to end; marked it. Then unstitched the seam that held the arms together a few inches beyond the place I marked. Then I found where I marked and made a little snip on a stitch at the very edge. I carefully pulled that stitch out across the width of the sleeve.
Once the sleeve was detached from the main sweater, I unraveled the detached part of the sleeve and balled it up. I will use this very yarn to reknit the cuff.
I tried to gauge what knitting needle I was going to use to reknit. I have at least one of each size in my organizer.
I figured that I needed a 9. I put the loose stitches from the real sleeve onto this size 9 needle.
I then knitted the ribbing again: k2, p2.
I tried blocking the sleeves in order to align the stitches neat, by wetting the cuffs and placing a towel on it.
In addition to putting heavy weight on it to smoosh them into submission.
But, it did not really work. I think the reason why it did not work is because it was an acrylic blend. Damn those acrylic blends. They ruin everything!
Once I accepted this, I seamed up the arms again with the tails of the yarn that were hanging out still. I weaved in the rest of the ends.
The seam are in-line with how it looked originally and the cuffs back together.
Not too shabby....
I wore it to work a few weeks back and got tons of compliments. Thank you Miss Me, but move over for Miss Nancy!