The Boss

That’s me. I am the boss of my knitting. I snipped a thread in the left front, between the armhole shaping and the neck shaping, ripped back 10 rows, and then grafted the two pieces back together.


If I look really hard, I can tell where I did it, just above the white line.

graft line

But I think it looks pretty good! This was definitely better than ripping out the whole hood and shoulder seam.

I’ve grafted sock toes before, so I had a basic understanding of how it works. The CPH pieces were like a very big sock toe, but with 8 purl stitches amid all the stockinette. It would make sense that the purl stitches would be worked in the reverse manner of the knit stitches. If you usually start by going in as if to knit, go in as if to purl, and vice versa. Finish each stitch by doing the opposite of what you did to start. Knit goes to purl; purl goes to knit.  Mind-bender!  Woolly Wormhead has an excellent tutorial on stockinette, reverse stockinette, and garter stitch grafting. From there it was a small leap of faith to a knit and purl combination.

It’s so logical. I’m pretty pleased with myself for figuring it out.

If you ever have to do this, don’t forget that you can only rip down; you can’t rip up into the knitting. Choose your cut accordingly.


14 responses to “The Boss

  1. Even with your white line, I can’t see it! That’s a good sign! It’s absolutely beautiful!

  2. Go you! You can’t even see it!

  3. Looks great, I wouldn’t have seen it if you did not point it out.

  4. Whew! I’m glad you can move on! I know you aren’t finished with this project, but what’s next on the radar?

  5. Thank you so much for the link to the tutorial, I just had to create a shortcut for it as it may come in handy for a future project. I would have thought you were an expert as you did this so well.

  6. I can’t see it at all!

  7. Great job! It looks great and so much better than ripping it back…

  8. Good job, you are the boss!

  9. Ouch! Says the sweater. But I’ll still keep you warm and dry because you took the time and care to knit me. I’ll forgive you any mistakes because of your good intentions. Love, your creation.
    ps from Dee, looks like the same color as my Scots cardigan!

  10. I’ve grafted sleeves twice, once on a raglan-style mohair shrug where the fabric was just too unstable to knit in the round in any way, so I knit them flat, seamed them and then grafted them to the sweater…and the second was on a sweater that had a ton of stranded colorwork down by the cuffs, only the sleeves ended up being 5″ too long, and there was no way I was ripping back and redoing the colorwork, so I cut the yarn 5″ above the colorwork, ripped out the offending 5″ and grafted the colorwork cuffs back on (with some additional finagling due to the difference in sleeve circumferences!) Both times worked out fairly well — the better option than anything else I could have done in either situation — but to do with cables? I’m truly impressed! It looks great! 🙂

  11. Congratulations! I really had to look to find the place you grafted. Nobody will ever know unless you point it out and you saved yourself so much time. Way to go!

  12. Wow – that is brave and I wouldn’t have noticed that section if you hadn’t pointed it out with the white line – I’d say it was very well done!

  13. So, totally not related to this post….but thank you for the help on my site! That link you gave me is very, very helpful…

  14. You should get a medal for bravery! Looks amazing.

    Thanks for the tutorial links too.