I’ve been going through my sweaters, deciding what I like and what I don’t. I’ve got a bee in my bonnet to alter the ones that don’t make me completely happy. That’s the thing about knitting a sweater; we don’t know exactly what it will be like until it’s done. Even if it fits, it may not be as flattering as one might wish. (I’m hoping my top down Raspberry Vodka Lemonade will avoid these issues since I can try it on as I go…)

I’m feeling empowered by a recent sewing incident. The red polo shirt for father-in-law’s birthday? I got mine early so I could hem it; they usually fall halfway to my knees. A polo that fits in the bust is going to bind across the butt if it’s too long, so I shortened it by 3 full inches. While I had it in my clutches, I tapered the sides, too, because I hate looking like I’m wearing a box! It made a huge difference. I look tall (hah!) and slender instead of stubby and boxy. Or at least, it looks like my shirt fits.


So now I’m going to make some more changes, because knitting is just fabric, as we learned in steeking class.

free at last

I’d be happier if this were about an inch longer. I made it short because I’m short on top, but now I think this just accentuates my shortness. I keep tugging at it, hoping it will grow. No dice. So I’m going to remove the button bands, then snip just above the bottom ribbing, pick it out and knit a new longer ribbing. If I cut above the ribbing and start there, you won’t see the 1/2 stitch jog that will result from changing from bottom up to top down knitting. It has to be ribbing rather than stockinette so the jog doesn’t show. Wish me luck!

ruffle tank

The armholes on this red linen ruffle tank are just a bit deeper than I like. If I shorten them a bit, the total length won’t be too short, but I’ll feel less exposed. Rather than undoing the armhole edgings and frogging down, I’m just going to take up a little seam at the shoulder, about 1/4 inch down. While I’m at it, I’m going to sew a little seam on the sides, too, because I’d like this to be a little closer fitting like my blue version.


The fabrics are different; the red one is all linen, whereas the blue one is merino and linen. Different drape, but I think the very drapey red one would look better a bit tighter. (And hey, I forgot that I own black linen slacks! I have to find those…)

I’m on a roll! While I’m at it, I’ll mend the holes in my log cabin blanket. Kitty’s claws have done a number on it. I am the boss of my knitting!

What bee is in your bonnet?

9 responses to “(K)nitpicky

  1. Your sweaters are all lovely, but I can picture your edits. They will look even better.

    The bee in my bonnet? It’s to get a new yarn bowl tomorrow. I broke my blue one today. 😦 What can I say? I haz a sad.

  2. It’s amazing the difference properly fitted clothes make. Pretty much ever since I discovered women’s t-shirts, I haven’t worn any other kind. I’m not box-shaped — why wear clothes that are?

    Good luck on your alteration adventures! I’m thinking I may shorten the feet on my first pair of handknit socks. I have long feet, but not quite as long as the feet on these socks.

    • I didn’t have a choice on the polo, just on what to do with it! And men’s T’s just don’t look good on me, unless I slice and dice them. That’s the only way I can deal with event T’s.

      Good luck with your socks! Are they knit cuff down (so easy to adjust), or do you have to resort to other manipulations?

  3. I bet you’ll feel liberated when all are made over. It’s like having a complete new wardrobe for the season. Alternate on 😀

  4. You are brilliant to go back and adjust your knit garments to fit better. I usually end up giving away anything that doesn’t fit perfectly — but I might have to start seeing what can be improved after it’s knit so that I can keep more of my projects.

    • I’ve given away a couple sweaters. When I think of how much time and effort went into them, it makes me all the more determined to adjust and keep more of them!

  5. morewithles

    Oooh, can’t wait to see the revised versions!!!!

  6. quiltyknitwit

    “I’m the boss of my knitting.” I love that – will have to remember it!