My husband loves his sweater...so much so, that he's worn it several times. I decided that it was time for a washing, so I dunked it in a tub of wool wash, rinsed, and carefully laid it out to dry on some towels. I knew he wanted the sleeves a bit longer, so I gently stretched them to give him a little more length. Here's what I got after blocking:
See? They are now too long. I can't leave them like this! I tried blocking again, smooshing the sleeves a little, but that didn't work (I didn't really expect it to, but thought I'd try anyway!) The rest of the sweater relaxed enough that he is now very happy with the fit, except the sleeves. He says, "Can't you just cut it right here?" Oh yeah, sure. That's easy...right? But that's what I'm planning to do. I've read tutorials on doing this very thing before and I think I've got the process down, and I think it will be fairly easy. I think. Read on and let me know if I'm going to do this right.
I would undo the seam until I got to the red arrow. I would put a lifeline in at this point and cut the row under it. Then I'd unravel until I got to the row before the ribbing (the white arrow). Now, I put that row on a needle, put the row with the lifeline on another needle and kitchener the two together. Doing this right at the ribbing will hide any wonky looking spots. Then I'll seam up the side and it'll be perfect, right? Does anyone have any other tips? I think I can do this without any problems. I like kitchener stitch, so that part doesn't bother me. That will take out about an inch. I'm going to have my hubby try it on again and show me exactly how long he wants it and measure more accurately, but I think an inch will do it.