You can see last week's tutorial here.
In today's tutorial I share techniques I teach in my Fair Isle Knitting/Steeking workshop and Professional Finishing Techniques workshop. I'm teaching both of these classes at several venues this year. See all my classes here.
The first thing I did on this sweater was to cut a section off the length. This left me with a round of live stitches which I left on two circular needles (you can put these on a piece of waste yarn if preferred) while I cut a section out of each side of the sweater.
I worked out where the side seam would be. To do this I found the final increase at the top of the sleeve. The two increases were worked after the first stitch and before the last stitch of the round, so once I found the two stitches between the increases, I could follow that line to the top of the sleeve and down to the side of the body. I used a red yarn to mark the side.
Now that the sweater is seamed, I can re-knit the rib from the live stitches at the bottom of the body.
I also unpicked the collar and re-knitted it. The collar was picked up from stitches around the neck. There is a zip inserted into the collar. I've never attached zips to knitwear before so was nervous about doing this. I did this part of the sweater surgery in Norway so didn't film it. But here's how I did it:
- Stitches were picked up for the collar. The collar was knitted and then folded over and seamed. I undid the seam and unfolded the collar.
- I undid the seam for the zip just for the section I'd be re-knitting.
- I unravelled the collar back to the first row. I then worked a row of decreases. I decreased about a quarter of the stitches.
- I re-knitted the collar and then folded and stitched it down again.
- I re-attached the zip to the collar.