Sweater Surgery

Owls was my first sweater of the year. of. sweaters. It’s the third sweater I’ve made for myself but the first I’ve worn regularly. I was thrilled with how it turned out, except for one detail.


It went like this: put the sweater on, give the neckline a little tug and try to smoosh it into place, the neckline just wouldn’t stay. I ended up doing the tug-n-smoosh every time I moved. I don’t really like a loose neckline and I felt what I had looked a little sloppy. I wanted to be really, really proud of and 100% thrilled with my sweater. I knew something needed to be done.

Step 1: Pick up stitches just before the ribbing.


Step 2: Find the end and unravel. Always a scary step, but putting the needle in before you start helps you feel a little safer.

Step 3: As the pattern has a decrease round just before the ribbing starts, I knit one round plain and decreased 8 stitches evenly across the next round 5 more times. This stacked the decreases neatly like the crown of a hat and I felt the swirly effect went well with the circular yoke construction.

Step 4: Go down 2 needle sizes, instead of the 1 called for in the pattern, and knit 2 inches of 2*2 ribbing as directed. Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.


Step 5: Wear with pride.

I am really, really proud of and 100% thrilled with my sweater.

13 thoughts on “Sweater Surgery

    1. Thank you! I wasn’t so sure about the neckline going in, either, but I decided to knit it exactly according to the pattern and see how it went. I think, even though this pattern calls for the yarn to be knit at a tighter gauge than recommended, it still wasn’t tight enough to make a firm fabric that would stay in place, so the ribbing could just sort of do its own thing. But I highly recommend this pattern – well written and such a quick project.

  1. Ok I’m impressed. I can understand about the neckline. Even though it didn’t look bad to me, I would have perferred a tighter neckline also. Anywhoo, you did a fabulous and flawless job changing your neckline! Your sweater looks great!

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