Monday, December 27, 2010

Re-cuffing a hat (or mittens/socks/whatever)

(A tutorial, with horrible iphone pictures!)

So, let's say you have this lovely hat made out of Verb for Keeping Warm Annapurna, and say that your dog got ahold of it:

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I feel it necessary to mention that my dogs did NOT do this... it was my dad's hat from last Christmas, and my parents' goldendoodle has an eating-things-that-aren't-food problem. I assured him that I could reknit the cuff, and he requested dark brown. I thought I'd document the process. It's pretty easy, but hey.

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1. Using waste yarn and a yarn needle, pick a point a few rows above the damage (or the whole cuff in this case) and go under one leg of each stitch in a row, all the way around.

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(the circled leg is where the needle would go in next.) And so on, all the way around.

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2. Chop off the cuff a couple of rows above the stitching.

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(God these pictures are awful, I'm sorry. I'm not sure where my real camera was for this.)

3. Unravel down (or up) to the waste yarn. There'll be a lot of little pieces to pull out and it can be slow going, but it's not too bad.

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4. Stick a circular needle in along the waste yarn. Make sure you pick up any wayward stitches that you might've missed when putting the waste yarn in, heh.

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5. Snip the waste yarn and pull it out.

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6. Knit! Make sure to correct the stitch orientation if they ended up backwards, like mine did. Hehe. (Nice dropped stitch, too.)

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7. Put it on your zombie alter-ego!

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(Man, winter light + cell phone white balance = unfortunate looking Alex.)




The Offender (and my grandmother):
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Good thing she's cute.

2 comments:

  1. This was totally helpful...as I have a few things I need to fix!

    thanks!!!

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  2. that was a GREAT tutorial! The hat looked perfect,the poochie is adorable!!

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