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Old 04-27-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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can you frog starting with the cast-on edge?
My sleeve is too long. I started it at the cuff. How do you rip starting at the cast-on edge?

Also, how do you start knitting it again to finish the cuff?

It actually isn't that the sleeve is too long, it's that the yarn I was using ran out 2 inches from the end of the other sleeve. It's a shrug knit in one piece - cuff to cuff. I bought more of the same yarn, but the color and texture is different enough to bug me. I have a different color cuff and was thinking I could rip back the first sleeve to match the place where the yarn ran out on the second sleeve, then knit a longer cuff or make it a 3/4 sleeve.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:29 PM   #2
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If it's ribbing, you'll have to pick out every stitch, it may be easier to insert a destination row or lifeline and just cut, if you will not need every last bit of the wool you can get. If you want long cuffs, you could do them both in the different colour, to look right?
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:47 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by redwitch
If it's ribbing, you'll have to pick out every stitch, it may be easier to insert a destination row or lifeline and just cut, if you will not need every last bit of the wool you can get. If you want long cuffs, you could do them both in the different colour, to look right?
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The cuff is 3 inches of black ribbing. Then the sleeve goes into stockinette stitch of alternating red and black stripes. The red ran out with 4 stripes left (2 red, 2 black).

I guess I don't understand why I would have to resort to cutting the sleeve? I can't just pick out all the stitches and rip back to where I want it?

If I cut it, how do I pick up and re-do the ribbed cuff?
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Old 04-28-2007, 12:27 AM   #4
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The cast-on edge and ribbing won't pull out from that direction as easily as when you rip out from the other end.

I've made sleeves shorter by using the destination row method--threading a piece of yarn through the stitches of the row where I want to tear up to (Amy has video) and then cutting to a couple of rows below that. Then you have to pick out the stitches. I'm not sure how it would work on straight stockinette, but I do know that the purls caused a problem with the ribbing.

After all your stitches are off, then you put a needle in where the yarn is threaded through and start knitting. You are going in the opposite direction, but you really can't tell.
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I recently cut off ribbed cuffs and redid sleeves (sweater was done in st st) and it went quite easily. Crucial to have the lifeline at the same point on each so you end up with the same length and to be working the same no. of sts (esp if you were working increases in that area). St st looks the same worked either direction. I usually cut a st a couple rows shy of the lifeline and about 1" in from edge and the bulk of that falls off so you only have to unpick a few rows.

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Old 04-28-2007, 02:42 AM   #6
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I think stocking stitch may pull out the same from either direction, but ribbing doesn't. You don't have to cut, but by the time you get to the last row you want undone, you may have a couple of metres of wool that you are pulling out through each loop, it will get frayed and snaggy and damaged, so if you have no further use for the wool on the cuff, it may be easier to cut it off. Then, you could unravel the cuff from the cut edge, and it will unravel normally (because it will be from the top direction). You don't have to cut if you don't mind pulling long lengths through each stitch, but I can't think of a reason I would bother to do that rather than cut. Look at lifelines or destination rows to see about the stitches you'd re-knit. Sarah
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