Hi everyone! I'm new to this website and this is my first post here, so I hope my question is clear and intelligible!
I know basically nothing about knitting or the lingo. But I have a sweater I love that needs a minor repair, and I'm up to the challenge! I've been told that it's easy, will take about 15 mins and needs knitting needles. Unfortunately the person who was going to help me is missing in action, the library books don't help and I don't know anyone else who can knit!
I unfortunately don't have a way to post a picture, but I will try to describe the problem as accurately as possible in lay lady's terms:
My sweater's knit is plain, neither exceptionally fine or coarse, that, looking at it from the front, consists of a sort of braided V that is I think a regular knit stitch. At the cuffs and bottom is a wide section of ribbed knitting (a ladder stich? Dunno.) that looks like a bunch of little horizontal stiches layed out like bricks on a wall in the "valley", and the raised ribbing like 2 double rows of V's side by side.
I appologise for this ever so technical description *L*! I hope you are still with me!
Ok, so my problem is at the bottom of my sweater, the area that joins the regular part of my sweater to the ribbed cuff is getting horozontally unravelled, increasingly detaching the cuff portion and making a hole, and also threatening to unravel down the ribbed cuff too. I tried to repair this with thread, the only thing I could think of - it started as a small hole right by the side seam of the sweater. I tried to reknit or rather rethread the hanging section of yarn into the loops too (not with any skill, but I figured as long as it wasn't visible on the outside and stayed together it would be good) but evidently that didn't work because even though the part I worked on stayed together, my problem area moved down into a previously ok adjoining section.
The lady who was going to help me said I would have to build up the cuff area again with new thread before I joined the two sections because the top of the (ladder stitch? I think that's what she called it) had unravelled. It does look like the hole is missing something like 2 rows, not just one - it does seem like the top of the ribbed section did get unravelled a bit.
I have found internet info about mending horizontal unravels, but not about 1. rebuilding the ribbed section 2. joining together 2 different kinds of knitting.
Please help me save my much loved warm and cosy beastie!