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A close up of the cut and fix....can you see it?

A close up of the cut and fix....can you see it?

Marsha is persistent in solving problems - and this was one of the best!
Marsha is persistent in solving problems – and this was one of the best!

About 4 weeks ago prolific knitter, Marsha, came to Saturday morning Skein Lane knitting workshop, and she was so happy. She was almost through with a sweater knit with Berroco’s Pure Merino and the pattern was from MJ2B (I think)…a wonderful pattern with a cable yoke. I, in fact, had been wanting to knit this one for a long time. Well…the group was all excited for her. The next Saturday Marsha arrived full of dismay. While she was weaving in loose ends one of them became undone…with the help of the cats…and she had a huge whole in front…like 1 1/2 inches. She left it with me…and I can usually mend anything to perfection…but not this time. So, the following weekend we embarked on an adventure. We cut off the bottom of the sweater with the idea in mind that she would knit the bottom again and then graft it to the top. All the while I had nagging thoughts about stitches not being knit in the same direction and thus being 1/2 stitch off while grafting. Well, after we cut I was picking out and unknitting the knit fabric on the top above the cut. Now, this pattern was an 8 x 5 rib…..and imagine my surprise when I realized I was unknitting the stockinette and picking out the purls. It was a knitting miracle! Marsha knit the sweater back down from the cut to the bottom and the 1/2 stitch off issue rolled into the purl part of the rib. Marsha wore the sweater yesterday and only knitters who know the story would know and, even then, they had to really look. It was really a miracle! Check it out. Oh, and she is knitting a cowl from the cut-off bottom! I am still excited about the solution. And tonight Marsha writes, “I still can’t believe the knitting miracle!”

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