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Arrrrggghhhh!!
The ribbing on the bottom of the Big Guy's sweater looks awful to me. I think it would be better to use a hem.
Couldn't find a vid of "backwards raveling" on Utube.
Help!
 

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You can't unravel backwards. There is a solution however, if you really think the ribbing is unacceptable. First thread a yarn needle with thinner, contrasting yarn. Then 'thread' this 'waste yarn' through a row of stitches just above the ribbing. This is like putting in a 'lifeline'. (there are lifeline videos on youtube) You are saving what becomes your 'live' stitches to knit DOWN from, to reknit or replace the ribbing. Once you have picked up all your stitches (count to make sure, andalways pick up the same side of the stitch. Your stitch looks like a V always pick up the right side of the V across the row. Check that you have stayed in the same row all the way across.) Now clip the threads in the row below where your 'lifeline' is. Pick out all the little ends of yarn. Put all your 'live' stitches on your working needles. Now you are ready to reknit the ribbing or replace with a different bottom.
 

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Linda6885, that is the best directions to do this that I have seen. I do this but always make it sound so hard.
 

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Thanks, Linda. That was what I was afraid of. I'd hoped someone knew how to "unravel backwards", but I guess it can't be done, at least not for 3" of ribbing anyway.
This sweater is getting on my nerves. I'm going to
frog it and forget it for a while.
 

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Okay, I am confused. Isn't unraveling backwards, just frogging? If not, what is it?
 

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No. She is finished with the sweater but wants to reknit the ribbing at the bottom. If your cast on edge is at the bottom and you knit UP, You can unravel DOWN to the cast on edge, but you can not unravel UP from the cast on edge

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Okay, I am confused. Isn't unraveling backwards, just frogging? If not, what is it?
 

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I've cut off sleeve cuffs by clipping a strand of yarn, pulling out the row, picking up fewer stitches, and knitting then the cuff down. The original sleeve was knitted up from the cuff.
 

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Linda6885 said:
You can't unravel backwards. There is a solution however, if you really think the ribbing is unacceptable. First thread a yarn needle with thinner, contrasting yarn. Then 'thread' this 'waste yarn' through a row of stitches just above the ribbing. This is like putting in a 'lifeline'. (there are lifeline videos on youtube) You are saving what becomes your 'live' stitches to knit DOWN from, to reknit or replace the ribbing. Once you have picked up all your stitches (count to make sure, andalways pick up the same side of the stitch. Your stitch looks like a V always pick up the right side of the V across the row. Check that you have stayed in the same row all the way across.) Now clip the threads in the row below where your 'lifeline' is. Pick out all the little ends of yarn. Put all your 'live' stitches on your working needles. Now you are ready to reknit the ribbing or replace with a different bottom.
I just ran across your post and this is why I joined KP. I never knew you could fix the place where you started. Your advice is great. Thanks. :)
 

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Thanks MargaretA. Glad I could help. You can use this same technique to lengthen sleeves, or put a different neckline in, or even reknit the foot part of socks.

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Linda6885 said:
You can't unravel backwards. There is a solution however, if you really think the ribbing is unacceptable. First thread a yarn needle with thinner, contrasting yarn. Then 'thread' this 'waste yarn' through a row of stitches just above the ribbing. This is like putting in a 'lifeline'. (there are lifeline videos on youtube) You are saving what becomes your 'live' stitches to knit DOWN from, to reknit or replace the ribbing. Once you have picked up all your stitches (count to make sure, andalways pick up the same side of the stitch. Your stitch looks like a V always pick up the right side of the V across the row. Check that you have stayed in the same row all the way across.) Now clip the threads in the row below where your 'lifeline' is. Pick out all the little ends of yarn. Put all your 'live' stitches on your working needles. Now you are ready to reknit the ribbing or replace with a different bottom.
I just ran across your post and this is why I joined KP. I never knew you could fix the place where you started. Your advice is great. Thanks. :)
 

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