What I Do When It’s Too Big and a Video

Hello. I hope you are doing good. All is fine here in northern Illinois. After a solid week of rain and dreariness we are now into some beautiful weather again, thank goodness.

I wrote last time about how my knitting gauge has gotten looser and now my own knitting patterns are producing items that seem too large, or almost too large for the dolls they were designed for.

My last knitted garment, and the most noticeably too large, was the sweater coat for the Little Darlings. Here it is again in progress–and it wasn’t beyond fixing. It pays to try on the garment before weaving in ends and sewing up seams.

Before resizing

I added a lifeline in the row I wanted to rip back to, and then ripped away. I transferred the stitches from the lifeline on the knitting needle and knit the ribbed edging. For the body this meant right under the second to last buttonhole. The garter band of the sweater was tricky to see where to put the lifeline. If I didn’t get the right spot it was easy to fix while I was ripping out.

The sleeves needed 5 less rows, so the lifeline went in the 6th row beyond the ribbing. In addition, I decided to narrow the sleeves, so I knit backwards and added some decreases at the edges of the sleeves.

After resizing

I am so happy with the finished result. I think it fits Alice perfectly now. The ensemble is still is progress, but almost completed. I knit her hat yesterday… at the beach–a Lake Michigan beach. It was pretty enjoyable! 😉

I love the sound of water, and if you do too, or if you’d like to see some of the water installations at the Chicago Botanic Gardens please have a look/listen. It’s pretty short (but took a while to make!!!). I am brand spanking new at this, and also at recording video–that’s why some of my footage is vertical. 😮 A warning though–it’s very amateurish, sorry.

Bye for now. Thanks for stopping by. Take care–until next time. ❤ ❤ ❤

8 thoughts on “What I Do When It’s Too Big and a Video

  1. Joy

    Oh, so peaceful. Loved your water video.
    I didn’t think you would just turn up the sleeves and be satisfied on that lovely sweater. The reduction, although time consuming certainly did the trick. The sweater works so well with the apple dress, and I think it would be lovely for a winter snow scene too. Not that you want that too soon.
    The air index has finally come down to normal today. Blue sky. No smoke in this part of northern CA. Other places, fires still burning. Further north and probably Oregon, may get some rain this weekend. It will be very welcome.

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Joy. That’s good news that the air conditions are much better. It can’t be good breathing in that smoke. Hopefully, some rain will start to come down for you all too. Wish I could have sent you some of ours last week. We had plenty to share.
      I’m glad you like my first You Tube video, thank you. I am knitting a scarf for that ensemble and then it is DONE! And one to the next…
      Thank you for reading and commenting. It’s always so nice to hear from you, Joy! Take care. ❤

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Wanda. I hate to admit how many times I don’t have the patience to rework things, but this time I did, and am glad. Thank you for commenting! ❤ I appreciate it so much.

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  2. Terrigirl2020

    Hi Cindy, we are having summer weather this week with highs in the low 80s ! I hope it means we have a longer fall running into winter too! Great job on reworking the cardigan ! Only a pro like you can fix it so perfectly! Alice looks very nice wearing it. It must have been nice to go to the lake! I do not think the video was amateur at all, you did very well and I loved hearing all the water sounds ! Have a great day, Terri xo.

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi, Terri. It’s been very warm here too–love it. The cool will come soon. Ha ha–I’m definitely not a pro just determined. I’m glad you enjoyed my first You Tube video. Thank you so much for watching it, Terri. ❤

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  3. Karen Amstutz

    I have watched and listened to the fountains and streams a couple times in the last few days and it is so soothing and calming to me. Thanks for sharing. Glad you altered the red sweater it looks and fits great.

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    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thank you, Karen. I LOVE the sound of streams. To help me sleep when I wake too early I’ll put a running streams track on repeat. It does the trick and gets me back to sleep… usually. Hoping your week is going well. ❤

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