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Hey everybody, you're invited to a grafting party.

With puppy chaser at the end.

I recently posted the shameful state of a piece I was working on, for a book. When last we saw this project, I had detached the sleeve, from below the cap, held it on a spare needle and ripped back the sleeve cap, so that I could remove the extra rows from one of the front sections of the garment.

After fixing the front, I picked up and reknit the sleeve cap.

09-Sleeve Cap Reknit

I moved the live stitches to circulars so I wouldn't have to deal with so many needles. This picture was taken en route to the ocean. The picture quality goes WAAAAY downhill from here. I apologize, but frankly, as much as I love you all, I'm not going to wait for a sunny day to get this issue fixed up.

I cut a tail long enough to go around the sleeve about 4 times. Aligning the sleeve with sleeve cap, I started grafting.

10-Begin grafting

There's a great tutorial here, if you've never tried grafting before.

Every few inches, I took a look at the row of grafting to assess the tension.

11-Check tension as you go

It can be ugly, no?

To fix, I just use my tapestry needle to ease the yarn out towards the unworked stitches.

11-Adjust tension

Sometimes I'd go back and adjust a couple times in the same spot, but I never lost my mind over it. The wool content of the yarn should allow me to ease out minor inconsistencies in the blocking stage.

The work went pretty quickly. Here, I'm nearly done.

12- nearly done

What can I say, I rather like grafting.

Once all was done, the work looked pretty much good as new.


Let's close this out with that puppy chaser I promised.

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See all the pics from our trip to the beach on Sunday, here.

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Comments (13)

do you know how many people are having screaming fits over you grafting a whole sleeve? i've been hanging around with sock knitters alot lately, and half of them can't even graft 10 stitches together on a toe! congrats, lady, you've made the big time!

p.s. grafting doesn't bother me, lol. i figured it out when i was doing short-row hats, and grafted the cast on edge to the live stitches at the end!


wow! that turned out beautifully well.

I will look at Panda here, rather than in your latest post, which makes me sad. But I'm sure you snuggled her and cuddled her when you got home, and then all was well again.

And I hope she is all over her cold, too.

I think every grafting should be followed by a puppy chaser! I'm glad it worked so well, but I really need to know if blocking alone would take care of things. I may have to swatch!

You are the Queen of Grafting. Among other things, I'm sure. You need a tiara. Then again, don't we all?

What cute beach bums! Your repair is wonderful! :)

Amy in StL:

Wow, that looks great in the end! I've never tried grafting anything but a sock toe, but I could see how it's really satisfying. Kisses to both doggies for me!

It is so fun to ThinK about how flexible knitting is.
It really is yarn architecture.
Your skills inspire me !


I actually like grafting, too. It's kind of magical how a few ins and outs of the needle make a seamless piece of fabric. It's my favorite part of finishing a cuff-down sock.

Yay for the soggy doggies! It looks like they had a lot of fun!

I sighed in relief after seeing how well the new sleeve came out. What bravery! Love the new blog look too --

Great recovery (not that I doubted you for a second)! Oh the soggy pup pics! Ha!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! xo-S.

Wow... thanks for sharing the grafting technique! I gotta tell Mum to come read this!

LOVE the new look. Have a great Thanksgiving Marnie. Missy says hi to the girls!


I often read, but rarely post, but I just had to tell you how much I love your new look here, especially the inclusion of your babies! :-)


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