I didn't make this sweater. I bought it about 8 months ago and the looooooooong arms have been driving me nuts this whole time. I finally took an hour (or so) to shorten them ... aaahhhhhh, that's better.
This is the story of shortening a store-bought sweater's arms.
As you can see, the arms of this sweater are super long. They were about a couple of inches longer than my fingertips. I bought it specifically to wear with my yellow jeans
. I am not afraid of wearing bright colors.
The problem is that I cuff all my shirts to make 3/4th sleeves. That meant I had a 2-inch thick cuffs that were getting caught on everything and slowly uncuffing themselves everyday.
I don't know why, but I didn't take any pictures of the "cutting off of the arms" steps:
1. I figured out about how long I wanted the arms (just past my elbows), counted the rows on each arm, and threaded scrap yarn through that row's stitches.
2. I snipped one loop a row past the scrap yarn and carefully unraveled the row.
3. I unraveled the rest of the sleeve to make a ball of yarn to use to finish the sleeves.
This is when I learned that the variegated effect was really stranded yarn. There are four strands wrapped together and they mix and match colors in each section. I love this idea! It would be a great way to create an ombre effect.
4. I used the leftover yarn and a very large crochet hook to close the live stitches of my arms: bring up a loop through a live stitch, *bring up a loop in the next live stitch, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook* (repeat between *)
At this point, I thought I'd be done, but the edge, though neat, was very very boring. And looked like a hacked off sleeve ... you know, because it was.
I did not want to knit a tiny ribbing to match the neckline, so I opted for adding a small cuff.
5. Using the leftover yarn, I sewed it through the 2nd and 8th stitch from the edge on every other row all the way around the opening.
Here's a close-up with highlighting:
6. I pulled the stitching tight to fold over the cuff, and I tied the ends of the stitching.
Look, a nice, rolled cuff. This sweater makes me so much happier now!