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Cut into crochet project

I was trying to add length to a sweater. I started at the bottom to work down and of course the stitches weren't as I had been working because that part had been the first stitches chained. I then took scissors and cut through thinking I could pull small threads out and follow old stitches. Now I have a real mess. Do I have to forfeit the whole side of the sweater now and start over or is my project salvagable? From now on when I want something longer than the pattern should I start crocheting from the bottom up and get it at the "extra" length I want it and then start following the pattern? I'm not very good at this as you can tell. Any help will be appreciated. Email is Nals102@aol.com. Thank you.


As I understand your situation, you started a sweater from the bottom up and when you finished your piece, you decided you wanted it longer. You then started working from your foundation chain downward and decided that you did not like how the stitches looked with the existing body of your sweater so you cut the foundation chain. You were then hoping to work again from the bottom up and some how connect this new piece with the existing crocheted body.

Because of the structure of crochet stitches where each stitch is an independent, separate stitch unlike knitting where stitches are joined to each other because they are all part of a continuous line of yarn, trying to "graft" two pieces of crochet together would be difficult and would involve a great deal of sewing in and out with a sewing or tapestry needle. I can visualize how you might do it, but it would take a great deal of practice following the lines of a crochet stitch and how the stitch above rests on the stitch below to make it work -- let alone make it work with a consistent tension so that you don't have an obvious graft line.

It might have been easier to work from the other end of your foundation chain another complementary stitch pattern so that the additional length would seem to be part of the sweater design rather than an extension.

I think that since you've now cut your foundation chain, you might be better off ripping back on this piece and then working your stitch pattern for however many more inches you want your sweater to be longer.

Hello, thank you so much for responding. I didn't just cut into the foundation chain. I ended up going further up as I saw it wouldn't work at that point. Now I look at all the stitches where I could catch them with something but when I put a hook through the stitch it has a big gap between the stitch and the new yarn I put in. Doing a different stitch might work but don't know if its going to pull all of the other following stitches out as I do them. Also, the other piece of the sweater I've done nothing to yet to add length too I'm wondering how to add length to it when I'm done doing this piece. I will also have to work from the foundation stitch down to make it longer. Can you advise? In the future also, when I have a pattern thats not long enough for me, do I measure how long it will be, then measure how long I want it to be, then start at the bottom like a pattern does but add the length before I would actually start working the pattern? I hope I've made myself clear because I know this can be confusing to understand. Thanks so much for trying to help me. Hopefully I can save this piece and not have to start over. It takes me forever to do a project and its my first time at clothes.

If you know in advance that the length will not be long enough for you, you can take that into consideration and work the length you want before you do any shaping for armholes, necklines, etc. Be sure to plan for extra yarn to add length to your garment. Since you have only done this one piece, I would start all over again and crochet the body for as long as you want and then crochet all your other pieces to the same length that you want.

If you had an already completed item you wanted to lengthen, in crochet my first approach probably would be to work from the foundation chain downward in a pattern that complements the existing stitch pattern of my garment so that the change in stitch pattern will appear to be part of the design element. An alternative would be to work a separate piece to the length you want and then sew it to the bottom edge of your existing garment.

If you have started from the bottom, perhaps you have worked quite a stretch without shaping (basic rectangle shape). Perhaps you then got to the underarm area and started decreasing. That's when you realized that it wasn't long enough. Am I correct so far?

If so, I would rip the uncut piece back to the straight rectangle and rip the cut piece back entirely and simply salvege the yarn. Then I would increase the length on the uncut piece until I was satisfied with the length, make note of the number of extra rows needed, and then rework the second piece adding the same number of extra rows.

Since you are new at garment construction I think that the process of finding a new complimentary stitch, figuring out the math to work it, trying to repair the holes that cutting crochet results in and all the other fussing with what may end up looking like a chop-job is not worth your time.

Can you lead us to a photo of the finished sweater? This always makes it easier to advise.

Actually when I started the project I knew that I'd want it longer. My friend made one like that only she lives far away and I can't let her see my problem so she could help and she doesn't understand what I'm trying to tell her. If you go to Freepatterns.com and type in Grape Twin Textured Cardigan in the search box it will bring you to it. Its purple. Mine will not be short and will not have a band across the bottom or buttons. I am making it straight and longer on the bottom and putting on ties vs. buttons. If you can imagine that. I had a heck of a time with the front post on the left panel so I finally made it two times of doing a back post hdc that follows to the bottom. With using black yarn I can't see the back of that stitch well enough to due the pattern. The right panel is already done except for adding length now too. When I tried to add length from the foundation stitch I couldn't see all of the stitches clearly enough like you can as your crocheting along a row, to be able to count them out right. I think I was supposed to have 42 stitches coming all the way down as I wanted to make it into 2 sizes bigger. I do agree that after all of this maybe I should just do it over on the left panel. The right panel is fine though if I can just manage to add length on without it looking different or ending up with two many stitches when I start. Thanks so much for both of your help. Hope seeing the pattern helps.