I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Zimmermann. She taught me to be the boss of my knitting and she gave me permission to do whatever I wanted. That includes cutting holes into perfectly good knitting.
I’m passing that freedom on. Here is how you can safely cut a hole after you’ve finished your knitting. This is great for afterthought pockets, button holes, and heels.
Come to think of it… I’d like to have some pockets
Afterthought pockets get put in after you’ve finished your sweater. Afterthought heels go in after you finished your sock. And so on. All you need is to open up a hole in your knitted fabric.
Grab some scissors and don’t be scared! Lol. Its not hard at all
You cut a strand. Just the one. That gives you two ends which you pull out, exposing live stitches on the top and bottom. How cool is that? If your reluctant to give it a try, here are two cheats that make this trick even easier to pull off:
- Use a spray water bottle and spritz the knitting before you cut. Damp yarn is heavier and usually clingy. Those live loops won’t go anywhere if they are a bit wet.
- For the pick up, use a small needle. If you knitted with a size 8, pick up the new loops with a size 4 or even a tapestry needle and some waste yarn.
Do you have a knit cardigan that you always wished had a few pockets? Now you can add them in even if its been finished for years, even if its store bought. Do all your socks wear out in the heel? If you make a pair with afterthought heels, those heels can be pulled out, pulled all the way back to the loops that you used to start your heel with and then remade. No more darning heels.
There is another way to cut into your knitting and it called steeking. Steeking is for when you want a vertical cut. I think I’ll do that next week. Then we will all be able to cut up our knitting any way we like!
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Its also Mother’s day. You didn’t think I’d forgotten did ya? Not me. I like my head on its shoulders, thank-you very much. But I was hiding the Mother’s Day knitting from you because mom reads this blog. That makes it tough to a) get credit for all my work while b) keeping presents a secret!
But her package arrived on Friday and she opened it immediately. I do that too, by the way. I open all my prezzies as soon as they come. Waiting is for people with self-control and parents who make them. I don’t have either of those things.
Here is what mom got:
(She got more than just knitting but the knitting was the most important.)
Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a mom, I hope someone does all your dishes and cleans your kitchen today. But not with handknitted washcloths. They are not was washing with. They are decorative! I can rest easy in the knowledge that all the washcloths I’ve made for my mom have never been used to clean anything, lol.