Modern life teaches us how to save money and the further we go, the more. And children – these flowers of life – regularly train our newly acquired skills and abilities. Sometimes consciously and purposefully, and sometimes – simply because they are growing.
So, here in front of me, suddenly the real prospect of another unplanned children's purchase came up. It would seem that back in the spring I prepared a good fall for myself, having bought a warm jacket at a good price at the sale “for growth” for a child. But not as old as dreamed. On a seasonal inventory of clothes, it suddenly turned out that the trigger has an almost critical sleeve length. There were two options for the development of further events: to transfer this inheritance to relatives, and to spend money on a new one ourselves. Or look for a creative handmade outlet. We are not looking for easy ways! This is unsportsmanlike! Creative savings won!
Here is my idea of solving the problem – short sleeves in a children's jacket – I will share in this MK.
The idea is quite simple, and its result largely depends on the accuracy of execution and on the correct choice of materials. The simplest and most practical option seemed to me knitted cuffs. Here we will create them so that then no one would guess that they were not there initially!
Materials and tools:
• First of all, this is yarn! I selected the most suitable color. It is quite difficult to choose the tone, I chose a darker shade of the main color of the jacket.
If there is not even approximately your color, then it is better to choose something contrasting. As an extreme option – black.
• For the yarn itself – I strongly recommend in this case not to skimp and buy Merinos 100% from Yarna of Italian production 125 m / 50 g. For each cuff, I went a little less than 1 skein. Bottom line: you need 2 skeins of 50 g.
I guarantee a good result when using exactly this yarn for cuffs. She does not cough up even with active wear and regular washing. It is very springy and holds its shape. Absolutely not pricked. And therefore, ideal for our purposes.
• Sewing threads in the primary color of the jacket.
• Sewing machine; knitting needles No. 2 / 2.5 / 3 (of your choice); hook number 2.
Preparation for work:
Without tearing apart and without climbing inside, carefully push the insulation away from the edge of the sleeve with a thick needle. We need an empty interior space with a width of 0.5 – 1.5 cm. The width directly depends on the density of the upper fabric. There is a thin raincoat fabric in our jacket, but still I left myself a spare opportunity and created an “empty” strip along the edge 1 cm wide.
Why is it needed? On it we will lay a seam with a machine, to which we will then tie the cuff. If the fabric is thin, and you are sure that the cuff that you are knitting will spring well and can beautifully tighten the main fabric, then the seam can be laid along the edge of the sleeve and at a distance of 0.5 cm. But if you have any doubts about this, it’s better leave a strip in which you can then thread a regular elastic band that will help the yarn to tighten the width of the sleeve.
1. Along the empty edge at the selected distance (in my case, at a distance of 1 cm) we lay the machine line with the widest step that your machine has. If there is no car, go to the studio.
Attention! We sew the line with the thread in two additions: the top and bottom! The ends of the lines are well fixed. Here's what it looks like:
2. We take the yarn and hook through each step of the stitch, stretch the loop in the direction from the edge of the sleeve to the top. We draw out the elongated loops on the knitting needles. Those who like to mess with the circles are on them, but they will have to pull a lot, the diameter of the cuff is not large and this is not very convenient. I chose for myself stocking 5 knitting needles No. 2, distributing the loops approximately equally on 4 knitting needles. A knitting needle with loops should be located above the seam, and not underneath.
3. Next, we knit with an elastic band 2 x 2 in a circle the double length of the finished cuff. Here's what it looks like:
We evaluate the resulting elasticity of the bound gum and decide whether additional rubber tape is needed. If your knitted version does not cope with the main fabric of the jacket, then in the side seam of the sleeve below the padded stitch we sew the seam. Through the input, with the help of a safety pin, we retract the elastic store elastic and tighten the edge of the sleeve to the desired beautiful width.
4. If you knit on circular knitting needles, then simply gently turn the sleeve inside out. With circular knitting, you can do it. With five stockings this option will not work. Therefore, we transfer all the loops to the auxiliary smooth, NOT FLUFFY thread. We turn out.
5. Carefully fasten the end of the thread at the beginning of our knitting so that when wearing the first connected cuff loops do not stretch, especially since this will be the front side of the cuff.
6. Fold the finished cuff in half. Next, with an ordinary sewing needle with a thread in two additions, grab ALL open loops of the main yarn to each stitch of our laid seam.
Tip: if you had to stretch an additional elastic band into the seam drawstring, then for convenience of sewing, simply put an object of suitable diameter in the sleeve so that the sleeve and, accordingly, the elastic band are stretched during operation.
All! If you were neat enough, then you should get such an improved version.
A similar cuff can be made on the bottom of the jacket, if time suffers and there is a desire. In the case of a special creative impulse (or masochism, read how you want) in the same way you can attach the hood.
In this case, you will receive an almost completely new and original jacket.
PS: jacket fabric with a slight tint, so the photographs flash with a flash and looks much paler than yarn. In reality, colors differ by a maximum of one tone.
Now you can safely wait for the winter!
Good luck with your creative ideas!